Generosity

As I stood in line at a McDonald’s on the east side of Chicago, an old man thrust two crumpled dollars into my hand. I stood confused for a moment and suddenly he disappeared into a sea of all black faces. To repay his generosity, I picked up as much trash as I could hold …

Wal-heart

It appears Wal-Mart does have a heart, of sorts. Today the world’s third largest corporation announced it would contribute more than $2 billion towards the fight against hunger in America. The donation will come in the form of 1.1 billion pounds of food from Wal-Mart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations (valued at $1.75 …

Just 35 cents

Sooner or later, most people will encounter a panhandler. It is an unjust fact of life. Though on most days my path crosses someone or another begging for some change, typically I don’t give money to panhandlers. It is not that I don’t empathize with their suffering, or that I doubt their need, but I …

Fire on tap

It doesn’t take a genius to know that tap water is not meant to catch on fire. Yet that is exactly what has happened to perhaps hundreds of residents who live near natural gas drilling stations. Natural gas has been billed as a “clean” and inexpensive form of energy. But, when it is extracted from …

Hidden costs

Today, as I watched a screening of Josh Fox’s documentary GasLand, about natural gas extraction by means of a hydraulic drilling process called “fracking,” it struck me just how often we allow short-term greed to stand in the way of what is best for everyone over the long term. Natural gas has been billed as …