The ultimate price

It’s a sunny early spring day and I am angry as I watch the news. I am sad to see those photos of our kids riding on poorly armored vehicles in war-torn Baghdad. As a friend and neighbor, I am constantly searching those images of young and beautiful faces, looking for signs that a friend’s child is still okay. As a mother, I will support those men and women with my very last breath, understanding that the ultimate sacrifice may be one of my own.

I am, however, completely sickened by the political crap that I must endure time and again as I watch those television images. I want to cry when I listen to “Be all that you can be,” while questions haunt the airwaves as they did in the days of the Vietnam War: “Should we be there? Why are we involved?”

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“Within reach”

I am the proud recipient of a third-place New York Press Association Award for Best Humor column. Not too shabby.

It actually makes me feel surprisingly old, and serious. Suddenly the stakes are raised; I can’t think about this as a column I write for fun in my mother’s newspaper anymore. It is an award-winning humor column. That’s very weird to say.

I guess from now on I’ll try to be funnier. And get more serious. It’s time to start getting serious about being funny. Yeah. That’s my new plan.

I’m not off to a very a good start.

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Preserving the river corridor

By CARSON HELFRICH

One of the key tenets of the Upper Delaware management planning process has been the reliance on the local conservation ethic and local land-use controls to protect the river corridor and quality of life. It was just this type of approach that preserved the river corridor in a condition that merited the National Scenic and Recreational River designation back in 1978.

Development pressure has increased substantially from levels prevailing before the designation, and local efforts for land conservation are now even more important. So what are some of the options available and how might they work along the Upper Delaware?

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