Dreaming of a Green Christmas
EDITOR: Of all the symbols our culture has chosen to attach to our national day of consumption – Christmas – none is more inappropriate than the habit of killing a tree for Jesus. Our yearly orgy of slaughtering millions of pine and blue spruce yearlings to decorate our houses and public spaces, only to be discarded on barren street corners within a week or so, is a case of misplaced use of a national resource. How much, for instance, of our carbon debt might be eliminated by planting rather than cutting the estimated 25 million evergreens that are harvested each year?
Time to change our bad habits and help Mother Nature create a Green Christmas. I suggest that we buy and plant our trees.
For my part I will plant any healthy, potted evergreen on the lower 40 acres of my farm – at no cost.
For your part, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you did a bit to reduce your personal carbon debt. And, you are welcome to come and visit your tree next Christmas season and see how it is getting along.
EDITOR: Are you kidding?
PG&E wants to turn off our power for one to two weeks with fire threats ongoing?
I understand the concern and the need for solutions, but to freeze us to death is another liability!
Is this protection? Are they covering their you know whats - while we freeze ours?
Words to live by
EDITOR: Many years ago, I purchased “The Art of Worldly Wisdom,” a small book on philosophy written by Baltasar Gracian, a worldly Jesuit scholar who lived in Spain some 300 years ago and was keen observer of many in positions of power.
I have, ever sense, found the book to be a good read and one that pays dividends to the reader each time he or she picks it up to reread. And so it was now, after listening to the latest mini White House press conference and found that I needed a Baltasar fix and give you the following:
“Weigh matters carefully, and think hardest about those that matter most. Fools are lost by not thinking. They never conceive even the half of things, and because they do not perceive either their advantages or their harm they do not apply any diligence. Some ponder things backward, paying much attention to what matters little, and little to what matters much. Many people never lose their heads because they have none to lose. There are things we should consider very carefully and keep well rooted in our minds. The wise weigh everything: they delve into things that are especially deep or doubtful, and sometimes reflect that there is more than what occurs to them. They make reflection reach further than apprehension.”
I have to think he knew Trump would appear some day.
General Plan mandates minimum wage increase
EDITOR: The minimum wage issue has long been with us and it is inextricably tied to the pressing issues of affordable housing and affordable healthcare. Wages earned locally are for the most part money spent locally in businesses and services. It’s basically the way an economy works and stays sustainable.