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It seems so long ago, back on Valentine’s Day of 1989, that Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salmon Rushdie for blasphemies against Muhammad in the novel “The Satanic Verses.” Rushdie’s logorrhea offended me less lethally by failing my trusty five-page test.

The glorious month of May arrives. As the sun warms our land, leaves unfurl, flowers bloom and the landscape becomes a canvas of pale green leaves and pink, white and yellow blossoms, on trees, shrubs and weeds. More and more birds fly in under cover of darkness. Time for our annual Great Gu…

When I talk to business groups these days, the most commonly asked question is, “Are we headed for stagflation?” I’m pretty sure they find my response unsatisfying, because I tell them it depends on their definition of the term.

The Richmond library currently is in a rented former garage and package store. It once was operated in a resident’s living room, and in the basement of the old Richmond Consolidated School. But soon, it will have a proper home in the new town hall and community center on State Road.


Our landscape is our most abundant natural resource, and preserving it is an American tradition. So is fostering the public’s access to and enjoyment of these most pristine parcels. That is the beauty of preserving open space and public land, even as it requires considerable investment and c…

As Tip O’Neill noted, all politics is local — and in our town offices and city halls, so is the maintenance of democracy itself. That’s not just a principle but a process and, for some, a profession. Regional leaders are sounding the alarm, though, that those folks who make up the vital infr…

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To the editor: Violence has been here since the beginning of time. The weapons change but there's one constant: people.

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