Editorial Page

November 3, 2015   To the editor,
One of my first assignments as a cub reporter for my high school newspaper was to interview a history teacher who, my editor said, was head of the history department and someone who was interesting.  With little to go on I made the appointment and showed up in his office to find a scholarly...

The Cary Institute lecture inspired an attendee to write the following that might have a bearing on man's ability to evolve and perhaps thereby survive.  So, we might survive despite our tendency to self-destruct.

As I drove away after Michael Tennesen’s talk at the Cary...

Dear Editor,

The Millbrook Library is one of the treasures of our community.  I find myself there at least once a week to borrow a requested book or DVD or attend one of the many events offered such as discussions on composting, cooking demonstrations, or author readings and...

War, death, destruction, rape, refugees, bombings, assassinations, violence, uprootings, fear, terror—these are the words we daily see and hear in the media with such frequency we now consider them commonplace. They are the result of state actions and state actors acting on a...

Black muzzle, south sea dog,

How lucky I am to be your master!

On scraps growing plump as a gourd

Never grumbling for fancier food.

Gentle by day, you learn to tell my friends;

Ferocious by night, you guard the gate....

October 5, 2015-

Economists complain about inequality, or, as Orwell put it in Animal Farm,  how some people are more equal than others.  In Animal Farm the inequality was about political power.  ...

October 5, 2015

I like humor. I like to laugh at something really funny.  I used to think PJ O’Rourke was funny. Occasionally he is. The crisis in the humor business is that the politicians have stolen all...