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Optimal health care in a post-Trump world: The answer is ‘Medicare for All’

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As the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress resume their working session, one has to expect a return to some more gridlock over health care reform. That’s because “repeal and replace” was always about damaging the legacy of President Barack Obama, and never really about improving health care for all Americans.

Leaks, from the first to the worst

Leaks have always been with us. Politicians and government officials have been leaking information to reporters throughout American history. The practice is, in fact, older than the nation itself. The leak is and always has been an essential part of our democracy, no matter what you’re hearing today.

I will mention some notable leaks in our history, but concentrate on two, the first and the worst. These are not to be confused with the criminal, computer leaks of the Assanges, Snowdens and their ilk.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-18-17

Global warming: be aware

Your “Turning Back the Pages” column last week noted that there was an inch of snow in Norfolk in May, 1917. One hundred years later, on May 8, 2017, there were flurries in Norfolk, although nothing sticking on the ground. The hilltops were white in 1917, green in 2017.

 This bit of data isn’t sufficient to conclude whether it was colder then or warmer now, nor will it change the minds either of climate skeptics or of warming adherents.

From LOLs to Lots of Love

A few weeks ago, I joined a group that practices mindfulness meditation. I have always been mesmerized by the calming effect of this ancient practice, but this was the first time I actually shared that experience while others were present. 

I should note here that the word “shared” should not be taken literally. Let’s be honest, there is not much sharing that takes place between people who spend most of the time with their eyes tightly closed. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1917

There will be an illustrated lecture on Forestry in Connecticut by the State Forester, W.O. Filley at the Scoville Memorial Library, Friday evening at 8 o’clock. Admission 15 cents.

Everybody is busy hoeing, raking, spading and planting. The late spring has caused delay.

LIME ROCK — Grant and Hilen Eggleston were home over Sunday.

SALISBURY — Mr. Edward Williams had the misfortune to sprain his ankle while stepping out of a wagon.

 

Keep mental health care accessible

Anyone who has had to contend with the repercussions of either their own or a loved one’s mental illness knows too well that the length of time it takes to have access to help in emergency situations, or even just day to day, can make a real difference to eventual outcome. In the Northwest Corner, there used to be access to organized mental health support that was not the norm in such a rural area. However, in the past decade, that has dwindled, making it harder to find help. 

When lilacs last in the backyard bloomed

We purchased the 1920s Sears, Roebuck bungalow in 1978. It came with a lilac bush in the rear yard. The bush dutifully bloomed each spring. But gradually the flowering diminished.
I clipped out the old wood and it revived. For a while.
This year, nothing.
How could this be? You prowl along old country roads, follow a stone wall, find a stone cellarhole — and there will be either an old apple tree in the dooryard, or a lilac.
There are white lilacs, purple lilacs and what we called double lilacs — twice as purple as the regulars.

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The presidential summer of ‘46

We didn’t know it at the time, but the summer of 1946 has turned out to have been a rather significant season in American history. Between June 14 and Aug. 19 of that first postwar summer, three of the first Baby Boomers were born, and all three grew up to be president.

The last arrived first. Donald Trump was born in Jamaica, N.Y., on June 14 to Frederick Trump, a real estate developer, and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, a Scottish immigrant who came to America at 18 and worked as a housemaid. 

Free speech: Banned in Berkeley

There really isn’t much difference between burning books and banning speakers. Either way, it amounts to the same thing — censoring ideas that don’t comport with your world view.

Budget Cuts