Immigration & Greenland?!

Rumors are that President Trump has been thinking of buying Greenland.
The advantages are obvious. The island’s population is about the size of Caldwell’s and its land area is ten times the size of Idaho–but only twice the size if we don’t count the area covered by ice.
And, if the ice melts, oil wells can go up.
Although the President doesn’t believe in global warming, he apparently does believe some strange force will make Greenland’s oil reserves accessible.
Well, as the melting in Greenland raises sea level by up to 10 feet, we’ll need someplace to put people whose cities are inundated by water.
Maybe we could trade for it? I’d give Mississippi away in a heartbeat, though I imagine the current administration would rather offer some pesky liberal state on the coast.
Can one buy a democratically-governed region?  What would happen if a majority of Greenlanders voted to become part of the U.S.?
I’ve needed good news this week, and I’ve found some–though nothing as funny as buying Greenland.
The Nature Conservancy reports that New York City has 730 buildings with green roofs. Some are urban farms with corn and beans and tomatoes. Others have succulents and native plants.
All, according to the report, benefit the environment. They absorb rainwater, decrease air pollution, lower the temperature and save energy. And the cost is only about 40 percent more than a conventional roof.
So the city will now require all new residential and commercial buildings to have roofs with plants, solar panels and/or mini wind turbines.
And dwell, a magazine specializing in design news, says NYC is “following in the footsteps of Toronto, San Francisco, Denver and Portland, Oregon.”
Now, I don’t see lashing myself to a chimney in order to weed tomatoes. And there aren’t many flat roofs in Idaho, and I have a hard time imagining ones in Denver or Toronto.
Still, it’s nice to think of more green in cities where the buildings are taller than the trees.
More good news–a survey by Public Policy Polling found that although Democratic voters are almost evenly split between moderates and progressives, the labels simply don’t mean much.
A majority of both groups supports Medicare for All, a wealth tax, the Green New Deal, stronger gun violence measures, and abortion rights. Differences vary from seven percent for Medicare for All (supported by 59 percent of the progressives and 52 percent of the moderates) to 15 percent for stronger gun violence measures (supported by 83 percent and 68 percent).
The real division, according to the poll, isn’t between progressive and moderate but between those who support a candidate they think can win (66 percent) and those who support one who backs their issues (33 percent).
What this poll tells me is that a candidate who backs Democratic issues can win. We will unite behind one.
And, in a country being “invaded” by immigrants, it’s good to reflect on observations by Amgad Naguib in the Baltimore Sun, “Lazy people don’t immigrate; hardworking ones do.”
He admires a young Ethiopian working three jobs and Mexican window washers dangling high in the sky.  He cites the accomplishments of immigrant friends who include “a police detective, two lawyers, an economist, and several entrepreneurs.”
He says people come in search of the American dream. “Every immigrant knows today: We have work to do, taxes to pay, elections to vote in, future generations of Americans to raise, and no time to waste on vitrial.
“After all, we have dreams to build.”
As do we all.  As do we all.

Note this editorial by Judy Ferro published by Idaho Press – 2019

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