Waist management: Can government regulation curb our bad eating habits?
Banning the Big Gulp isn’t enough to tip the scales in America’s obesity epidemic.
Gluttony is the only one of the not-so-magnificent seven that is literally a deadly sin; Americans have been proving that through congested arteries and heart disease for decades. Lifestyle-driven diabetes makes a cross of daily life for thousands and now even burdens U.S. children, many of whom contract the debilitating illness because of sedentary childhoods and poor eating habits.
Park it: Get out of your car
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Though the mountains may fall: The cost of mountain top removal
In Appalachia, the coal industry thrives on stripping the landscape—and people’s livelihoods.
Rick Handshoe lives on the battle line. Explosions shake his house regularly, covering it with dust and debris and cracking its foundation. A convoy of supply trucks rumbles constantly past his front porch. He lives amid danger and disturbance, with peace but a distant memory.
Slideshow: Though the mountains may fall
Performance review: More feedback on President Obama
We don't normally publish the feedback from our Reader Surveys online, out of respect for the privacy of respondents (name and city are included in this section), but between the record amount or responses to our survey on President Obama and the passion with which our readers responded, we wanted to share them with our online readers.
We've included some of our favorite answers without any identifying information.
For Catholics, the greatest success of the Obama administration has been:
The passage of healthcare reform.
Performance review: Readers rate President Obama
U.S. Catholic readers provide a progress report on Barack Obama’s first term in office.
I'll be green for Christmas
Let’s not only be green when summer’s here but also during the most wonderful time of the year.
The anticipation was over, the gifts all opened, and nothing left to do except take it all in. Even when I was little, it was one of my favorite moments of Christmas. I'd sit with my loot sorted next to me and survey the living room while peeling the customary orange from my stocking. Red, green, and patterned wrapping paper covered the floor, and the cats, high on new catnip, would be attacking a bow under the tree.
Think outside the box: Being green at the end of life
Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.
Urban planting: Turning blight into bounty in the inner city
Armed with soil and seeds, Catholics in blighted cities are taking social justice into their own hands.
In Camden, New Jersey a jumble of railroad tracks, freeways, and abandoned factories lace through the Waterfront South area on the Delaware River just across from Philadelphia. During heavy rains, a nearby wastewater treatment plant frequently leaks raw sewage onto the streets.