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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Letter: TV sensationalized Bath school story

    I would like to publicly compliment Morse High School Principal Peter Kahl on his efforts to promote awareness and action in dealing with our regional substance abuse problem. When Mr. Kahl received this years Drug and Alcohol Survey report, he realized that in spite of the many efforts being un...

  • 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...