G. Tracy Mehan III

G. Tracy Mehan III served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the administrations of both Presidents Bush. He is a consultant in Arlington, Virginia, and an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.

Making the Desert Bloom

 

Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution For A Water-Starved World By Seth M. Siegel (Thomas Dunne Books, 337 pages, $27.99) My first encounter with cutting-edge Israeli technology occurred while working on Great Lakes issues in the 1990s. An irrigation district in Michigan’s “thumb” wanted to take water from Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron, by then […]

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Raise a Glass to Freedom

 

It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend in New York. Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art beckoned. And, thanks to an enterprising daughter, my wife and I were able to score tickets for the new Broadway musical production, Hamilton, which was sold out over the entire three-day holiday. One might […]

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Earth Day 2015: Federal Lands Edition

 

The massive federal land holdings in the western United States continue to irritate many folks living west of the 100th Meridian. According to Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and Montana State University, nearly half of the western states is owned by the federal government including over 60 percent of Alaska […]

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Dialogues of the Carmelite Martyrs

 

On the evening of July 17, 1794, at the height of the Great Terror of the French Revolution, 16 Carmelite nuns were guillotined in the Place de la Nation in Paris. Their story is re-told by Francis Poulenc in his 1957 opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites, which completed its run at the Washington National Opera […]

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Scott Walker’s Opening Move

 

With his recent appearance in Iowa generating rave reviews, Scott Walker, the intrepid Republican Governor of Wisconsin, has made his opening move in the 2016 presidential primary. Walker, of course, is the man who has basically been running, non-stop, for office while engaging in a take-no-prisoners battle with the public employee unions in the Dairy […]

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Lives Not Worthy to Live

 

“Whatever proportions these crimes finally assumed, it became evident to all who investigated them that they had started from small beginnings.”— Leo Alexander, M.D. Fundamental truths are often forgotten, if not actively obscured in the Kultursmog. This is very much the case with respect to the integrity of the human person and the inalienable right […]

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‘The Great Divorce’ Between Heaven and Hell

 

A few years ago good friends of ours introduced us to the New York-based Fellowship for Performing Arts (FPA), which performedC. S.  Lewis’s classic The Screwtape Letters here in Washington.  It was a great production, imaginatively staged, but now eclipsed by its recent, outstanding rendition of Lewis’s The Great Divorce.  “Our challenge was to turn […]

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A Growth Strategy for the New Congress

 

Does America still have what it takes to achieve a high-growth economy? Does Congress? Economic growth, in the current recovery, is half that of past recessions since World War II. Moreover, average wages have been stagnant for seven years and there is a greater disparity between the very wealthy, a struggling middle class, and an […]

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St. Louis on My Mind

 

As I watched the news coverage of the sad events in Ferguson, MO, a north side suburb of my hometown, St. Louis, countervailing emotions take hold. St. Louis missed the violence and riots of the late 1960s and early 1970s for reasons we really do not understand. It has always been a binary community, blacks […]

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What Is a Conservative?

 

In 1976 George H. Nash published his definitive history, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. In it he recounted the somewhat fractious workings of a philosophic and political coalition made up of libertarians and fellow-traveling economists, traditionalists, and pro-military anti-Communists. Neoconservatives soon aligned themselves to this aggregation, focusing on the excesses of the […]

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