Monthly Archives: May 2015

Notes on “The Rights of Nature”

By Bob Sheak

Does nature have rights? What is nature? What are the rights? These are questions being asked today by a growing number of groups that want to be able to protect their communities from the ravages of fracking, injection wells, from transportation of shale gas and oil by railroad or pipeline, and from offshore drilling and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and in the ocean north of Alaska and other places in the Arctic. Continue reading

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Athens County Charter Introduces Frequently Asked Questions

As the Athens County Charter campaign is picking up speed, the Bill of Rights Committee has put forward a brochure with answers to frequently asked questions.  The charter form of government would give residents of Athens County a broader range of self-determination than the current form does. The petition to get it on the November ballot  requires 1440 signatures from voting-age Athens County by June 24 (follow this link for a PDF of the Petition with a signature list). Continue reading