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A volunteer’s view from Tijuana: The long, uncertain slog to ‘the other side’

Part 2 of 2

Note from the author: This series is based on a long face-to-face interview with Sharon resident Abby Nathanson, clarifications she provided in response to emailed questions, as well as photos, statistics, and several articles Abby sent to enrich my piece. Finally, my understanding of the asylum process was augmented by news articles on Tijuana and immigration at the southern border.

 

Loving and hating presidents, then and now

On an April afternoon in 1945, Johnny Miller and I were shooting baskets in his backyard when his mother came to the kitchen door and told us, “President Roosevelt is dead.”

Johnny jumped and cheered as if he’d scored the winning basket at the buzzer. Even though the president wasn’t popular in our suburban New Jersey neighborhood, my friend’s reaction kind of shocked me. Mine was way different: “He won’t get to win the war.” 

Wishing for more fish in the sea

Dear EarthTalk: There’s a lot of talk about overfishing and pollution wreaking havoc in marine ecosystems, but has anyone actually studied if there is less wildlife in the oceans these days?

Melissa Cassidy

Raleigh, N.C.

 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1919

SALISBURY — George Ashman has a new horse which he purchased at the sale in Amenia last Saturday.

 

LAKEVILLE — Miss Mary Stanton is the new assistant in the Post Office.

 

LIME ROCK — Fay Chaffee bought a valuable horse once owned by Mr. C.W. Barnum. Fay says he will take nobody’s dust.

Police investigations should be open to public

Every year when Sunshine Week rolls around, it seems there is some open government issue under discussion that is of great importance to the public. In Connecticut this year, the freedom of information issue under statewide discussion is a bill pending in the Legislature that if passed would reduce the information available to the public from police investigations. 

Godot

Is bottled water a good idea?

The most valuable natural resource on the planet besides air, fresh water is becoming scarcer throughout the world. Over 2 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, potable drinking water. In the Middle East and elsewhere, the lack of water has fueled the frequent wars of recent times. Climate change and unsustainable agricultural practices are reducing the supply of available water, and the ability to grow food, for much of the increasing world population.

Cohousing, a true path to sustainable living

I recently met with Doris Chevron over coffee to talk cohousing.  Doris, a Sharon resident and former editor-at-large at Architectural Digest, is part of a growing group of local residents meeting with me monthly to discuss how cohousing could be a good housing option in our Northwest Corner. As an architect, I believe cohousing can address some of our current housing needs, while bringing social connections, shared resources, and caring support right outside the front door. 

A volunteer’s view from Tijuana: The long, uncertain slog to ‘the other side’

Part 1 of 2

Note from the author: This series is based on a long face-to-face interview with Sharon resident Abby Nathanson, clarifications she provided in response to emailed questions, as well as photos, statistics, and several articles Abby sent to enrich my piece. Finally, my understanding of the asylum process was augmented by news articles on Tijuana and immigration at the southern border.