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A misunderstanding, Wall Street to Main Street

Main Street and Wall Street are both casting a nervous eye at the bottom line during these tumultuous economic times--but when they each talk about money, are they really talking about the same thing? NCPR web manager Dale Hobson thinks there's a little misunderstanding. His musings can be found every week in the station's E-newsletter, The Listening Post.  Go to full article

Commentary: Remembering "V-mail"

It's the same in every war. Soldiers send their love and thoughts back home. The only thing that changes is the "how." Commentator Renate Wildermuth recently came across "V-mail" from World War II.  Go to full article

Commentary: Reflections on turning 70

Birthdays that end in a 0 tend to get our attention and make us reflective. Commentator Paul Willcott, who is turning 70 as the nation turns 232, takes a look backward and forward at his own life and that of America.  Go to full article

Commentary: The King of Crumbs

This Sunday is Father's Day. Commentator Renate Wildermuth, of North Creek, remembers her dad and a lesson on the importance of the smaller things in life.  Go to full article

Commentary: how about just using less electricity?

Lost in the debate over wind power and other alternative energies, says commentator Tom Gerstenberger, is a bigger question. Why aren't we talking more about using less?  Go to full article

Commentary: talk is not enough, when freedom of speech is at risk

St. Lawrence County officials faced public accusations of homophobia this week for removing a poster advertising a local gay-lesbian film festival from a public bulletin board. About two dozen gay and lesbian residents and their supporters came to the county legislature's meeting Monday night to protest the decision. According to the Watertown Daily Times, about six employees had complained to the county's administration that they found words in the films' plot summaries offensive. County Administrator Karen St. Hilaire told Monday's gathering she's discussed the incident with the head of Prism, a gay-rights group, and a committee is being formed to address sensitivity training for county employees. NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco thinks that's just not enough.  Go to full article

Commentary: school shootings - pulling back from the brink

Last week brought more tragic school shooting attacks, culminating at Northern Illinois University. A gunman entered a class there Thursday, killing six students and wounding 18 others before taking his own life. The man was a former student. Commentator Paul Hetzler remembers scraping very close to that edge of violence himself, and offers one answer to the question: why? -- and its flipside: why not?  Go to full article

Commentary: gifts families pass to the next generation

Some say when people reach a certain age they begin to spend time looking back. Commentator Paul Willcott doesn't think of himself as old, but he admits that he's beginning to look over his shoulder a little more than he used to, especially when he thinks about the future of his grandchildren.  Go to full article

The whys of fall colors

Red is this fall's color, at least in the North Country's woods. How leaves change color is pretty well understood; just why they do so remains something of a mystery. And why red, especially? Good question... for our commentator, Paul Hetzler.  Go to full article

Keep your eyes on the squash vines...

Harvest season is the part of the gardening year when successes, and failures are oh-so obvious. Neal Burdick has been assessing his village plot, and has a cautionary tale.  Go to full article

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