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Nature's Notebook

There is a cool, steady rain falling outside my window as I write this column. This follows on the heels of the record heat we endured last weekend, which other parts of the country have been suffering through for much longer.

I was in Manhattan last Friday when the temperature hit 106, and the combination of radiant heat and humidity was oppressive in the extreme. I cannot begin to imagine what it was like for those without recourse to air conditioning.

Maybe it’s the name

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The gala celebrating the 20th anniversary of the northwest Connecticut chapter of Habitat for Humanity Saturday was quite a success (see photo, Page A4). The support given freely to this organization seems at odds with the general feeling about affordable housing in the Northwest Corner, however. The homes built by Habitat are meant for area residents who would otherwise be unable to afford a house in the region, yet there are those who don’t seem to equate them with affordable housing.

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — July 1936

SALISBURY — Miss Minnie L. Carroll is enjoying a two weeks’ vacation from her duties at the Occy-Crystine Corp., and has been spending a few days with her sister Ellen in Hartford.

TACONIC — Little Peggy Cunningham of New York City has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Bloomer to spend the summer.

The large poplar tree in front of the Salisbury Pharmacy has been taken down by Charles Parsons, local tree surgeon.

Letters to the Editor July 21

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Kent belongs in different district

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Editorial Cartoon

The real solution to Social Security, Medicare and the national debt

Insight

Aren’t we making undue heavy weather over the alleged solvency or insolvency of Social Security, Medicare and the nation? Are we not overlooking the obvious? Let’s have a closer look at the facts, and apply a few principles of democratic equity and fairness.

Social Security, introduced under FDR in 1935, fiercely defended by Eisenhower in 1956 and declared a sacred trust by Obama in 2011, is fully solvent, “in the black,” now and for two decades to come, even if we don’t tweak it.

Yes, we could raise the retirement age above 65; that’s a discussion worth having on its own merits.

Getting the job done for students

If You Ask Me

In his five years as superintendent of Hartford’s schools, all Steven Adamowski did was close bad schools, open small, specialized academies, institute longer school days, slash an expensive, unproductive bureaucracy, improve test scores, raise the high school graduation rate from an embarrassing 29 percent to 52 percent, put students in uniforms and fight with the teachers union.

Retire later rather than earlier

The Independent Investor

Over the last year, a number of baby boomers I know have explored the option of early retirement. Between the financial crises, the recession and the volatility of the stock markets, burnout has hit the over-60 crowd. They yearn for a less stressful life and believe that early retirement is the answer. My advice is don’t do it.

Segregation still strong in U.S. today

Other Words

William A. CollinsGood old Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi. He helps keep life in perspective. When he defended Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s infamous recollection of the Confederacy that somehow failed to mention slavery, Barbour called the issue a “nit” — an insignificant matter.

But while Barbour’s dismissive view of slavery may be popular in Mississippi — voters there elected him, after all — it’s a little raw for most of the country. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War began, America’s entrenched segregation is more refined, but no less real.

Heading home

Nature's Notebook

Though summer is progressing, we can look forward to another several weeks of warm weather and all the activities that go with it. If you are like me, these activities include being outside as much as possible and enjoying what nature has to offer.

If you recall several columns back, I wrote about bird songs and how the woods and meadows come alive with the sounds of birds identifying and defending territory in which to raise their young.

That was only weeks ago, back in mid-May when our migratory songbirds returned from their wintering grounds to their nurseries.