Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No Spare Planet

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No Spare Planet

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If Donald Trump can learn the magic words, he might be able to salvage his presidency.

Those magic words are, "I was wrong." To say them, mean them and then do what it takes to repair the damage done by the wrong are part and parcel of being an adult human.

The problem with the current presidency is not only the most recent "wrong," the declaration of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, but also other things he has done and said.

Still, this is the most egregious thing done so far. We have only this one planet. There is no spare. The evidence is incontrovertible, and many heads of American corporations, the military and just ordinary citizens can see it. A large chunk of ice is going to break off from Antarctica shortly; it is the size of Delaware.

When I was a child, iris and peonies were the flowers of choice for Memorial Day decoration of gravesites. …

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