Region’s rail system has some unfinished business

(Originally published in the Portland Tribune Sept. 15 2015) Last week’s opening of the Orange MAX light-rail line to Milwaukie serves as a gentle reminder that Portland’s mass-transit system has some unfinished business — primarily…



GMO industry suffers rare setbacks

(Originally published in the Portland Tribune Aug. 5, 2015). People who question the wisdom of growing genetically modified organisms — or doubt their safety when eaten — often are overwhelmed by the powerful biotech industry….


The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela

As the University of Hawai`i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school’s professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of “bigotry, retaliation and hostility” for speaking out about…


Global warming: Science vs. politics

(Originally published in the Portland Tribune May 15, 2015) On a frigid late-February day in the nation’s capital, U.S. Senator James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, brought a snowball to the Senate floor to lend credence to his…


Truce over Northwest forests unraveling

(Originally published in the Portland Tribune April 7, 2015) The Northwest Forest Plan, the icy truce that ended the 1990s timber wars, continues to unravel as two federal agencies look for new ways to manage…


Rethinking the Northwest Forest Plan

(Originally published in the Portland Tribune Feb. 19, 2015) Bill Clinton’s visionary Northwest Forest Plan is on the chopping block. Twenty years ago, the federal government adopted the Northwest Forest Plan to safeguard remnants of…