[“Peace and Justice Files” columnist Skip Mendler left the United States on January 19, and is headed toward the Eastern Mediterranean to help with refugee assistance. He’s making a few stops along the way.]
Did you know that a giraffe’s tongue is purple to protect it from sunburn in hot climates? Or that a giraffe has seven vertebrae in its long neck—the same as other mammals including people?
I didn’t. That is, until the giraffe April brought all things giraffe to my attention.
The Sullivan County Legislature has released information saying it has received several responses to a request for proposals (RFP) that will establish baseline measures of the air, water and noise in the area near the proposed gas compressor station near Eldred.
The real story behind those statistics
Thirty-two of 33 developed nations have universal healthcare, with the United States the lone exception. The cost to us is 50% to 100% higher per capita than these other countries, yet the World Health Organization ranks the U.S. at 37 out of 199 in health-care outcomes. With what we spend we should be number one.
I’m grateful to James Barth for pointing out an unintentional ambiguity in my last column. I failed to make it clear that, like the job creation data I mentioned, the statistic I quoted on GHG reduction—“27% since 2005”—relates only to the electricity generation sector, which accounts for roughly a third of CO2 emissions in the U.S.
Congressman John Faso continues his attack on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the way the state handles the Medicaid program.
Carol Roig, in her June 8 column, incorrectly stated that carbon emissions have been lowered by 27% since 2005. Charles Petersheim, in his subsequent letter, gleefully agreed to this 27% figure and erroneously credited shale gas extraction and consumption for most of the decrease in emissions that has occurred.
Summer. Why can’t it be ever thus? Birds of every feather on the wing. Morning glories climbing on the trellis, bees and hummingbirds hovering over blossoms. In places like this, part-timers like me are ensconced in our getaway lives, sinking into our passions, painting or writing or sawing wood. Seeing.
According to a Sienna College poll, as of May 66% of voters in New York State were unaware that in November voters will be asked to decide whether the state should hold a constitutional convention.