guiding homeowners on the path to sustainability
Hello eco-guides homeowners and service partners!
We hope you enjoyed the holidays and the unusual weather we had in Portland last month. While we personally got out the sleds and enjoyed the forced slowdown, we didn’t enjoy the spike in our energy bills. You can read more about that on our new blog. Look for (not quite daily) tips and musings around all things ‘green’ from your eco-guides at
• Bookmark our blog, and join us in the discussion of all things “green” in Portland. Expect more in the near future on solar, good “green” reads and some innovative water conservation devices.
• Attend a Fix-it Fair sponsored by the Portland’s Office of Sustainability. You might just see Laura Baldschun there acting in her role as Master Recycler. Congratulations to Laura on completing her course last fall!
• eco-guides now offers presentations for groups. If you know of a group that would like to hear more about “Sustainable (Grocery) Shopping” or “Our Path to Lowering Our Carbon Footprint”, let us know.
Let us hear from you – how are you working towards a more sustainable and healthy home?
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
Michel de Montaigne
French essayist (1533 – 1592)
This 1/11/09 on ABC Paul Gigot said, ” In the Reagan years we built aircraft carriers to win the cold war.” You gotta be a Harvard Graduate and a Rhodes Scholar to come up with that bullshit.
We can do a little better than that in KY
I am a manic depressive/alcoholic I have not had a drink for 33 years and I have been stable on mood stabilizers for 23 years. I come in contact with so many people who have come through the court systems that I know to be mentally unstable and are using drugs they think will help their condition. They are my friends. I am convinced the justice system is not the place to help these individuals. We spend so much money on these people via drug prohibition, courts, prisons, that we have forgotten our goals. Many, many of my friends have done nothing to harm our way of life. They are just mentally ill and are searching some form of relief. Most would never be noticed by our society if not for the over zealous effort to enforce drug prohibition laws.
I propose that we stop giving grants to local law enforcement to purchase equipment used to enforce these laws, such as drug sniffing dogs, SWAT equipment, chemical assessment work and many other grant. This would reduce the need for more jails and prisons.
People employed in these fields could be employed as better highway law enforcement, better enforcement of FICA laws, better REGULATED drug laws and etc.
Monies saved could go into local government structure to make our capitalistic system more sound.