My letter to Penn State’s Board of Trustees about our citizens, our land, & the Cottages

Dear Chairman Dambly and the Penn State Board of Trustees, Thank you for your service to Penn State University, our Commonwealth’s storied land grant university. I am a proud son of Penn State faculty and staff, an alumni, and an employee of Penn State[1]. As a servant myself, I appreciate the time you take to … More My letter to Penn State’s Board of Trustees about our citizens, our land, & the Cottages

At some point, we all live downstream from fracking.

When I worked at Kiski, some folks on campus were concerned about the fracking that was happening around us, especially because there were fracking wells around the reservoir nearby. They had good reason to be worried. There were some recorded spills and a handful of citations. Now if you know anything about the gas industry … More At some point, we all live downstream from fracking.

“All my means are sane, my motive and object mad.” Pennypacker v. Ferguson Township

In the last week and a half, I’ve received dozens of emails about Pennypacker v. Ferguson Township. Ferguson and Centre Region citizens concerned about the short- and long-term impacts on our region from the Cottages luxury housing development want the highest court in Pennsylvania to rule on whether the former board violated zoning law. As I’ve written here previously, the Toll Brothers proposed development has been a mess. Citizens are right that the Supreme Court could clarify things by hearing the case. Will they? Who knows? The case has taken twists and turns and the board, to some citizens’ considerable disappointment did not file the answer many asked for. What’s going on? … More “All my means are sane, my motive and object mad.” Pennypacker v. Ferguson Township

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP IS ON THE VERGE OF BOLDLY ACTING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

[Updated: June 19, 2017] Tonight, the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors will vote on a truly ambitious climate resolution. We are voting to “develop a strategy to achieve net zero GHG emissions as quickly as feasible, but no later than 2050. Doing so will make us lead by example and engage our peer governments and … More FERGUSON TOWNSHIP IS ON THE VERGE OF BOLDLY ACTING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

How do we reduce violence in America?

Next Wednesday evening, the residents of our community will wrestle with the issue of violence in America from several perspectives, with the hope and expectation that we can work toward finding areas of common ground. This is your invitation to join that conversation. Peter Buckland and Rosa Eberly’s articles on this page offer two perspectives; … More How do we reduce violence in America?

We will not give our wrists up easily to unjust laws. This is our lunch counter moment.

I was proud to join the 100s who rallied at Penn State’s gates for love and compassion on Sunday. We oppose Donald Trump’s ban on people from Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya. We oppose a decision that consigns thousands of people to the hands of ISIS/ISIL. We oppose it because it throws … More We will not give our wrists up easily to unjust laws. This is our lunch counter moment.