Guest Commentary

9-11 remembered: A look back on darker days

Part I


September 11, 2001 — Having overslept that morning, I hurried to get ready for work without turning on the radio or slowing down to have breakfast. It must have been close to nine o’clock when I came downstairs in the lobby of our apartment building, where I found a group of people excitedly talking about an airplane that had flown into the World Trade Center, a terrible accident that caused a major fire in one of the tall buildings downtown.  

Black bears are here to stay

There are many misconceptions lingering throughout the Northwest Corner about the appearance of black bears. It is obvious that the population of the species has significantly increased within the last several years. I will explain why the population is increasing, the history of black bears, the importance of the species in our ecosystem and solutions for the increased interactions with humans.

The Doggerland-Foggy Bottom connection

In September 1931, while fishing off the Norfolk coast, Pilgrim Lockwood, skipper of a British fishing trawler, hauled up a net from the sea bed which, beneath the thrashing cod, held what proved to be a key to the ancient past of the North Sea. It was a chunk of dark brown peat, within which was lodged the barbed tip of a harpoon carved from a red deer antler. 

Speaking up for students speaking out

For years, I’ve heard complaints about millennials being too coddled to care about what’s happening except on their screens. So it’s curious to me that there is now complaint about activism on college campuses. 

Haunting memories of Gallipoli, lingering effects of the Great War

I read with interest the article on World War I remembrance in the May 18 issue of The Lakeville Journal, and Heather Chapman’s fine letter in the June 1 issue. She questioned some points in the article, and described her father’s war experience. 

Among other things, Henry Chapman served and was wounded in the Gallipoli campaign. It is extraordinary that we can thus be connected to this foreboding and long forgotten battlefield, on the other side of the globe, by the father of a neighbor in Falls Village.

Global warming deniers and the ‘global left’ believers

In his June 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis described global warming as a major threat to life on Earth. 

Time for binding up the nation’s wounds

One thing is abundantly clear after the election. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are exactly the same — except that they are completely different.

That is, they are both really, really bad, but in different ways.

Trump was so erratic and ignorant during the campaign that no sane person could have voted for him. Hillary was so smug and evasive that no sane person could have voted for her either. Did you?

Our First Impressions of America

Mahmoud and Alia Al Ghanem, as their letter explains, are recent refugees from Syria who have been welcomed into the Salisbury community in recent months. This letter expresses their gratitude for the kindness and generosity they have been shown — and is especially meaningful at this time when their home city is under siege. Their letter was translated from Arabic by Salisbury resident Zeina Mehio.


Our home planet and our children’s trust

On April 8, Judge Thomas Coffin of the U.S. Federal Court in Eugene, Ore., upheld a suit brought by 21 plaintiffs, ranging in age from eight to 19, alleging that the United States government was violating their constitutional and public trust rights by promoting the use of fossil fuels, despite the fact that the government and the fossil fuel industry had been aware, for decades, that burning fossil fuels causes global warming and dangerous climate change. A Forbes contributor described the lawsuit as “the first to involve a planet.”