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The magnolia, beautiful as well as healing

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.

Region One budget merits acceptance

I am, of course, disappointed in last week’s Lakeville Journal editorial response to our budget. It says too little about the reality of financing schools, declining enrollments and dealing with new mandates. Your implication of public education as a last resort is insulting to a school with a comprehensive curriculum, a competent staff, and consistent financial support. How often do we need to remind our detractors that seven school boards, in a democratic process, approve the services provided by Central Office.

Taking resources from students and giving them to administrators

Lowell Milken, the co-founder and chairman of the Milken Family Foundation, a leader in education reform, has said, “Good teachers are to education what education is to all other professions — the indispensable element, the sunlight and oxygen, the foundation on which everything else is built.”

The value of really good research

I watch a lot of TV science shows. One thing I have learned is that lots of money is spent on research. This motivated me to write a proposal to obtain a research grant. Here are the really important things which will be included in my proposal.

I will not spend lots of money on expensive equipment like telescopes, electron microscopes, lasers or stuff like that. These would not fit in my garage. All I need is a white board, lots of colored markers and a microwave to reheat coffee.

Pot as medicine requires courage

A few years ago, someone very close to me was in the ICU in an induced coma so he could heal after having his insides pulled from his body, cleansed of lethal toxins and bacteria, and returned to the cavity following a perforation of his lower intestines. He had less than a 5 percent chance of survival and doctors had no idea whether he would ever come off the respirator.

Pot works as medicine

A few years ago, someone very close to me was in the ICU in an induced coma so he could heal after having his insides pulled from his body, cleansed of lethal toxins and bacteria, and returned to the cavity following a perforation of his lower intestines. He had less than a 5 percent chance of survival and doctors had no idea whether he would ever come off the respirator.

Marijuana works as medicine; patients need courage

 

A few years ago, someone very close to me was in the ICU in an induced coma so he could heal after having his insides pulled from his body, cleansed of lethal toxins and bacteria, and returned to the cavity following a perforation of his lower intestines. He had less than a 5 percent chance of survival and doctors had no idea whether he would ever come off the respirator.

Respect Freedom of Information Law, it saves lives

When government officials complain about the burdens associated with dealing with requests under the Freedom of Information Law, known by many in New York as FOIL, I’ve suggested that they stop complaining, because FOIL saves money.

Women registering for draft will show commitment to equality

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent announcement that the ban on women officially serving in combat roles has finally been lifted after years of women fighting, dying and losing limbs in combat opens more than an opportunity for women’s military career advancement. It also opens the door to required Selective Service System registration.

Women registering for draft will show commitment to equality

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent announcement that the ban on women officially serving in combat roles has finally been lifted after years of women fighting, dying and losing limbs in combat opens more than an opportunity for women’s military career advancement. It also opens the door to required Selective Service System registration.