Same Sex Marriage


Below is a comment that I posted to a Roman Catholic blogger and legislator, Rebecca Hamilton, who opposes same-sex marriage.  Her blog site can be found at PublicCatholic.com. Rebecca, There are a number of reasons that I will disagree with you profoundly. 1) My wife and I married when we were both in our lateContinue reading “Same Sex Marriage”

Cosmological Mysteries Needing Answers


The more we learn about cosmology and theoretical physics the more questions seem to arise.  Here are some of the most urgent questions of this age: Is there extraterrestrial life? This is almost a certainty.  There is most likely extraterrestrial life in our own solar system.  We need to look at places such as EuropaContinue reading “Cosmological Mysteries Needing Answers”

Extra Dimensions


It is hard to understand why there is still any debate about extra dimensions beyond the three spatial and one temporal dimension that are a part of our everyday experience.  With Einstein’s description of gravity as the warping of the spacetime continuum, it should be obvious to all that that warp must occur in anContinue reading “Extra Dimensions”

Cosmic Creation and Calamity


I once had a question about volcanoes that launched a spiritual inquiry. Why are their volcanos? They cause so much death and destruction. What purpose do they serve? And, why are they allowed to exist at all? It seems hard to fathom the destructive forces of nature. We expect to be safe and comfortable inContinue reading “Cosmic Creation and Calamity”

The Inequity of Public Sector Pensions


This article is written about public pensions in California.  But many states face similar issues as well.  There is an outcry for reform of the public pension system. It is bankrupting our governments and creating the most egregious disparities between public and private sector workers. Public employees are retiring in their fifties with fat pensionContinue reading “The Inequity of Public Sector Pensions”

Life in the Solar System


By gregbentall on May 28, 2012 | Edit One of the most poignant questions that we face is, “Are we alone?”  Space is so infinitely vast, with hundreds of billions of galaxies, each one home to hundreds of billions of stars.  With such vastness of space it seems hard to believe that there is not someone else out there. Continue reading “Life in the Solar System”

Clean Water – The #1 Global Public Health Issue


Clean water is the most serious public health issue in the world. Nearly one billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water. A child dies every 15 seconds from a lack of clean water. Two people every second die from contaminated water, poor sanitation and poor hygiene.  Clean water isContinue reading “Clean Water – The #1 Global Public Health Issue”

The American Heritage of Religious Dissent


Conservative Christians, especially those of the biblical fundamentalist variety, will tell us that America is a theocracy under their God’s rule.  They will tell us that America is a Christian nation, born of a divine covenant. They will attempt to use government and civil authority to compel us to live according to their God’s design.Continue reading “The American Heritage of Religious Dissent”

Plant Based Whole Foods Diet


According to notable doctors, Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, Mark Hyman, and Santa Rosa’s own John McDougall: If everyone embraced a plant based whole foods diet: The cost of medical care would fall by 70%.  Life expectancy would increase dramatically. Cardiovascular disease would utterly disappear. Obesity and type 2 diabetes would become a rarity. CancerContinue reading “Plant Based Whole Foods Diet”

Let’s End Polio


Poliomyelitis In 1980 the world saw the eradication of smallpox, a disease that had killed 500 million people.  As of today polio is nearly extinguished across the whole planet.  The World Health Organization has been the lead player in this eradication.  Other groups included in the eradication efforts include UNICEF and Rotary International.  To dateContinue reading “Let’s End Polio”