Funding our Future

Funding our Future

It’s not just about the bird. When Mitt Romney declared in the first presidential debate that if he were elected he would cut funding for Big Bird, he really meant he’d take the knife to the whole kit and kaboodle. His policy platform called for the total...
The Humanity of Poetry

The Humanity of Poetry

Take it from Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple. “Poetry can be sharper than a sword in cutting through lies.” Every day, our politicians and pundits lie to us. They argue that our differences as Americans are greater than what we have in common....

This isn’t Sarah Palin’s Alaska

With the holidays upon us again, I think back with both pleasure and distress to the feast I was welcomed to a few seasons ago at the top of Alaska. The effects of climate change in polar regions are now starkly obvious–and they have consequences. Not so long...

Warning: Shopping May Prove Deadly to Miners

  Anderson Cooper is talking to coal-mining families and politicians in West Virginia again. Ever since that explosion ripped through an underground mine in Montcoal, it seems people all across America are discussing the dangers of mining. If you watched the news...

Imagination Crisis

Our country faces a crippling crisis of imagination. The problems we face are enormous: a rapidly deteriorating planet, a broken health care system, millions out of work, so many who’ve lost their homes, children who go to bed hungry, and two wars that grind on with...