The dirt hasn’t frozen, and so the carrots planted on a late-season whim have actually grown big enough to eat. I slice into the muddy earth with a sharp spade and then pry back the short handle, compressing the dirt away from the slender roots, and make a narrow groove. I loosen one carrot, and then its neighbors slip out so easily. Here and there, an earthworm is tangled in the process. He writhes at the sudden exposure, and I feel a little guilty having brought him up in February. An ancient fable tells the story of a competition between ... by Staff Writer
It was the marketing guru Jerry Della Femina who said, “Publicity, bad or good — it’s all good.” At least I think it was Jerry who said it, but if he didn’t, he should have. Anyway: What is meant by that, of course, is that if you’re aiming to be in the public eye, your nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is just as good as a juicy piece about you plastered on Page Six. No one understands this better than Donald Trump. He incessantly craves the limelight and takes umbrage anytime he is pushed out of the spotlight’s glare, ... by Staff Writer
I’m certainly not going to tell you I saw it coming, even after spending the morning of the Iowa caucuses literally in a political theater in Des Moines. But I will tell you this: After talking to my son Jack about his first experience caucusing later that evening at the airport, I had an inkling. Because whatever means a state decides to use to choose a presidential candidate, there should be one cardinal rule: The voter should get to vote for the candidate of his or her choice. Or at least the second. Or third. Or fourth. Jack was not ... by Staff Writer
Farming on Long Island deserves to be greatly appreciated. Among public officials from Long Island who very much do appreciate agriculture here — and throughout the state — is State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The former state assemblyman from Great Neck Plaza last year issued a laudatory report on agriculture. Mr. DiNapoli noted in it that Suffolk County remains a top agricultural county in the state, No. 4, with $225.6 million in total sales in 2017. (It was led only by the upstate counties of Wyoming, with $307.5 million; Cayuga, with $287.5 million; and Genesee, with $234.9 million.) His report ... 10 Feb 2020 by Staff Writer
Captive or otherwise “rescued” groundhogs are forced to observe the 2nd of February as Groundhog Day. But the wild population, like those in Sagg, could care less. We had never had groundhogs in Sagg. Maybe they existed before us here, but the only place I ever saw groundhogs was in Riverhead — and Pennsylvania. We were told they couldn’t get across the canal. It is hard to say when or how the first one arrived, but groundhogs are now a regular part of our fauna: ducking in and out of the woodpile, sprawled in glorious repose on a sunny mound ... 4 Feb 2020 by Staff Writer
If there’s anything more demented than spending perfectly good time off from work chasing presidential wannabes from event to event in the frigid of a New Hampshire February — a strange hobby I picked up in 1996 and continued in 2016 — I believe I have found it: Doing the same thing in the more frigid and much, much larger cornfields of Iowa. The odd thing is, before my son had even a … well, kernel … of an idea to come to school here and become a Hawkeye, I had decided not only to do this but even to ... 3 Feb 2020 by Staff Writer
Welcome to our new website!
To see what’s new, click “Start the Tour” to take a tour.
We welcome your feedback. Please click the “contact/advertise” link in the menu bar to email us.