Over 40 years ago, an iconic photograph of the earth was taken from 28,000 miles in space by the crew of Apollo 17. The photo, known as “the Blue Marble,” depicts the Earth as a blue and white sphere set against the inky blackness of space — and it is a haunting image of our fragile existence. As we approach Earth Day 2013, perhaps this is a good time to reflect on this photograph and consider how we are doing.
According to a recent study by the National Parks Service, there is growing awareness that parks "provide an array of social benefits in addition to recreation, inspiration and research."
I would miss my newspaper if it were to be replaced by electronic news. For me, a newspaper is to a computer as a road map is to the electronic voice giving directions out of a car's navigation system.