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Necessary, if unkind, cuts

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Ice Fishing

Culture: What’s in store for us?

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Anthropologists have conducted thousands of studies of the great apes, concluding that they are inventive and have traits akin to memory behavior (how to peel fruit for example). But they cannot imitate each other; they do not understand the benefit of sharing, unless trained to do so in human environments (zoos and research labs). In the wild, the great apes cannot innovate or imitate. 

From the Land of Steady Habits to a state of decline

Connecticut, the longtime Land of Steady Habits, has turned into a state of decline. 

The decline comes in many forms from many causes. But the biggest is in people. More of them are going from than coming to Connecticut for a third year in a row, the shrinking Hartford Courant told its readers on Christmas morning. From July 2015 to July 2016, “the net outmigration was 29,880, more than twice as many as five years earlier.” Forty-two states increased their population in that period. Connecticut is one of the other eight.

The invaluable, yet hard-to-find, Senate Torture Report

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Last week, Church described how the Senate Torture Report had become a political football,and the danger that all copies might disappear.  This time he will deliver the finale of the argument in the Gitmo military commission over whether Judge Pohl will take custody of the full Report to prevent its disappearance, and tell of a surprising and potentially influential development.

Letters to the Editor 1-12

A close look at veganism

I was happy to see the article by Cynthia Hochswender about vegetarianism in last week’s paper. After decades of joking that “I’d be a vegetarian if it wasn’t for bacon,” my feelings on the subject changed after visiting the Woodstock and Catskill Animal Sanctuaries last April with my daughter.

Turning back the pages 1-12-17

100 years ago — January 1917

SALISBURY — Miss Margaret Travis fell on the ice recently and injured an arm.


SHARON — Miss Martha Wilbur has taken a position as teacher in the Canaan school.


LAKEVILLE — Miss Frances Adams had the misfortune to fall down stairs and sprain an ankle one day recently.


SHARON — Charles Beeman has been a victim of rheumatism.

Complicated and difficult, yes, but not boring

It’s been noted before in this space that while often disparaged or ignored, local planning and zoning can have a great effect on any community. Proof of this can be found in the Northwest Corner towns that have figured out how to use and adapt planning and zoning regulations to their advantage in the past year, as seen throughout the Year in Review pieces in last week’s Lakeville Journal.

Oceanfront Property

Our human culture: What’s in store?

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Culture is a word often associated only with the arts or media. But culture is what human behavior is based on, how our communication and inter-relationships work. Without culture, we would still be in the Stone Age or worse.