Fracking illustration: Wade MickleyShould Fracking be Banned?Fracking is the controversial practice of fracturing rock with pressurized fluid to extract natural gas. Yes: 69%The idea that we would pump untold amounts of often-carcinogenic chemicals into the ground to release what amounts to just another non-renewable resource is ludicrous.The non-renewable resource we should be most concerned about right now is water, specifically the water that is contaminated and poisoned by the fracking solutions we are so hurriedly pumping into the earth with reckless abandon.All the water that ever has been is on the earth right now. You think fossil fuels are important to our way of life? Try going without water for 72 hours and see how your life is then. We need to end the gold-rush mentality that surrounds natural gas and fracking, before it’s too late. —Jesse Cecil, Richmond, Va.Scientific data does not account for company greed and the shortcuts those companies take in the pursuit of profit. Big corporations have enough power and money to be above laws and regulations. Just look at the people who live near the fracking sites and you will find the answer on whether it’s safe or not. —Rena, Charlottesville, Va.Fracking is far too dangerous, and the natural gas it provides won’t last very long. We must explore renewable, sustainable energy alternatives. Anyone who believes anything else is in denial. —Finn, Floyd, Va.Fracking is deadly and destrucutive. It’s absurd that we’re poisoning communities when we could be investing in healthy, long-lasting, renewable energy. —Amanda Goetz, Asheville, N.C. No: 31%It would be great if we could ban it, but we need it. Without fossil fuels our energy costs will skyrocket, and our economy will worsen. Until we can depend on green energy, we need practices such as fracking. It should be regulated, but it can’t be banned. —Jay, Charlottesville, Va. 1 2
“This morning we officially handed a kris given by the Netherlands Prime Minister to President Joko Widodo on Nov. 23, 2016 [to the National Museum], […] in the hope that it could be held, examined, and eventually displayed to the public,” Heru said in a press statement on Thursday.Meanwhile, Hilmar expressed his gratitude to the Presidential Secretariat for keeping the kris safe since 2016.”We, from the Education and Culture Ministry and the National Museum, are very grateful since this very important artifact has been safely kept in the Presidential Palace all this time,” he said.Read also: Prince Diponegoro’s kris returned ahead of Dutch royal visit Heru suggested the museum display the vast collection to the public, including historians, researchers, and cultural observers, via virtual seminars in the near future.”A lot of people still don’t know that the 1,500 historical artifacts from the Netherlands have been returned to us,” he said.The repatriation process for the 1,500 artifacts started symbolically in November 2016. The Dutch government delivered the collection back to Indonesia in January, four years after the agreement.Before its closure, the 100-year-old Nusantara Museum was the only museum in the Netherlands dedicated specifically to art and cultural objects from Indonesia, which had been a Dutch colony.The museum had initially offered to hand over around 12,000 artifacts to Indonesia, but the culture directorate-general opted to accept a selection of 1,500 objects instead.Topics : The Presidential Secretariat handed over on Thursday 1,500 historical artifacts to the National Museum in Central Jakarta. The artifacts used to be held in the Nusantara Museum in Delft, Netherlands, which closed down in 2013 because of financial difficulties.The 1,500 artifacts consisted of different art and cultural objects, including a Bugis kris presented by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during the former’s visit to Indonesia in 2016.Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono symbolically handed the kris to the Education and Culture Ministry’s director general of culture, Hilmar Farid, on Thursday morning.