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Doug Demeo

Entries by Doug Demeo

Heroes of the Planet

(9) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 1:37 PM

Heroes of the planet are not brooding, judgmental voices of death and destruction. Quite the opposite, writers like "no impact man" Colin Beavan, biologist Janine Benyus, and environmental studies professor David Orr show how fascinating tree-hugging can be. Heroes of the planet are for sure wide-eyed about the range of...

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Conscience and a Short Run for Congress

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 12:14 PM

I can point to the minute of the day last June as the moment of inception. I was returning to Trenton, New Jersey, following a session with my spiritual director. Maybe I would throw my hat in the ring for U.S. Congress. If I cared about God's creation and justice,...

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Common Sense Policy

(20) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 6:35 PM

The financial pillaging of our nation's economy is having a galvanizing effect. There is a rising chorus of people who see lack of accountability from top to bottom for what it is. When the very people who knew what they were doing, and did it anyway -- prompting the massive...

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Economy, Jobs and Morality

(10) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 5:24 PM

Bill Clinton wrote about jobs creation in Newsweek earlier this summer. It's a hot topic these days. Facing stubborn high unemployment numbers and the sluggish economy overall, I am as interested as the next person in jumpstarting our economy. Having been unemployed for some time this past year, I understand...

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Faith and Economy

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 1:45 PM

While health needs in poor communities grow, the wealth gap between rich and poor in the United States is now greater than several developing countries in Africa and Asia. Such startling statistics are documented in Jeff Madrick's new book, "The Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline...

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Love, Nature: A Reunion

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 8:33 AM

What is it about nature that holds our attention, and doesn't let go easily? Are the sounds of alley cats and yellow jackets trying to tell us something? As a former campus minister, I had the privilege not only to join students on scenic retreat grounds, but to hear them...

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Inmates and Landscapes

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 10:38 AM

Around our community garden behind my house stand high grasses, bushes and flowers, and a few leafy trees swaying in the wind. Singing birds are constantly circling above the garden. At my kitchen table, or in the small den on the second floor, I enjoy the view. Then, one balmy...

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Crucified Creation and the Hope of Eco-nomics

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 2:08 PM

A few years ago, when I first learned about Mountain Top Removal operations (MTR) during a cultural immersion experience in West Virginia, I became so numb and overwhelmed with disgust, I imagined myself incapable of doing anything constructive. A few months later, I found relief in composing a poem about...

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