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Deep in green (manure): Dams divert more than water

Dear Steve, I need your opinion as a stream and watershed restorer if you have some time: Recent green-energy emphasis in energy production is producing a movement toward developing what’s called low-impact hydroelectric projects or facilities. Mostly, these generation plants work in much the same way as the Hoover Dam,…

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Pioneers! O Pioneers!

COME, my tan-faced children, Follow well in order, get your weapons ready; Have you your pistols? have you your sharp edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers! For we cannot tarry here,We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us…

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Swearing loyalty to whom?

“‘The important thing is to keep them pledging,’ he (Captain Black) explained to his cohorts. ‘It doesn’t matter whether they mean it or not. That’s why they make little kids pledge allegiance even before they know what ‘pledge’ and ‘allegiance’ means.’” –Joseph Heller, “The Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade,” Catch-22 Johnson…

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Letter to Desmond Tutu on the announcement of his retirement from public life

Dear Rev. Tutu, I read this morning of your plans to retire and felt it necessary to convey my gratitude, not only for your work for others, but what your work has done for me, personally. I live in the US, a world away from the challenges of life in…

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Find a rope for the pope; or, How Mother Church defiled my dad

For many years, I’ve attempted to reconcile my admiration of the devout with the way the Catholic Church worked in my childhood house. Granted, to lay it all out here would be a chore that wouldn’t be much fun reading. But I start by saying, my dad’s a saint. It…

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