The Greener Side

The Greener Side: Just do it

Last weekend, I logged into Facebook and discovered I was suddenly Facebook friends with Elmo, Doug Funnie and Hello Kitty. Many members of the Facebook community changed their profile pictures to images of cartoon characters from Disney movies or old Nickelodeon shows. The explanation of the trend came from a status update posted by an…

The Greener Side: Shut your mouth

I don’t know a single woman who is completely happy with her body.  “She” thinks her butt is too small or her thighs are too big. She wants to be skinnier or fill out a bigger bra size or just to be better looking in general. Oh, no, she just spotted cellulite, and she really…

The Greener Side: Carpe diem

I’m not someone who thinks the best part of life will end after college.  I hate when people say, “It’s all down hill from here” or some other clichéd variation of the same idea that fun dies when a degree is earned.  I am graduating in a little more than a month, and, as a…

The Greener Side: You’re fired

National Public Radio was inundated with negative criticism after firing veteran news analyst Juan Williams last week after he appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” and made remarks about the nervousness that, for him, accompanies the presence of people dressed in Muslim garb on airplanes. The decision to fire Williams, a regular Fox News commentator, was…

The Greener Side: Sold, bought or processed

I was getting a skirt tailored the other day by an older woman with a thick European accent. She asked me questions about my mother and my father and their jobs and my job as she pinned the material. I told her that I think I want to be a teacher. She told me, “Oh,…

The Greener Side: 451 degrees

Last week was National Banned Books Week. Even today, educational institutions and annoying parents march to their local libraries and school boards demanding that books be removed from shelves and classrooms. Apparently, these people are not fond of the freedom of speech, but they love the freedom to protest. Instead of reading about new or…

The Greener Side: On my honor

My younger brother and sister and I would often make deals and bets when we were little. One time, I must have been a brat after a loss and told my little brother, “Oh well.” Oh well. I lost the bet, But I’m not going to get you a Popsicle or change the station on…

The Greener Side: Gaga gets political

Lady Gaga showed her support for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a YouTube video released Friday. Specifically, Gaga called on several Republican senators, asking them to allow the issue to go to vote. As a policy, DADT is the problem-solving equivalent of duct tape – a quick fix for when the acting…

The Greener Side: War of arts

Last week The New York Times’ publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, confirmed the inevitable; The Times will go out of print in the future. The statement was temporally vague but committal.  In fewer than ten years, it seems economically mandated and technologically sensible that people will no longer sit at their kitchen counters with a coffee and…

Columns: Liberty and Justice for All

In 1990 the Supreme Court overturned a ruling that prohibited the burning of the American flag. Though paradoxical, lighting fire to the red, white and blue was ruled an act of symbolic free speech and is thus, very American. I don’t necessarily agree that burning a flag is the most effective or respectful display of…

The Greener Side: Home away from home

After being named co-editors, Brian Bayer and I hoped to share a bonding experience before we began to tackle the editorial and op/ed sections of The Carroll News. Brian surprised me with a gondola ride through Venice, Italy. What a man! He hired world news editor Sean Webster as our gondolier, who effortlessly moved us…