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Hoping my first newspaper lives to be 100

My high school yearbook had a section devoted to predictions on the future of graduating seniors — who would be president or maybe a star of stage, screen and radio. Mine predicted I would be “bylining in the Daily News.”

It didn’t happen, but I truly would have welcomed the experience. The Daily News was the paper I grew up with, the first paper I read or had read to me, starting with my grandfather reading the Sunday funnies, as the comic strips were then known, somewhere around 1937.

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Was it a dream or did it actually happen? Nowadays, it is amazing to realize how news stories, whether happy or sad, are originated and evaporated faster than the blink of an eye. On June 8, we heard that Anthony Bourdain, the famous food critic, flamboyant chef, a man of a unique sense of delivery and the creator of the CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” had committed suicide in his hotel room in Paris. 

The war on democracy in America

Part 1 of 4

When President Woodrow Wilson famously said we must “Make the World Safe for Democracy,” most Americans assumed that he meant the threat to democracy would come from outside the USA, from foreign sources, not from within our own country. Today, however, the danger comes from a home-grown, well-heeled, and surprisingly well-organized network of radical-right ideologues and self-interested “oligarchs.” 

Turning Back the Pages - August 16, 2018

100 years ago — August 1918

SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Finnegan and Mrs. Asa Edelman motored to Norfolk Sunday where they secured 50 quarts of berries.

LAKEVILLE — Claude Shaw has accepted a good position as traveling salesman for the Kibbe Brothers of Springfield and expects to move his family to that city in the near future.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-16-18

It’s been a great Sharon Playhouse season

Bravo Sharon Playhouse! Under the new leadership of Alan M-L Wager, artistic director, aided by Robert Levinstein, the Playhouse started off with a huge success of “Anything Goes.” It was Broadway quality in every respect, based on the acting, singing, dancing, orchestra and set design. Consequently, it resulted in capacity attendances.

Same turtle, new name

The unobtrusive and federally threatened bog turtle managed to get a new scientific name quite a few years ago without my being aware of it. 

The world of taxonomy has been upended by genetic sequencing. It turns out that while previously grouped all together in the genus Clemmys, bog turtles are closely related to wood turtles but not directly related to spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata). The bog turtle is now Glyptemys muhlenbergii and the wood turtle Glyptemys insculpta.

How can road safety be better addressed in the USA?

Condolences to those family, friends and folks in our community who knew those young people killed, hurt or arrested in our recent nearby car crashes. These are too similar to circumstances for several kids I knew when growing up in New Milford decades ago, or the same that happened when I was a teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, and, still too frequently, since.  

What do we know about the candidates for governor?

Depressing, isn’t it?

In a few days, a very small number of Connecticut voters will look over a field of not particularly well-known candidates and pick two of them to run for governor in November.

I suspect an even smaller number of voters can name all seven of the men whose names will appear on the Democratic and Republican primary ballots next Tuesday.

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