Preservation in Delaware? Of Delaware?

Recently I’ve received many emails about a “celebration” of historic preservation in Delaware.  From my perspective the hypocrisy of this is breathtaking.

It can be said that there are three broad categories of “resources” needing preservation.  Natural resources such as air, water, forests, plants and animals.  Cultural resources, meaning objects or materials or works created by humans.  These are buildings, roads and other “infrastructure,” farms, villages, stations on the underground railroad, books, scrolls, music, and so on.  And human resources, meaning ourselves, people.

All are interdependent.  Delaware abuses them all. Continue reading

What’s really happening with Delaware?

I’ve been trying to write this for weeks.  It’s hard–too personal and my stomach knots up thinking about these things.  So I will try a different approach and include more that is personal.

Would it surprise you to know that people in Minnesota live, on average, 2.7 years longer than people in Delaware?  Why might this be? Continue reading

Shame! Delaware Nature Society gives its top “Conservation” award to Governor Jack Markell.

Sucking up to the Devil:  It’s just not Natural ….
Delaware “Nature” Society gives its top “Conservation” award to Governor Jack Markell on April 13, 2016.
See this link for a version of the “Nature” Society press release on it’s annual meeting.
We have seen a number of outraged emails and Facebook posts about this, and rightly so. In fact, though, it is “Natural,” It’s consistent with the mission and purpose of the Delaware “Nature” Society to give an award to a notoriously anti-environmental governor. Continue reading

Passing of Dorothy Miller

Former News Journal editor and reporter Shaun Mullen reports in his blog that Dorothy Miller has recently died. I don’t seen an obit in the News Journal. Not surprising, I suppose. At some time in the past one would have seen a “news obit” of a significant figure, which Dot Miller was. But those days are gone and perhaps the “Stooge” Journal no longer publishes any sort of obit without being paid to do so.

In any case, Miller was a leading figure in the preservation of the White Clay Creek valley from being flooded as a reservoir. I barely knew Miller–and don’t think she liked me–but have spent a lot of time walking, biking, and just hanging out along White Clay Creek. The preservation of the area, some in Delaware and some in Pennsylvania, is quite a monument to any person. I’ll let Mullen tell the story:

http://kikoshouse.blogspot.com/2016/01/come-witness-wonder-you-may-be-guardian.html:

 

“A Scientist-Lawmaker’s Case for GMO Labeling”

Minnesota state Representative Phyllis Kahn has authored this article which appears in Governing (Magazine):

http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/voices/col-scientist-lawmaker-case-gmo-labeling.html

There are real health and environmental concerns, and labeling is a reasonable response to them.
by | February 18, 2016

As one of roughly a dozen Ph.D. scientists serving in state legislatures, I make a point of following policy issues with a scientific component, particularly when they concern my field of specialization, DNA replication and recombination.

One such issue is whether to require food produced from crops grown from seeds that have been genetically modified to be labeled as such. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are usually created by transferring genetic material from one organism to another using techniques that go beyond the usual plant or animal breeding. Continue reading

Here is the shameful roll call of votes on SB 40, eliminating the death penalty for new cases in Delaware.

SB 40 Peterson Defeated

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DEATH PENALTY.

Date: 01/28/2016 06:41 PM Defeated

Vote Type:SM Yes: 16 No: 23 Not Voting: 0 Absent: 2

Baumbach Y J. Johnson Y Peterman A
Bennett A Q. Johnson N Potter Y
Bentz Y Keeley Y Ramone Y
Bolden Y Kenton N B. Short Y
Brady Y Kowalko Y D. Short N
Briggs King N Longhurst N M. Smith Y
Carson N Lynn Y Smyk N
Collins N Matthews Y Spiegelman N
Dukes N Miro Y Viola Y
Gray N Mitchell N K. Williams N
Heffernan Y Mulrooney N Wilson N
Hensley N Osienski N Yearick N
Hudson N Outten N Schwartzkopf N
Jaques N Paradee N

Here we go again: Delaware City Refinery and a bad Governor

I’ve written about the Delaware City Refinery so many times, over so many years, that it’s hard to believe more is needed.  It’s tiresome to think about.  It never ends.  Yet here we go again. (pic:  The Delaware City Refinery in action, Delaware City Environmental Coalition; via Amy Roe)

The Refinery has operated under a number of owners beginning with Tidewater Oil.  It started up in 1956 or 1957, before the time of meaningful environmental regulation and took out a national ad in Readers Digest promising “Country sweet air for our neighbors.” Continue reading