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06/25/2020
I have been collecting weird coronavirus benefits. They provided much-needed laughs:  •  It’s much easier to rob banks because there are so many potential suspects wearing masks.  •  Bad breath doesn’t matter anymore.  •  Heard on WDEV Trading Post: “My neighbor who is always coming over and borrowing tools and not bringing them back doesn’t come over now.” •  My wife stopped telling me to get a haircut.  •  You can mute the sermon at church if it’s hitting a little too close for comfort. (Also co-workers who go on and on during videoconferences.)  •  I’m taking so few showers that my henna...
06/25/2020
When you’ve been growing vegetables long enough, you develop an almost instinctive understanding of how to nurture your garden.  Or so I’ve been told. I’ve been gardening for years, and I’m still winging it. This year, I’m trying an unconventional (for me) and untried (by me) gardening tactic: putting in a lot of time and effort. It’s too early to say for sure, and maybe it’s just the heatstroke talking, but it seems to be working. I get that correlation is not causation, but I’m starting to believe that diligent weeding and watering are having a positive effect. Over the past few rainless...
06/25/2020
Editor’s note: This is the 63rd in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition. The Second World War began on Sept. 1, 1939, and lasted for six years and a day. It ended on Sept. 2, 1945, with the surrender of Japan; the German surrender happened four months earlier, on May 7, 1945, 25 days after the death of Franklin Roosevelt. Both nations surrendered unconditionally. It was a victory for Democracy. When the war began, a good outcome seemed far from certain. On Sept. 1, 1939, without declaring war, Germany invaded Poland and conquered it in less than a...
06/25/2020
The peeling paint on the exterior of my house first caught my eye three years ago. As a first time homeowner my DIY skill set was dismal and I anticipated a hefty cost to hire a professional. Luckily, for the time being, the flakes were falling in fairly obscured sections and I could easily gaze elsewhere with unfettered regard. Avoidance has its advantages in the short-term and I thoroughly enjoyed my time and money spent elsewhere in the interim.  But alas, even the best implemented avoidance strategy has an endpoint. 2020 arrived and among countless upheavals, the required “stay at home”...
06/25/2020
I was puzzled by the headline on the opinion piece written by Chief Hanley in the June 11 Independent: “Police: Reign in this culture of bigotry.” It didn’t seem to make any sense. After looking at it for a while I realized that simply removing the colon following “Police” would clear things up. I certainly do agree that the police do reign in the bigoted culture. Larry Rogers Brandon Editor’s note: Oops, definitely a typo on that one. Thanks for keeping us honest.  
06/25/2020
I received my Economic Impact Payment (EIP) about a week ago in the form of a prepaid debit card, but that was not at all apparent. The envelope it arrived in appeared to be yet another credit card solicitation, including an incorrect last name. I almost tossed it in the trash, which I’m sure many people did, but decided to check online and discovered it was actually our $2,400 stimulus check. When I called the Money Network Cardholder Services, who distributed the EIP, they explained that the government made numerous mistakes with names but would not issue new cards, and it would be fine to...

LIBERTY SHIP SS NATHANAEL GREENE
06/25/2020
We flew the American flag in front of our house for years. But, as America became increasingly partisan, we stopped flying it. We devoutly believe in the ideals represented by the flag, but have no truck with the “America, love it or leave it” attitude of many on the Right. We are not flag wavers. But I never felt right about this. What gave these people exclusive rights to our national banner? Didn’t I have an obligation to defend the very idea of America, as defined by Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt? And there was a bit of family history that inspired me to restore the Stars and Stripes...
06/25/2020
I personally want to say thank you to the administration and faculty for everything they did for the graduation on Saturday, June 6. They were so very organized, they all cheered on the graduates as you passed them by, which made them feel special, as they all are special. In these times with the social distancing requirements, graduation seemed like it could be another bleak moment, one these seniors have had to endure, so many times in the last few months of their senior year, missing their last prom, spring sports, academic recognition night, signing yearbooks, and enjoying the last...
06/25/2020
Here’s a question for everyone who lives in the Bristol Police District, who are on the hook for funding 90% of the town’s police budget: If there were a question on the ballot that, if approved, would dissolve the Bristol Police District — effectively eliminating local police — would you vote yes or no? Note: According to the document that spelled out terms for merging the town and village in the 1990s, people outside the district do not get to vote on such a question.   Eliminating the police district might not be what we want… But some changes are worth considering. We’ve heard from...
06/25/2020
The We of Rayshard Brooks   Isn’t it a privilege to fall asleep in the front seat of your car,   pass out, some nights, from a night of drinking? And not worry.   Not worry you could wake-up dead. Having been found, and not asked just   to move along. Shake off the night. To drive through the drive-through, sober   or drunk from drinking in the stars, through the moonroof. An accessory   you could afford without worrying too much about being   overcharged. Becoming lost in space. Between the black   and white lines in a parking lot. A few spaces reserved for the disoriented.   You could...

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