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There is no more important issue in the upcoming election than that of climate change. Its effects on the health of the planet and the wealth of economies will make the current global pandemic seem minuscule. Joe Biden has put forth an aggressive proposal to combat climate change. It is...
Late last night, sitting by the side of a snapping fire in a clearing in the black woods, my daughter hopped out of my lap, ran across the damp grass, and caught a firefly in her hands. She trotted back, tenderly opening her dirt-encased fingertips, just a little, to reveal the strange creature...
Today, I read an anthology of anger in the form of Yelp reviews. A single person had rated a dozen businesses, and she had never given out anything higher than a single star, which is the lowest possible score. In addition to her ratings, she offered vigorous accounts of her various terrible...
To the editor, Political polarization is the biggest threat facing our country right now. It’s a bigger threat than the pandemic, racial division, or any forces outside our borders. Why? Because if we are divided as people, as a nation, we become that much more susceptible to every threat because...
I will be voting for Kimberly Smith in the upcoming primary election. Sondy Pope has been unable or unwilling to amend the laws that shield the construction of the ATC line from local control and oversight. As a result, our community had no effective voice in a decision that will work to our...
When I was six years old, I fell and hit my chin on the edge of a wooden toy chest. It took 19 stitches to put me back together. Last week, my daughter, who is six, fell out of a tree and smacked her chin on a wooden platform on the way down. “I’m amazed it didn’t split open,” said the doctor later...
Many members of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae, composites) have sunflower-like heads comprised of 100s, even 1,000s of florets.  Each florets is, in reality, an individual small flower. Often the florets are arranged to give the appearance of one large flower, maybe making recognition by...
I was driving in my new old pickup truck yesterday, blasting “Land Down Under” and occasionally petting the plush, rust-red fur of the tiny puppy on the seat next to me. He looks like a little bear cub, and his squeaks and grunts have an ursine quality to them.  Through the windshield, the sky was...
To the editor, Among the many fault lines in our society the COVID-19 crises has exposed and exacerbated the lack of broadband internet service for people like me living in rural areas.  Our internet service here is so poor that participation in Zoom is impossible. As a result, we are unable to...
I must share some thoughts on the content of the letter to the editor written by William C. Olson which was published in the June 25 Mount Horeb Mail.  Not because I aim to change his view of systemic racism in America, but because I would find it crushingly unfortunate if any other reader took...

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