Community Articles from 2017
Spotlight On … Hospicare and Palliative Services of Tompkins County
By Rob Montana
Posted July 22, 2017
Non-profit organizations are plentiful throughout Tompkins County, and make a big impact in our communities. Despite their contributions, area non-profits can sometimes go unnoticed or unknown. In an effort to shine a spotlight on those who are making a difference in our county, Tompkins Weekly will be showcasing these organizations on a regular basis.
This week we are highlighting Hospicare and Palliative Services of Tompkins County, a community resource that provides hospice care to people with terminal diagnosis, relief during illness and bereavement support for people who are grieving a loss.
Our mission is to bring medical expertise and compassionate, respectful care to people and their loved ones at any stage of a life-threatening illness and to provide information and education about advanced illness, dying, and bereavement to the entire community. More…
Too often the main stream media focuses on things that are wrong, but not on all of the wonderful things that are right in society. This series of articles takes a refreshing look at success stories.
Banking On Our Country
by Frank Sanitate
Posted July 17, 2017
Public Bank advocates are ready to help Santa Barbara County take a deeper look at the Public Banking Solution. Officials are eager to find a realistic way to deal with their budget short-fall. Others are curious about what kind of non-taxed-based revenue a public bank could generate that might be used to pay for crucial public services, and things like affordable housing so that their teachers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other key employees can live closer to where they work.
Currently our County Board of Supervisors is trying to resolve an anticipated $30 million budget shortfall. They – and virtually all other city, county, state and national governments — continue to try to resolve the problem in the same old boring ways. They cut services and jobs, or increase taxes. But there is a better way to solve the problem, one that’s been around for almost 100 years, but virtually unknown – increase revenues through creating a “public bank”. More…
Genetically Modified Bread Given Green Light by Vatican
By Julian Rose
Posted July 15, 2017
In what will surely to be considered a highly controversial statement, Vatican cardinal Robert Sarah, has stated that Catholic priests can use genetically modified bread during the Eucharist – but not ‘gluten-free’ bread.
In an article in the Guardian online* Sarah is quoted as saying that guidance was needed now that Eucharist bread can be found in supermarkets and even over the internet. Sarah had earlier reminded bishops that the bread should be made by people “distinguished by their integrity.”
Somehow or other, in giving the OK to the use of GM unleavened bread, this statement encapsulates everything which is antithetical to basic, informed wisdom – never mind spiritual guidance. To deliberately distort the composition of the genetic code of life, is to go against the principle of reverence for the species. Doubly so since this is only undertaken to increase the profits of the corporations that patent the engineered plants. More…
Net Neutrality Is About Much More Than the Internet
By John Nichols
Posted July 14, 2017
Will the voice of the people be drowned out by a flood of corporate cash? Because our lives are now so digital, and because they are becoming so automated, the fight over net neutrality is really the fight over the whole of the future.
It comes down to a simple question: Will that future be defined by civic and democratic values? Or will it defined by commercial and entertainment values?
The telecommunications companies have an answer. They want to colonize the Internet, as they have other communications platforms, with an eye toward reaping immense and unwarranted profits. More…
Independent Internet At Serious Risk
by Battle For The Internet
Posted July 12, 2107
Right now, new FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has a plan to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies immense control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, the FCC will give companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T control over what we can see and do on the Internet, with the power to slow down or block websites and charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience.
If we lose net neutrality, we could soon face an Internet where some of your favorite websites are forced into a slow lane online, while deep-pocketed companies who can afford expensive new “prioritization” fees have special fast lane access to Internet users – tilting the playing field in their favor.
But on July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them. Websites, Internet users, and online communities will stand tall, and sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality.
The Battle for the Net campaign will provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your friends, family, followers to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!
Learn more and join the action here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12
Dakota Access-Style Policing Moves to Pennsylvania’s Mariner East 2 Pipeline
by Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri
Posted July 11, 2017
After months of employing military-style counterinsurgency tactics to subvert opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and South Dakota, the private security firm TigerSwan is monitoring resistance to another project — the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline.
Like DAPL, Mariner East 2 is owned by Energy Transfer Partners. The pipeline is slated to run for 350 miles, transporting ethane, butane, and propane through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to a hub near Philadelphia for shipment to both domestic and international markets. Internal TigerSwan documents reviewed by The Intercept suggest the company has had a presence in Pennsylvania since at least April. More…
Wild Bees Can Help Honey Bees—How Your Yard Can Support Them
By Lori Panico
Posted July 6, 2017
Although farmers have come to rely on imported honey bees, wild pollinators are hardier. By now we’ve all heard that domesticated honeybee populations continue to decline, endangering our food systems. Although farmers have come to rely on imported species of domesticated honeybees, hardier wild bees do some of the work, too. There are 4,000 native bee species in North America. They support natural ecosystems by keeping a healthy diversity among pollinators. But even they are facing threats. Here’s how to be a backyard beekeeper for wild bees.
Including native plants in your garden and yard will help provide habitat and sustenance for bees year round. By researching which native plants are most helpful to bees, you can plan a garden that is beneficial to their seasonal needs. More…
This beer kills pipelines
By Rob Hopkins
Posted July 5, 2017
The TransCanada pipeline (called Energy East) is intended to transport oil from the tar sands in Alberta to St. John in New Brunswick, a route of 6,400km across Canada. Once built, 1.1 million barrels of oil are intended to flow through it every day. Every day. In the province of Quebec alone, the pipeline goes over more than 860 different rivers and at one point, goes underneath the St Lawrence River, which is 2km wide. It passes through First Nations peoples’ land. If built, it would be the biggest such project ever built in North America. TransCanada, as you might imagine, say it would be “100% safe”, but as you might also imagine, no-one believes them.
Students, unions, First Nations peoples and many more have come together to resist the pipeline. Marie-Eve Leclerc is one of the citizens involved in Coule Pas Chez Nous (now an organization). One day she gave a talk about the story of the resistance movement and afterwards drank a beer whose label spoke about how it was designed to raise money for endangered species. The idea came to her for a beer that opposed the pipeline, exposed the risks to drinking water, and brought together many of the craft brewers in the province. More…
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