We do it so often we hardly consider what a marvel it is. How often do we turn on the faucet to wash our hands or get a drink? Water: We so take it for granted. Consider these facts from the EPA: ~Water is the most common substance on Earth. ~The only water we will ever have is what we have now. ~Only 3 percent of Earth’s water is fresh water; 97 percent of the water on Earth is salt water. ~There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet combined. ~American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day. ~Europeans use about half the water Americans use. ~Residents of sub-Saharan Africa use only 2 to 5 gallons of water per day. We are fortunate to live with a system that offers clean water at a reasonable cost. Water is the most precious commodity on Earth. Without it, our world and our food supply would wither. Without it, we might survive only five days. Of the 3 percent of the Earth’s water that is fresh — not salt — water, even a much smaller portion is accessible as drinking water, leaving us with only a fraction of a percent of the Earth’s abundant water available for drinking. So do you ever wonder about the exceptional setup we have for getting water to our homes? Sure, rain fills reservoirs such as Eagle Creek Reservoir that supplies drinking water for much of the Indy area. However, direct rain isn’t enough. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
- There arose such a clatter Clement Clarke Moore may have had reindeer on his mind when he sprang from his bed to see what was the matter. But the clamor today resonates to something not nearly as fun as eight tiny reindeer. The fuss is about an anti-nature ad that Toys“R”Us has created.
Fight on over same-sex marriage
INDIANAPOLIS - Oh, it's on. If there was any doubt that the coming fight over the same-sex marriage ban amendment in Indiana was going to be elevated to the national level, it's gone. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Mary Cheney, the gay daughter of former Vice
- Smoldering artistic spark rekindled Exposure to the arts community in Zionsville has inspired me.
Helping children behave at Grandma’s
As families gather for Thanksgiving and other holidays, many parents worry whether their children will behave. With one ear tuned to the conversation with relatives and the other for misbehavior, parents have a hard time relaxing. A few tips can free both parents and children to enjoy the day.
Thankful for comfy pants
With the holiday season fully kicked off and running, I think it is high time to pay my respects to the most humble of pants, comfy pants.
Smokers' rights could be heated legislative issue
When Indiana lawmakers return for the 2014 session in early January, they’ll step into the highly charged issue of marriage equality as they debate the proposed amendment that would lock a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions into the state constitution. But it may not be the only heated debate over government intrusion into people’s private lives.
Burn calories while being thankful
Oh yeah — time for Thanksgiving, and for the last two years I have offered eating tips on how to “manage the damage” of Thanksgiving and holiday eating. Let’s change it up and have some fun answering the question, “How many calories do you burn during a Thanksgiving meal?”
- Support Small Business Saturday every day It’s as if it were custom made for Zionsville — Small Business Saturday.
- You can’t have Indian pudding if you don’t eat your meat As I planned the Thanksgiving Day feast for my family this year, I kept feeling like something was missing.
- Band parents help orchestrate Goshen tax increase Never underestimate the power of high school band parents. That’s one lesson coming out of the special elections this month, when voters in four Indiana communities were asked to raise property taxes to provide more funding for their local schools.
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