Perspectives

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Monumental Memories ...

11 hours ago

One of my favorite things that presidents do, or used to do, is create national monuments.

In 2000 Bill Clinton created the Ironwood Forest National Monument north of Tucson, Arizona. My sister Melanie and her husband Lee run a small store, the Valley Mart, just across the road from this monument. Every winter, if we’re lucky, my family pays a visit over Christmas. My wife Breja and I love to hike this protected landscape.

An Important Lesson For Presidents

Jan 22, 2018

On Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump reduced the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments in Utah by some two million acres. As it stands right now, it is the largest rollback of federally protected lands in our nation’s history.

In 2015, there were 307 million recreational visits to our sites in the National Park System. So, on one hand, we had almost as many visits to our national parks and monuments as we have citizens. But, on the other, we have a president who saw fit to reduce two national monuments by the combined size of Delaware and about half of Rhode Island.

Do You Know Who's Listening?

Jan 19, 2018

The standout products from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show were clearly the digital assistants -- specifically Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. And, if what was displayed at this year’s gadget show is any indication, we are on the verge of a voice-activated-device invasion.

Here's Another Pesky 'Bug' To Avoid

Jan 18, 2018

Have you been worried about the many contagious bugs trying to invade our bodies? But did you know that anxiety also can be contagious? If you spend time with an individual or a group that is tense or negative, you know how hard it is to not pick up this anxious bug.

Hemp Offers Benefits For The Future

Jan 17, 2018

The Polo Hemp Mill in Illinois began operation on November 20, 1943. At that time there were more than 3,200 hemp growers in the state.

Educational materials and propaganda videos such as "Victory for Hemp" were sponsored by the U.S. government, assuring cultivation would be backed by our military and economy.

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