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‘Goodnight Moon’

I have always wondered if there are other parents like me who, after reading a bedtime story to their children, and after kissing them goodnight, look around the room to make sure no one is watching and then reread the same story, this time for their own personal pleasure and fulfillment. 

Yes, allow me to confess that there were many children’s books that I adored and read on my own time, perhaps because they touched that inner child in me that longed for mystery, innocence and pure fantasy. 

The many faces of activism

My extended family, refugees from Nazi Austria and Germany, landed in countries as far-flung as Australia, Mexico, Palestine, England, Turkey and the United States. My parents, who had met while on transit visas in England, found comfort in their native language and the foods they had grown up with, and they were critical of much about America. 

But they were always grateful that the United States was a democracy whose checks and balances would prevent a potential dictator from assuming power.

Islamic law is no issue here, so lay off state’s Muslims

Everybody knows that Islam is having a civil war between murderous totalitarians and people who just want to live and let live. Civilization’s urgent agenda must be to help the good guys. 

But as Connecticut saw last weekend, some people are determined to insult and intimidate the good guys by suggesting that all followers of Islam are bad, which can only discourage the good guys and strengthen the bad guys.

Congressmen who heard shots should be wary of silencers

Among the business postponed by Congress last week after a gunman attempted to shoot several of its baseball-playing members was a hearing on the proposed Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act.

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Black bear population growing quickly in the state

The black bears frequently seen across Connecticut, particularly in Litchfield County, are one of our state’s most majestic and increasing omnivores. According to DEEP, “Much of Connecticut’s landscape is now forested and is suitable for black bears. The rapid increase in the bear population between the 1980s and early 2000s is expected to continue. As the bear population expands, interactions between humans and bears will increase.”

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1917

SALISBURY — David Jones has been suffering from an attack of lumbago, but is now on the gain.

Scott Flint is the station agent at Twin Lakes for the summer season.

SALISBURY — Mrs. Nora Foley has sold her house to W.W. Hortie and has moved her household goods to Norfolk.

TACONIC — A party from here motored to Pittsfield Monday night to see Buffalo Bill Show.

LIME ROCK — At this writing Grandma Stone is in a critical condition.

Let This Go

The pitfalls of arrogance and pride

Part 4

Imagine a continuum of pride, with extreme arrogance at one end and abject humility at the other. I’ll be examining this continuum in this and the next several columns. 

As examples of arrogance proliferate, the continuum is being continually extended further in that direction. But the other end, that of humility, is shrinking, as examples of abject humility become harder to find — humility is out of fashion, and those who aspire to humility don’t trumpet it. 

Another president went directly to the people, but did it right

Very early in his administration, the president decided he had to find a way to get around the mainstream media and appeal directly to the people. He succeeded better than most, including the current awkward practitioner of the art.

John F. Kennedy had been in office for only a few days when, on Jan. 25, 1961, he became the first American president to hold a live, televised news conference. His predecessor, President Eisenhower, had done some filmed news conferences, but he insisted on White House approval before any exchange could be broadcast.