Congress Must Fund Harvey Recovery Ahead of Petty Partisan Priorities

Post has been updated (see bold insert below) Not even this Congress can avoid the reality that its game plan for an end-of-the-year home stretch has been severely altered. America’s appetite for petty politics has been washed away by a merciless tempest. Providing federal aid to rural and urban areas shattered by Hurricane Harvey is […]

Learning to Live Without Oil

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The past few nights Ed, my husband, and I have been watching a DVD called “The Crash Course.” The title’s double meaning is bitterly delicious. The DVD  is a three-hour lecture by Chris Martenson on the interplay between what’s going on with the economy, energy, and the environment and how the […]

Food for Thought: Define “Legitimate”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In my early days as a reporter for the Salem (Mass.) News, I covered the Ipswich District Court. Ipswich is a seacoast town famous for its clams. Actually (and keep this in mind as you read what comes next), Ipswich clams don’t necessarily come from Ipswich. The term has to do […]

The Full Catastrophe

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If the BP oil disaster were in my town, the area covered would reach from a point in the Atlantic Ocean east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire west to Utica, New York; and from Hartford, Connecticut north to Barre, Vermont. This information leaves me breathless. You can see what the full catastrophe […]

Deepwater Got You Down? Try This Spring Tonic

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Over at Truthout, there’s some really good stuff today on the tragedy of the Gulf Coast. I’m not going to call it “the oil spill” anymore and I’ll bet you won’t, either, if you follow the first of the links I offer here. In a characteristically feisty piece titled “Government Impotence […]

Of Disasters, Natural and Unnatural

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson All day long I’ve been thinking about the creatures in the Gulf of Mexico who are being buffeted by globs of oil, have no idea what’s happening, and no way to ask. This is not a case of the Bambi syndrome.  I don’t ascribe human desires and emotions to animals. (I […]