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January 1, 2018
It would be nice to think that with the start of a new year, everything will eventually be better. What kind of magical thinking is that? Let's take the Tournament of Roses Parade: the floats are pretty amazing, mechanical wonders covered in plant materials assembled by hand. (Never mind that the televised coverage of the marching bands is terrible). But all that volunteer time spent on something so… frivolous. What if those 40,000 hours for a single float were redirected into real community service? If all the fruit, dried beans and other edible plant materials were donated to food banks?