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Elephants are said to have long memories. Republicans in the Dutchess Legislature perhaps are the exception. They seem to forget the pain and struggle they forced on so many of us last year when they led the charge for implementing the County...

Michaela records her impressions as a Vassar sophomore of her first job in New York.   Her poetry has appeared in these pages and in other publications. 

Part 2

Michaela Coplen is a Vassar student, a poet, and now an editor at Scholastic for the summer. She blogs about her experience in the city. Later this summer she will be working in London.  

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Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. They don't perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform them because they're afraid of what will happen if they don'...

June and haying, like June and roses go together as childhood memories. Both are as aromatic as visual. 

Mowing last week I was struck by how fast the crows were attracted to the sound of mowing.  First, just one crow took a...

The basis of planning in New York and in most of America has become woefully complex, obscure and uncertain.  There is a widely held belief that a property owner presumptively can do what he or she wants with the land subject only to local...

Iran is, sadly, a repressive society.  The press labors under a form of self-censorship based on extreme punishment for those who make the slightest negative comment on the regime.  Women are denied the right to be independent in their...

While parochial thinking may be encouraged by those town officials who appoint citizens to their planning boards, and by those who sit on such boards, the planning and legal literature strongly suggests that all decisions should explicitly address...

The agendas of most meetings of town and village boards have a place for public discussion.  Members of the public who attend these meetings often come to express a concern, a complaint, a question.  The public has no statutory right to do...

When Victoria Alexander moved up to Amenia from Soho is 2003, she got the vibe that people thought she was a city person  (a ‘citiot’ as she says in her novel) and that the locals did not think much of her.  “They don’t like outsiders here...