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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that human overpopulation isn’t such a big issue any more as numbers are expected to start declining in a few decades?  – Melinda Mason, Boone, IA


We are on the precipice as the Primary is about to take place.

There are a few races that are meaningful for those of us in SoHo—the two City Council races for District 1 and District 3 affect us directly. And, of course, the Mayoral selection affects us indirectly. In a microcosm, the phrase “all politics is local” takes on new meaning.


While there were incongruities under Thompson as Comptroller, he seems to be the only candidate with both credibility, experience, intelligence and broad support. His only difficulty in the last election was due to the weak-kneed support by the Democrats due ONLY to the mistaken belief that Bloomberg would be able to buy the election.


Yetta Kurland reflects upon her career in law, activism and public service.

A few years ago a deal was made to close our neighborhood’s hospital, St. Vincent’s, in order to build more luxury condos. As a civil rights attorney and a committed community organizer, I went to work, using my skills to help organize our community to speak out.  


It looks like it will be a difficult choice for the general population to choose among the many candidates vying for office this election.  But, while it may be tough for a larger audience, the decision shouldn’t be that hard for SoHo residents.


Most Earth scientists agree that future sea levels will rise at a greater pace than during the last 50 years. Coastal communities will suffer the most, as flooding from rising water levels will force millions of people out of their homes. Pictured: flooding in Marblehead, Massachusetts caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012.


The Center for Health and Environmental Justice needs your help to test school supplies to find out if they contain hidden toxic chemicals this summer.  Watch to learn more!


Let’s start with the strong points. Scott Stringer has been a hands on guy downtown and made the round of the clubs and, as Borough President, has had the ability to pick and choose members of the Community Boards.


 
Downtown is Democratic. And, SoHo has nearly always been a Democratic Arts Village. From guerilla art to condo decorations, from Frosty Myers to Bob Bolles, SoHo has nearly always followed the left of center, piggy-backing on its more liberal and progressive neighbor, Greenwich Village.

The Children's Magical Garden at Norfolk and Stanton streets on the lower east side are being dug up by developer Serge Hoyda. Hoyda has a construction crew in the community garden and has begun digging giant holes for a new plywood fence within the space he is claiming. The garden is sacred to the children in the community and they are shocked and saddened.

The community asks for their representatives to find a solution, just as they have before with another two lots.

For more information go to moregardens.org and nyccgc.org