Stephen Tompkins, 63, is conducting a solitary protest, standing in the snow and cold by the road with a sign. We like his idea of patriotism. It belongs to each of us. We need to act on our convictions.

A Muslim woman, invited to educate others, spoke in a Voorheesville church, in a session sponsored by the church and the library. A rude interruption frightened her and some of the crowd. What can we learn from this?

It is as if our nation, since Donald Trump’s inauguration, has returned to the bitter battle that led to the Bill of Rights in the first place — limiting federal power by guaranteeing personal freedoms and rights. Those compromises have stood us in good stead for nearly 230 years — why should we abandon them now?

We support a project to build a new playground at Voorheesville Elementary School, replacing the quarter-century old one, but urge that this time the playground not be built beneath power lines.

Each of us has, just a click away, information from all over the world on any subject about which we are curious. This can make us broad-minded and well informed, or it can make us narrow-minded and ill informed. It all depends on how we use it.

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