When my wife, Vera, first proposed having a yard sale, I gave her a one-word response.
The thought of dragging every item that no longer has value to us out of the house so total strangers can walk up and down our driveway confirming my suspicions that they have no value to anyone else either was just plain depressing. READ
Councilman John Dunleavy’s attempt to circumvent the term-limit law passed last year predictably never gained any traction. When the Town Board approved term limits of 12 consecutive years for council members, it signaled the end of Mr. Dunleavy’s tenure; he was first elected in 2005. READ
It was quite unlikely for me, a vegetarian for 50 years, to be out shopping the other day for a gun to shoot squirrels.
But squirrels have been stripping our fruit trees. I’ve planted nearly 40 apple, pear, peach and plum trees, and last summer squirrels stripped all of them of their fruit. Squirrels scampered across the property with fruit in their mouths all day long.
The letters and drawings date to 1944 and 1945, when the writer and artist was stationed in Europe during World War II. There are hundreds of letters and dozens of drawings and, together, they tell the remarkable story of a soldier at war writing home to a family in Florida.
The history of voting rights in America is littered with obstacles and roadblocks.
It took until 1870, with the 15th Amendment, for African-American men to earn the right to vote. And even then, literacy tests and poll taxes were designed to suppress their vote. The 19th Amendment, granting voting rights to women, wasn’t adopted until 1920. The 24th Amendment, outlawing poll taxes, was passed in 1964. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to further solidify those rights for African Americans, nearly a full century after the 15th Amendment granted them.
Some time back, I wrote about different things we do or don’t read, citing movie credits as an example of something we mostly don’t. READ
Michael Hubbard is shy at first when his mother, Nancy Reyer, programs a short phrase into the device that allows him to communicate. The yellow sound machine rests on a table that extends out from his wheelchair. It has several buttons that can play a recordable phrase. READ
IDAs, or Industrial Development Agencies, were formed to create and hold jobs but, in the end, how many jobs do they really create? And what is the cost?