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From the viewpoint of a hunter

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In a recent front page article, Cynthia Hochswender displayed clearly, I believe, her opposition to hunting with too little fact checking. Let me begin to fill in the blanks.

The information provided is from the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP, www.ct.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (www.nssf.org).

Regarding Ms. Hochswender’s statement about female hunters, doubting there are noticeable numbers of women who hunt, 8 percent of hunters are female.

Dalai Lama: an emphasis on our sameness

Richard Gere introduced His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s two-day visit to Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) last week as an “opportunity to be with a completely reliable spiritual teacher.” A completely reliable spiritual teacher — here — in Connecticut — at one of our state’s public universities.

Dalai Lama: an emphasis on our sameness

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Richard Gere introduced His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s two-day visit to Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) last week as an “opportunity to be with a completely reliable spiritual teacher.” A completely reliable spiritual teacher — here — in Connecticut — at one of our state’s public universities.

Senior discount: How did this happen?

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One day not too long ago I was standing in the checkout line of a local supermarket, peacefully watching my groceries trundle their way to the cashier: cilantro, avocado, quinoa, chocolate cookies. The total on the large screen next to the cashier read $29.75 when they were all counted. The total on the little credit card screen read $26.77.

Heartland security, the uncovered story

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I was 6 years old when the topsoil of Kansas blew over the small southwest Iowa town where we lived. The year was 1935. All day long the sky was black as night. There was no sign of the sun. A severe drought, together with reckless plowing and planting practices, had left the topsoil of the Great Plains vulnerable to wind and rain. The first great windstorm struck South Dakota in 1933. Some farms in that state lost all their topsoil.

Hidden issue

There’s a hidden issue in American life we usually prefer not to talk about, especially when it hits close to home. This issue is mental illness. American Indians try to understand mental illness as “something coming from the gods” and not as a stigma that stains families or loved ones.

Do difficult things: or, ‘Sweet are the uses of adversity’

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Whatever had just leapt in front of my car, there was no time to react. Two sickening thuds confirmed the strike and as I glanced in the rear view mirror, I saw the creature scurry to a nearby yard. I immediately screeched to a halt and rushed to where I had seen the wounded animal flee. As I approached a nearby tree, I came upon the lifeless body of a cat. Gazing upon the furry feline, my eyes began to well. Surely, it had been a tragic accident but I am an animal lover and had just removed this precious friend from a person’s life.

Pine Plains United attempts to clear the fog about Durst Corp. proposal

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Anyone who attended the last Pine Plains Planning Board and Town Board meetings and heard the comments and accusations regarding the Durst proposal probably came away with varying states of confusion. The following is an attempt to clear the fog and keep the discussion logical and civil.

There are ways to avoid a ‘postal panic of 2012’

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What does 45 cents buy today? Not a cup of coffee, not a pack of gum, not a newspaper. But for 45 cents you can mail a letter to anywhere in the United States and be assured that it will reach its destination in one to three days. You also get return service if it cannot be delivered.

Daily, letter carriers traverse 4 million miles, carry 563 million pieces of mail to every home. They use snowmobiles, bush planes, mail boats, mules into the Grand Canyon. A nationwide system that links all people and communities. Without tax dollars!

A Better Choice Budget for New York: 10 good reasons

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Here are 10 reasons to come out to our “A Better Choice Budget for New York” forum with New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness Executive Director Ron Deutsch on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m., at Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St.

1. The Better Choice Budget Coalition sensibly calls for a return to the full millionaires tax and closing $1 billion worth of corporate tax loopholes annually.