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Better nutrition by the numbers

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Have you ever walked into a supermarket and asked yourself, “Who eats all of this stuff?”

By “stuff” I specifically mean all of the manufactured and processed foods in cardboard boxes, metal cans, glass and plastic bottles and containers. That’s doesn’t mean it’s all bad, but a lot of it is and can lead to preventable premature disease and even death.

Apply for REDC awards

Economic development and the creation of local jobs remain my key priorities, and I want to be sure Hudson Valley and Capital Region businesses are aware of the timetable for the next round of state grants through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).

End of session and our work ahead

I promised I would go to Albany and work with anyone, Republican or Democrat, who was serious about creating jobs, reducing the cost of living and reforming our government. Through hard work, we were able to make great strides toward improving our communities in Dutchess and Putnam counties.

Thoughts on the American Dream

As I approached, she loomed over me like a shrine to a deity. I was on the ferry, immersed in a cacophony of languages intermingling excitedly as the first hint of green speckled the horizon. Children were hoisted onto shoulders, cameras were steadied and thumbs skittered across screens as tweets were furiously sent.

Thoughts on the American Dream

As I approached, she loomed over me like a shrine to a deity. I was on the ferry, immersed in a cacophony of languages intermingling excitedly as the first hint of green speckled the horizon. Children were hoisted onto shoulders, cameras were steadied and thumbs skittered across screens as tweets were furiously sent.

Thoughts on the American Dream

As I approached, she loomed over me like a shrine to a deity. I was on the ferry, immersed in a cacophony of languages intermingling excitedly as the first hint of green speckled the horizon. Children were hoisted onto shoulders, cameras were steadied and thumbs skittered across screens as tweets were furiously sent.

Online education is not a panacea

Over the last decade, online enrollment in college classes has exploded. Many hope that it will ultimately help reduce the burgeoning future costs of a college education. The evidence, however, thus far indicates that we have a long way to go.

At the outset, readers should understand that there are two initiatives that have yet to converge in online education. There are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered for free by several universities and colleges, although in some cases the educational institution will issue a certificate or letter of completion (for a price).

Kiss your landline goodbye?

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The fact is at least one in five people still rely on landlines for all of their voice, DSL Internet connectivity and 911 emergency communications, especially in rural areas. Four out of five still rely on landlines for the majority of voice communication. That’s millions of customers. Less than 25 percent of the population has gone to wireless-only households, mostly young urbanites.

Kiss your landline goodbye?

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If AT&T and Verizon have their way, we can kiss our beloved landline phones goodbye.

For the second year in a row, AT&T has introduced legislation into Connecticut’s Committee on Energy and Technology (E&T) that will allow them to restructure their entire relationship with customers and oversight/regulatory committees to no one’s advantage but their own. And our E&T committee, which shows sure signs of having been captured by the very industries they are supposed to vett, has again passed another disgraceful bill along to the legislature.

The beautiful, healing magnolia

I don’t remember when I realized I was pouring what was left of my heart and soul and scarred body into my garden. I think it was the winter morning I found myself on the fringes of our property, defying the ticks and pulling bittersweet off the wild vibernum it was trying to strangle.