Rescuing People by Rescuing Food

Copyright Francis P.Koster, Ed.D.

Note: In addition to publishing my writing on this website, and emailing it to a mailing list of over 3,000 community leaders, my columns appear in several newspapers. One of the unsatisfying aspects of my work is that I never know if anyone acts on the material I create.  This column was an experiment.  Instead of writing about a national problem and a national opportunity, I decided to try to write about the same issue from a local perspective, choosing a community near where I live which had a social service organization willing to participate in the experiment.  This would allow me to monitor the impact of the column.   For a view of the results, chec…

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Rapid Advances in Energy Conservation Challenge Electric Utilities

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Scientists and engineers are rolling out an ever expanding list of neat tools to help solve both environmental and public health issues caused by some of the ways we make electricity.

One of the side effects will likely be an involuntary transformation of the electrical system of the United States. Soon.

The most recent report shows that 37% of all electricity made in the United States comes from burning coal.[1] Burning coal is much worse for human health than most people know. Our roughly 500 coal plants cause over 200,000 emergency room visits each year, 20,000 heart attacks, and contribute heavily to the asthma now suffered by one in ten of ou…

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Heart-Stopping Facts Your Mother Wishes You Knew

Copyright Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Readers of my column know that I usually talk about solving national problems by local action. Today I will reverse that – we have a problem with too many local solutions and we need a national one. The reasons for that will break your heart.

Every year, heart disease causes one in every four deaths in America.[i] 720,000 Americans have a heart attack annually.[ii] Half of these heart attacks occur at home, at church, the movies, or supermarket, often in the company of loved ones who don’t know a simple life saving technique called CPR.[iii]

If given quickly, CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival. CPR is only given to about a third of the he…

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Telling the Truth About Climate Change

Copyright Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

We have a discussion going on in our society about “global warming” and “climate change” that is not working. We can create a better future – but only we follow the oath used in court – to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”.  

There are two major parts of this discussion where that oath is not being followed.

The term "global warming" was first used by scientists in the mid 1970’s and quickly abandoned by them as being a poor choice of words. It was too narrow to correctly communicate all the changes occurring.

If you put your feet in the refrigerator and your head in a pot of boiling water on the stove, the average temperatu…

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