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The significance of Memorial Day had faded because of the relative peace America was blessed with, lasting from the mid-1970s to the turn of the century. Since then, however, we can’t escape remembering Americans who gave, in Lincoln’s phrase, “the last full measure of devotion” in the seemingly endless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and most recently, Syria and Niger.
We have a friend whose mother hated to be taken to lunch on Mother’s Day.
“I don’t want to be sitting there with some old dolls with corsages pinned to their dresses,” she said, “with people who forget them for the rest of the year.”
It’s always refreshing to hear some humor attached to a conspiracy of florists taken way too seriously by some. But what is undeniably serious are the challenges 21st-century parents face, problems that only 20 years ago wouldn’t even be on their radar screens. (more…)
Protectors of our rights
The League of Women Voters of Shelter Island held their annual “State of the Town” luncheon at the Ram’s Head Inn April 28, which was an enjoyable, social afternoon, as always. (more…)
Last month, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed what was billed as the nation’s most extensive lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids, citing the drug’s role in thousands of deaths across the country. (more…)
The spring moveable feasts of two of the world’s great religions, Easter and Passover, have arrived close together this weekend. One commemorates resurrection and renewal; the other celebrates the principle of forging ahead from bondage into freedom through the powers of community, faith and justice.