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Living on the Edge (of the World)

Neither of my parents went to college, so their dream was to one day be able to send their kids off to a fancy university and perhaps a better life. 

That was back in the ‘70s and ‘80s when most people thought education was a good thing. I remember those public service announcements on TV that would offer random educational factoids and close with the tagline, “The ...

Mediscam!

Over the past couple of weeks, you have been inundated with either collusion, collusion, collusion or the Republican health care remedy that will kill people by the thousands.

These have been parroted by the media, Democrats and Never Trumpers. I really do not know why I separate them, for they are one and the same. You do not believe me? You think I am so in bed with the Trump train, I cannot ...

Blue-Collar Blues

I graduated from college in my mid-20s after a series of interesting jobs: driving a truck for UPS; working at the Todd-Hoboken Shipyards in Jersey stripping WW II Navy destroyers (destined to be filled with wheat and floated along the Upper Hudson as part of the mothball fleet); and serving in the U.S. Army infantry during the Vietnam War. I also unloaded boxcars of canned goods and hawked beer ...

A Community of Charities

Chambers of commerce like those in Yorktown, Somers, Mahopac-Carmel and elsewhere have a vital purpose in supporting and promoting a healthy, growing economy composed of local businesses that are predicated on the profit motive.

At the same time, points out Deb Milone, executive director of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, “Our region has a large nonprofit business ...

Walk This Way

My husband and I had been circling the narrow cobblestone streets of a small village in Spain for 15 minutes looking for parking, with no success. Every spot was either “no parking” or “no standing” or some other restriction we couldn’t make out because the signs were in Spanish and the only two words we knew in Spanish were parking and standing.

Finally, we ...

How to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Meetings

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE) ...