Linda Pall, climate mayor

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Dig deep into your pockets, Moscow. The progressives are after your cash again. 

If there’s ever been a good reason to not elect Linda Pall, here’s another one. 

An Oct. 3 Daily News story was headlined “Americans want local leaders to fight global warming.” The next day at the League of Women Voters candidate forum, mayoral candidates were asked: “Would you join the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement? Why or why not? What concrete actions would you put in place to take Moscow beyond where we are today?”

Mayor Bill Lambert didn’t answer the main question, but he has not joined the 1,060 signatories to the agreement. His answer extolled the success to date of the 20 percent by 2020 program initiated by his predecessor.

Linda Pall, however, was clear: Yes, she would join.

Linda went on to outline how she would move beyond Moscow’s current 20 percent targets, toward zero, identifying that a key is to eliminate natural gas use, such as in boilers and furnaces in city buildings. This will require long-term planning. Linda also suggested the city explore contracting with Avista Utilities to purchase renewable electricity analogous to its residential program called Buck-a-Block, that I use to buy wind power, avoiding Avista’s carbon fuels.

There are other actions the next mayor can take to help Moscow mitigate its impact on climate change. For example, commit a portion of the city budget specifically to activities that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. I spoke to Linda after the forum and learned she’s considering ways to help citizens voluntarily reduce their footprint, including car charging stations and enhanced multimodal transit. It’s Linda’s emphasis on citywide planning and action that make her such an attractive leader for Moscow.

If you are part of the 55 percent of Americans the AP/NORC poll identifies as saying local government should be doing more on climate change, I hope you will join me in supporting Linda Pall for our next mayor.

Nils Peterson

Moscow

GMA to host economic forum Wednesday

NewImageRegional economist Steven Peterson will present his latest findings on the economic health of the Greater Moscow area 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Best Western Plus University Inn as part of a forum hosted by the Greater Moscow Alliance. The GMA first commissioned Peterson to study this topic four years ago. This year’s study builds on his previous work. Community leaders, candidates for office and members of the community are invited to the free event. Free appetizers will be served and happy-hour pricing applies to a no-host bar.

‘Bible for Liberals’ class series scheduled

Here you go, liberals! The swami will tell you what you already believe: murder is fine; adultery is fine; sodomy is fine; stealing is fine. 

Somewhere in Genesis, someone else said something similar: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Nah! Not per the Gospel according to Gier. 

It would be more intellectually honest to just say you disagree with the Bible than to twist it into saying the opposite of what it really says. But, hey, I guess a PhD means you can twist anything anyway you want. 

Retired University of Idaho professor of philosophy and coordinator of religious studies Nick Gier is holding a series of classes called “Bible for Liberals,” with the next class scheduled for Wednesday. The class was originally for members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, but is now open to anyone who may be interested. The first class was Oct. 4. Topics of the classes include the three-story universe, Old Testament polytheism, the Hebrew Goddess, abortion, the real meaning of sodomy, sanctuary cities, Old Testament prophecies, feminism in the New Testament, the messianic titles and the inspiration of the Bible. Suggestions will also be accepted from participants.After this week, classes are every Wednesday until Nov. 15. The class is held in the yellow house next door to the Unitarian Universalist Church, located at Second and Van Buren streets.

Rutgers Refuses to Return $100K Gift From Harvey Weinstein Foundation

NewImageOh, the sweet irony. Will Rutgers get attacked by the liberal media for this? Probably not.

The College Fix reports:

Rutgers won’t give back $100K Harvey Weinstein donation

In the wake of numerous allegations of sexual assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Rutgers University will not return a $100,000 donation made last April from the H. Weinstein Family Foundation

The Daily Targum reports the donation is “part of a campaign to raise $3 million for the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies,” which — ironically — benefits the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and “addresses the intersection of feminist studies and media culture.”

The university’s defense for keeping the cash comes amid Rutgers’ dating/domestic violence awareness-raising “Turn the Campus Purple” week, and shortly after Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi stated the school remains committed to “protecting students from sexual violence, discrimination and harassment” following Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s rollback of Obama administration Title IX guidelines.

Director of University News and Media Relations Dory Devlin said that while the Weinstein allegations are “appalling and indefensible,” there remains work to be done to “advance women’s equality” and the Weinstein donation “will help those efforts.”

 

UW Madison Declines Student Demands to Label Lincoln a Genocidal Oppressor

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Not even Abraham Lincoln is safe from the ire of progressive students.

We are living in interesting times. In the past, no one was allowed to question or criticize Lincoln. Now, it’s open season on him. 

The Daily Caller reports:

UW Madison Dismisses Demands To Brand Abe Lincoln A Genocidal Oppressor

The University of Wisconsin, Madison has refused to give in to student government demands to brand Abraham Lincoln a genocidal oppressor.

Student activists and native rights groups organized on campus earlier in 2016 to demand that the university either remove the statue of Abraham Lincoln or add a plaque at its base calling out his role in the oppression and genocide of Wisconsin’s Native Americans. They accused him of being complicit in the death of 38 “innocent” indigenous men in a “massacre.”

According to the activists, the president who made the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves from their bonds in the southern states, played a huge role in the so-called “Dakota 38 massacre.” Katrina Morrison, the chair of the Associated Students of Madison, told the Daily Cardinal on Tuesday that she wanted the school to recognize Lincoln’s “brutality towards indigenous people.”

“We wanted a plaque near Lincoln because we wanted the university to recognize his part in the Dakota 38 massacre,” she explained. “I think that [not putting a plaque on the statue] is a mistake, and I think that the history is irrefutable. It is clear that he played a huge role in the massacre and was killing innocent people for no reason.”