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By sarah reasoner grey, 2017-02-22
I have received the update that I requested from Thinking scary thoughts. She is the woman who is concerned for her dog walking friend who suffered from cramps and went into hiding: Dear Sarah, Quite a lot has happened since I last wrote about my concern for my friend and neighbor. Thank you for caring enough to follow up with us. Around the 1st week of December my neighbor on the south side called us and told us to have our wells tested as they have had problems with high nitrogen and manganese in the water. We are in a valley with horse and sheep farms about two miles above us. We happen to have two wells, one domestic and one non domestic for watering the grounds and vegetable garden. Our water in both wells showed high manganese and one had e coli and high nitrogen. We have...
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Dear Sarah


By sarah reasoner grey, 2017-02-18
Dear Sarah,   My sister Jane is on Army PTSD disability. Recently our father died and left us a little money, and now Jane now has gotten herself involved in what I believe to be a scam. She called me yesterday to confess this to me, and said that she has known these people for quite some time. She has already given these people $ 38,000 from her small inheritance and has not told her husband about this. She never contacted her lawyer either. These people claim they will teach her how to find investors for house flipping, and offer her support by giving her names and phone numbers to contact. She says she will get it back and more when the deals are done. Isn't this just a come on to bilk people out of their money? Why would they need to get her money if they have investor names...
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Dear Sarah


By sarah reasoner grey, 2017-02-06
Dear Sarah,   My husband and I are having this ongoing conflict about our 15 year old daughter. We pay over 35K for her to attend a private academy and so far this has not been a good investment. She doesn't study, her grades are very poor, she smokes pot, and she has had gotten her only warning (first and last) about using that substance on school grounds. I think we should forget about sending her there next year, and her father disagrees. He feels she needs to "cut the crap" and study harder, which means that I have to come home from work and play the heavy with lots of yelling and aggravation while he comes home later and makes nice with her. I work primarily to pay for her education and I feel that this is not fair to me. She could go to public highschool, still give us...
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Thanks  to those of you who submitted nominations. The four top candidates in each category have been selected from the nominees. Please vote for the ones who you think have most affected the environment for good or ill.  If you will, please post a reason for your vote and a suggestion for suitable gifts for your favorite candidate. The most interesting and humorous gift suggestions will be acknowledged. Voting will close and the winners announced on  March 1, 2017 . Please  put your choice in each category as a comment below or you may vote in a poll at this site. Hall of Fame Nominees 1.  China – for announcing an investment of $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020 (and probably taking the  global lead  in green tech – a sad, missed opportunity for the US,...

Dear Sarah


By sarah reasoner grey, 2017-01-17
Dear Sarah, I own and operate a growing hobby/card shop. I like the business a lot, get to meet a few people who are regulars, and a couple have become friends. I have been in a romantic relationship for 4 years. We are both in our early thirties. It has been everything I needed and wanted and my girlfriend Michelle I know felt the same way about us. In our relaxed life style everything kind of fit.  We liked the same foods, the same neighborhood. She often would help me in the store at night when we are open for various card swaps and show and tell for the younger groups. We have friends in common, love our hiking vacations, and totally enjoy our two black cats Boris and Tink who hang with me in the store. Within the last year a few problems have arisen. Ever since Michelle...
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It is important that we recognize those who have most affected the environment by their words and actions.  Each year, this site takes a poll to find those most deserving to be in the Environmental Hall of Fame and the Environmental Hall of Shame. Please send  your nominations  for  each category by e-mail through the “Contact the Author”   link or put it in the comment section . If you would, please include a short reason that your nominee should be chosen and suggest a suitable gift if they win. Nominations  will be taken until January 31st, 2017. The nominees will then be  listed  and this site will conduct a poll to determine the winner in each category.   You may suggest a suitable prize for your nominee. Please be imaginative, as particularly thoughtful or humorous...
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Dear Sarah


By sarah reasoner grey, 2016-12-30
Dear Sarah, I worry about my parents. Mom is 79 and Daddy is 81. My sister and I met at LAX the week before Christmas and visited with them in Brighton Mass. and noticed a sharp decline in ways that are not healthy for them. Mom doesn't want to cook and clean any more and Daddy has very little desire to pick up the slack. So, the house is not clean, and they eat what we used to call TV dinners, canned soup, and Entenmann's coffee cakes. They are both thinner than they were last April, but told us that they get checkups regularly. They do have good doctors and adequate medical coverage so that is a godsend. It's just that they both have changed so much in less than a year and it scares us both. We know that independence is very important to them. We talked about it after we left...
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By sarah reasoner grey, 2016-12-22
Sarah wishes every one of you a peaceful and blessed holiday! $(document).ready(function() { var id = $('#ytplayer1Hy1AE'); var tw = id.width(); var th = Math.round(tw / 1.778); if (th < 300) { th = 300; } id.height(th); });
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Charles Krauthammer and Pyromania


By J.C. Moore, 2016-12-20
  https://i2.wp.com/jcmooreonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/777.jpg?w=539 539w" alt="777" width="300" height="227"> In a recent article, Charles Krauthammer lauded Donald Trump’s cabinet picks as they may destroy the agencies which they have been nominated to head. His article, “ The Trump Cabinet: Bonfire of the agencies  “, reflects his view that Government regulatory agencies should be torched. Like a pyromaniac, Mr. Krauthammer looks on gleefully as a fire he helped create with incendiary articles, lays waste to the agencies set up to protect our health and the environment. He seems particularly enamored with Scott Pruitt, who will likely head the EPA.  As the Attorney General of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt favored corporations and sued the EPA stop enforcement of...
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     This is a reprint of a  letter to the Wichita Eagle  from Dr. Patrick Pirotte, which explains why renewable energy is important for our future. Dr. Patrick Pirotte, O.D., is a board certified Fellow in the  College of Optometrists in Vision Development  and treats children with vision and learning-related vision problems. He lectures nationwide on the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems in children and on the impact of vision problems on learning and classroom performance. He is a member of the  Citizens Climate Lobby  and is an advocate for their carbon fee and dividend system to ensure a healthy future for our children. The letter below is reprinted with his permission: “I read with interest recent statements by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., about...
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