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Aug 22, 2014 — The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
Aug 22, 2014 — When he was young, Michael Arceneaux was a model Catholic who never missed a mass, but when he was asked to join the priesthood, it didn't make him come to Jesus — it made him come out of the closet.
Aug 22, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 22, 2014 — What makes some middle-aged men and women act like children at the baseball park? Commentator Alva NoŽ wonders about that distinct attitude of love and longing that we call "being a fan."
Aug 21, 2014 — Are trigger warnings a good idea when teachers ask students to consider material about emotionally wrenching topics? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says yes — in some cases.

Commentary: tracking the rise and fall of industry in Massena

Pat McKeown has been walking her dog, morning and afternoon, along the same country road for the past 11 years. And she walked another 16 years with the dog who came before. The routine never changes. What has changed is the road.  Go to full article

Commentary: Food Regs "Overkill"

Last week, we aired a story about the state Health Department's rules against serving home-cooked food at community events. You can listen to that story on our website at ncpr.org. The food regulations have been in existence since 1997. But in many cases, they're just catching the attention of local groups. The Church and Community Program in Canton has decided to cancel its weekly "lenten luncheons" in March. State health department director in St. Lawrence County, Bruce Stone, says health officials aren't cracking down. He urges event organizers to contact the health department so he can help events go on as planned while also satisfying health codes. The number in Canton is 315-386-1040. Last week's story elicited a strong reaction from local event organizer Patricia Greene. She submitted this commentary.  Go to full article

Commentary: respite in silence

Between elections and economic crisis, it's been a hectic, noisy, year in the news business. Jonathan Brown found an unexpected respite.  Go to full article

Commentary: invisible people

The tumbling economy is forcing more people to learn what it means to be poor. But there are many North Country residents who live in perpetual poverty. Commentator Jill...  Go to full article

Commentary: hope, rooted in history

For NCPR Station Manager Ellen Rocco, two stories of slavery add meaning to the Obama inauguration.  Go to full article
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Commentary: December to January

Writer Richard Rubin doesn't mind looking back over the previous year. But turning the page is even better. Richard Rubin is the author of Confederacy of Silence: A True...  Go to full article

Commentary: celebrating the spirit of the season

Richard Rubin loves Christmas -- which is a little odd -- because he's Jewish. He doesn't actually celebrate the holiday. But, he says, you don't have to celebrate Christmas...  Go to full article

Commentary: putting memories to rest

Twenty-five years ago this week, in Potsdam, Dr. Stephen Giannell murdered his teenage children, then killed himself. Annie Stoltie lived next door. She was nine. Her...  Go to full article

Tough times for nonprofits

During hard economic times, many nonprofit organizations face a double challenge. A weak economy often means decreasing revenue, but increasing demand for services. Cali...  Go to full article

Commentary: accidental conservationists

Sometimes things just don't turn out the way you planned. And sometimes that's not a bad thing. Jill Vaughan finds beauty in a far corner of the farm.  Go to full article

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