The Snipers of Jersey Shore

  by WALTER BRASCH   Garder54 calls Kevin June “a real scum.” LadyDawg4 calls him a “sleazeball.” Proud2bMom calls him a “liar and a thief.” Kevin June is the reluctant leader for the 37 families of the Riverdale Mobile Home Village in Jersey Shore, Pa., who were evicted from their … Continue reading

Collateral Damage in the Marcellus Shale

    by WALTER BRASCH   There’s nothing to suggest that in his 51 years Kevin June should be a leader. Not from his high school where he dropped out after his freshman year. Not from his job, where he worked as an auto body technician for more than 35 … Continue reading

FRACKING: Corruption a Part of Pennsylvania’s Heritage

  by WALTER BRASCH  (part 3 of 3) The history of energy exploration, mining, and delivery is best understood in a range from benevolent exploitation to worker and public oppression. A company comes into an area, leases land in rural and agricultural areas for mineral rights, increases employment, usually in … Continue reading

FRACKING: Pennsylvania Gags Physicians

  by WALTER BRASCH  (Part 1 of 3)  A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The procedure is commonly known as fracking. Fracking is the controversial method of … Continue reading

Stories We Will Still Have to Write in 2012

  by WALTER and ROSEMARY BRASCH   In January 2009, with a new president about to be inaugurated, we wrote a column about the stories we preferred not having to write, but knew we would. Three years later, we are still writing about those problems; three years from now, we’ll … Continue reading

The High Cost of Freedom from Fossil Fuels

For a few hours on the afternoon of Nov. 1, the people of southern California were scared by initial reports of an alert at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. An “alert” is the second of four warning levels. Workers first detected an ammonia leak in a water purification system … Continue reading

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend: Clinton has ‘grit’ to lead

Tomorrow voters will cast their votes in the Pennsylvania primary and then it’s on to Indiana and North Carolina. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was stumping in South Bend for Hillary on Sunday. She answered some questions for the South Bend Tribune after and event at St. Mary’s College. Here’s a couple of … Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

Maybe it’s the cold medicine, but, today’s Ten Post Round-Up has my head spinning: 1: Proof of progress in Iraq: Seatbelts!… As the Iraqis Buckle Up, We Will Stand Down—Bring It On! 2: Sometimes, doing things the old-fashioned way, really is best… Exposed: The Great GM Crops Myth— 3: Ben … Continue reading

The Weekend Reading List

I’ve been laying low today, once again playing catch up with business and rest. Ah, yes rest… Something I never get enough of. Suffice to say running a small business and a blog keeps me very busy and rarely take much time for myself. That said, here’s the Weekend Reading List: … Continue reading

Bush or Nero?

Here’s a little important non-primary related activism for readers from Senator Barbara Boxer in the wake of Bush’s latest too little too late global warming plan: Dear Friend: On Wednesday, President Bush delivered what was billed as a major speech on global warming. What a disaster! Rather than staking out … Continue reading