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Invasive plants: now is the time to fight back

Nature's Notebook

A walk along our country roads is not what it used to be. Instead of a diversity of plants along our way, we are often faced with a wall of vines and a monoculture of shrubs. We all know that these are invasive plants and we have seen exhibits, read articles and maybe attended lectures on the issue.

Taking action to address the situation is another story.

Back to School

Editorial Cartoon

Nelson Brown helped Connecticut get past corrosive religious rivalry

The Chris Powell Column

Fifty-three years have passed since Nelson C.L. Brown II, Republican of Groton, was speaker of Connecticut’s House of Representatives, but the reception line at his wake at the state Capitol the other day would have done honor to any current denizen of the building.

For Brown never really left. He went on to have a long career as a lobbyist, representing, among others, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, and retired only a few years ago, already in his 80s.

Excuses, excuses

If You Ask Me
dahles@hotmail.com

Whenever there’s a special election to fill a U.S. Congressional seat, the winning party sees a significant national trend in the outcome and the loser makes excuses. That is precisely what happened after the huge Republican victory in New York’s historically Democratic 9th Congressional District last week.

The Democrats have had to do the fastest talking because the loss certainly looks like something the party and especially the president should be very worried about.

When is enough enough?

A View From the Edge

The truth always comes out. I was listening to former Vice President Dick Cheney the other day explain why torture, as a policy, is in America’s interest. He was not advocating carte blanche torture, just the torture “of individuals whose interests are against ours.”

OK, you say, he is all for protecting America. Now Cheney is not a stupid man, but for a smart man he is an awfully bad student (learning from the mistakes of others before him) and, what is worse, he is using his bully pulpit in the media to pervert reason for the next generation.

A plan to fulfill the American dream

Insight

At several political events recently in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut some participants have called for a clear, concise statement of desired reforms, in effect a Democratic platform to fulfill the American dream, with the focus on jobs, not cuts in programs that benefit the American people.

There’s a surplus?

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Plan for the worst, hope for the best: It’s what most area boards and financial departments have been doing with their budgets this year. Cutting, carving out savings wherever they can and not stopping until there is no more they believe they can do.

This approach has stood Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick in good stead. Rather than having to come back to the Region One school board with bad news, Herrick was able to come back with some very good news about additional savings, as reported in last week’s Lakeville Journal by Patrick Sullivan.

Turning Back The Pages 9-22

75 years ago — September 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): A couple of daring aviators and a beautiful English lady have crossed the Atlantic in non-stop flights — so what.

SALISBURY — Miss Mildred Coons has resumed her duties at the Salisbury Pharmacy after her illness.

Letters to the Editor September 22

Letter To The Editor - Lakeville Journal

Churches have a lot to offer
I am writing to invite the community to include church in their busy lives this fall. As students go back to school and activity schedules are set, don’t forget that area churches offer a variety of education programs for children of all ages, as well as adult study and prayer groups. Sunday morning worship provides a great opportunity for family time, as well as a context for important discussions about values and beliefs.

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Is bioengineering leading to ‘genetic pollution?’

EarthTalk
earthtalk@emagazine.com

Dear EarthTalk: What is “genetic pollution” as it pertains to the bioengineering of animals, fish and plants, and what happens if they cross breed with their wild cousins?

R. Ahearn

Rome, N.Y.

Genetically modified organisms are those that have been altered by scientists to include genes from other organisms (known as transgenes) that may impart specific benefits.