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Stirrings

Nature's Notebook

I tapped my maple tree last week. The temperatures had reached the low 50s and the forecast called for a series of days with the right balance of freeze and thaw conditions required to get the sap running.
The fact that it was the first day of February and earlier by several weeks than is usual for my two-bucket operation to commence was offset by something deep within my being that is done with this mild winter and responds to the stirrings, however premature they may be, in the world outside.

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A zero percent corporate tax rate? It’s not such a stretch

By The Numbers

I got thinking the other day about tax rates. What can I say? This is an occupational hazard for a career CPA, even one who is purportedly retired. This being a presidential election year, there are numerous plans afoot among the various Republican candidates, the current administration and several folks in Congress about how to reform our current tax system.  

Eat and apple

Editorial Cartoon

The NDAA for 2012: what it means

Field Notes From A Battleground

Part 2 of 5

In his last column, Church described the uproar following Barack Obama’s signing of the bill for the National Defense Authorization Act, with its “Subtitle D — Counterterrorism.” President Obama lifted his veto threat only after some of the worst aspects of the bill had been eliminated. Nonetheless, legitimately troubling aspects remained.

Education reform is long overdue

If You Ask Me
dahles@hotmail.com

In the 1970s, I produced a television documentary about graduates of Connecticut public schools going to college unable to read and write competently and do basic math.

What I remember most was a UConn economics professor who stopped giving essay tests and used multiple choice questions instead because the essays were so painful to read.

Wrong apology sought from East Haven’s mayor

The Chris Powell Column

Rushing to condemn East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. for political incorrectness or insensitivity, his critics have let him get away with the worse offense: his complicity in the perjury committed by his town’s police officers.

Budget pressures, wrong answers

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

It’s understandable that our leaders in Hartford are now scrambling to close a projected budgetary deficit of $144 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had hoped for a surplus (who wouldn’t?), but the cold reality is not supporting his wishes.

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Letters to the Editor February 2, 2012

Letter To The Editor - Lakeville Journal

Connecticut Light & Power shouldn’t pay

Turning Back The Pages 2-2-12

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1912

Mr. and Mrs. James Ellis have returned from their wedding trip and are now at home in Lime Rock.

LIME ROCK — Alonzo Winterbottom is housed up with a cold.

SALISBURY — Selectman Hatmaker has been appointed deputy superintendent of repairs on state roads for Litchfield County by Highway Commissioner Macdonald.

Making a difference

Nature's Notebook
sheth@audubon.org

Knowing population trends, migratory movements and habitat requirements is extremely important in determining how to protect and conserve birds.