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Fear as a political virtue

May 17, 2016 When it was not yet certain that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for President, I heard a commentator say that the Clinton campaign was already working on tactics to defeat hi. more »»

Dickens for president

May 3, 2016 During World War II, posters reminded us to be careful not to reveal information that would help the enemy. They warned that “LOOSE LIPS MIGHT SINK SHIPS. more »»

Grocery shopping

April 19, 2016 A couple of weeks ago, I drove to Lake Placid to buy some groceries at Hannaford. more »»

On cats, dogs and a word

April 5, 2016 I recently read in the New York Times that rumination can cause all kinds of problems: anxiety, depression, probably diarrhea, certainly athlete’s foot. That’s bad. I ruminate a lot. more »»

Holding back the river

March 22, 2016 In my last column, “New York values,” I wrote that trying to stop change is a fool’s errand. It can’t be done. more »»

New York values

March 8, 2016 In some ways, it’s clear what Ted Cruz means when he dismisses Donald Trump for having “New York values.” In other ways, it’s not clear at all. more »»

Tax prep on a rainy day in February

February 23, 2016 While I was preparing this year’s 1040, I — like most Americans, I suppose —?spent a good deal of time looking out the window and thinking about other things. more »»

Can’t complain ... and that’s a problem

February 9, 2016 There is a niche in the panoply of human suffering that is little recognized. And even when it is, it’s misunderstood —?actually thought to be a blessing. I know. more »»

A reluctant goodbye

January 26, 2016 My 2001 Chevrolet Suburban has 206,000 miles on it. The fenders are rusted out. The gas gauge is broken. more »»

New, improved smoke alarm — it’s a start

January 12, 2016 A new law is going to require that all smoke alarms put in service in New York after 2016 be tamper proof and have 10-year batteries. more »»

Fighting words

December 29, 2015 I’ve forgotten what Al Gore’s 2000 campaign slogan was. But I know what it should have been. It should have been, “I’ll fight.” “Fight” was far and away his favorite verb. more »»

Three-card monte and the incarnation

December 15, 2015 “We are all suckers for belief.” So said Maria Konnikovain a recent New York Times “Week in Review” piece. She sure picked a bad time of year to talk like that. more »»

Exclusion of refugees is shameful, short sighted

December 1, 2015 Where Syrian and Iraqi refugees are concerned, the ostentatiously Christian Republicans who are running for president missed some Sunday school lessons. Republican governors, too. more »»

The right kind of Republican presidential debate

November 17, 2015 The recent Republican Presidential debate hosted by CNBC caused widespread dissatisfaction among Republicans. So they demanded a debate more to their liking, something like the one belo. more »»

A new bicycle? Maybe

November 3, 2015 A few weeks back, I bought "The Bicycling Guide to Complete Maintenance and Repair. more »»

Who are they talking about?

October 20, 2015 I try to bring humor to this column, but that’s hard to do with this week’s subject. There’s just nothing funny about income disparity and the plight of the middle class. more »»

Technology to the rescue

October 6, 2015 I was fitted for hearing aids a couple of weeks ago. That gave rise to a couple of questions. more »»

Mutual immutability: a love story

September 21, 2015 It’s happening again. The ferns that border the side yard have gone brown. There’s color in the birches and maples. The sun rising out back over Pine Ridge Cemetery is moving around to the sout. more »»

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Donald Trump tells how to make Saranac Lake great again

September 8, 2015 I’ve been in bed lately, staring at the TV while recovering from several painful medical conditions. I thank God for effective pain-killing drugs that produce such a nice high. more »»

A morning ritual almost gone

August 25, 2015 By 5:30 a.m. or so, one or two men would be peering out from a half-open screen door looking for me. By 6:30 a.m., some would be calling my house to find out what was going o. more »»

Two old men figure something out

August 11, 2015 I was talking with my friend Dick the other evening. You know the scene. Two old men, sitting on the porch, having a glass of wine and looking back at some of the ways life was when we were young. more »»



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