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Brent MacKinnon

Hi Evelyn,
I am totally smitten with a lady that has recently come into my life. I enjoy your blog and writing so I thought I'd take you up on your offer to pen a poem. Her name is Patricia.
All the best to you through our holiday season and beyond.
Brent

Gene

Glad you will be writing here again...have a great holiday!

Luckypaul

Evelyn,

Seasons Greetings from Bath in England.

Writing this in the pub on the way home from a wet windy gathering around a fire in the woods with a bunch of MKP (Mankind Project) men. The closest Thursday to the solstice.

I've not been able to hold my daughters hand for over two years - two years and two days to be precise, her mother did send me a photo which came today though, and that is progress.

Abi Lilybelle Ruby May.

That's her name, a poem for part of it from across the seas would be a grand thing.

One day I'll get to the states. I believe my father lives in Redding, California. When the USAF sent him over here he lived in El Sobrante, across the bay from San Francisco. If ones unknown parent has to come from somewhere "across the bay from San Francisco" seems pretty cool from here.

With love, Paul Loving Jaguar

Luckypaul

Evelyn,

Seasons Greetings from Bath in England.

Writing this in the pub on the way home from a wet windy gathering around a fire in the woods with a bunch of MKP (Mankind Project) men. The closest Thursday to the solstice.

I've not been able to hold my daughters hand for over two years - two years and two days to be precise, her mother did send me a photo which came today though, and that is progress.

Abi Lilybelle Ruby May.

That's her name, a poem for part of it from across the seas would be a grand thing.

One day I'll get to the states. I believe my father lives in Redding, California. When the USAF sent him over here he lived in El Sobrante, across the bay from San Francisco. If ones unknown parent has to come from somewhere "across the bay from San Francisco" seems pretty cool from here.

With love, Paul Loving Jaguar

Evelyn Rodriguez

I forget to mention anyone can request a poem for themselves as well - that's certainly a special loved one too.

Brent, Thank you for holiday wishes. The best to you and yours. I just sent your poem for Patricia to your email.

Gene, Thanks so much for the welcome back.

Paul, No worries at all. Abi Lilybelle Ruby May is not so long at all. So overworldy, like faerie or angelic realms sort of name. Could you tell me what's your daughter's age is?

Jaguars. I adore the big cats such as mountain lions, jaguars - very much a totem of mine too. It may take me 1-2 days to email to you. Cheers.

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Nick Smith

Love and blessings to you, Evelyn. :)

Becky

If it's not too late, I would love to have a sprig of your poetry for my own name.

Welcome back, Evelyn! I have missed your musings a great deal.

Hoping your holidays are peaceful abd pleasant!

Becky

Becky

Oops! That should have been "peaceful and pleasant"...

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the word 'Reverberates"(must be plural) gives off this wonderful ineffable feeling in the center of my chest...

Thank you once again for your sweet poems! :)

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There's a big anniversary coming up for Alaska next week. July 17 marks 40 years since the U.S. Congress signaled its intention to authorize construction of the TransAlaska Pipeline.
Many often assume that passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971 opened the way for construction of the Alaska pipeline. And in broad strokes, that's more or less true. But for those interested in what actually happened, those strokes are misleading, and miss much.
Debate on Alaska's Native claims settlement was protracted and difficult. From 1966 until passage of the settlement act in 1971, Alaska Native leaders had to contend with state and oil industry personnel who initially didn't think widespread Native claims should be taken seriously, and then, once that reality sunk in, struggled to find a fair and equitable agreement that would facilitate Native justice and economic development. A riveting story, it has overshadowed a parallel story, one of environmentalists who fought to save wild Alaska, and natural America, from development. For the environmentalists, stopping the pipeline was a real objective, both to save the integrity of Alaska wilderness, and as a symbol of America's intention to implement fully the unprecedented National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which established the Environmental Protection Agency and provided the mechanism for constraining runaway development.
Here is some necessary background. When he was Secretary of the Interior in 1970, Alaska's Walter Hickel stated that he would issue the necessary permits for pipeline construction when he was satisfied that it would be constructed safely. Nearly contemporaneously, three environmental groups filed suit in federal court calling for a halt to pipeline planning and construction until the project conformed to the stringent requirements of NEPA. Soon afterward, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the entire pipeline project, the first major test of NEPA. In January 1971, though Hickel had been fired by President Yankees 42 Mariano Rivera red 2010 All Star Jerseys Nixon for various reasons the previous November, his Interior Department issued a draft environmental impact statement, required by NEPA; it was 196 pages. The judge, George L. Hart, found it wholly inadequate. Despite passage of ANCSA, there would be no pipeline until Judge Hart was satisfied.
Over the next 14 months, under the leadership of new Secretary Rogers C.B. Morton, a combined task force produced a new EIS, nine volumes. Later that year, Judge Hart accepted it. Then, in January 1973 a federal appeals court effectively passed the question of pipeline construction to Congress.
There was no guarantee that Congress would authorize construction. Environmentalism was riding the crest of broad, comprehensive post-war support by the American public for nature protection and preservation. At the end of the year Congress would pass the Endangered Species Act. The environmental lobby in Congress was very strong, and an environmental coalition effective at marshaling the popular will.
When Congress took up the Trans Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act in the spring, tension ran high, both in Alaska and in Washington, D.C. The legislation stated that with the new EIS, industry plans were adequate. The bill passed the House, as was expected, but no one knew what the outcome would be in the Senate. In mid-July, Alaska Senators Ted Stevens and Mike Gravel offered an amendment to the bill, prohibiting any further legislative or legal challenges to the Alaska project. This was in effect a test, to see how Senators were going to vote on the main issue. Arguments were strong and uncertainty elevated.
And on July 17, the vote was taken; the result: a 49-49 tie! As provided Blank blue 2010 All Star Jerseys by the Constitution, the Vice-President, presiding officer in the Senate, cast the deciding vote, and the amendment passed.
With no further challenge permitted, the environmental case was vitiated. As if that were not enough, in October U.S. support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War led to the formation of OPEC and its embargo on oil shipments to the U.S., leading to gasoline shortages. In November, the authorization act passed the Senate 77-20.
So while it is true that without the claims settlement act there would have been no pipeline, it is also true that without Spiro Agnew's deciding vote, there would have been no pipeline. Next Wednesday might be worth a brief, Alaska remembrance.
Steve Haycox is professor emeritus of history at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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