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A baseball comedy routine, a singer and a song

In the 1940s, my father’s cousin would occasionally get us tickets to the broadcasts of the Kate Smith radio program, which General Foods sponsored. Those excursions across the Hudson to Manhattan’s Radio City and dinner at Tofenetti’s Times Square restaurant were major events for our young family.

‘Better living through chemistry’

From 1935 to 1982, the DuPont Corporation used the advertising slogan, “Better living through chemistry,” to promote their products. By the late 1960s, a character in the film “The Graduate” delivered a one-word line about the future that remains famous to this day: “Plastics!” Both plastics and chemicals have become so ubiquitous that now most of us hardly notice them.

Trump versus Congress and our Constitution

Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word “impeachment” for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the U.S. Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican-controlled Senate to hold a trial.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1919

SALISBURY — Hamlet Hill Farm has received a carload of Guernsey cows from Wisconsin. They arrived Tuesday.


CANAAN — Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. Barnes motored from Oyster Bay last week and visited at Henry Barnes’. Mrs. Eugene T. Rowe returned home with them to spend a few days.


SALISBURY — Miss Lucy Reed has gone to Pennsylvania, where she has secured a good position.


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Just released in high-density: ‘The Godfather IV’ 

Produced and directed by Billy Barr, “Godfather IV” in wide-screen format, is now playing in selected theaters across the country. It takes place in The White House and stars Donald J. Trump as Michael Corleone, the part originated by Al Pacino.  

Welcoming our local immigrants

Given the aggressive anti-immigrant drumbeat from the White House, the immigrants in our communities need a little extra help these days — if only in a welcoming smile.

If most of us have been shaken by our president’s lack of any understanding or compassion for immigrants either inside our country or at our border, families who are new to this country, and whose status may be uncertain, must feel quite traumatized to find themselves here. What is their future? Is this the country where they dreamed of feeling safe?

Is contempt of journalists really a new phenomenon?

Do journalists need protection from President Trump and his supporters? Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal professes to think so.

Remember the subjunctive mood?

“Brush up your Shakespeare, start quoting him now . . .

Brush up your Shakespeare and they’ll all kowtow.” 

From “Kiss Me Kate,” music and lyrics by Cole Porter