11/08/18 4:30pm

COURTESY PHOTO U.S. Army First Lt. Joseph Theinert

In March 2010, Army First Lt. Joseph Theinert, 24, went to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, serving his country, which was his life’s goal. He died June 4 of that year disabling the second of two IEDs that threatened his unit. Just before the explosion that killed him, he ordered the 20 men under his command out of the area to safety. (more…)

11/26/15 9:00am

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Thanksgiving is rightly praised for being a unique American holiday. Canadians, as North Americans, have one, so we count them, even if they insist on having their day of thanks in October. Our day also has the virtue of not being associated with religious or patriotic rites.

This year the meaning of the day has become more important than in previous years. Reactionaries like the loud-mouthed Donald Trump and his softer-voiced colleague Ben Carson are retailing fear for good polling numbers. Other candidates for president are calling for religious litmus tests for people fleeing for their lives, seeking refuge from murderous thugs who are motivated by their religious beliefs. (more…)

11/27/14 8:00am
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO This march of the turkeys — with a deer bringing up the rear — was spotted in an Island backyard this week.

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This march of the turkeys — with a deer bringing up the rear — was spotted in an Island backyard Monday.

The stories handed down from generation to generation — whether facts have been lost, obscured or tempered by time — reinforce what families and nations believe about the best part of themselves. (more…)