Apple's change of heart will benefit all

The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Hats off to Apple. Seldom does a company of its size and prominence have the courage to so quickly admit it made a mistake.

The trendsetter’s decision Friday to rejoin the prominent green technology registry it had just left re-establishes Apple’s commitment to sustainability. It also maintains the company’s leadership role in influencing competitors to be environmentally aware.

Apple’s first priority has to be making profits for its shareholders. It does this by making the best products it can for the lowest possible price. But part of Apple’s brand — and appeal — is that its products not only look sleek and cool but also meet the highest environmental standards set by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, system. Apple actually helped set those standards, which made its sudden exit so surprising.

The standards, backed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, determine whether Apple’s products can be purchased by many governmental agencies, including the University of California system.

Silicon Valley is working hard to make green technology part of its brand. Another part of that effort is tech companies’ ability to adapt. Fortunately, the valley’s most prominent company had the ability to rethink a challenging decision, change its mind on a dime — and renew its green cred.

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Thu, 02/23/2017 - 08:26

Alaska editorial: Recognition increasing that state needs new funds to sustain services

This editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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Thu, 02/23/2017 - 08:26

Open letter to Sen. Murkowski

Dear Senator Murkowski,

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:53

Stand with Alaskans and stand with Planned Parenthood

I appreciate Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s recent decision to support repealing the Trump administration’s global gag rule. The global gag rule bans federal money for overseas family planning programs if the programs also provide abortion, or provide information about abortion. The global gag rule puts thousands of lives at risk, and Murkowski has rightly recognized that. I praise Murkowski, and want her to know that Alaskans stand with her in supporting access to family planning services. This means that we support Planned Parenthood, and we hope she will stand with us in the coming weeks by refusing to vote for any changes to the Affordable Care Act that include defunding Planned Parenthood. Read more

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