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LISA MCGINLEY - RECENT COLUMNS

A wintry impression of New York

Published: January 23, 2022 | Lisa McGinley

New York City has long Covid, but it's still New York.

These talented teachers left an outdoors legacy

Published: January 9, 2022 | Lisa McGinley

What an enthusiastic teacher can bequeath is a lifetime of devotion to nature. And Earth needs human advocates more than anything.

Money is the least of what the church has to lose

The non-financial cost has been mounting for decades: loss of innocence, loss of trust, loss of faith, loss of credibility for the church as a moral teacher on any subject and, ultimately, loss of Catholics.

Connecticut hustles on climate policy

Climate change will rapidly become the big issue — bigger than pension debt, bigger than deficits, bigger than Covid.

A different kind of essential workers

The Opioid Action Team acts on the belief that there is no such concept as a throwaway person.

Magnet attraction

New London High School improvements are a lift for a pandemic-weary school community and a place for pride.

Thanks for the memories

If we keep to the simple premise that it is a day to be grateful for and with the people we care about, the spirit of Thanksgiving survives any tarnish.

You can't save daylight -- but you can help save the planet

We have manipulated daylight time and our own sleep habits for generations. This encourages the idea that humans can make the same kind of stab at modifying their behavior to control temperature and dangerous emissions.

Changing times and familiar places

We now live in a generation in which people's sense of place is hounded by prefixes.

Think your non-profit is locally tax exempt? Don't assume so.

Non-profit agencies tend to be idealistic about the fact that they are trying to meet a need for the greater good. So imagine the shock and alarm when the more-or-less tacit practice of exempting their organizations from taxes is challenged. They don't budget for that.

Double holiday, single flag

The United States and its flag belong to all its people. That's what I meant to say when I put the flag out on Monday.

The civic DNA of (your town's name)

Home rule for 169 Connecticut towns costs too much in dollars, but it does pay off in local leadership.

Waiting to see if college ranking formulas still compute

Who can tell what the X factor of the pandemic year will be when a college is measured by what students now want from higher education?

Perilous combination: Afghan, woman, journalist

They did not necessarily report anti-Taliban news; they committed the sin of being educated, working women. To survive they must leave, and other countries must offer them refuge.

Camp Harkness and vaccines, yesterday and tomorrow

Connecticut has made vaccination against the covid virus easy for those over 12 to get, and has stood fast on requiring childhood immunizations against other diseases, including polio. The first campers and their parents would have thought that the moral is obvious.

Kids and companion free-for-all is a win-win

This particular use of American Rescue Plan millions satisfies my personal criteria for chasing away people's blues after sitting around during the pandemic.

Class of '22: State university welcomes you

The agony of applying will soon give way to the thrill of acceptance in Connecticut Automatic Admissions Program, but affordability is a far bigger obstacle than acceptance.

How could anyone forget 9/11?

How could anyone who remembers the 9/11 near-miss on the Capitol wave away the implications of the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on that very building?

New season for the Rev. Florence Clarke

She has lived long enough and made enough of an impact to see the change and be the change. She is still preaching because she has a lot left to say.