Category: Chronicles

Is Inflation Here to Stay?

Many people with good reason worry that inflation may be here to stay, as if we have moved into a new economy that is untethered from the behavioral norms, history, and rules of previous decades. There are many contributing factors to consider. For years,… Continue Reading “Is Inflation Here to Stay?”

Witnessing an Artificial Economy

I am one of many older adults who feels like we are now living in an unreal, artificial economy. It especially feels so when compared to the economy many of us grew up in, got educated in, worked in, and had hoped to retire… Continue Reading “Witnessing an Artificial Economy”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change October 2022

Bearing Witness to Climate Change provides a monthly summary of news related to the changing climate and its impact on people and the planet. At the start of the month, category 4 Hurricane Ian struck the southeast Florida coast killing over 100 and inflicting… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change October 2022”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic October 2022

More things continue to return to normal across the US, almost as if the pandemic never happened. That is with the exception of economic pain from a raging inflation that owes its origins to disruptions during the pandemic. But things are definitely not back… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic October 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change September 2022

It’s official but little surprise to Europeans who suffered through the past three months, Europe just had its hottest summer on record according to data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service. The last record stood for only one year, from 2021. How tragic that… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change September 2022”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic September 2022

Another month begins with nearly 100,000 officially recorded new cases per day and around 500 deaths, numbers that just show no sign of abating. Many Americans it seems have become desensitized to the continuing spread of coronavirus, illness, and deaths.  Less than 30% of… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic September 2022”

Americans Across the Heartland are Exhausted and Dejected

Americans across the heartland, on both ends of the political spectrum, are exhausted and feeling dejected for good reason. In our public lives we have or are living through one big life-altering crisis after another: the turmoil and divisiveness of the Trump presidency, the… Continue Reading “Americans Across the Heartland are Exhausted and Dejected”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change August 2022

Along party lines, the US House and Senate passed, and President Biden signed, the most significant and ambitious legislation to date to move the country to a low-carbon future. The bill provides over $370B towards a large number of green energy programs that include:… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change August 2022”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic August 2022

As the month begins, the US continues to be stuck in a plateau of about 400 COVID deaths each and every day. Some 12,500 died in the month of July.  Approaching 2 1/2 years into the pandemic, there have now been about 1,030,000 official… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic August 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change July 2022

In what President Biden called a devastating opinion, the US Supreme Court ruled against the EPA by restricting its power to regulate CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants in a way that would result in their closing. The court said the agency did not… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change July 2022”