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Letters to the Editor May 19

Don’t wear fur, real or not

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Ode to the Thai diplomat who ate my frogs

Ranting Retiree

Thank you, Facebook. You have uncovered a secret that’s haunted us for some 35 years. What ever happened to Suwit?
He was a little boy from Thailand who rounded up all the frogs in the creek that flows behind our old farmstead, smashed their heads against a rock, then cooked and ate their legs.
I didn’t know any of the frogs personally, but I so much enjoyed listening to them sing “rib it, rib it, rib it,” the frog melody that lulled me to sleep.

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Cooling the Middle East rhetoric

Insight

In recent weeks the David Horowitz Freedom Center has been placing half- and full-page advertisements in the mainstream U.S. press including the New York Times under such titles as “The Palestinians’ Case Against Israel is Based on a Genocidal Lie.” The ads continue: “The Palestinian Authority on the West Bank and the Hamas Government of Gaza both claim that Israel is ‘Occupied Palestine.’ This is a lie.”

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The 12 commandments of schooling in the U. S. today

The Education Observer

Editor’s note: Jack Mahoney died on May 14, 2011. This is the last column of a years-long series he wrote for this newspaper, reprinted from the May 20, 2010, issue in which it originally ran. It is run just as he wrote it a year ago this week.

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A couple of bills that will make job creation even harder in Connecticut

If You Ask Me

’Tis the season for TV commercials from the many special interests telling us why we should favor this bill or shun that one.
Unions representing teachers have been especially active in fighting proposed reforms aimed at retaining the best teachers without regard for seniority.
But my favorite commercial is the one with the waitress proudly saying she doesn’t serve flu with her lunches because her boss pays her to stay home when she’s sick.

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A Candidate

Editorial Cartoon

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Turning Back The Pages May 19

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — May 1936
SALISBURY — Mrs. John Suydam has moved into the cottage recently vacated by Roswell Gordon on Railroad Street. Mr. Delbert Marks and family will occupy Mrs. Suydam’s house.
LIME ROCK — Mike Kneeland spent a few days in town recently.
SHARON — Miss Pauline Wike was home from Mansfield over the weekend.
LAKEVILLE — The state highway road oiling machines have been here this week applying oil to the macadam roads in this section.
50 years ago — May 1961
Ralph H. Tapscott of Salisbury is confined to the Sharon Hospital for treatment.

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Malloy toughed out state employee unions

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Nobody can say that Gov. Dannel Malloy doesn’t have guts. He faced down the state employee unions, and he squeezed $1.6 billion of concessions out of them over the next two years by not only threatening, but acting on, thousands of layoffs when at first those concessions did not materialize. Now, he’s backed down on the layoffs since the unions agreed to enough compromises to help him balance the state budget. Of course, he had hoped for $2 billion in concessions, but filled in the extra $400 million with cuts in spending and increased tax collection.

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The job side of saving the land

Nature's Notebook

I was in Washington last week trying to make the case that conservation should be a funding priority in the federal budget, and that this is necessary rather than simply nice to do.
In other years, I might have lead with the many, tangible benefits of open space preservation for the environment and human health and well-being. This time it was all about jobs and direct benefits for the local economy.

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The (bird) band plays on

Nature's Notebook

What a difference a week makes. My wife and I went out of town for a few days. When we left, brown was still the predominant color. When we returned, green was sprouting up all over! The buds had broken on most trees and young leaves were emerging in every direction. Daffodils were in full color and the smell of freshly cut grass was in the air. This all happened in a matter of days, or so it seemed.
The symphony of bird song that had just started when I wrote my Nature’s Notebook column two weeks ago is now in full volume, with all the players contributing to a melodious fanfare.

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