"The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it’s that I have greater respect for justice. Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code."
Tim DeChristopher, July 26, 2011
A poll conducted by Elon University during the last week of February, 2013, found that up to 76% of North Carolinians support reforming our state cannabis laws.
It is my opinion that cannabis legalization may be the single most important issue facing our state and our nation today. No other issue addresses health, jobs, climate change, and human rights issues (to name but a few) as does the legalization of cannabis.
“One day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s market place. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the oil?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the iron ore?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?’ These are questions that must be asked.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Category Archives: Environment
I am speechless. For once I can find nothing insightful or constructive to add to an article I just read, but I feel compelled to share at least part of it with you and try to convey my reaction to it anyway. The article in question is an opinion piece written by John Gibbons and published at IrishTimes.com titled, The Arctic ice cap is melting – and with it goes our future. If you can read this and not genuinely … Continue reading
Written by: James Raymond Performed by: David Crosby, Graham Nash, James Raymond, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Dean Parks and Jeff Pevar Produced by: Russ and Nathanial Kunkel David Crosby and Graham Nash are and always have been two of my biggest musical, activist, and personal heroes. Perfect? No, not by a long shot. David nearly self-destructed many times over, and paid a heavy price for it, but through it all these two brothers-in-art have stayed true to their values and beliefs … Continue reading
I’ve had it with the steady stream of lies and the preferential – dare I say, socialist – treatment the petroleum industry receives from our government. They pay next to know taxes, often receive rebates and subsidies far in excess of any tax liability, and rake in record profits in the billions and trillions of dollars year after year. Meanwhile, the communities in which they operate get poisoned in the process, our environment gets pushed closer and closer to the … Continue reading
This year, over the objections of many North Carolinians and our governor, the Republican led state legislature approved hydraulic fracturing natural gas drilling in our state. Many of these Republican lawmakers are running for re-election in their newly gerrymandered districts, often unopposed. I will not be casting a vote for any unopposed candidate this year, and I hope you will do the same. Our state needs jobs as desperately as any state, but we need clean drinking water even more. … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a lot about food lately;how we grow it, how we waste it, and why so many are hungry while so many others are obviously over-fed. If anything is obvious it’s this: industrial agriculture is killing not only the human race, but the planet as a whole. This morning I found an article written by Dr. Vandana Shiva, the founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, posted at Al-Jazeera. I’ve selected a few excerpts to re-post … Continue reading