Humans. Love us. Hate us. Wonderful. Horrid.
In this column, I am not trying to change anyone’s mind, in contrast to my two-part column of April wherein I was attacking capitalism and hoping to make converts to my opinion. Capitalism is still much on my mind, but I am not going to continue to analyse its effects, merely observe them.
Dear fellow Rosslanders,
You may or may not be aware, but it is municipal budget and tax rate setting time again. There is no really exciting way to start this conversation, but it might be one that you would benefit from taking a moment to look at.
To further our understanding of what's accelerating climate change, here's a brand-new report from the David Suzuki Foundation about leaking of methane from fracking and other fossil fuel extraction being much greater than reported by industry and government, and how it has been measured, and why it's scary:
The Rossland Telegraph asked two sets of questions of the local candidates in this provincial election. Answers to the first four questions (Part I) appeared last week.
To The Editor:
It happens every election. The NDP line up and lecture other lefties on how they mustn’t split the vote and open an avenue for the current government to retain power.
It’s always the same. Defeating the political right is of paramount importance, they sternly warn, and a vote for the Greens is a vote for the right.
Last week, I posted an editorial criticizing negative campaigning, and posed questions for our local candidates to answer -- without mentioning other candidates or other parties. Here are two of our local candidates' answers to the first set of four questions; the third candidate, Liberal Jim Postnikoff, was unfortunately unable to respond in time.
This continues a discussion begun in Part I, last week.
Bad Capitalism: exploitation
Every day, my inbox is littered with vitriol from two of BC's political parties, about each other. They're each titled "press release" but I haven't been publishing them. Perhaps that's wrong-headed of me, but I don't want to encourage the negativity.
Capitalists,Liberals, Nationalists, Intellectuals
News about money
A report released recently by Evidence for Democracy shows that resource capacity and scientific independence are the most pressing scientific integrity issues within the BC government. "Evidence-based decision-making" has become the mantra of governments, but without good evidence, it's a difficult promise to deliver.