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Unplug from group identities

By Paul Hetzler The adage “pride comes before a fall” warns us that if we get too full of ourselves, eventually, we’ll plunge back to Earth. And yet, a measure of pride in one’s work is appropriate; it inspires us to do our best. The danger lies in feeling proud of...

Satirical essay about teachers welcome

By Paul Hetzler Kudos to Angus McLintoch for his brilliant satire (“Get real, teachers,” Dec. 13 edition). He did a masterful job illustrating the absurdity of public misconceptions about teachers. It seems appropriate to follow his playful spoof with fact-based...

Paint our way out of a corner to save oaks

By Paul Hetzler It’s normal to tune out the Chicken Littles who run around squawking about the latest forest pest or disease. I mean, how many times can the sky fall, anyway? But the real danger is feeling helpless. There’s a pithy fable about a kid who rescues...

Oaks will be oak-ay

By Paul Hetzler If you’ve wondered what awful new malady has struck our oak trees this spring, resulting in shriveled, deformed and dead leaves, the answer is chilling. Literally; as in cold. A hard freeze on the night of May 17-18 happened at just the right – or...

Stay ticked off!

By Paul Hetzler While black flies and mosquitoes may be annoying, a tick bite can change your life forever. Right now, deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are active, and the Outaouais is considered a “tick hotspot.” Deer ticks vector Lyme disease and other scourges, and...

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