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  • Book review: What to read can be a mystery

    January 3rd, 2018
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    Other than “The House on Pooh Corner,” the books I’ve reviewed are nonfiction. But for purely recreational reading, it’s hard to beat detective-type fiction.


    Book review: Jeff Fager’s ‘Fifty Years of 60 Minutes’ presents history of news program

    December 21st, 2017
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    Perhaps you are one of the millions who tune into CBS’ “60 Minutes” most Sunday nights. Maybe, like me, you have done so for the best part of 50 years.


    Book review: ‘The House on Pooh Corner’ depicts series of adventures

    December 6th, 2017
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    In a recent email from Lucille Hemerly, a teacher I worked with at Wilton Elementary School, she mentioned a favorite book that she used to read to her students.


    Book review: Michael Perry’s ‘Danger, Man Working’ offers insights from a pig farmer

    November 22nd, 2017
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    From reviewing presidents, we move to the thoughts of self-described pig farmer Michael Perry.


    Letter to the editor: Son and namesake of Wilton American Legion’s James Leith had 38 years of federal service

    November 16th, 2017
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    In your November “Backtalk” column, you mention the son born to James Leith and Phyllis Bolwahn Leith. James Leith is my cousin; he was the city cousin, and I was the country cousin.





  • Book review: Ron Chernow’s ‘Grant’ depicts general’s shortcomings, strengths

    November 9th, 2017
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    The story of Ulysses Grant is one of failure and success. As a businessman, he left much to be desired, attempting and failing at several careers.


    Book review: Jon Meacham’s ‘Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power’ well worth the read

    October 12th, 2017
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    The third president of the fledging United States was Thomas Jefferson (1801–1809). Like Washington and Adams, he was making every effort to assure the country’s continuation, something not at all assured.


    Book review: ‘Washington’s Farewell’ by John Avlon

    July 13th, 2017
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    At the end of Washington’s second term as the first President of the United States, he caused his farewell address to be printed in a neutral newspaper “for the people.”