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  • The Right View: Film raises the question of a world without 'America'

    Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not what I was expecting. In the promotions for the documentary, D’Souza states, “America. Imagine what the world would be like without her.” It was a fascinating concept to me, to see one person’s interpretation of what the world woul...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a (recovering) soccer dad

    Our daughter Tess played soccer from the time she was a little girl until she got to college. Prior to her taking up the sport, I had little or no interest in the game. Then we lived the devoted lives of soccer moms and dads through travel team to premier and high school varsity soccer. It...

  • Letter: Layoff a lesson in receiving, giving

    I want to thank the members of the Cumberland community who helped my family survive 2009. On March 3, my husband lost his job. The overwhelming stress and bitterness of this eventually gave way to many blessings. I have come home to a full freezer of donated food. A pile of donated wood w...

  • Letter: Let's tax Les Otten

    I read that Les Otten, a wealthy guy, longs to become governor of our fair state. The state is in the hole big-time, over $400 million, because of the Great Recession. How does he propose to deal with the deficit? He's a wealthy guy, so of course he would not raise taxes. He calls on all candidat...

  • Letter: Man vs. squirrel a 'chilling' tale

    Jamie Broder's story of man vs. squirrel is one that, on the surface, appears to be a folksy and lighthearted telling of a frequent suburban conflict. Yet I find it a chilling one because it shows quite eloquently how humans can intellectualize the act of killing into a humorous event. It becomes...

  • Letter: Shooting squirrels isn't a 'win-win'

    In response to Jamie Broder's "Man versus squirrel, with a little help from the crows," you set the bait, wait for them to come, become angry when the wildlife you don't want to see come to this buffet, and start shooting the undesirables. This is a "win-win" situation? There are many alte...

  • Letter: Broder is no friend to crows, either

    In addition to other issues with Jamie Broder’s squirrel shooting, there is the matter of health risks he has created for his “crow allies.” Carcasses containing spent lead ammunition are a hazard to scavengers, which acquire lead poisoning from consuming ammunition fragm...

  • Letter: Broder column callous, cruel

    I should have known from the first line of Jamie Broder's essay that his story was going to end badly. Instead, I enjoyed the first few paragraphs, only to be surprised and sickened by the essay's end. It's nice that Mr. Broder enjoys feeding the birds, and it's nice that he gives the wild turk...

  • The Universal Notebook: Gazing deeply into the crystal ball

    One of the most endearing and ridiculous traits of human beings is the desire (endearing) and pretense (ridiculous) to be able to see into the future. No one can, of course, but that doesn’t keep a lot of crackpots from trying. Astrologers chart the motion of the stars. Psychics cons...

  • Forecaster Forum: Man versus squirrel, with a little help from the crows

    I’ve received a Fatwa from the Squirrel Liberation Front making me fair game. Why would a peaceful, mild-mannered, bald, 63-year-old non-litigating lawyer find himself so violently threatened? It’s the birds of course. Here’s the back story. Over the years I’ve taken ...