Abraham Lincoln’s consolation to Mrs. Heyer

Executive Mansion, Washington, August 13, 2017. Dear Madam,– I have just been notified by the findings of the Justice Department and a statement of the Attorney General that you are the mother of a daughter who joined men and women, black and white, who gloriously marched for the equality and dignity of their brothers and … More Abraham Lincoln’s consolation to Mrs. Heyer

In Ferguson Township, we stand for justice & love.

I was appalled by the alleged “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia. What organizers claimed was an event to bring people together about white plight, was a thinly veiled threat against all who disagree with them. It didn’t take long for that veil to be pulled away and their true colors to show. Like … More In Ferguson Township, we stand for justice & love.

Barred owl

silent sentinel barred owl     leaf shadow dappled crossed crooked rock creek [Yesterday I saw a barred owl in Yellow Creek State Park while I was mountain biking.]

The State College Borough Water Authority staff and board are comfortable with the Cottages.

The State College Borough Water Authority has released a statement on the proposed Toll Brother development. At the Ferguson Township board’s first meeting in July I asked Steven Jackson, the Ferguson liaison to the State College Borough Water Authority, to request that the authority address the issue of risk from the Cottages development. Two weeks ago … More The State College Borough Water Authority staff and board are comfortable with 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