EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: As I understand it, “Debt-for-Nature Swaps” are arrangements by which countries can erase debt by preserving land. Are any being done today? — Bill Hunt, Topeka, KS

Torres Prepares For Deployment

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond Torres, son of Lillian I. and Ramon L. Torres of Carteret, and fellow crew members aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans, home ported in San Diego, Calif recently departed Naval Base Point Loma after completing a six-day deperming evolution in preparation for the ship’s scheduled deployment.

Rahway Student Wins Award

TEANECK — The Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of NJ, Inc. of Teaneck awarded $40,000 in scholarships and book stipends to 19 current college and college-bound Hispanic students at the organization’s 20th annual scholarship gala, “Developing Future Leaders”.

The Need To Restructure The DoD: Part II

The U.S. Department of Defense must restructure to accommodate deep budget cuts and, more importantly, be ready for the challenges of 21st-century warfare. Those challenges will include unconventional operations and wars fought in vastly expanded battle spaces. Reforms are needed in three areas.