Commentary

The Buzz About Bees

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By Amanda Bancroft According to the UC Berkeley Backyard Bee Lab, we all should want bees in our backyards! But why, if bees can potentially sting us? “Without bees, there would be no chocolate, strawberries, or almonds!” At least 100 crops are pollinated by bees, and California almonds are pollinated 100 percent by bees. Researchers…

Climate Change Consensus: Fact or Belief?

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I don’t believe in climate change. That’s because science, unlike religion, does not require faith in something with a lack of hard evidence. Nobody can “believe” in science, but we can acknowledge facts that are represented by peer-reviewed scientific literature that has withstood the scientific process and emerged with a low degree of uncertainty and…

Go Fly a DIY Kite!

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By Amanda Bancroft March 22 marked the 24th anniversary of an event dear to Mary Poppin’s heart: “Art with an Altitude” Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. This was my first time attending the festival, and the experience taught me a lot about fancy thousand-dollar kites as well as inexpensive ones made of plastic…

‘Level of Concern’ in Mayflower

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By Melinda Pillsbury-Foster “…Ann began making frantic calls to every agency she could find, always told ‘the level of concern’ was not sufficient to warrant action. No one would listen. No agency, or Exxon, would even take a report.” A year ago Ann Jarrell was living in a house she loved. She had saved for…

Re: “The Ax vs. the Icon” in Ark. Dem-Gazette

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Dear Free Weekly Readers, “What a diabolically evil editorial!” was my first reaction. On Sunday, March 23, the Arkansas Dem-Gazette came out with a super-warmonger editorial that seemed straight out of Pentagon Psy Ops’ playbook. The editorial was about the liberation of the Crimea, but did not mention the Crimea even once. Amazing! There was…