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About the China of Milt Caniff’s “Terry and the Pirates”

Investigative Cartooning

I watched carefully as the elderly tourists struggled with weighty luggage; they stumbled dangerously across the thick wooden ties of the vintage railroad bridge leading to the mainland from what was referred to as the northern (now) territories of Hong Kong. They were headed for a train that would continue their trip onto mainland China and though it was damned scary to me, they loved every minute of this retirement adventure.

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Been there, done that, the result: 20 years of decline

The Chris Powell Column

Here we go again. Connecticut state government is far beyond broke as social conditions worsen. The governor wants huge tax increases and concessions from the state employee unions to restore solvency. The taxpaying class and the government class are at each other’s throats as the governor tries to split the difference.

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Win, one-term governor; lose, might just win a second term

If You Ask Me

If Connecticut history is an accurate guide, Dannel Malloy declared himself a one-term governor when he presented the voters with a budget containing something to offend just about all of them.

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Black history is American history

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
    — Malcolm X, “Malcolm X Speaks,” 1965

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My changing world: wise to be optimistic

Guest Commentary

For Christmas my daughters gave me a jigsaw puzzle of the front page of The New York Times on the date of the famous “I Have a Dream” March on Washington (Aug. 28, 1963). I was proud of having gone on the march as a white person and proud of the subsequent Civil Rights Act of 1965, which I feel transformed our nation in great ways.

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Turning Back The Pages 2-24-11

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — February 1936

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Hawks and owls in the snow

Nature's Notebook

When it comes to finding food, even the strongest birds of prey have a tough time in winters with lots of snow. Why? Rodents, which are the preferred food for these birds, are, by and large, tunneled under the snow.
It’s warmer down there, and they can forage for nuts and grains out of harm’s way.
Hawks can sometimes switch over to birds for food — if they are fast enough to catch them. As a result, you may be seeing some increased hawk activity at your bird feeder.

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Curbing the costs of home sweet home

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Affordable housing. It’s a touchy subject. Just look at the controversy surrounding the subject in the village of Millerton, where a proposed affordable housing development has been mired in a thicket of unmet deadlines, empty escrow accounts, half-finished reviews, unfulfilled grant requirements and an outraged community. At the end of it all sits an empty lot seven years in the making.

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So is it cancer-causing to continually use cell phones?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest research on the question of whether cell phone use causes cancer?
William Thigpen
via e-mail
 
Cell phones have only been in widespread use for a couple of decades, which is far too short a time for us to know conclusively whether or not using them could cause cancer. Research thus far appears to indicate that most of us have little if anything to worry about.

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Earth, and more planets with life: how life begins, where it may go

The Inventive Mind

Earlier this month, astronomers monitoring the data from the Kepler satellite observatory, which has been orbiting the sun since being launched from Cape Canaveral in 2009, released a list of 400 stars that are most likely to be able to nurture life on the planets within their solar systems. Referred to as being in the “Goldilocks” zones (not too cold, not too hot, but just right to hold liquid water), these are the planets with ideal conditions to support life.

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