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Pot works as medicine

A few years ago, someone very close to me was in the ICU in an induced coma so he could heal after having his insides pulled from his body, cleansed of lethal toxins and bacteria, and returned to the cavity following a perforation of his lower intestines. He had less than a 5 percent chance of survival and doctors had no idea whether he would ever come off the respirator.

Marijuana works as medicine; patients need courage

 

A few years ago, someone very close to me was in the ICU in an induced coma so he could heal after having his insides pulled from his body, cleansed of lethal toxins and bacteria, and returned to the cavity following a perforation of his lower intestines. He had less than a 5 percent chance of survival and doctors had no idea whether he would ever come off the respirator.

Respect Freedom of Information Law, it saves lives

When government officials complain about the burdens associated with dealing with requests under the Freedom of Information Law, known by many in New York as FOIL, I’ve suggested that they stop complaining, because FOIL saves money.

Women registering for draft will show commitment to equality

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent announcement that the ban on women officially serving in combat roles has finally been lifted after years of women fighting, dying and losing limbs in combat opens more than an opportunity for women’s military career advancement. It also opens the door to required Selective Service System registration.

Women registering for draft will show commitment to equality

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent announcement that the ban on women officially serving in combat roles has finally been lifted after years of women fighting, dying and losing limbs in combat opens more than an opportunity for women’s military career advancement. It also opens the door to required Selective Service System registration.

Downs, but not out

During the holidays, like many other people, my thoughts turned to my childhood family. Some of the characters I recall quite vividly, and one stands out in my mind particularly. Her story, which began in adversity, winds up happily.

Aunt Barbara was her official title, but I never heard her called that. Rather, when I was a boy, Bobby was that very different younger sister of my father who still lived with my grandparents, looked unlike anyone I knew. In a family of tall people, Bobby was short, flat-faced and bottom heavy.

Ethel Silver Sorokin: A life well lived

The community of those who value Freedom of Information and First Amendment rights lost a beloved and irreplaceable advocate last month. Ethel Silver Sorokin died on Dec. 11, 2012. Given the magnitude of the terrible tragedy that occurred in Newtown that week, it was easy to miss the news of her death. But her death and, more importantly, her life, are well worth remembering. Along with her late husband, Milton Sorokin, Ethel was one of a breed of lawyers dedicated to the principle of defending the First Amendment and Freedom of Information laws from the perpetual attacks against them.

Ethel Silver Sorokin: A life well lived

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The community of those who value Freedom of Information and First Amendment rights lost a beloved and irreplaceable advocate last month. Ethel Silver Sorokin died on Dec. 11, 2012. Given the magnitude of the terrible tragedy that occurred in Newtown that week, it was easy to miss the news of her death. But her death and, more importantly, her life, are well worth remembering. Along with her late husband, Milton Sorokin, Ethel was one of a breed of lawyers dedicated to the principle of defending the First Amendment and Freedom of Information laws from the perpetual attacks against them.

Drawing a line in the coffee grounds

It happens every weekend and bank holiday. It happens the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and sometimes it happens Monday mornings when the weather is unseasonably nice: Out-of-towners go to Irving Farm and destroy the semblance of order we townsfolk hold dear. Seriously, Lime Rock crowd? Seriously, Brooklyn transplants? Obviously the line goes around the little island thing on the left.

On regular mornings, a groggy pre-coffee crowd forms in a beautiful sweeping curve around the left of the island.

On vacation days, everything changes.

After Newtown, the gun show is over

I am 74 years old. I have owned a lot of guns. I can tell stories about guns. Here I will tell two — both about me, guns and public schools.