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What if it’s true?

December 26, 2014 Suppose what some call the “Christmas story” is true — all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. more »»

Christmas at Bastogne

December 24, 2014 “What’s merry about all this, you ask?” Thus began a Christmas Eve message from Gen. Anthony McAuliffe to his troops besieged at the Belgium town of Bastogne. more »»

Looking beyond the hype to see domestic and sexual violence

December 23, 2014 Congratulations, America. We seem to be moving beyond the need for the perfect victim. more »»

Obama throws Fidel a rope

December 22, 2014 The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami tell you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro’s Cuba. In JFK’s metaphor, Obama traded a horse for a rabbit. more »»

Marching to the sea, 150 years ago

December 20, 2014 Red dust swirls around the Union general and his big horse. Gen. William T. Sherman is astride his horse on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. more »»

Response to Tony Goodwin

December 19, 2014 In the Dec. more »»

A Texas-sized license plate dispute

December 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might... more »»

What is going on?

December 18, 2014 For four years my volunteer colleagues and I have been trying to get the state to make some productive use of the mostly abandoned rail corridor connecting Old Forge and Lake Placid. more »»

Gov. Mike Pence: National government is not the nation

December 17, 2014 INDIANAPOLIS — If success at the state level were enough to recommend someone for president of the United States, Gov. more »»

Prison policies are morally adrift

December 16, 2014 Reacting to a sharp rise in violent crimes, state and federal officials in the 1970s climbed aboard the politically popular “tough on crime” bandwagon. more »»

Lessons from the Virginia Creeper

December 15, 2014 What was he thinking? State officials recently held four meetings (following the four similar meetings they held a year ago) to elicit more public input on the best use of the underutilized... more »»

Grateful to the North Country

December 13, 2014 As I turn the page to a new chapter, I want to express my appreciation to all of you for allowing me to serve as your congressman. more »»

Train one way, bike back

December 12, 2014 I support restoring the “railroad through the Adirondacks” from Utica to Lake Placid, otherwise known as the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. more »»

A poor alternative

December 12, 2014 In the debate over the best use of the Adirondack travel corridor from Remsen to Lake Placid, railroad advocates have repeatedly stated that we can have both a tourist train and a recreational trail... more »»

Seeking more diversity in the Park

December 11, 2014 To Leilani Ulrich, chairwoman Terry Martino, executive director Kathy Regan, deputy director, planning New York State Adirondack Park Agency - Dear Chairwoman Ulrich, Executive Director Martino an... more »»

The case of Scott Panetti — and the true meaning of ‘cruel and unusual’

December 9, 2014 So what does “cruel and unusual” mean? I once asked that of a law professor. more »»

2016 nominees: truly unconventional

December 8, 2014 Since 1952, nearly every battle for an open Republican presidential nomination when there has been no Republican incumbent running for re-election has followed two dependable storylines. more »»

’Tis the season

December 6, 2014 The Christmas season is part of what sociologists call “the world taken for granted. more »»

Are we losing our rivers?

December 5, 2014 Granville Beach was a secluded swimming hole on a snaky bend of the White River, the ideal place to meet Vermont neighbors on a hot summer day before 2011’s Hurricane Irene. more »»



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