Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A new proposal by the Bush/Cheney Administration would gut the law that protects polar bears, wolves and other endangered species

CREDO Action from Working Assets is proud to bring you an urgent alert from our friends at Defenders of Wildlife.

The Bush administration has announced a new proposal that would gut the Endangered Species Act — one of America's most important environmental laws. Now Defenders of Wildlife needs our help to preserve the vital checks and balances that protect our polar bears, wolves and other imperiled animals.

I urge you to read the message below from Defenders of Wildlife's president, Rodger Schlickeisen, and take action today to save our endangered species.

Michael Kieschnick
President, CREDO Mobile
Emergency Action
A new proposal by the Bush/Cheney Administration would gut the law that protects polar bears, wolves and other endangered species.
Urge your Representative and Senators to help stop the Bush/Cheney plan to gut the Endangered Species Act.
Dear Wildlife Supporter,
With less than 160 days left in power, the Bush/Cheney Administration has launched an unprecedented backdoor assault on America's endangered species!
Don't let them get away with it. Urge your Representative and Senators to do everything in their power to stop the Bush/Cheney Administration's eleventh-hour assault on America's wildlife.
For more than 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has protected wildlife at risk of extinction. Now the Bush/Cheney Administration wants to eliminate vital checks and balances that are crucial to protect our polar bears, wolves and other imperiled wildlife.
Please help protect endangered animals from the Bush/Cheney Administration's attack. Take action now.
Announced earlier this week, the Bush/Cheney proposal would severely limit scientific review by the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service of projects that could harm imperiled wildlife. And it would explicitly limit the ability of these expert agencies to consider how greenhouse gas emissions from such projects could impact polar bears, wolverines and other wildlife that may go extinct due to global warming.
Instead, agencies proposing projects such as highways, dams, mines, oil or gas drilling and virtually any other activity would be allowed to decide for themselves whether a project is likely to impact any of the nearly 1,400 species currently protected by the Endangered Species Act — without the crucial independent review now provided by scientific experts at the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Many of these agencies do not even have biologists or other qualified staff to make such a determination.
Even worse, the new regulations would impose a brief 60-day review period for agencies, making it even less likely that anyone involved in the process will have the time or expertise to fully evaluate the potential harmful effects of a given project on sensitive wildlife or the habitat it needs to survive.
Help stop the Bush/Cheney Administration's assault on protections for our endangered species. Please take action now.
There are less than 160 days left in the Bush/Cheney Administration — and even less time for your Members of Congress to act. Please take action now to help stop the Bush/Cheney Administration's last-minute attempt to eliminate effective protections for the wildlife that you and I love.
Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife

P.S. Two years ago, Defenders of Wildlife led the fight that stopped Congressional legislation that would have gutted the Endangered Species Act. Now we need your help to stop the Bush Administration from trying to do the same thing. Please take action now!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kinion and Allen visit with one of Lioneld Jordan's most faithful supporters

Nancy Allen (right) is Ward 2 alderman but is not seeking reelection. She and Mark Kinion, who is running to replace Allen on the council, pose with a stalwart supporter of Lioneld Jordan for mayor.

Kinion to kick off campaign for council on Tuesday

Campaign Kick-Off Rally
5:30 PM
August 26th, 2008
South Side of Fayetteville Square
Special Guest: Alderman Nancy Allen
Jammin' Java
6:00 PM
Music by Jesse Dean and Evan Center

Dear Friends,
For five generations my family has made Washington county their home. My great-grandparents were hardworking pioneers who settled in the Woolsey community near the West Fork of the White River, near Durham south of Fayetteville and in Old Alabam near Eureka Springs in Carroll County. My grandparents and parents were farmers, homebuilders and industrial workers living in the Prairie Grove area. My mother opened the first kindergarten in Prairie Grove.
I was reared in historic Rheas Mill community where my brother and nephew still run a successful farm near the banks of Moore's Creek.
Fayetteville has always been the trade center and primary center for entertainment, culture and education for my family. As a youngster, I took swimming lessons at the Wilson Park pool, played along the Scull Creek, took piano lessons in the U of A Fine Arts Center and spent many easy hours walking along Dickson Street and through the neighborhoods of Ward 2. It was my hope to someday live in the Wilson Park area. I now have the pleasure of living on Ila street near the university and Wilson Park in the old Melton House.
I have a deep affection for the natural beauty of the Ozark Plateau. I have explored almost every hiking trail and stream from Greasy Valley to Hemmed-in Hollow through Scouting activities with BSA Troop 94 where I earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Nothing is more important to me than embracing the warmth of local citizens and the opportunities offered to families here in Fayetteville for work, recreation and education.
As your Alderman you can count on me to be responsive and accessible.
-We must have a city government that is fiscally accountable and transparent. I will keep the residents of ward 2 informed.
-Tax dollars must be allocated to support basic services: police, fire and, in Ward 2, the aging infrastructure.
-In times of economic uncertainty I would like to see a balanced budget, saving reserves for unforeseen urgent needs.
-The Downtown Masterplan must be implemented with compatible and harmonious infill, attention given to protecting the unique aspects that define our city’s character.
-Our town is a university town. We must protect and enhance our relationship with the university,
-As a neighborhood advocate, I feel Ward 2 must be walkable, with safe sidewalks and increased connectivity with trails. I heartily support a regional green infrastructure plan.
-Transportation alternatives must be seriously studied with a plan in place sooner rather than later: a regional transportation plan including mass transportation for everyone. This does not preclude road improvement, which may help Fayetteville's accessibility.
-Recycling for business, industry and apartment dwellers must be implemented.
If you agree, please vote for me. I have the experience in community service and proven leadership to represent you on the city council from day one.

Warmest Regards,
Mark Kinion
You will find more about me on Facebook: Mark Kinion For City Council
Mark Kinion
418 W Ila Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Home (479) 442-7868
Cell (479) 263-1308

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Kinion for council Ward 2

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Mark Kinion an excellent choice for Ward 2 alderman in Fayetteville, Arkansas