Walsh's Wonderings — A football fan’s grief

There is a deadness to early February, a cloak of despair that settles over everything immediately after the first Sunday evening of the month. Once the tortilla chips are gone and the bean dip tray emptied, we’re left with the sobering reality of a life without football. (And no, the NFL scouting combine doesn’t count.) People who aren’t football fans … read more

Letter: Trees in black plastic bags sends the wrong message

To the Editor: The Aldrich Museum is one of Ridgefield’s important assets. That said, their current outdoor display of several trees enclosed in big black plastic bags (with some rats) sends the wrong messages to our citizens and children. First, trees are to be protected and cherished, not killed in plastic bags, and second, we have a scourge of plastic … read more

Letter: U.S. refugees are meticulously vetted and safe

To the Editor: Trump and Ryan are wrong to say we know “nothing about refugees coming to the U.S.” First of all, most refugees want to return home when conditions permit. UNHCR accepts only 1% of those who want to resettle elsewhere. If U.S. applicants, then Homeland Security verifies identities, fingerprints, iris-scans, and background checks for criminal and political activity, … read more

Founders Hall: A photo tour of China

In 1979, before China opened its borders to tourism, Doug and Kathy Coombs were offered the trip of a lifetime — a tour of China with an expatriate couple who had lived and worked there. Cameras in hand, they traveled by air, rail, boat, and road for three weeks, photographing renowned sites like the Great Wall and the famed terra … read more

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