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Downs, but not out

During the holidays, like many other people, my thoughts turned to my childhood family. Some of the characters I recall quite vividly, and one stands out in my mind particularly. Her story, which began in adversity, winds up happily.

Aunt Barbara was her official title, but I never heard her called that. Rather, when I was a boy, Bobby was that very different younger sister of my father who still lived with my grandparents, looked unlike anyone I knew. In a family of tall people, Bobby was short, flat-faced and bottom heavy.

Ethel Silver Sorokin: A life well lived

The community of those who value Freedom of Information and First Amendment rights lost a beloved and irreplaceable advocate last month. Ethel Silver Sorokin died on Dec. 11, 2012. Given the magnitude of the terrible tragedy that occurred in Newtown that week, it was easy to miss the news of her death. But her death and, more importantly, her life, are well worth remembering. Along with her late husband, Milton Sorokin, Ethel was one of a breed of lawyers dedicated to the principle of defending the First Amendment and Freedom of Information laws from the perpetual attacks against them.

Ethel Silver Sorokin: A life well lived

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The community of those who value Freedom of Information and First Amendment rights lost a beloved and irreplaceable advocate last month. Ethel Silver Sorokin died on Dec. 11, 2012. Given the magnitude of the terrible tragedy that occurred in Newtown that week, it was easy to miss the news of her death. But her death and, more importantly, her life, are well worth remembering. Along with her late husband, Milton Sorokin, Ethel was one of a breed of lawyers dedicated to the principle of defending the First Amendment and Freedom of Information laws from the perpetual attacks against them.

Drawing a line in the coffee grounds

It happens every weekend and bank holiday. It happens the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and sometimes it happens Monday mornings when the weather is unseasonably nice: Out-of-towners go to Irving Farm and destroy the semblance of order we townsfolk hold dear. Seriously, Lime Rock crowd? Seriously, Brooklyn transplants? Obviously the line goes around the little island thing on the left.

On regular mornings, a groggy pre-coffee crowd forms in a beautiful sweeping curve around the left of the island.

On vacation days, everything changes.

After Newtown, the gun show is over

I am 74 years old. I have owned a lot of guns. I can tell stories about guns. Here I will tell two — both about me, guns and public schools.

Sharon Hospital, 10 years later

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Twelve years ago this past June the Board of Directors of Sharon Hospital with the concurrence of the hospital’s medical staff made the decision to sell the hospital to Essent Healthcare of Nashville, Tenn. When word of this decision became known in the community, it resulted in a two-year battle between those opposed to the decision and those who had faith in the board and medical staff’s decision.

After Newtown, the gun show is over

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I am 74 years old. I have owned a lot of guns. I can tell stories about guns. Here I will tell two — both about me, guns and public schools.

From the viewpoint of a hunter

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In a recent Lakeville Journal front page article, Cynthia Hochswender displayed clearly, I believe, her opposition to hunting with too little fact checking. Let me begin to fill in the blanks.

The information provided is from the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP, www.ct.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (www.nssf.org).

From the viewpoint of a hunter

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In a recent front page article, Cynthia Hochswender displayed clearly, I believe, her opposition to hunting with too little fact checking. Let me begin to fill in the blanks.

The information provided is from the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP, www.ct.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (www.nssf.org).

Regarding Ms. Hochswender’s statement about female hunters, doubting there are noticeable numbers of women who hunt, 8 percent of hunters are female.

Dalai Lama: an emphasis on our sameness

Richard Gere introduced His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s two-day visit to Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) last week as an “opportunity to be with a completely reliable spiritual teacher.” A completely reliable spiritual teacher — here — in Connecticut — at one of our state’s public universities.