Thursday, February 23, 2017


Write to:

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Now that President Trump has reversed Obama’s decision on the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, they will in all liklihood go ahead with construction. I think it is important to insert in the permits what will happen after the pipelines have outlived their use. Disposal of the pipelines is an important issue, as is restoration of the landscape to its original condition. The companies involved should be required to put up a bond to ensure that the work is done.

And to Governor Brown

Given that  carbon emissions abatement is an important issue for California, and that in many ways California is leading the way for the nation, I urge you to consider requirIng that Diesel locomotives convert to biodiesel. In one significant move, an entire segment of the transportation industry can be converted to a near zero carbon footprint. California can do this as it already has a healthy biodiesel industry. Along these lines, I urge you to authorize hemp growing, a very good cash crop and source of oil as well as other products that grows well in semi-arable areas. Congress foolishly banned the growing of hemp because it belongs to the cannabis family. Hemp could be a source of biodiesel and is already useful for soaps, health oils, rope, fabrics, etc. Why should we have to import it?

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Author's note:  Trill is a fictional female acquaintance who makes it possible to write in a style that is comfortable formme.

My Dear Trill,

Brava! You made it to participate in the Women’s March on Washington, an event you will remember with pride for a lifetime. The new President appears to shrug it off, but a sleeping giant has been awakened. Hooray for woman power.
The president was placed into power by an Electoral College vote, but failed to win the popular vote, and in the end, if he does not perform, it will be his undoing.
It is too bad that at the swearing in ceremony he was not required to swear to tell the truth, as lying about matters, small and big, seem to be common. When a president prefaces a statement with “to be honest,” what he has to say is immediately suspect. He frequently states that he has nothing to do with Russia, yet he called upon Russia publicly to hack Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and his son publicly stated that “the family has a lot of money coming in from Russia."
The signs are bad, as he has surrounded himself with a wealthy cabinet and a cabal of advisers of dubious governing experience, and has proceeded immediately to nullify Executive Orders by the outgoing president without regard to consequenses. Beginning  his administration with a mere 36% approval rating, he may be treading shaky ground, especially regarding rulings that affect health care and the environment. Declaring the press an “enemy of the people” is  an invitation to open war with the media, which he can’t win.
Approval of the Keystone Pipeline, reversing President Obama’s disapproval, is taking place even as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau aims to shut down the tar sands operations, in part due to destruction of large areas of the Canadian landscape, including boreal forests. A promise that the pipes will be American made, and therefore promise new employment may be entirely limited, as photos show the pipes are already made and stored along the pipeline route. Don’t you think President trump should have been on-board with Trudeau on this subject before lining up with projects that adversely affect climate change? But he believes that climate change is a hoax.

Many more demonstrations by the citizenry are predicted in the future as Americans realize  how fully they have been victimized. Very high on the worry scale are the gag orders on Federal Agencies, preventing them from releasing important data to the public who paid for it with taxes.  But demonstrations will likely not affect this vain president’s impenetrable and glorious self image.

Friday, February 17, 2017


Kiss the planet good bye.
Today, Scott Pruitt, sycophant to the oil and gas industries and climate change denier, was confirmed by the Senate to head the Environmental Protection Agency. On track to a dystopian society, 
it seems, at the hands of the Dear Leader.
America's premier con man has told the coal workers that they are back in business as he has axed regulations that had at least partial control over the industry's pollution practices. Apparently not yet aware that coal is on the way out because it is being replaced by natural gas, which is available in prodigious quantities, more efficient and cheaper to build power plants. Moreover, wind power is competitive with coal so the power industry, sensitive to the climate change problem, will lean that way. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


In a dream world
poets tell it like it is. 
Women preserve order,
as they do in their own homes. 
Men are stewards of the planet
and all its living things. 
As evening approaches,
their thoughts turn to dancing,
to rhythms
they didn't know were there.
War is unthinkable.

-e hujsak

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Praise be upon those happy souls
who care about the elderly
and frail of limb.
Praise be.

Praise be upon the passerby
who trundles in my  trash container,
picks up the Daily News
and drops it by my door.

Praise be upon my Nisei friend
who thinks to buy me apples when she shops
and phones when at the pharmacy 
to learn my needs.

Praise be upon my pc doc
who stops in mid-commute
to check on me.
They don’t do house calls anymore, you know.

Praise be upon my relatives
who weekly check my empty shelves
then stock them full  from Ralphs,
Whole  Foods and Trader Joes.

Praise be upon my aging pals,
who bring by take-out lunches,
gab about how great it was to work in rocketry
and  swap our thoughts about a trip to Mars.

Praise be

-e hujsak

Sunday, January 22, 2017


-attributed to President Trump-

“This election is rigged;” “Russia! Hack the Clinton e-mails!; ”Climate Change is a hoax;” “Crooked Hillary;” Crazy Bernie;” “Pocahontas;” “The Military is a disaster;”  “There has to be a punishment” (for abortion);  “I’m very, very rich;” “I’ll release my tax returns before the election;“ “Throw ‘im out!;”  “I’d like to punch him in the nose!;” “Bomb the shit out of ISIS;” “Grab ‘em by the pu##y;”  “It’s going to be so-o o o incredible;” “unpresidented;” “We have nuclear bombs, why don’t we use them?;” “We should have taken the oil;” 

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Formidable…...Senator Feinstetn  absent from the confirmation hearings to get a pacemaker installed. Back to work the next day.

Dear Mr. Hujsak:

Thank you for writing to express your concerns with President-elect Trump and his future Administration.  I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

First, let me say to you that I understand your concerns.  My office has been flooded by calls and emails from Americans fearful of the aftermath of the election and what the new Administration will mean for our country.  I have heard from families who are terrified they will be torn apart, women who are concerned they will lose their rights, and parents worried they will not be able to afford their health insurance.  Others have voiced their struggle to cope with the racist and xenophobic attacks occurring within our country.

Since the election, we have been witnesses to hate against Muslim-Americans attacked for their faith, Latino elementary students humiliated by their peers who say they will be deported, and African-Americans harassed by Confederate flags and racist slurs.  We have also seen an unsettling rise in buildings being vandalized by swastikas and Nazi propaganda.  These disgraceful acts toward minorities, immigrants, and women are devastating to our values and everything America represents. 

I will not stand aside and watch the tremendous successes achieved over the past eight years be swept away, or allow our nation’s most vulnerable populations to be targeted.  As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I am committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional rights of every American.  I will carefully scrutinize the policies of the Trump Administration, its senior officials, and future judicial nominees.  If Donald Trump is to succeed as President of the United States, he must ensure his actions reflect respect for all Americans and surround himself with advisors who do the same. 

Painted across American history are times when we have chosen to band together against oppressive rhetoric and injustice.  I am ready to help if President-elect Trump and his Administration are willing to work across the aisle to find pragmatic, bipartisan solutions to the many challenges facing our country.  But if there are efforts to roll back the progress we have fought too long to achieve, I will do whatever it takes to defend the values of California and our nation.  

Again, thank you for your letter.  I hope you will continue to write to me with issues of importance to you.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-3841.  Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

  Dianne Feinstein
         United States Senator