The Anthony J. Celebrezze rests on the Cuyahoga River on June 13 in Cleveland. The fire boat extinguished hot spots on a railroad bridge torched by burning fluids and debris on the Cuyahoga River in 1969. AP By KATY BURNS Monitor columnist Published: 6/23/2019 12:20:17 AM Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught on fire.The event captured national attention and galvanized public opinion. It was credited with leading to the passage of a host of environmental laws, including the federal Clean Water Act, and a revolution in the way Americans treat our precious river heritage.Last week, the anniversary of the river’s burning was widely recalled and celebrated for the good it brought. If you watched television or picked up a newspaper, you were reminded of the cataclysmic event Except, of course, that the river didn’t really catch on fire. It was a patch of thick and debris-choked oil sludge on the river that burned for all of … [Read more...] about Katy Burns: ‘Burn on, big river, burn on’
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SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- Every so often as winter morphs into spring, there is a day when snow is on the ground, but so are revelations of fresh green grass and welcome rays of sun. The sky -- the color of blue that lifts spirits -- seems endless and inviting. It may be chilly, but the birds don’t let this stop their spirited, call-and-response love songs. You know: That kind of day that inspires. Other forms of life venture out: Even housebound humans. And inspiration is what flourishes in our seven-city community when we all step forward and follow our talents and sense of purpose.“A little rain must fall …" Of course! Rain nourishes, and actual or creative drought is the alternative. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire in 1969 -- which contributed to creating the U.S. Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act -- The Friends of Euclid Creek, the Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project and the City of Beachwood … [Read more...] about Follow your talents, sense of purpose: Sun Messages
“Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -man- acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.” Rachel Carson author of Silent Spring “These temple destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and, instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar.” John Muir In 1969 the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire. There was so much oil and flammable chemicals floating on the river that it could burn. I saw this river when I worked on the US Steel ore boats in the early 1970s and went up the Cuyahoga to unload. The only resemblance to a river was the fact that it was a flowing liquid. The slimy tan muck stirred up black and oily in the wake of the tug boats. Nothing appeared alive in this open chemical sewer. Another similar experience was when we unloaded in South Chicago and had to use hot water to hose down the deck. In … [Read more...] about Why Care about the Environment?
| PRINT | EMAIL | PERMALINK The Liberated Poem An Infected Sunset by Demian DinéYazhi' By Maggie Grimason I read An Infected Sunset in an afternoon, that feeling of “one more page,” compelling my fingers to flip another and another as I reached the bottom right corner. Every time. Demian DinéYazhi''s book has this effect—of both being familiar and offering hard-won insight, difficult things dragged out into the desert sun and revealed by honest, precise words. I.e.” “in this economy money affords us moments of gratitude,” “queerness doesn't always have to be about sex but straight people/ wouldn't have it any other way,” “when there's no one left to trust/ destroy white supremacy/ until there's nothing left but love/ destroy white supremacy/ until we are able to choose/ how we wish to survive/ destroy white supremacy …” DinéYazhi' writes the hard stuff without obscuring or embroidering it with … [Read more...] about Poetry Review: An Infected Sunset