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Talking turkey with Ben Franklin

Nature's Notebook

With Thanksgiving a week away and our thoughts turning to turkey, I thought it fitting to excerpt Benjamin Franklin’s famous letter to his daughter stating his dismay that the bald eagle had been chosen for our national bird and not the wild turkey. It shows considerable insight into bird behavior and references not only turkeys and eagles but also osprey and kingbirds. Enjoy, and happy (early) Thanksgiving!

After the storm: A gardener learns acceptance

The Garden Coach

This is not the column that’s been rattling around my head for the past couple weeks. Somehow the finer points of woodland editing seem less relevant in the wake of the devastation wrought by heavy snow on fully leafed-out trees. It’s time to deal with nature’s major edit instead.

I’ve always somewhat skeptically admired people who, after losing a magnificent tree that shaded the entire yard, dusted themselves off and said, “Well, now I have a sunny place for all the plants I couldn’t grow before.”

East of Eden

Editorial Cartoon

Electrical grid: state’s top infrastructure need?

The Chris Powell Column

Anger was as thick as the wood smoke in the air as Connecticut coped with the damage done by the freak October 29 snowstorm that brought trees down on utility lines, roads and houses in the northwestern half of the state, maybe the state’s worst natural disaster since the devastating flooding of 1955.

Crying of ‘wolf’ and a horde of ‘locusts’

The Long View

Along about Nov. 23, the supercommittee of the U.S. Congress is going to fail to reach agreement on cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal budgets over the next 10 years. Pay no mind to rhetoric you have heard or read about cooperation and compromise. That was only an attempt to disguise that this committee was designed to fail.

So it began

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

And it’s not over yet. As of this writing, there are still people in the Northwest Corner without power, or with spotty power, as Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) crews struggle to complete the seemingly endless task of pulling down tree limbs and replacing wires after the devastating autumn snowstorm of Oct. 29, which actually merited a name: Winter Storm Alfred. The snow, which ranged across the region from 10 to 20 or so inches, has melted with relatively mild temperatures, but the havoc wreaked on the Connecticut power grid has remained.

State House’s six-figure scoreboard not a necessity

If You Ask Me

We can understand how it thrills our 151 state representatives to see their names up in lights whenever they vote and how jealous the senators must be that their 36 votes are still counted the old fashioned way.

‘Margin Call’: Deciphering disaster on Wall Street

Insight

An interesting, if disheartening, film coming to your neighborhood theater is “Margin Call,” written and directed by J.C. Chandor, starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons. (See review in this week’s Compass.)

The film tells you what happens when the numbers at a Wall Street investment firm, analogous to Lehman Brothers, “go South”: a cascade of financial disaster. It’s a cruel story told with a human face.

One thing missing from the film, however, is a good explanation or a clear example of what a margin call actually is. Let’s remedy that.

Thank a veteran

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Veterans Day ceremonies remind us all of the sacrifices made by those who protect the United States. It should be remembered that a simple thank-you to any veteran, or anyone currently serving in the military, is much appreciated all year round, but especially on Veterans Day.

Turning Back The Pages 11-10

75 years ago — November 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): There was a hard frost on Tuesday which froze all the sunflowers.

The elm trees bordering the highway from Salisbury to Lakeville have been properly banded against the canker worm.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Frances Heffernan has taken a position with the Salisbury Bank and Trust Co.