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Sandy Kurtz

October is here! It’s my custom at this time to remind you once again of the wondrous seasonal change now beginning and answer that burning question: Why do leaves fall off trees? To quote myself from past writings: more

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What do you pay for a gallon of gas? $2.49 or more for regular unleaded? How many miles per gallon do you get? 20? 37? 60? Gee, those old enough can remember when they had gas wars and the price per gallon would be $.33 forcing the station across ... more

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Mayor Berke will kick off the Climate March at Station Street on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m. The marchers will move to the TVA plaza at 11th and Market Street to emphasize the need for governments, utilities, businesses, and people from all ... more

The Bowl

Let’s get this straight: Nuclear is not an answer! In the 21st century we are moving on to renewable energy for electricity generation. Coal, gas and nuclear are going the way of buggy whips. We didn’t run out of rocks either, but the Rock Age is ... more

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Jeannie Hacker-Cerulean has always wanted to bring stories to life. When she was five years old, she put her dolls in long dresses as ugly stepsisters and directed her sister to play Cinderella. By the time she graduated from high school in ... more

Cover Story

During this time of environmental assaults emanating from Washington, DC, what is a concerned person to do? We can make a lot of noise with petition signing, marches, and visiting legislators. Those actions all help. After all, EPA head Scott ... more

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There must be a mole in the Walker County Government lower echelons. How else could the word have leaked out that Pilgrim’s Pride wants to build a chicken processing plant in McLemore Cove? Walker County officials say they can neither confirm nor ... more

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Sit down. Look around. See any plastic? Of course you do. Your computer keyboard, water bottles, cups, plates, take-out containers, medicine bottles, grocery bags, furniture laminates, Styrofoam packing, shower curtains, disposable diapers, food ... more

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Well, the recent cold temperatures might have fool ed you, but the dogwoods and redbuds are blooming so it must be spring. The bright green of new tree leaves gives hope for life ongoing as many humans before us have noted with ceremony. more

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How will energy usage change in the next 20 years in the Tennessee Valley? Good question. It’s one that Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking the public as it puts together its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). more

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Have you heard? It’s the year of the bird! In honor of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Audubon Society, National Geographic, BirdLife International, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other partners have launched a yearlong celebration of ... more

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Exercise; eat healthier; be a better person; clean up clutter. Did you make any new year’s resolutions? Given 2017, assuming you want to continue decent quality of life on this planet, serious 2018 environmental resolutions are needed. To quote ... more

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The recent weakening of water protection in Chattanooga’s stormwater ordinance favors homebuilders over water quality despite numerous citizen objections based on engineering and scientific knowledge. The process allowed homebuilder profit at the ... more

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It’s that time of year again. Trees are getting ready for winter. It’s my custom at this time to remind you of the wondrous seasonal change now in progress and answer that burning question: Why do leaves fall off the trees? more

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Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard! Several days of excessive rain and wind flooded the city with four feet of rain in places where residents never before worried. City fathers admitted the storm surge didn’t lead to heavy flooding, but instead an ... more

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How many times have you heard someone say, “Yeah, when I was a kid, my mom would kick us out of the house and say ‘don’t come back ‘til dinner’?” Maybe it was even true for you. These days, however, mothers will likely say, “it’s dinner time—turn ... more

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In 2012, TVA suddenly cut numerous mature trees in people’s back yards bordering transmission lines. Contractors showed up unannounced to kill all tree species that might grow 15 feet tall within the wide power line easement. When citizens asked ... more

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For safe development purposes, land has been divided into two categories: greenfields and brownfields. You likely sense that a greenfield would be a farm or a place where no business or manufacturer has ever polluted. By process of elimination ... more

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Well, he has done it. President Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Accord. Outrageous! As dust settles, we find China the new world leader in the urgent charge to ameliorate climate chaos. China, partnering with the European Union, will ... more

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Imagine yourself amidst a crowd of 200,000 people on a sweltering day marching on hot pavement in Washington D.C. Imagine this positive, energetic crowd bringing a message in unison to the center of U.S. governmental power: Listen! Listen, ... more

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October 20, 2018

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October 21, 2018

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October 22, 2018

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October 23, 2018

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October 24, 2018

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October 25, 2018

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October 26, 2018