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Retirement: Some considerations

My wife and I bought a house on Sanibel Island in Florida 20 years ago. We didn’t use it very much, but it was (and is) a nice place to go every year for a few days in the depth of winter. People we met there never asked me when I was going to retire, but only when I had retired. (I had not, and still haven’t.)

Retirement: Some considerations

My wife and I bought a house on Sanibel Island in Florida 20 years ago. We didn’t use it very much, but it was (and is) a nice place to go every year for a few days in the depth of winter. People we met there never asked me when I was going to retire, but only when I had retired. (I had not, and still haven’t.)

What to do about illegal children?

As a 17-year-old born in New York City, still considered a child in the government’s eyes, I can’t imagine what illegal child immigrants (a lot of them younger than I) have to go through. Last year, I took a history course in immigration. I wrote an essay about child immigrants; my inspiration came from an HBO documentary we watched in class, entitled “Which Way Home.” I’ll do my best to convey the hardships children without documentation go through.

Reflections on 9/11 — woefully pondered today

Revisited thoughts written seven years ago, in 2006. I’m still reeling. How will our country respond to the current Syrian tragedy? Our government debates how to act or react or fail to act. A chess ‘Zugzwang!?

Below is a piece written on Sept. 11, 2006.

America, my America

We fan the fires of our Sorrows

With hopes of extinguishing our elusive enemy

We have magnified misery, missed the mark,

Lost the spark from the burning embers of crash

After crash after crashing burning blazes

We have fallen into being

“Over proud and under honest”*

Is this the end of the steroid era?

Truth, drugs, and sports

Part 2 of 2

It is hard to know to what extent the history of sports has been altered by steroids and other drugs in the past half century — what champions were phony, what records were falsely shattered, what winning teams had the most cheaters.

End the unfunded mandates

It’s no secret that we don’t see eye-to-eye on every issue. However, we were both elected last year as outsiders committed to reforming our state government and reducing the cost of living in our community. We both understand the burden unfunded mandates place on local governments, school districts and ultimately taxpayers. Just as we have done with our legislation to establish term limits in Albany, we are working together and proposing a bipartisan constitutional amendment to end the decades-long practice of passing down unfunded mandates from the state to local governments.

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When Big Brother watches you: A history of spying

Edward Snowden, a communications analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), has been granted one-year asylum in Russia. This spring, he revealed that the NSA, for years, has been monitoring and archiving all electronic communications made by Americans and others. Snowden was charged in June with espionage.

When Big Brother watches you

Edward Snowden, a communications analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), has been granted one-year asylum in Russia. This spring, he revealed that the NSA, for years, has been monitoring and archiving all electronic communications made by Americans and others. Snowden was charged in June with espionage.

Whose news is it?

Am I calling out from the middle of an ocean, or do others feel as I do? Should I rely on the media to help make sense of the confusing world around me? I consider what Edward Said wrote in Deborah Jaramillo’s “Ugly War, Pretty Package: How CNN and Fox News Made the Invasion of Iraq High Concept,” about how the mass media game is played: “For like all modes of communication, television, radio and newspapers observe certain rules and conventions.”

Better nutrition by the numbers

Part 2 of 2

No doubt our Athenian ancestor of 1000 B.C. was eating an even stricter version of today’s highly recommended Mediterranean diet; fresh fish, lean meats raised on forage, wild and cultivated greens, nuts and berries, and of course wine and water.