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Viewpoints

Carbon Tax Will Speed Up Zero-Carbon Transition

Sometimes it seems like hell —or Texas— has to freeze over before climate action comes to the forefront of many politicians’ minds. Well, after recent severe weather events, the climate threat is clear as can be, and it’s time for Congress to act. On February 13, a winter storm began ...

Requiring National Service Could Go A Long Way

I am a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, though not entirely by choice. One reason I joined the Navy is because I didn’t want to get drafted into the Army. From just before World War II until 1973, after the Vietnam War, every American male reaching the age of 18 was subject to the draft. ...

Toward A More Perfect Union

The notion of America becoming a more perfect union is a fascinating idea. It is self-reflective and humble. It recognizes our nation’s basic good qualities, while also acknowledging that our past actions are not always ideal. We believe it is an attitude and perspective that can serve us ...

A Chemist Explains Why Scientists Write

Civics education, I’m told by experienced jurists like former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Jack Zouhary, a federal judge in Toledo, is in the dumpster in public schools. Citizens including a new US Senator graduate without knowing the branches of government ...

Your Wedding Day Is Yours

Brides and grooms receive lots of advice. Some of it’s even good. Here are a few suggestions that brides and grooms can evaluate for themselves. ¯ During your life, you get few days that really are yours. A wedding day is one of them. It’s yours to dream of. yours to ...

Traveling More Than 1,600 Miles For A Shot

I traveled more than 1,600 miles to get a COVID vaccination shot. Thereby hangs a tale. Back in January, vaccines were reserved for people at high risk of becoming very ill if infected. Medically speaking, I am a wreck: heart attacks, cancer, emphysema, and pre-diabetes. To boot, I am age ...

There Is A Difference Between FSA And HSA

Question: What is the difference between an HSA and a flex-spending account (FSA), and which is better? Answer: Both of these options are useful ways to pay for medical expenses with benefits and limitations with pre-tax dollars. An HSA (health savings account) is a pre-tax way of saving ...

Sacred Ground

When you first see it, it is just a piece of low ground situated along a fast-flowing, southern river. Then you look about and see the cannons, plaques and memorials and you realize that you are at Pittsburgh Landing on the Tennessee River at Shiloh. You glance down at the brochure sent to ...

State’s Captured Agencies Are Letting The Fox Guard The Henhouse

I am writing in response to a recent Post-Journal and OBSERVER article regarding the Cassadaga Wind Project. Owner RWE claims, “Local support for the project remains strong.” I do not believe our local bats, eagles, raptors, songbirds, most living creatures or most turbine neighbors agree ...

Prayers Like Incense Drift Up To Heaven

Most of us have said at least a prayer or two in our lives. Maybe a cry for help to the Lord or a praise for something good. Maybe you’ve whispered words on behalf of another soul going through a hard time. In Christianity, prayer is a huge part of what we do. We say the Lord’s Prayer. ...

Echo Chambers Here, There, Everywhere

I got some feedback last week. I learned something from it. I had written two weeks ago about far-right “echo chambers” of “news” — really, opinion — that push “I only watch them” viewers into loops of substituting pure fiction for news. There is nothing wrong with opinion ...

Andre Expresses His Fears And Concerns

In this, the third and final installment, I remind the readers that Sol and May agreed to confer with their foster son, Andre, about meeting for a home visit. The expectation of a full meeting was interrupted due to Andre sleeping. We sat and drank tea when suddenly Andre awoke startled by a ...

Inside The Political Echo Chambers

Each day, I tiptoe into the politically far-right networks’ echo chambers. First, though, I find out what did happen in the world via the web sites of news organizations that focus on “news. Here is what I learned on Wednesday, Feb. 17: ≤ Dozens of people died when Arctic temperatures ...

Do Research Before Purchasing Omnipod

Question: How is the Omnipod system covered under Medicare now that my doctor and I are considering it to help control my diabetes? Answer: The Omnipod system is an insulin delivery system that allows you to not only monitor your blood sugar without finger sticks, but also administer insulin ...

‘Governor And Allies Caught Circling The Wagons’

Albany at the moment may best be described by a few lines from All The President’s Men, “It leads everywhere. Get out your notebook. There’s more.” In fact, there was a lot more at the State Capitol last Thursday night when reporters from the New York Post dropped a bombshell scoop ...

Warner Dam Repairs

As you drive over the Washington Street Bridge these days, you no longer see the big crane that was visible for much of the summer and fall. It was being used to assist in the repairs which now seem to be completed at the Warner Dam — though there is still construction fencing around the ...

Ashes Of Hope And Life

“For you are dust, and to dust, you shall return.” Genesis 3:19 I have a rather eclectic history in churches — I’ve been to Baptist services, ecumenical services, a Catholic mass, as well as nondenominational church services. But I’ve probably told you that before, dear readers. ...

We Deserve To Hear The Proof

An impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate is upon us, and constitutional questions arise. One is whether the chief justice must preside when a former president is being tried. Another is whether an impeachment trial may take place after the person being tried has left office. To answer both ...

Finding The Right Words

I’ve been trying to find the right words, my friends. To make everything make sense. To try to bring healing and reconciliation to our hearts, our homes, and our sorely divided nation. I’ve been praying for the right words to speak hope and life into a situation in which many of us only ...

Our Winter Game: The Mouse, The House

Field mice like loose houses. Every autumn, they squeeze through the gaps in the plank walls of our farmhouse, which was probably built before the Civil War. Inside, the mice find shelter in the ancient crawl space attic and also between the lath-and-plaster ceilings and the (relatively) ...