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The new opium of the people?

December 11, 2013 The trashing of Thanksgiving (now just another shopping day) via crass material consumption got me thinking about religion in society. more »»

ARTA directors absent in condemning locomotive vandalism

December 10, 2013 The opening sentence of the Guest Commentary by David Banks on Nov. 7 (“Train advocates, stop the attacks”) is both interesting and ironic. Mr. more »»

A closer look at standardized testing

December 7, 2013 There is little opportunity to seriously debate the efficacy of the standardization movement or the implications of using standardized tests as the measure of learning outcomes. more »»

Another big year for Adirondack Rail Trail

December 6, 2013 As we approach the end of the third year in the Great Adirondack Debate over the best use of our historic rail corridor, it’s encouraging to see how far we’ve come in a relatively short time. more »»

Food stamps and turkey tales

December 3, 2013 WASHINGTON — If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare... more »»

Let’s bury the need for the N-word

December 2, 2013 The N-word again. Of course. Six years after the NAACP staged its symbolic burial, that word has proven rumors of its demise greatly exaggerated. more »»

A green way of dying

November 30, 2013 On a trip to rural India in 2002, I came across something quite beautiful and sacred: a forest cemetery. There were no granite headstones or mausoleum. more »»

Living the dream

November 29, 2013 I always wondered what it felt like when people said they were “living the dream. more »»

Fire tower restoration hindered again

November 27, 2013 In response to Chris Knight’s article, “Cost of fire tower restoration questioned,” on Nov. 19, I can’t honestly believe this topic is being discussed, but in hindsight I guess I ca. more »»

'Wild Turkey on the Rocks'

November 23, 2013 Much we believe about turkeys is not true. Myth No. 1: They were served at the “first Thanksgiving” feast in Plymouth, Mass. There’s no evidence for that. more »»

The JFK we had

November 22, 2013 What he was, he was: What he is fated to become Depends on us. —W.H. more »»

Remembering a nation in spring

November 21, 2013 We were never innocent. That word is invariably used to describe what changed in America 50 years ago Friday when a dashing young president was murdered in Dallas. more »»

ATVs on rail trail — an issue but not a problem

November 20, 2013 In the debate over the best use of the Adirondack rail corridor, one frequent objection to removing the rails is that all-terrain vehicles will then be able to “run wild” on the corridor. more »»

Comments on rail trails

November 18, 2013 As someone who is an avid bicycle rider, cross-country skier and hiker, I want to weigh in on the discussion about the possible conversion of the existing railroad corridor to a multi-use... more »»

It’s Transgender Awareness Month

November 14, 2013 November is Transgender Awareness Month across the United States. It is a time to celebrate the diversity of gender many Americans and especially many New Yorkers shar. more »»

Trail advocates, stop the distortions

November 13, 2013 How unfortunate that once again, trail advocates resort to distortions to make their case. David Banks posted some questionable statements in another publication and was challenged. more »»

Dad and the WWII Memorial

November 12, 2013 My dad was a World War II veteran. He joined the Army soon after Pearl Harbor and was assigned to the 4th (Ivy) Division, 22nd Infantry Battalion as a combat infantryma. more »»

The Republican Bill Clinton?

November 11, 2013 Chris Christie couldn’t have been any more obvious about his 2016 intentions if he had begun his victory speech Tuesday with the words “My fellow Americans” and ended it with a balloon drop. more »»

Count me a skeptic

November 11, 2013 “Maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now and see how it’s done,” said the big winner of Tuesday last. more »»



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