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The United States vs. France: contrasting two revolutions

The closeness in dates of the American and French national revolutionary celebrations, July 4, Independence Day in America, and July 14, Bastille Day in France, seems particularly relevant this year. For as long as the U.S. has been in existence, people have been trying to understand the similarities and differences between those revolutions. In studying the period for a while, a few points jump out at me. 

A death in the family: Doing the work they believe in on a small newspaper

‘It’s like being a teacher or a nurse,” one reporter called his job after five colleagues were massacred in the newsroom of their small daily newspaper. “You get paid an honest wage to do work that you believe matters.” 

Since the tragedy, there have been many eloquent responses like this one, along with long overdue recognition of the role smaller newspapers like the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., play in the life of the community and the nation.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-12-18

Setting the record straight

I am writing to correct a couple of inaccuracies in your otherwise excellent report of the Sunday, June 24, (not Saturday’s) demonstration in Kent, particularly President Trump’s cruel policy of separating children from their immigrant parents seeking asylum in the land of the free.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1918

No easy answers at Sharon Hospital

There was a strong and swift reaction to the leak of Health Quest and Sharon Hospital’s plan to close the birthing suites in Sharon (see story in this issue by Cynthia Hochswender.) The leak happened the weekend of June 30 - July 1; hospital officials wanted to embargo the information until July 3, when they had planned to make the announcement public. It became clear they had told  too many people of their plans prior to the official release when it was posted on Facebook on July 1.

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The Hotspur memorandum and humanity’s time

Part 2 of 3

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.  

Seeing our current political reality through a lens of shattered glass

Imagine that politics is like a pane of glass. Rarely is it whole. Historically, it is most often broken into two pieces. If there is a third party, there is a third shard. There might even be some splinters which, though small, make up part of the whole pane. 

Five candidate primary doesn’t help Republicans

With Connecticut enjoying an economy that’s better than Louisiana’s and worse than the other 48 states, this would appear to be a likely year for the election of a Republican governor. 

Although a deep blue state, Connecticut has occasionally tired of long Democratic runs and given the Republican Party a chance to show what it can do with a governor — but not often a legislature — to call its own.  This looks like one of those years but it’s far from certain.

The case of Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Deadly inherited diseases start to yield

Part 1

A few years ago, a friend asked me if I could take over a basic science lecture he was scheduled to give to 220 first-year medical and dental students at Columbia’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He had to go to a wedding or take a kid to college or some such. He handed me his PowerPoint presentation, grinned and said, “Good luck.” I had two weeks to work on it.