Rolling Stone outlines a fantastic overview on the effects of the wildfires that have devastated the West this summer including the effects and the problems faced both environmentally and human-caused.
“This is the present, and the future, of climate change. Our overheated world is amplifying drought and making megafire commonplace. This is happening even in the soggy Pacific Northwest, which has been hard-hit by what’s been dubbed a “wet drought.” Despite near-normal precipitation, warm winter temperatures brought rain instead of snow to the region’s mountains. What little snow did hit the ground then melted early, leaving the Northwest dry — and ready to burn in the heat of summer.”
Shouldn’t we explore any and all areas for opportunity for growth and improvement in the public education system? Shouldn’t we welcome new challenges? When there is a waitlist for charter schools, don’t we owe it to the children to ensure everyone has that opportunity? I mean isn’t that what this is all about anyway: the kids?
I still wholeheartedly do not like the fact that this means funds are diverted from public schools who also need them, and it sets a dangerous precedence for what public schools could become (i.e. the “bad” option), but the answer is not by remaining stagnant, we need radical reform and we need it now.
CarbonWa addresses climate change by empowering ordinary citizens to make a difference for our environment. I-732 would implement a $25 per ton tax on carbon pollution which creates incentives for everyone to reduce their carbon emissions. All of the revenue raised by the tax goes to reducing existing taxes. The majority goes toward a 1 percent reduction in the sales tax for everyone! Additionally, it virtually eliminates the B&O tax for manufacturers and finally a tax rebate for low income families called the “Working Families Rebate.” By signing your name you move this initiative to the state legislature which will vote Y or N! (Washington)
Originally posted on TIME: I sympathize with the dilemma of Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP whose parents maintain that she is not any part black, as she has claimed (#whiteisthenewblack). See, I too have…