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Hugh’s News: Reflecting on war poetry

August 10, 2012

BY HUGH TURLEY — In 1963, addressing Amherst College, President John F. Kennedy said, “When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.” After more than a decade of fighting, Americans might reflect on war [read more]

From the president: What I liked about living in Hyattsville

July 10, 2012

BY JULIA DUIN — A For Sale sign that sprouted in my front yard the first week of June was what got the news out that my sojourn in Hyattsville was coming to an end. I had mentally planned to be here a lot longer, but getting laid off two years ago from The Washington Times changed all that. I [read more]

Hugh’s News: A resident evil

July 10, 2012

BY HUGH TURLEY — In a 1931 essay titled “A Plea for Intolerance,” Bishop Fulton J. Sheen argued that America was suffering not from intolerance, but tolerance. “Tolerance applies to the erring; intolerance to the error,” he wrote. But for many people, “intolerance is always wrong [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Herbs safe choice for summer gardening

July 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am new to this area and to gardening.  Coming from New England, I was advised to expect a long, hot summer.  When I started a garden this spring, I wasted money buying plants from local nurseries assuming that whatever is sold in this area will do well in this area.  [read more]

Hugh’s News: Grocery store outsmarts itself

June 15, 2012

BY HUGH TURLEY — Volunteerism has a proper place in society. But it’s not the grocery-store checkout line. At many branches, Giant Food has reduced employees’ hours, compelling shoppers in a hurry to use self-service cashier aisles. For some time now, customers have been able to shop at our [read more]

Legend & Lore: Charcoal for the teeth: Women’s lives in 1812

June 15, 2012

BY KIMBERLY SCHMIDT — “We’ll start preparing for the evening meal at 2:45, with plans to eat at 5:30,” announced Ann Wass, organizer of “The 1812 Woman of Riversdale” workshop. Held on a May weekend at the Riversdale House Museum, the event was a 19th-century immersion complete with a [read more]

From the Editor: Mutiny on the Council

June 10, 2012

“Just imagine if we can become the next [Las] Vegas or Atlantic City in terms of venue and host the next [boxer Floyd] Mayweather fight at National Harbor.” County Councilmember Will Campos, on casinos at National Harbor (Gazette, 3/12/12) BY SUSIE CURRIE —If you, too, are eagerly awaiting [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The war against roses

June 9, 2012

Dear Readers, This month we present a repeat of a past column because the topic is so timely. In June 2010 I was shown a rose bush with “witch’s broom” sprouts. This is a sign of a deadly wind-borne virus that can wipe out every rose bush in the region. Now another instance has popped up in [read more]

Auntie Diluviana: Golden years bring local discounts

May 15, 2012

Dear Auntie Diluviana, As a recently retired senior, I am looking forward to having more time to enjoy the cultural, recreational and entertainment activities in the Hyattsville area. But because I am living on a fixed income, I have to be careful with my budget.  Where can I find discounts? R.R. [read more]
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