Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher

BP’s disaster—and ours I’d like to say something about the oil gushing into the Gulf but nothing seems adequate. And others have said it all, anyway. Years ago, while working for FEMA, I was down there on a weather-related disaster. I’m sorry for those good people and for the wildlife. The oceans are irreplaceable and […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — May 27, 2010

The hook We’re not doing so hot in the Middle East. Its movement towards democracy isn’t exactly a mad dash. What possessed us to think we could march in and change a social system solidly in place for hundreds of years? Over the centuries, many human groups have found out that it’s easier to get […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — May 20, 2010

Optimism No. 1 A 16-year-old Australian teenager, Jessica Watson, just finished sailing around the world alone, the youngest ever to do so. The trip took seven months. Her sailboat was 34 feet long—and pink. According to news reports last October when she started out, “She smiled and waved to scores of well-wishers on land and […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher

Deep doo-doo Problems, problems everywhere. • The oil spill in the Gulf may be coming under control, but the damage is tremendous. BP, the oil company that owns the rig (and the problem), may end up broke. Maybe better them than all the people depending on the Gulf for food and a living. • The […]

Main Street with Roger Allen, publisher

Don’t drill, baby! All of a sudden, off-shore drilling for oil doesn’t seem to be such a good idea. The Louisiana disaster gave us a taste of consequences. (Even a taste is too much. I never tasted crude oil-contaminated shrimp and oysters, but I already know I don’t like them.) Heaven No. 1 A pastor […]