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Speaking up for students speaking out

For years, I’ve heard complaints about millennials being too coddled to care about what’s happening except on their screens. So it’s curious to me that there is now complaint about activism on college campuses. 

Haunting memories of Gallipoli, lingering effects of the Great War

I read with interest the article on World War I remembrance in the May 18 issue of The Lakeville Journal, and Heather Chapman’s fine letter in the June 1 issue. She questioned some points in the article, and described her father’s war experience. 

Among other things, Henry Chapman served and was wounded in the Gallipoli campaign. It is extraordinary that we can thus be connected to this foreboding and long forgotten battlefield, on the other side of the globe, by the father of a neighbor in Falls Village.

Global warming deniers and the ‘global left’ believers

In his June 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis described global warming as a major threat to life on Earth. 

Time for binding up the nation’s wounds

One thing is abundantly clear after the election. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are exactly the same — except that they are completely different.

That is, they are both really, really bad, but in different ways.

Trump was so erratic and ignorant during the campaign that no sane person could have voted for him. Hillary was so smug and evasive that no sane person could have voted for her either. Did you?

Our First Impressions of America

Mahmoud and Alia Al Ghanem, as their letter explains, are recent refugees from Syria who have been welcomed into the Salisbury community in recent months. This letter expresses their gratitude for the kindness and generosity they have been shown — and is especially meaningful at this time when their home city is under siege. Their letter was translated from Arabic by Salisbury resident Zeina Mehio.

 

Our home planet and our children’s trust

On April 8, Judge Thomas Coffin of the U.S. Federal Court in Eugene, Ore., upheld a suit brought by 21 plaintiffs, ranging in age from eight to 19, alleging that the United States government was violating their constitutional and public trust rights by promoting the use of fossil fuels, despite the fact that the government and the fossil fuel industry had been aware, for decades, that burning fossil fuels causes global warming and dangerous climate change. A Forbes contributor described the lawsuit as “the first to involve a planet.”

Helping Connecticut’s first-time farmers

Before Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky were defending our nation and protecting our troops, Connecticut’s farmers were one of our state’s biggest contributors toward our national defense. How? They literally fed the army during the Revolutionary War. If you’ve ever heard a reference to Connecticut as “The Provision State,” it’s because the Continental Army relied on us for critical supplies like ships, cannons, gunpowder — and, of course, food.

Clinton needs an immediate change of strategy

Hillary Clinton will continue to lose ground if she continues to defend herself against Donald Trump’s attacks and focus her offensive on his questionable character and presumed unfitness to be president.

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A choice of oceans to explore

In December 2011, a group composed of 540 of the world’s top marine scientists issued a report titled “Hot, Sour, and Breathless — Ocean Under Stress.” Released in conjunction with United Nations’ climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, the report warned that, as the result of fossil-fuel emissions, the world’s oceans were becoming warmer and increasingly acidic.