FROM Sharon Lerner
Public Health and Public Accountability The Environmental Protection Agency was established during the Nixon Administration 45 years ago to protect human health and the environment, but recent cases from Michigan to West Virginia to California have raised questions about whether it's up to the job. It's accused of dragging its feet and failing to warn the public about poisoned water supplies and massive emissions of greenhouse gases. Does it lack authority, resources and leadership -- or simple competence?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.