Clipped From Asheville Citizen-Times
Democrats pushed ahead firmly on Wednesday toward investigations into the Bush administration's harsh interrogation of terror suspects including hundreds of instances of wa-terboarding and other abusive practices. President Barack Obama said a day earlier that if there was to be an investigation, the independent commission Democrats were- moving in their own directions, and Republicans were united in their opposition to a commission that they see as an effort to vilify George W. Bush now that he is out of office. .Democrats moved toward separate hearings in the House and Senate and seemed to be jostling each other for leadership roles on policy he now steers. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, pointedly noted that her Intelligence Committee already is investigating the Bush administration's legal underpinnings for the. interrogation program arid the value of information gained from it Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said the other- ideas for how that might be achieved. The chairmen of both the Senate and House Judiciary committees. Sen. Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, and Rep. John Conyers, of Michigan, are proposing an independent "Truth Commission." House Speaker Nancy Pe-losi said she supports a Truth Commission. Black Alliance in Raleigh and office time. The kick-off at Clingmans Dome is not open to the public. It is a news media event to start the park's season-long anniversary . celebration. Clingmans Dome Road will close at 7 p.m. today for the event and reopen after 5 p.m. on Friday. The first big public anni decision. Sen. John Snow, a Democrat from Murphy who entered a resolution this week honoring the park and author Horace Kephart, said sending a representative to stand in for the governor is good enough. "I don't have a problem with it," he said. , I EARTH: Environmental issues get Continued from Al ; Many of the co-op's own-; ers and staff may be environ-' mentally conscious year-I round, but that doesn't lessen ; the importance of Earth Day, 1 Fain said. "When there is a ! designated day, it means ! more. People are more recep-Jtive." 1 "This is a day to motivate ', the masses and jumpstart a ; movement to care about the ; Earth every day," said Rachel i Doebber, volunteer coordina-.; tor for RiverLink. The non-i profit, dedicated to maintain-' ing and improving the French ' Broad River basin, organizes ; river cleanups, educational ! events and other activities all ! year and had several events ; unfolding Wednesday, i "Earth Day reminds every-! body of important issues like ; water quality and quantity," j said HartweU Carson, River-" link's riverkeeper. "These is-; sues are important every day." ; Doebber and Carson . helped organize at least 15 vol-! unteers, dressed in orange ; vests and with rubber gloves. They all hopped into a muddy ! ditch to haul out trash that 1 would otherwise have ended ; up in the French Broad River, i RiverLink's original plan was for volunteers to get into 1 the river to pull trash out, but low water temperatures and high water levels made that task too risky. - For the RiverLink crew, Wednesday was just one of many busy days in a year-round effort. On Friday, the group will supervise third-graders from Fletcher Elementary School as they dig up and plant a rain garden at their schooL The project aims ;to reduce the amount of storm water that carries excess sediment and pollutants into nearby waterways. There's another river cleanup set for May l "Every day should be Earth Day," Doebber said. . But the annual observance sharp focus has its value even among the environmentally conscious, said Sunshine Squires, the food co-op's health and body care manager. "Like any anniversary, it's a day to pause and reflect on what we've accomplished through the years and set new goals for the coming years," she said. For Brian Hampton, sales representative for Gaia herbs. Earth Day is the most important day of the year. "It is our home," he said. "Without the Earth we wouldn't be here." Gaia herbs come from a 250-acre organic farm in Brev ard, he said. The company has just partnered with Clemson University to create a vegeta-ble-and-mineral-based plastic bottle in which to sell food supplements. The great variety of activities and businesses involved in Earth Day 2009 in WNC was impressive to Susan Roderick, the executive director of Asheville GreenWorks. "We've come a long way, and we have a long way to go," Roderick said. "When (Earth Day) first started in 1970, 1 was a senior in college. (Then) it was mostly for college campuses, now it's everywhere." GreenWorks, formerly called Quality Forward, was one of the sponsors of the food co-op's activities and sponsored the Earth Day Asheville Celebration at The Orange Peel across the street Wednesday. The evening featured music, dancing and aerial arts and benefited the nonprofit's programs to eliminate litter, plant trees and other greenery and otherwise beautify Asheville. . "I can't believe how many things we've got going on in Asheville (for Earth Day)," Roderick said. Warren Wilson and Mars Hill colleges sponsored activities and educational opportunities for students and staff. The YWCA dedicated its new solar panels. Kenil worth Presbyterian Church inaugu Apparently those y flash cards you used ; ; v J iri school were right! - All ' Get more results when a you use the 2x2 Network. . :y:- i Your ad in 75 newspapers 0 -s' r '1 -? -for one low price '.' Call (828) 'We bring the vet to you" .OJeterfc,, - rated a community garden to supply Loving Food Resources. The City of Asheville hosted an Earth Day expo. And RiverLink hosted a rain barrel construction workshop, in addition to that river cleanup. Local ecologist Sarah Mar-cinko came to the cleanup and recruited her husband, Rob Sheeran, to help. "Every helping hand makes a difference," she said. Sheeran said that since the river cleanup was not going to be as extensive as expected, when they finished hauling trash, he planned to round up the kids in his neighborhood to pick up trash. ' - 232 - 5889 for del Hops & Cats ' Z?f) SOID j; tails.