Putting a face on immigration

by Alexandra Dixon. This summer we saw heartbreaking images of children crossing the border from Mexico into the US and heard stories of violence, poverty and despair. It is estimated that 70,000 children will cross the border this year. More generally, every year about a million people come to the US seeking a better life. I am proud to count myself among that number. My story started in Bogotá, Colombia, where, in 1982, I was born with a disability called spina bifida. My mom is Colombian and my dad was American. They met when mom was in graduate school at Columbia University in New York in the 1970s. They fell […]

Call for climate change is getting louder

by Roger Helm. Climate change, climate Change, Climate Change, CLIMATE CHANGE! This evolving global holocaust has been weighing on me for several years now. As a Ph.D. ecologist I have looked deeply into the science portending this disaster and it scares the heck out of me, so much so I am getting “religion.” I define religion as having faith in the unverifiable belief that by continuing to do my best to make the world a better place I will somehow connect with an energy force that will also help improve those myriad important things beyond my control. When it comes to climate change, there is no challenge that is more […]