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Clothes shopping fatigue

The Country Curmudgeon

I hate to shop, especially for clothes. This is fairly common in the male of the species. We tend to want to get into the store, get what we need and get out. Shopping is a chore, not recreation.
Clothes shopping is the worst. You might think grocery shopping would be, but at least there are beer, pizza and other foods in the cheese family at the Stop & Shop, and we can decide how much of this to buy — a lot.

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Labor unions and Trojan horses

A View From the Edge

Several states are trying to bust unions out in the open under the full scrutiny of the media. And in several of those states the people have risen up, demanded recalls of elected officials who have somewhat naively committed political hara-kiri while publically carrying the banner of the way-far-right.
How at risk are these governors, state senators and state legislators? In Wisconsin, for example, the degree of separation between every public service worker (firemen, police, educators, sewage workers, etc.) and every voter in that state is nil, zip, nada.

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Solid waste disposal has reached a crossroads

The County Account

Setting policy on solid waste is not something many of us dwell on, yet how society disposes of its trash has many ramifications to the environment, public health, wildlife and the quality of life of our communities.
As a child growing up in the 1980s, I recall family vacations in the Adirondack Mountains where my parents would take us to visit the town dump (landfill) to observe black bears feeding on human garbage. Then one year the town dump was replaced with a transfer station.

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What kind of timber is so popular that thieves steal it?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that timber thefts are increasing across the country. Why would people steal timber and is it a particular kind for a particular use?
Rosie Ng
Stanwood, Wash.
People are stealing timber for the same reasons they steal anything: to profit from someone else’s hard work. What makes timber thefts that much harder to stop is the fact that, most of the time, they occur in remote forested areas and loggers typically don’t have to document their sales as meticulously as other kinds of natural resource extraction.

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Millerton Lions Club plants tree in memory of William Shaughnasey

Lions Tales

Spring has sprung, and so have we — into action for the new year. The Millerton Lions Club’s first meeting of 2011 was held Wednesday, March 30, at American Legion Post 178 on Route 44 in Millerton. Great food, great meeting place, and great to see everyone again.
Todd Clinton got our attention with a little glass-clinking, called the meeting to order and we were on our way ….

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How much nutritional value is in carrots and other produce grown today?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the nutritional difference between the carrot I ate in 1970 and one I eat today? I’ve heard that that there’s very little nutrition left. Is that true?
Esther G.
Newark, N.J.
It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in it — especially compared to some of the other less healthy foods you likely also eat — but it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today.

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Turtle Crossing

Editorial Cartoon

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Falling under the Easter Bunny’s lure

The Millerton News Editorial

It’s nice sometimes to take a break from all the chaos in the world and appreciate that which is sweet in life — including those moments we can share with our families. That’s why it’s so important to thank our local towns, recreation committees, PTAs, fire departments, gun clubs, American Legions and other volunteers who take the time each year to organize what amounts to uninhibited, joyous frivolity — not only for youngsters but for entire family units — throughout the region come the spring holidays.

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Fishin’ fool

The Country Curmudgeon

These days I am pretty much an indoor animal. Not so in my younger days. During high school I developed a perverse passion for freshwater fishing. I would become The Compleat Angler. The insane part was that I lived on Long Island, which was a salt-water fishing paradise.
From my centrally located home in Nassau County I could travel 10 or 15 miles north or south to either Long Island Sound or the Great South Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Fluke, flounder and weakfish swam in abundance to the north while bluefish, sea bass and more fluke and flounder waited for hooks to be baited in the south.

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Why young Americans should be very afraid

A View From the Edge

Mom and Dad are moving in with you as soon as they reach 65. Get that spare bedroom ready, move brothers and sisters in together. We’re turning back the clock to pre-World War II: The family unit is back and the retired are, once again, about to be the burden of those still working.
Come to think of it, little Johnny and Suzy had better get an after-school job to help the family make ends meet. And you can forget about school loans for the high-school graduates, that first car, holidays or remodeling your kitchen — no one will be able to afford them soon, either.

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