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FRAN ALEXANDER: The youth speak loudly

Parkland students passionate in response to shooting

"These adults, these politicians, these lawmakers, these legislators, they were supposed to protect us. And they didn't."

FRAN ALEXANDER: Salamanders, pterodactyls and earmuffs

Process of electing U.S. leaders has gotten out of whack

Successfully raising five sons to adulthood qualifies a mother for sainthood, and my husband's mom certainly earned her heavenly stars. She wisely knew how to keep her boys playing fairly, thereby limiting injuries, I assume, especially when navigating the constant feeding of her growing herd. When it came to pies, for example, one got to cut and another got to choose. And, when the remainder of the food was passed around the table, if there was enough for one more serving, the last person holding the dish had to ask if anyone wanted any more. It taught them long-term civility over momentary gluttony.

FRAN ALEXANDER: The land speaks

Ex-agency deputy fights on to preserve forest lands

"There is no right way to do the wrong thing."

FRAN ALEXANDER: The perilous lives of girls

Men do damage with sexually incorrect actions against women

It starts in childhood. Not wanting to frighten, but still trying to explain, parents begin gently, if they are smart, to let a child know there is a limit to trust.

FRAN ALEXANDER: Smoke gets in their eyes

House passes Westerman’s forest bill; Senate should say no

This upside-down world we're living in leaves us questioning not only what we are told, but distrustful that our facts might actually be fallacies. Up is down, right is left, black is white and right is wrong. Under these conditions, scrutinizing all laws for their true intent, in spite of their titles, is vital.

FRAN ALEXANDER: Lost down the river

Organization calls on Tyson to do more

If we follow the Mississippi River's watershed to its terminus, we reach the Gulf of Mexico. Cradled by five states, this water has long suffered body blows from humankind. Oil spills, pipeline breaks, chemical leaks, wetland depletion, wildlife habitat destruction, shipping waste and traffic, and runoff from sewers, parking lots, golf courses, industries, lawns, farms and the crunched remains of hurricane-demolished cities have all happened to the Gulf.

At War with Ourselves

"We all have a responsibility to figure a better path forward. This is not a liberal or conservative issue; this is about the fabric of our humanity. It is not a time to argue or politicize, but a time to act."-- Singer/songwriter Brian Kalinec

Fran Alexander: The lost year

Shutdown of Little Rock schools has lasting impact for all

The "Lost Year"

Fran Alexander: National treasures in peril

Americans cannot afford erosion of park lands

With our country up to its nose holes in water in the east and fires burning everything in their paths in the west, to say we are distracted right now is putting it mildly. Quietly, however, disorienting political maneuvers, many in the form of executive orders, have also been barreling down on everything environmental. From shrinking or dismantling the EPA's work force to the elimination of projects, reports, and especially regulations created for environmental protections, the ruling party in Congress is eviscerating decades of science and policy work.

Fran Alexander: Art of a different deal

Exhibit at Walton Arts Center digs into climate change impacts

"Artists, in a sense, are the antibodies of the cultural bloodstream. They sense trouble early, and rally to isolate and expose and defeat it, to bring to bear the human power for love and beauty and meaning against the worst results of carelessness and greed and stupidity. "

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