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Cricket Valley Energy begs a deeper Connecticut dive

Think globally, act locally.

Cricket Valley Energy begs a deeper Connecticut dive

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“Think globally, act locally.”

The worldwide airlift and sail

Few travelers have logged so many miles and spent so many years logging them as Ibn Battuta, who, in 1325 at the age of 21, set out from Tangier on a pilgrimage to Mecca and, impelled to travel “by an overmastering impulse” and “a long-cherished desire” to visit holy places, spent 29 years traveling as far east as China, and as far south as Sri Lanka and Timbuktu. 

In defense of a free press

We’ve been complacent.

We thought everybody knew how important a free press was to our world and that all this talk about us being the enemy of the people would be dismissed for the silliness that it is.

But the reckless attacks have continued, instigated and encouraged by our president. 

The Hotspur memorandum and growing threats to humanity

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Game changer at Sharon Hospital

As a lifelong resident of this region, a 25-year resident of Sharon and as a selectman since 2013, I have watched and rooted for Sharon Hospital. I’ve participated on panels, testified at public hearings and been part of advisory groups, all with the intent to enhance or save health care services in the northwestern part of Connecticut. I’ve had both of my children there, visited the emergency department several times and have been very happy to be able to have routine services performed so close to home.  

The Hotspur memorandum and humanity’s time

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Even a Nobel-Prize-winning scientist like Paul Crutzen could not have foreseen that in 2010, three years after “The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature?” appeared in print, the U.S. Supreme Court would greatly expand the First Amendment rights of corporations in political discourse in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, making it possible for corporations to donate more money than ever before to the business of buying votes in Congress.  

The Hotspur memorandum and humanity’s time

Part 1 of 3

It’s not impossible to imagine that one day, far in the future, our species will cease to exist. That “time must have a stop,” as Harry Percy, nicknamed Hotspur, says in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1,” as he lies dying.

Come in out of the cold

April and May are the months when the people who haven’t filed taxes in a long time wander into the tax lawyer’s office. It can be a decade or more since they last filed.  

For the law-abiding among us, such a lapse in filing seems incredible, but for 40 years, each year I have brought five to 10 taxpayers “into compliance,” meaning they file enough years of returns to satisfy the IRS.