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Republicans really need somebody now

If You Ask Me

In a monologue two weeks ago, Jay Leno said, “Donald Trump says he’s President Obama’s worst nightmare. No, having to make a decision is President Obama’s worst nightmare.”
The joke sounds ridiculous now but it worked then. A firefight in a Pakistani terrorist hideout changed what was a widely held view of a president into a bad joke overnight.
But a triumph, even one as great as getting Osama bin Laden, can quickly fade in the rush of events in an election year. Ask the first President Bush.

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Turning Back The Pages May 12

75 years ago — May 1936
Reflections of the Season (editorial): The song of the lawn mower is heard and it is a heap more pleasing to the ear than the scrape of the shovel.
SALISBURY — Miss Mildred Coons has returned to her duties at the Salisbury Pharmacy after an illness of several weeks.
TACONIC — Lorrin Frink has taken a position at the Main Street restaurant in Lakeville.
LAKEVILLE — A broken gate at the Knife Shop outlet of the lake drained the water from Factory Pond on Tuesday. Repairs have now been completed.
50 years ago — May 1961

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Energy innovation is crucial right now

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Can it be denied that good sources of alternative energy are important to the continuation of life as we know it in the United States today? While conservation should be part of the approach to energy consumption, the demands for power usage grow every day. The more Americans depend on digital devices, for instance, the greater the amount of electrical power that is needed. In order to meet those demands, there will have to be alternative ways to harness power and more creative ways in which to heat our homes, as well.

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Replacing more (lawn) with less (maintenance)

The Garden Coach

Some places were never meant to be lawn. And some problems might be opportunities in disguise. To look it another way (which is what garden coaches do), some places have too much character to waste on greensward. In this hilly part of the world, putting lawn everywhere that isn’t a planted bed by default leaves some pretty iffy if not downright dangerous places to mow.

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Now is the month of Maying

Nature's Notebook

Spring is now in full swing. Kestrals and kingbirds swoop and soar above the meadow. The woods are awash in wildflowers, and the grass in my yard is full of violets and dandelions. The apple trees outside my window host furtive warblers and flashing orioles.
The blooms of bloodroot have already come and gone, to be replaced by trillium and columbine and wild geraniums as the season advances. Marsh marigolds quiver like yolks in the swampland, and in deep secret places the tips of yellow lady-slippers have emerged from the fens and will grace the next few weeks in golden glory.

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Constitutionality of the health insurance mandate

Insight

Now that two lower courts have ruled in favor of the constitutionality of the individual “mandate” (requirement) provision of the Affordable Health Care Act, and two other courts have ruled against it, the question now goes to the U.S. Supreme Court, but not on the “fast track” for immediate resolution. What are the issues, and what is the likely outcome?

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Convictions are too easy to justify with false confessions

The Chris Powell Column

Nobody who looks impartially at the case of Richard Lapointe today is likely to be much persuaded of his guilt in the rape and murder of his wife’s grandmother, Bernice Martin, in Manchester in 1987.
Lapointe’s prosecution and conviction were based entirely on three contradictory and even absurd confessions sweated out of him by Manchester police two years later during an interrogation lasting more than nine hours, in which he participated voluntarily and without a lawyer.

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Do Not Tax The Rich

Editorial Cartoon

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Words of wisdom from an old working-class “philosopher”

The Long View

Eric Hoffer, the “longshoreman philosopher.” Just a mention of him produces immediate reactions from those over 55 to whom I say that I am writing his biography — and puzzled looks from those who are younger.
His books, especially “The True Believer,” were enormously popular in the 1950s and 1960s, but by his death in 1983 they were no longer in the canon of what young people read if they were interested in how the world worked.

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Remember where you were ... ?

If You Ask Me

It was a good day for America, said President Obama, as he announced that Osama bin Laden had been finally brought to justice. So good, that years from now, people will say they remember where they were when they first heard the news.
Having been around for a while, I can quickly recall where I was on several great, historic days, not all of them good days for America. Think about how many “I remember where I was” events in your lifetime and you’ll see what I mean.

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