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Exploring hemp production in New York

“American farmers are promised a new cash crop ... that will not compete with other American products ... (and) will provide thousands of jobs for American workers ...” “Hemp ... has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ...

A different glimpse into Anzac Day

Anzac Day is Australia’s and New Zealand’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day all rolled up into one. Usually such occasions mark the end of a war or a great victory. Down Under, April 25 commemorates the first day of a battle which, eight months later, would become a terrible defeat. On ...

The unaffordable $400 emergency

Over the last few months or so, you might have heard of the unaffordable, $400 emergency, especially from politicians and the media. The source of that information is the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed). According to their Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. ...

Take a hard line vs. ATVs in the wilderness

It is ironic that all-terrain vehicles are not welcome on many terrains. Although some towns in the area have passed local laws that allow ATVs on certain local roads, they are usually banned from public roads, for good reason. ATVs don’t mix well with regular vehicular traffic, and they ...

New drivers need experience for proficiency

Every driver starts off as a beginner. Over time, and through driving experience, one learns to be a better driver. But from the day one gets one’s driving permit to when one has the confidence and experience to be considered a proficient driver, there is much learning to be ...

Is Bernie stealing Trump’s ‘no more wars’ issue?

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars... I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie ...

We get our kicks on Route 86

Our home is located on state Route 86, just past the famous Donnelly’s Ice Cream stand as one heads toward Gabriels. It was originally a school house and has undergone a number of renovations by a number of owners. When we bought the place in 2002, we built an addition off the main ...

Be kind. Pass it on.

The world can seem like a pretty scary place sometimes. It’s easy to get discouraged with constant scenes of violence, destruction, political disarray and poverty. Many of us are looking for any small way to make a difference. Turns out a small act of kindness can have ripple effects far ...

Changes to health care coming

It’s a solid bet that our health care future won’t look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election. If Donald Trump is reelected, we know where health coverage for ...

Keys to success … and failure

Half-kidding, I often say I’m a 20th century guy trapped in the 21st century. As I said, half-kidding. Anyone who’d want to go to a mid-20th century dentist would need his head examined more than his teeth. I recall those dentists — and not all that fondly — a bunch of dour ...

Profile of tragedy: Veterinarians and Suicide

Consider what professions have a well-above average suicide rate and you are unlikely to include veterinarians. However, individuals who care for our pets and farm animals are significantly more likely to take their lives than members of other professions and occupations. A 2014 study by the ...

Travels with a donkey, part II

Robert Louis Stevenson and Mrs. Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne had crossed paths in France, in the summer of 1876. There they discovered that life seemed better when they were living together. Ever the optimist, Louis had thought of themselves as Mr. and Mrs. from the start. Unfortunately, the ...

Propane tank is no small potatoes

I read with interest in Monday’s paper the article about Hurley Brothers application to install a 36,000-gallon propane storage tank at 132 Old Military Road. The article ends with Mr. Hurley quoted as saying, “This is small potatoes.” I assure you it is not. I was one of the small ...

Notre Dame and tankers of water

WASHINGTON — At least he recognized the urgency. As the world gasped in horror at the sight of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral burning in a cataclysmic moment, the president of the United States imparted these words of wisdom: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. ...

Earth Day 2019: Protecting our species

With Easter falling on April 21 this year, we want to make sure that Earth Day doesn’t get forgotten. Though I’m sure we are all doing what we can to help reduce plastics and our waste, it is always nice to have a day to remember that we really do only have one earth. Every year my family ...

Think about next winter’s salt use now

With summer around the corner, it’s time to plan for winter. Yes, you heard me right. As I take my winter slacks to the dry cleaner, you can tell I’m from the North Country with salt rings around the bottom of the pant legs. I need to clean and polish my salt stained shoes and boots, ...

Weep for Notre Dame

“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration,” the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, “that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.” A cultural calamity played out on live TV when the Paris cathedral that ...

Local author continues rural New York mysteries

By JERRY McGOVERN Special to the Enterprise Elizabethtown author T.J. Brearton continues to write good mysteries set in upstate New York. His latest, “The Husbands,” is about a serial killer murdering women in central New York, including Liverpool and Auburn. The “separate ...