Category Archives: Clyde’s Columns

Bureau of Land Management Head is Against Public Land

Unless you’ve lived out West, or follow the environmental fights, you may never have heard of the Bureau of Land Management. It doesn’t sound important, but it is, because it manages about 10% of our land. Here’s an opinion piece … Continue reading

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How Fauci and Other Experts Deal With Risks in Their Own Lives

We’ve all read a lot about the virus, but I found this article especially interesting , as these experts talk about how they actually are handling the situation in their own lives. The Washington Post has a pay wall, but … Continue reading

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Rainy and Muggy Weather, Bear Problems, Are People Taking Precautions In Blue Ridge?

My apologies to my long term readers for not having much to report lately. I’ve been involved in an intense renovation project here at home, and it hasn’t left much time for other things. The weather has been rainy and … Continue reading

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Fannin County Primary Results

As I’ve said before, the Fannin County Republican primary is usually the county election, although the Democrats are contesting three seats this year. Dixie Carter is running for Post I Commissioner, and Kathy Smyth and T.C. Dillard, are running for … Continue reading

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National Forests Reopening Tomorrow, Yay!

Fannin Chairman Stan Helton shared this with me this afternoon. Gainesville, Ga. (May 21, 2020) — The USDA Forest Service will open a series of trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on May 22. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in … Continue reading

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First Day of Early Voting, I’m Voting For Stan Helton For County Chairman

So today’s the first day of early, in person voting. As you know, you must select either the Republican ballot or the Democratic ballot. The Republican primary is in effect the local election, as I believe the last Democrat elected … Continue reading

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Monday Bad News Trifecta – Trump’s War On The Environment Continues Under Cover of the Virus

From the Guardian (no pay wall): https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/10/trump-environmental-blitzkrieg-coronavirus

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More Bad News – The Murder Hornet Is A Major Threat to Bees

Right now, they’re in the Pacific Northwest, and they’re trying to hold the line. The New York Times has the better story – there’s a link here – but you may not be able to get by the pay wall. … Continue reading

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The Lantern Fly – A New Invasive Threat Headed South

Here’s a story from the Philadelphia Inquirer about a new horrible threat to our trees. Another proof of the obvious: The nursery trade should be outlawed. https://www.msn.com/en-us/Lifestyle/pets/spotted-lanternfly-killing-the-pandemic-hobby-we-all-need-right-now/ar-BB13vghF?ocid=se2

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Virus Being Used As “Smokescreen” To Sell Public Lands

From the Guardian (no pay wall): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/30/public-lands-sale-trump-coronavirus-environmental-regulations

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