August 23. 2018 7:52PM To the Editor: In response to your editorial “The NIMBY State: Saying no to new energy,” I propose “The YIMBY State: Saying yes to renewable energy.”ISO-New England predicting rolling blackouts? New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate, D. Maurice Kreis, says, “not a chance!”These are cost-effective ways to increase the availability of power without adding new fossil-fuel infrastructure.Use Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative money for energy-efficiency programs rather than direct rebates to customers that amount to a few dollars each year. NH Saves estimates up to 20 percent could be saved on energy.Support renewable energy. The report of the New Hampshire House Committee to Study Offshore Wind Energy found that up to 2.8 gigawatts could be generated from offshore wind, roughly the electricity provided by Seabrook Station. Solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources decrease demand for fossil fuels.Of course, none of these … [Read more...] about Say yes to renewable energy
Small towns with aging populations throughout rural Minnesota are searching for ways to bring new blood and new ideas to their communities. In Granite Falls, city leaders are betting that art is one way to make that happen. Working with a visionary young artist and community organizer, the city is turning a vacant downtown building into a creative hub — a place not only for art, but for the entire community to gather and inspire new thinking about all aspects of the town’s life. The YES House is the brainchild of Ashley Hanson, a Minnesota native who recently was awarded one of 20 Obama Fellowships from among more than 20,000 applicants in 191 countries. Hanson chose to work with Granite Falls, a city of about 2,700 residents 125 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, because in 2011 it hosted the first theater production of her career. “It was the first place that said ‘yes’ to me, so I wanted to say ‘yes’ to it,” Hanson said. “And … [Read more...] about Can art bring new life to a small town? Granite Falls, Minn., says YES
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Removing barriers that have kept generations of poor Cleveland youth from graduating from high school and going on to college will be a tough task, a Brookings Institution report suggests. The Washington, D.C. think tank looked at three communities participating in the nationally recognized Say Yes to Education program and found that putting the system in place is fraught with challenges. Cleveland hopes to be selected as the nation's next Say Yes to Education community as part of plans to revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods and encourage more people to make the city their home. The 219-page report (see below) offers plenty of cautionary advice as it analyzes Say Yes programs in Buffalo, Syracuse and Guilford County, N.C., and details the many challenges, including building trust within the community and setting up a data-collection system deemed critical to the program's success. Say Yes, … [Read more...] about Brookings report on Say Yes offers Cleveland, others cautionary advice
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