Author archives

Beth Wellington is a Roanoke, Virginia based poet and journalist. She is a contributing editor to the New River Free Press, a book reviewer for the Roanoke Times and a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative (SAWC) and the Appalachian Studies Association. From 1980 to 1997, she was the founding Executive Director of New River Community Sentencing, Inc. in Christiansburg, Virginia and its predecessor, New River Community Action's Community Sentencing Program. She contributes to both SourceWatch.org and Wikipedia.org. Beth's blog on culture and politics is The Writing Corner.

Commentary: The Protect America Act and Legislation Related to the Domestic Surveillance Program

Beth Wellington’s commentary examines the rapid introduction and passage of the Protect America Act, and the impact of related legislation on civil liberties in America.

Subjects: Congress, Extras, Legal Research, Legislative

Commentary: The Showdown on Coal-to-Liquid Technology

Beth Wellington provides an overview of coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology and whether it is a viable new energy source. Beth documents the debate over this issue which includes voices from academia, trade associations, lobbyists and members of Congress, who have introduced a plethora of related legislation.

Subjects: Extras

Commentary: Labor Protections and the Role of Card-Check Agreements

Beth Wellington reviews the background and legislation associated with card check-off campaigns to establish union representation, as well as the current political and corporate positions.

Subjects: Congress, Legal Research, Legislative

Commentary: The Real Costs of America’s Nuclear Power Program and the Impact on Global Climate Change

Beth Wellington reviews the administration’s position on FY 2008 funding for nuclear power programs, as well as the impact of these programs on climate change.

Subjects: Congress, E-Government, Government Resources, Legal Research

Commentary: The Military Commissions Act and Habeas Corpus

Beth Wellington’s commentary examines the contentious issues related to the administration’s use of military commissions and the subsequent introduction of new legislation to “correct problems in the act” and “to restore fundamental protections.”

Subjects: Congress, Criminal Law, Extras, Legal Research, Military

Commentary: Biodefense and the Freedom of Information Act

Beth Wellington’s commentary takes an in-depth look at the divergent positions and issues associated with FOIA and biodefense related appropriations and legislation, from the perspective of legislators, public interest groups and journalists.

Subjects: Congress, Extras, Freedom of Information, Government Resources, Terrorism
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