ANOTHER GREAT IDEA … Look, it’s hard times for a lot of folks. Sons and daughters are once again mired in foreign wars. The dollar is plunging. Good jobs gone … I think it’s time we laid the Old Saint Nick of the mercantilists to rest. We’ve got to stop this orgy of gift-giving surrounding Christmas – a most holy time for many. Especially with all its expectations gift wrapped, new and returnable … No, instead, let’s start a different tradition. “Let’s Give Old Gifts for the New Year!” The used. The able to be recycled. The unwanted Christmas presents that deserve a good home. Letting go treasures to someone you know (or perhaps don’t know). Even odi et amo … Or maybe best yet, welcoming in the new by getting rid of all the old – anything not wanted or needed. The New Year could become our national day of giveaway. The day we pass on what we’ve used, just as we will pass on in our day … We have been blessed to be born in a very rich nation. Given our American genius, we ought to be able to figure out a grassroots way to redistribute wealth without invoking governmental fiat.
PARTISAN SHOT … Bob McConnell (who?) is running against John Salazar for the Third Congressional seat here in Colorado. You may have seen his ridiculous letter to the editor that the Brand X paper printed, in which he takes our rancher Democrat to task for not creating more jobs but rather sponsoring a useless wilderness bill John’s constituents in three counties overwhelmingly support. That’s right, that’s our San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act – slated for its first hearing in January of the New Year … I’d say pay no attention to McConnell’s political jockeying, but then who’s paying attention to any Republican these days anyway?
WEEKLY QUOTA … “Our sun was a gas clump compressed in the shock wave front from a massive star birth in a giant cloud of molecular gas.” – Scientific American
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN … Okay, maybe I shouldn’t put my complete trust in SA, much as I enjoy catching up on the latest theory of things (Things that seem, like Democrates said, to always be in flux). Their recent commentary by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University’s Earth Institute – which painted nuclear as an essential part of any future energy solution – disturbed me. I don’t agree … But Sachs is a widely respected scientist and head of several laudable public service groups. So, perhaps it’s time for Pres. Obama to call for a National Task Force to begin a far-reaching social debate about nuclear power – before we commit another generation of resources to this controversial and star-crossed energy source.
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