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U.S. military's carbon footprint is the elephant in the room

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on February 27th, 2017

Recent reports on low snow conditions at state ski areas and the extent of drought throughout the country affect all Coloradans.

It is no longer news that climate change threatens our well-being and security. We read of rising sea levels and increasing natural disasters. What is news, and hardly reported, is the elephant in the room: the enormous carbon footprint of the U.S. military, the largest single consumer of energy in the world.

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Republican tax plan far from populist

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on December 1st, 2017

The Republicans’ tax plan should lay to rest the idea that there is anything “populist” about their agenda. “Highlights” (or perhaps more appropriately, “lowlights”) of that plan include:

  • A huge tax cut for corporations - from 35% to 20%;
  • Enormous tax cuts for the wealthy, through elimination of the alternative minimum tax and a significant reduction in the estate tax;
  • Minimal tax cuts – and tax increases for many – for those in all but the top fifth of the income distribution;
  • Ballooning of the federal debt - an additional $1.5 Trillion over the next ten years; and
  • Partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act in the latest Senate version, resulting in 13 million fewer people having health insurance.

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Meaning of “Strength Through Peace”

Adapted from a message to the Ft. Collins Mennonite Fellowship delivered by Kevin Cross on July 4th, 2010

In a nutshell, the name of our organization means that pursuing truly peaceful policies toward other countries would make our society, as well as the societies with which we interact, stronger.  The converse of that statement is that pursuing warlike policies toward other countries makes both “us” and “them” weaker, more fragile.

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