Welcome Neighbor?

If you live anywhere with a substantial resistance to the current administration’s attacks on immigrants, you may have seen these lawn/window signs–they say, in Spanish, English, and Arabic, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” (There’s also a variant in Hebrew, English, and Arabic.)

In an atmosphere of demagoguery and baseless hysteria about foreigners and immigrants, this kind of gesture is important (not sufficient, but important). I intend to get one. But their popularity also makes me a little uncomfortable, and I imagine anyone else who pays attention to fair housing might feel similarly. Continue reading “Welcome Neighbor?”

Clinton’s Climate Policy

Two top stories in EcoWatch news, Wednesday, August 16, suggest issues that should be raised with the candidates in the September and October presidential debates

NASA :  JULY 2016 WAS EARTH’S HOTTEST MONTH  IN RECORDED HISTORY

Climate Nexus/EcoWatch, Climate, Aug. 16

CLINTON’S SALAZAR PICK
UNDERMINES HER CLIMATE PROMISES PUTTING FRACKING INDUSTRY BEFORE PEOPLE

Molly Dorozenski/  EcoWatch,
Climate, Aug. 16

Elsewhere, Clinton has claimed that the United States should be a leader in taking on climate change and moving to 100 percent clean energy by 2030. Why then choose Ken Salazar, former Secretary of the Interior, to lead her transition team? Salazar’s track record shows that he is clearly siding with the fossil fuel interests: pro-fracking, pro-TPP, and pro-Keystone pipeline. Is this the way, Madame Secretary, to demonstrate your commitment to the climate change movement, to court a more progressive base, to win against Donald Trump?

Alice Day,

DRD
Member