Archive for November 9th, 2015

November 9th, 2015

Bears to Invade Library

by Christopher O'Brien

BearsinCTThe Library will host a talk about black bears Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm.

Black bears have become a more common site in Wolcott and Connecticut in the past ten years, as populations of bears have risen above 400. There is some talk of holding an annual hunt to keep their numbers down.

The talk will be given by Paul Colburn, a Master Wildlife Conservationist. He will discuss the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, their habitat, diet, and behavior as well as ongoing research efforts. 

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November 9th, 2015

Language Rebrands Politics

by Christopher O'Brien

By State Senator Joe Markley

Acerbic comedian and commentator George Carlin hated euphemisms, believing they weaken language and muddle discourse. He used Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an example—an eight-syllable phrase so unwieldy it became an acronym: PTSD.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

The affliction now known as PTSD was originally called Shell Shock. Coined in World War I, these two alliterative syllables perfectly communicated the cause, nature, and severity of the diagnosis. During World War II, Shell Shock became Battle Fatigue; in Vietnam, Battle Fatigue got dumped for PTSD.

Those four letters are so ill-defined that now they can apply to car crash survivors as well as tortured prisoners of war. Frankly, I wonder if our veterans would get better treatment if they had Shell Shock instead of PTSD,

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