Guest Commentary

Game changer at Sharon Hospital

As a lifelong resident of this region, a 25-year resident of Sharon and as a selectman since 2013, I have watched and rooted for Sharon Hospital. I’ve participated on panels, testified at public hearings and been part of advisory groups, all with the intent to enhance or save health care services in the northwestern part of Connecticut. I’ve had both of my children there, visited the emergency department several times and have been very happy to be able to have routine services performed so close to home.  

The Hotspur memorandum and humanity’s time

Part 2 of 3

Even a Nobel-Prize-winning scientist like Paul Crutzen could not have foreseen that in 2010, three years after “The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature?” appeared in print, the U.S. Supreme Court would greatly expand the First Amendment rights of corporations in political discourse in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, making it possible for corporations to donate more money than ever before to the business of buying votes in Congress.  

The Hotspur memorandum and humanity’s time

Part 1 of 3

It’s not impossible to imagine that one day, far in the future, our species will cease to exist. That “time must have a stop,” as Harry Percy, nicknamed Hotspur, says in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1,” as he lies dying.

Come in out of the cold

April and May are the months when the people who haven’t filed taxes in a long time wander into the tax lawyer’s office. It can be a decade or more since they last filed.  

For the law-abiding among us, such a lapse in filing seems incredible, but for 40 years, each year I have brought five to 10 taxpayers “into compliance,” meaning they file enough years of returns to satisfy the IRS.  

Here’s how to help protect young athletes from injury

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting hurt.

Running for local office: A call for candidates

Last November, I ran for Dutchess County Legislature (in the 25th District, including Amenia, Washington and the eastern portion of Pleasant Valley). While I didn’t end up winning that campaign, running for office is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I’m writing to encourage anyone with an interest in improving our community to consider running for local office: be it city council, mayor, town or village board, county legislator or school board.

Region One students deserve a good education: Vote ‘no’ on May 8

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From the superintendent’s desk: Our job is to educate

Over the past several months, many questions have arisen regarding some of the changes that are taking place in the schools. Most of the questions referenced either the high school schedule or the grading practices. 

Communication and understanding tax returns

Tax season for a tax pro is a little like being the single doc in an emergency room after a 10-car pile-up on the Interstate, except that it lasts for two months. Yet another filing deadline has passed, and I have survived.  

Because the tax field is so confusing for the civilian, and because it is an everlasting source of financial danger to the same civilian, being a tax pro is a big responsibility. Above all, communication with the client is the difference between a client’s panic, or alternatively, confidence.  

My Narcan journey (or how I spent my Saturday morning)

As the parent of a child with a serious substance abuse problem, I probably should have purchased Narcan a long time ago. Narcan, or Naloxone, is an antidote to opioid overdose. If administered soon after a person has overdosed on heroin or prescription painkillers (e.g., Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin), Narcan can save the person’s life.