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Two-grain, two-bean salad (Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Sorghum: The grain you may not have heard of

You may not know what it is, but sorghum, drizzled on buttermilk biscuits, is as popular in the South as maple syrup is in the Northeast. Milled sorghum flour is rapidly becoming a go-to for gluten-free baking. As a grain, sorghum can be a delicious part of salads, soups or breakfast ...

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No, Trump is not a neocon

With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the “mother of all bombs” exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy? His most fervent supporters shouldn’t get overly exercised, ...

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Lewis Carroll haunts the White House

I’ve been looking all afternoon for the meaning of “de-operationalize.” According to Steve Bannon, that was his mission when he was named to the National Security Council. Beyond a few suggestions, I haven’t gotten very far with my research. An anonymous source said, “Steve has ...

Protect transgender rights in law

In the past several months, we have seen the U.S. federal government attack the LGBTQ community, rolling back many civil rights protections. Also attacked were basic health care rights for all citizens and especially women’s health. We’ve seen attacks on the poor, the elderly and those ...

Traffic law enforcement stepped up for ‘No Empty Chair’

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the agency that funds the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board, has announced the “No Empty Chair” initiative for this April, which will encourage heavy enforcement that targets specific violations relative to the safety of students and teenage ...

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What U.S. Airlines need now is middle-class class

It was clearly a bad idea for United Airlines to drag a passenger kicking, screaming and bleeding out of a seat he had paid for. Many of the industry’s critics are using this occasion to drive home their complaints of “class systems” whereby passengers in first or business class get ...

America’s well worth fighting for

BP has not been pleased. Indeed, BP, who is one of my readers, has been downright disappointed with what she’s seen in this space since last year’s election. She wrote me about it a few days ago. Her email said, in part: “I had hoped for your articles to be the beacon of light to ...

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Honor roll from St. Bernard’s School

St. Bernard’s School boasted a high academic level, easy to prove when the graduates went on to public school. Those St. Bernard graduates consistently filled seats in the top 10 percent of every high school class. I did not enter St. Bernard’s School until 1942, three years after this ...

A new take on school systems

We are taught to believe we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Such a government is considered dependent upon a set of validated and shared assumptions about humans, maintained and periodically updated by reasonable people working together. Jefferson ...

Joe Hackett is ready for anything as he skids a boat across the snow on the way to go fishing.
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First cast of the fishing season 

As I gaze out the window of my home in Ray Brook, there are a dozen wild turkeys strutting around the side yard, pecking for leftovers near the bird feeder. The resident red squirrels beg to differ as they threaten the large feathered interlopers with a barrage of chatter and whistles. In their ...

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Don’t shield students from drug epidemic

I must first commend Josh Dann, the principal at Saranac Lake Central High School for having the guts to allow me to give my drug presentation at the high school last year. It was a graphic, disturbing account of just one tragic death in our village resulting from drug abuse. By all ...

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How important are statistics for science? Very

Mark Twain popularized the term “lies, damned lies and statistics” and this phrase has certainly stuck in our collective psychology. Statistics can certainly be used to argue things in different ways but in science they hold a much more important role. One primary example of the ...

Kids of all ages enjoy Asgaard Farm’s Kidding Day
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Time to welcome the doelings and bucklings at Asgaard Farm

The first time I went to visit the baby goats at Asgaard Farm in Au Sable Forks, was long before their annual Kidding Day. My friends and I squeeze ourselves into a van full of children to see what all this kidding fuss was about. Arriving at Asgaard Farm is like being transported into the ...

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Sharp, Sweet flavors celebrate spring festivals

The ground is still covered with white and two inches of fresh snow fell at night. But the days are longer and warmer. The sun shines brighter, melting snow to reveal brown grass and mud. Robins have returned, poking around in the hard sod in search of worms and bugs. This is the time of ...

Bicyclists enjoying the popular Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.
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Better living through bicycling

My wife and I are about to drive south with our bicycles, as we usually do this time of year. We plan to bike some favorite “rail trails” between here and Florida, and also check out some new ones, where old railroad beds have been converted to recreational trails that draw outdoor ...

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Exploring the full moon

A recent edition of this column discussed the phases of the moon. The full moon occurs on April 11. For several days before or after that date, the nearly-full moon will be visible for most of the night. This is the time when almost all of the near side of the moon will be visible to the naked ...

Are brook trout restoration opportunities in local lakes at risk?

In 1975 New York state adopted the brook trout as our State fish. A good choice by the people of the State, as they are fun to catch, good to eat, and native to what anglers consider our sacred Adirondack waters. Ironically, and about this same time, brook trout were struggling for survival. ...

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‘Children at Play’ signs are unnecessary expense

About a year ago a “Did You Know” article discussed the need for any highway sign to meet the following five criteria; fulfill a need, command attention, command respect, have one simple message, and give adequate time for proper driver response. The proliferation of “Children at Play” ...

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Violation of privacy brought to you by Rep. Elise Stefanik

On March 7, Rep. Elise Stefanik co-sponsored H.R. 1313, the so-called “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act.” This Orwellian proposal has little to do with preserving anything since employee wellness programs are in no danger of going away. Rather, the main pillar of the act allows ...

The Pence-Graham Rule

Millennials and others of a certain age have not lived in a time when fidelity was universally valued and mostly supported by culture — though sometimes hypocritically — and its opposite was roundly condemned. There was even a time when a divorced person could not expect to become ...