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Hey, it's Soldiers Day! (March 4th.... get it?)
One in thirty-one Americans are under some form of correctional control, the highest in the entire world and yet crime is not any lower here than in nations more free. A report from the Pew Charitable Trust says;
The remarkable rise in corrections spending wasn’t fate or even the natural consequence of spikes in crime. It was the result of state policy choices that sent more people to prison and kept them there longer. The sentencing and release laws passed in the 1980s and 1990s put so many more people behind bars that last year the incarcerated population reached 2.3 million and, for the first time, one in 100 adults was in prison or jail.
Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has asked the courts to "set aside" the election he lost to Al Franken last November saying that it was impossible to judge whether the votes separating the two were for one or the other candidate. Really now. This legal wrangling has kept the people of Minnesota under-represented in the US Senate and it's time Mr. Coleman called it a day, stepped aside, and let the officially declared winner take his seat in Washington. Norm, you can run again!
Some Americans have launched a $20 million campaign to deny health care to the rest of us. Headed by health care executive Richard Scott, who is putting $5 million of his own cash into the fray, Conservatives for Patients Rights, aims to ensure that only the wealthy have access to affordable health care. His primary concern is that the government maintain competition between health care providers and insurance companies, a market strategy that has not worked well for the 45 million Americans who cannot afford market rate insurance. Government intervention, according to the group, would stifle competition thus lowering the quality of care for all. All those who can get it, I guess.
KENT – Two corporate officers of a Town of Kent-based company have been arrested and charged with stealing approximately $600,000 from their employer.
Green in Greene (county) Harvests the Breeze
The couple’s brainstorming began back on Earth Day of last year. As the parents of a six-year-old son, they wanted to take part in preserving the environment for future generations. They wanted to provide a source of clean, sustainable energy to the people of Greene County and beyond, and they sought to provide jobs to members of their community. Exploration of solar power left them less than bright on its prospects as an energy source. Relatively new technology meant that harvesting the sun’s rays could only provide about 18 percent mass-produced efficiency. The Abrams also had doubts about solar power’s reliability in a less sunny clime. They turned toward their ongoing research of an energy type that was 95 percent efficient, and better suited to the capricious and sometimes volatile weather conditions of the Northeast, a power that would be supported by the altitude of the Catskill Mountains.
By KEVIN SACK
An investment bank report says geothermal energy is now cheaper per kilowatt-hour than coal-derived power. But there are lots of caveats.
On a frigid day, it's easy to forget that the climate is warming. Evidence is everywhere.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
By DAVID CRARY – 23 hours ago