Crunch Time For Democrats

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Bipartisanship cannot mean simply that Democrats give up everything that they believe in, find the handful of things that Republicans have been advocating for and we do those things, and then we have bipartisanship. —Barack Obama, at a news conference Feb. 9, 2010 On Thursday, February 25, the President is hosting [...]

Hungry for a Better School Lunch? Pick Up the Phone

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson While school is in session — and, in some places, through summer vacation, too — about one-third of the energy a child takes in during the day should come from the lunch he or she eats at school. And the food that provides that energy shouldn’t be all starch and fat.  [...]

The Little Town That Could — Broadband Update

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Not only could we start our own tiny town’s broadband system, we did it. In August, 2008, this town of 750 people voted to borrow $40,000 to start building a wireless broadband system that we hope will eventually serve the entire town.  As it has turned out, we didn’t need to [...]

Tracking the American Power Act

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Its short name is the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, but it’s not an “act” until the President signs it into law. Until then, it’s a “bill,” which is how I’ll refer to it here. The complete bill runs more than 800 pages; a faster-downloading version of the complete [...]

Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The video linked here runs 18 minutes.  If you can possibly view it, I urge you to do so.  It’s a true story, told by a woman — a brain scientist who speaks plain English — who had a stroke. A friend, who also had a stroke, sent me the link [...]

Let’s Move, says the First Lady

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson You don’t need the numbers. You see it all around you: little children too chubby to be called “pleasingly plump,” which is what my grandfather used to say about me when I told him I hated being fat. More than one-third of American children – some 12 million in all – [...]

Time to Kick Ass

by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Every time I hear the bleating heads on cable news and NPR say the Massachusetts special election to fill Teddy Kennedy’s seat resulted in the Democrats losing their super majority in the Senate, I want to throw up. Or throw something. The Democrats never had a super majority, the 60 votes [...]

Global Weirding

by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Mark February 12, 2010, on your calendar as the first day since records started being kept on which there was snow on the ground in every state except Hawaii. Meteorologists are coming combing 43 years of weather history to be sure that’s the case, but so far no one has come [...]

Mark Your Calendar for Spring!

by Daphne Bishop It may not be spring yet, but 1000 Radishes are about to sprout up, and with them potentially far-reaching ways to connect local growers with the people who crave their wares. You may recall, we told you about 1000 Radishes last summer. It’s a high-tech way to find what’s in season, connect [...]

Ohio Uses Stimulus to Create Jobs, Improve Communities

Posted with permission from PolicyinPractice.org and the law firm of Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP Last week Ohio reported that between October 31 and December 31, 2009 over 20,000 jobs have been created or retained as a direct result of the stimulus funding.  This funding, provided at a critical time has made the difference to Ohio’s [...]