March 28, 2006
LETTER-WRITER Kim Empson points to a few votes, taken out of context, as evidence that the future of our environment is not something important to me. I'd like to take this opportunity to correct Ms. Empson's misstatement. Our children and grandchildren deserve to enjoy the benefits of a clean, protected environment, just as my generation has. America's vast environmental resources have always been among our nation's greatest assets, which is why I've long fought to preserve them.
March 1, 2004 |
President Bush's recent State of the Union address has awakened environmental activists such as they haven't been for some time. They are concerned not by what he said but by the lack of public reaction to what he did not say. He spoke of the nation's problems and the dangers it faces, particularly in regard to national security, but he gave no indication that he recognizes the dangers of global warming. Surely it has been brought to his attention that scientists are increasingly alarmed over the rapidity with which the world's environment is being poisoned by the refuse of human endeavor.
January 24, 2006
RE PATRICK O'Brien's letter "Is there a place for a family guy in Philly's sports palaces?" Pat, even if you could afford to go to one of these games, I don't think you would want to bring your family. A friend of mine brought her son to the Sixers game on Jan. 9, and paid $50 for each ticket. Once there she was afraid to ask to be moved from the group of "animals" who were sitting next to her and her son because she has to walk a mile to her car afterward. These men were cursing, throwing things and causing everyone around them to be uncomfortable.
October 27, 1997
The Clinton administration is taking yet another waffling approach to our environment. Global warming is not an issue we can afford to waffle on. Al Gore has actually written a book on the disastrous effects of global warming. We have a president and Congress who agreed to a treaty in Rio claiming we would cut our emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2000 (a promise we simply ignored). And our president, addressing a panel of top economists and scientists, spoke ever so eloquently about the dangers of global warming.
May 26, 1989 |
Bringing art and a message of environmental awareness to the people is Margot de Wit's aim in her multimedia installation, "Dichotomy Project No. 18," at the Painted Bride Art Center. De Wit is a Dutch-born Philadelphia sculptor and artist-in-residence at Glassboro State College. The installation includes a video portion created by a team including poet Ernest Yates and composer Edo Jasper. Her video images zero in on the urban environment; deteriorated housing here and elsewhere receives considerable attention - most notably the once- grand Parkside Avenue mansions on which her camera effectively dwells.
April 24, 1992
Frankly, we've had our belly full of President Bush's equivocating about whether he'll go to the largest gathering of world leaders ever - the United Nations' Earth Summit on environment and development in Brazil this June. One day he says he sure would like to go. The next, he frets about signing accords that might hamstring the U.S. economy. Still later, he remarks, "We do have room for compromising. " He's starting to sound like Mario Cuomo. What's really going on here is that the White House staff is split about the politics of whether to go to Rio. Some say Mr. Bush can't afford not to: All the other guys are going and, besides, it coincides with the California primary, when environmental stuff is likely to be hot. Others say it's a loser.
October 30, 2002
When he sails New Jersey's intracoastal waters, Rep. Jim Saxton remembers a time when Barnegat Bay was lined with treetops, not rooftops. That's why he has fought to expand the state's wildlife refuges and preserve its estuaries. He also remembers the late 1980s when red tides plagued New Jersey's coastline; dolphins were dying, and garbage and medical waste washed ashore. Now, the Republican congressman can boast that New Jersey's beaches are among the nation's cleanest - a model for states - because of clean-water laws he sponsored.
November 19, 1990 |
In the flood of news accounts, magazine articles, political oratory and governmental reports generated by the drug crisis, one can drown without ever confronting this fundamental question: Why in the last two decades of the 20th century do so many Americans of all races and economic levels turn to drugs as a means of coping with reality? Any program that hopes to be effective in reducing drug use among Americans must have, if not an answer to this question, at least a working hypothesis.
July 22, 1990 |
With the threat of global warming and acid rain, and with preservation of the Amazon rain forest on the minds environmentally conscious adults, Joseph Pilyar is looking to the future for help by asking children of the Delaware Valley to join in the fight and "Hug the Earth. " "The idea emanated from me, the store and my interest with children," said Pilyar, who is owner of a bookstore and the founder of the year-old, nonprofit environmental organization for children called Hug the Earth.
April 18, 1995 |
After returning from a trip to Russia several years ago, Karen Seaton, a teacher at Buckingham Friends School, asked her students to draw pictures about their images of Russians. "All the drawings," Seaton says now, "were dark and violent. " But no sooner had the school helped dispel those fears by starting an exchange program with a Russian school than Seaton discovered another fear just as insidious. "When we were talking about the environment I realized the students felt the same way as they had once felt about Russians," she said.