Guest Commentary

America’s two-front war

Eliciting the opinions of people at the dentist’s office

Her name, she told me, is Rainier, “like the Prince,” she said. “I wish I had some of what he had,” she added with a grin. We were waiting in the parlor at the dentist’s office. Rainier, I would say, is in her mid-60s, a proper, well-dressed African-American woman. Not shy, she’s a talker, the kind of person who will not suffer the silence of a public space privately.

America’s two-front war

Wild and Scenic: a tale of two rivers

From rage to reform

From rage to reform
Another city recently erupted in rage in response to a police killing.
After a week of peaceful protests following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, “Charm City” was in flames. The authorities declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard.

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Wild and Scenic and a tale of two rivers

Routine shift turns into a surreal moment

Small town EMS

It’s always been a pleasure and an honor to serve my hometown of North Canaan as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. Some calls are simple transports, and some are quite harrowing. My evening shift one evening last week was supposed to be another routine shift. Little did I know what an impact this next call would have on me. I wanted to share this story.

Yes: Wild & Scenic for the Housatonic River

The members of the Housatonic River Commission unanimously recommend Wild & Scenic Designation for the upper reaches of Connecticut’s Housatonic River to further protect the river as an invaluable natural resource. The commission thoroughly studied and inquired about the pros and cons of this Wild & Scenic Designation and has concluded that there are only upside benefits to wildlife and residents of the seven towns along this stretch of the Housatonic River, no downside. 

The role of media should be fostering civility and trust in the town of Salisbury

Our community is blessed to be governed by democratic debate among its citizens. We forfeit that blessing unless our community can restore civility and trust to our public discourse. It is not easy to restore trust. Like a mosquito in a stagnant pool, lost trust breeds suspicion. If we fail, our town will become a stagnant pool, home to civic disease and disturbed by whispers from the slightest breeze.