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Local Commentaries

Eating crow in birdland

Recently, Dear Richard upset me. Usually, it takes quite a bit to shove me over the edge, but he really got my feathers up. He touched the robin’s egg. A few weeks ago, I wrote about a giant robin who built her nest on the blade of our porch’s ceiling fan. The first big wind whipped ...

Are some area schools making grade?

In the “Our opinion: Cyber schools drain resources” (April 5) I was kind of amazed with the heavy-handed language. I mean, how hard would it have been to get the actual data from local schools in the district vs. local children in cyber school? What oddly stuck out to me was the inference ...

Stocking up for sights, setbacks of spring

Springtime dazzles me. Every day brings more green lushness and a rainbow of color. I would wax rhapsodic over the beauty around us, but I think a bunch of Hallmark poets have probably beat me to the punch. However, a handful of my friends with bad allergies don’t enjoy springtime at all. ...

Promote fair redistricting

Since 2019, I’ve been working with more than 200 other former members of Congress, equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, in something called the “Reformers Caucus.” All of us are committed to promoting reforms that could restore Congress as an effective legislative body ...

There are good ideas at home

Why is it that our town cannot plan anything without some out-of-town developer, planner, designer, etc.? I guess maybe our leaders don’t feel that there is anyone in the area with any intelligence. Years ago it was the Main Street development. And that planner got it wrong and now there ...

Time is right to tend to lawn, garden

The weather forecast looks like above average temperatures for April. While we all want to get outside and into our gardens we need to proceed with caution. The lawns this time of year are very fragile. In many places the water cannot wick away because the ground is still frozen. Our flower ...