Exactly one month ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that gave gay couples the right to marry. I was tickled by the New York Times article entitled You’re Making Me the Bride? A Hiccup for Gay Unions. A gay couple from the East Village had tried to apply for a marriage license early. The marriage application from the city clerk’s office offered these men two options: bride or groom. When this was brought to the attention of city officials, they quickly scrambled to update their forms.
When Jimmy Carter was president, he had solar panels installed on the roof of the White House. In 1977, the prescient Carter predicted: “Unless profound changes are made to lower our consumption of fossil fuels …and use permanent renewable energy sources like solar power, we will feel a mounting pressure to plunder our environment. The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but it will, if we fail to act quickly. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge that our country will face during our lifetime.”