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  ELECTION 2004:
Who's Got the Power?
Collateral Damage
Dubya's Dictionary
"Wise Use" in the White House
Bush's Seven Deadly Sins
USA Tomorrow
Our Next President
Forty Wild Years
Interview: Michael Pollan
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Collateral Damage
Ordinary Americans feel the sting of Bush administration policies.
by Blair Tindall

The November elections are much more than a horse race: The president and legislators we elect will determine policies that affect the health and well-being of individual Americans in every state. Keep that in mind when you hear George W. Bush repeat his pledges to clean our air and water and promote a healthier environment. This time, we have a four-year White House record to assess. And there's no better way to test Bush's political rhetoric than to see how his policies are already changing the lives of people across the nation.

Angler George Rock wants to protect Wisconsin's Wolf River for his Grandson.Retired civil engineer George Rock has fished in Wisconsin's forested Wolf River basin for over 40 years. With his wife, Marilyn, Rock wants to protect the Wolf River so his grandson, Joshua, can kayak, raft, and catch healthy trout.
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Chris Velasquez sees a way of life threatened by oil and gas development.New Mexico rancher Chris Velasquez runs cattle in a region with a human history dating back 10,000 years. He also shares over 20,000 acres of the San Juan Basin with 383 oil and gas wells.
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Samantha Hermsen: Asthma sufferer, clean-air activist.
Milwaukee-area fifth-grader Samantha Hermsen loves playing bassoon in her school band and competing in basketball and soccer. But during smoggy days, she needs a foul-tasting inhaler before she hits the field.
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Big Coal's devastation prompted Julia Bonds to act.Julia Bonds fondly remembers the stream that six generations of her Marfork Hollow, West Virginia, family enjoyed. But one day when her grandson splashed in the water, she noticed dead fish floating around his feet.
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Budget cuts limit Russell Beesley’s ability to protect a national treasure.Russell Beesley, a backcountry ranger at southern Utah's Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument, spends much of his time on the job replacing signs ripped from the red soil that prohibit all-terrain vehicles.
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Heather Abel must protect her son from a contaminated water supply.In Las Vegas, Heather Abel races between teaching kickboxing, organizing convention events, and cheering on four-year-old Mason at karate practice. But Abel must also spend time researching the effects on her son of perchlorate from rocket fuel...
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Family farmer Everett Kennard endures life downwind of a massive hog facility.Fifth-generation Mississippi farmer Everett Kennard can no longer sit in his lawn swing, entertain friends, or even sleep with the windows open on a cool night. "You never know when the smell is going to move in," says Kennard...
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Jessica Kelly-Schaieb worries about mercury-ladden meals.Growing up around the great lakes, law student Jessica Kelly-Schaieb learned that local fish could contain mercury, which affects brain function. Now the mother of "funny, sweet, firecracker" Elizabeth, Kelly-Schaieb carries a wallet-size chart of safe seafood choices with her to the supermarket.
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Chuck Mower doesn't want the Merrimack River to become an open sewer again.In 1849, Henry David Thoreau hoped New Hampshire's Merrimack River would recover from textile-mill pollution "after a few thousands of years, if the fishes will be patient." During Chuck Mower's youth, patience was still required.
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Bob Thomas fights cuts in urban transit funding.An architect and community planner, Bob Thomas totes his collapsible bike throughout Philadelphia's transit system, cycling to his final destination. "It's fast, inexpensive, good for the environment, and I stay in shape," says Thomas...
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Relaxed logging policies hit home for Ronnie Chittim.Deep in Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains, Ronnie Chittim's guest cottages have attracted outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, and even Martha Stewart. But the 2002 Biscuit fire nearly destroyed her forest idyll...
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Industry says the Superfund tax is unfair; Lula Bishop knows what unfair means.
When Lula Bishop moved into a low-income housing project in Daly City, California, in 1972, her three kids loved the pastel townhouse. "Then there was the day — Kenny was nine — he came in with a frog with two heads. It was the first of quite a few."
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Blair Tindall, a New York journalist and oboist, is writing Mozart in the Jungle: Life in the Wilting World of Classical Music for Grove Atlantic Press. She wrote "Tidal Attraction" in Sierra's May/June issue.

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