Recreation & Lifestyle

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard conflicting reports regarding how long it really takes for a plastic grocery bag to decompose. Can you set the record straight? — Martha Blount, San Diego, CA

The Writer’s Block: You’re Outta Here!

I don’t know. Maybe I’m getting too jaded from constantly hearing all the bad news about the economy. Night after night we get pelted with ominous warnings from newscasters about the slow growth of the job market, the exorbitant cost of health care and the continued loss of jobs.