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The building blocks to better communities

All hail Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). They are a lifeline for local municipalities needing money to fund important projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to updating Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance to creating affordable housing. Throughout the state — and right here in the Harlem Valley — block grant dollars have helped improve living conditions for those who need it most.

In the most recent round of grant awards, sidewalk improvements and ADA improvements were the focus. 

My curated life, and yours, too

Louis Pasteur (yes, the milk guy) observed that “chance favors the prepared mind.” Americans prefer to focus on luck as in “you make your own luck.” Chance? Not so much. We fancy ourselves as a nation of entrepreneurs, but, when it comes down to it, we really don’t like taking chances ... on anything. 

From the folksy staff picks at a bookstore to the commercial surveillance of Amazon, increasingly, we want everything curated. The day is long gone when curators were confined to museums. 

Will pot stocks go up in smoke?

Today, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states, while recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states, plus the District of Columbia. Although there has been progress, little of the recent enthusiasm and hype over pot stocks will come to anything unless the federal government does a major about-face and legalizes the substance. What are the chances of that?

The plastic conundrum

Living in this area — in the inarguably lovely Harlem Valley — it’s hard not to be an environmentalist of sorts. Even if not hard-core, most people around here appreciate the scenic beauty and natural resources found in our rural towns and villages. 

Up close and personal

Some men wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called work.

Some men wrest a living from those who wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called trade.

Some men wrest a living from those who wrest a living from those who wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called finance.

 

Bottled water a good idea?

The most valuable natural resource on the planet besides air, fresh water is becoming scarcer throughout the world. Over 2 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, potable drinking water. In the Middle East and elsewhere, the lack of water has fueled the frequent wars of recent times. Climate change and unsustainable agricultural practices are reducing the supply of available water, and the ability to grow food, for much of the increasing world population.

Airworthy issues on planes you may fly

Many of my friends know I follow aviation closely and ask what happened to the 737Max planes that crashed, why did they crash, why did the FAA take so long, why don’t the pilots know what to do, etc.?