History of Earth Day

Before the EPA, the Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act, there were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. Rachael Carson’s profound book, “Silent Spring” opened many people’s eyes regarding the incredibly damaging effects of pesticides and the complacency of our goverment in blindly accepting industry talking points about their safety. In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this and other environmental issues onto the national agenda.

2022 South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival planned for April 24

This year, an outdoor festival is planned in SLT to celebrate earth day. It is scheduled for Sunday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Bijou Community Park. If you live in the Tahoe area or plan to visit, please stop by and visit a booth or two. There will be food, arts and crafts and more to celebrate this historic day.

In a World On Fire, Stop Burning Things

By BILL McKIBBEN, The New Yorker – Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, had, he said, “seen many scientific reports in my time, but nothing like this.” Setting aside diplomatic language, he described the document as “an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership,” and added that “the world’s biggest polluters are guilty of arson of our only home.”

Republican Hypocrisy in Overdrive

by JOHN GARON, Placerville – Republican alarms about deficit spending and inflation reflect the party’s limitless capacity for hypocrisy. The GOP opposes the Build Back Better Act because it would cost $3.5 trillion and will “bankrupt the country” — conveniently forgetting the important qualifier: “$3.5 trillion spread over 10 years.” Mind you, it’s the same GOP that voted for $9.1 trillion Trump and Bush II tax cuts, spread over one year.

CBS News has hired Mick Mulvaney

CBS News has hired Mick Mulvaney as a paid on-air contributor. In his first official appearance on Tuesday morning to talk about President Joe Biden’s budget proposal, anchor Anne-Marie Green introduced Mulvaney as “a former Office of Management and Budget director,” and said, “So happy to have you here…. You’re the guy to ask about this.”

Success of Newsom’s mental health proposal requires overcoming California’s biggest hurdle

The decision to place a loved one in psychiatric care can be traumatic, let alone the more overwhelming possibility that they might decline the care they need. Left untreated, psychiatric disorders can lead to homelessness, crime and incarceration or isolation in which the conditions may worsen.