2017-01-25 / Commentary

A Ritual, This Transition of Power

Cunningham's Corner
Douglas Cunningham


Douglas Cunningham is publisher and editor. Reach him at doug@pcnr.com, or 845-265-2468. Letters to the Editor, on this or other topics, are welcome. Send to Editor@pcnr.com by 10 am Monday. Douglas Cunningham is publisher and editor. Reach him at doug@pcnr.com, or 845-265-2468. Letters to the Editor, on this or other topics, are welcome. Send to Editor@pcnr.com by 10 am Monday. My goodness, I think some people will give themselves heart attacks. The level of angst and discontent seems high, unusually so, as a new president takes over.

Here’s an example to emulate: Mary Ellen Finger. Veterinarian, farmer. Beat cancer for 24 years. Today, she has just days to live. Her husband Dave stopped in the other day. Would I be open to publishing her story? I was thrilled to do so, in fact. It’s on page 1. It’s a story of grace and comfort, of choices made and believed, of a life well-lived in Philipstown. Of farming, and her family, and civic activities like the Planning Board. We should all be so comfortable, and committed, to our choices.

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Caveat: I am not a Facebook junkie. But, the Bangor, Maine, Police Department has some of the finest posts out there. Well-written, wryly done, well-told. And they all end with this tagline, which in these times, fraught with contention as they sometimes are, is mighty good advice: “Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone, and be kind to one another.”

Rules to live by! Until next week.

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