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February 3, 2014

A look at what others are saying

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One of the foremost venues for this new/old music was the Newport Folk Festival, which Seeger helped organize in the redoubt of the super-rich and the socialites. From the hollows of Tennessee and from mining towns in the West came humble men and women with dulcimers and banjos to play for people who sat on the grass. They would often begin their sets with harrowing tales of their long drives to Rhode Island.

Seeger was also a prominent activist for civil rights and was brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. He was absurdly charged with contempt of Congress for his answers. His conviction was later overturned on appeal. Seeger later renounced his admiration for Josef Stalin, recognizing his evil.

A resident of the riverside town of Beacon, N.Y., he was a tireless campaigner for the cleanup of the Hudson River, which was heavily polluted in the 1960s. He built a replica of a 19th-century Hudson River sloop, the Clearwater, from which he advocated the river’s restoration. The huge stream is now habitat for many species of fish and animals that had abandoned it, including humans who can fish and swim in it again.

— The Providence (R.I.) Journal

Potatoes get a bum rap. Like any food that’s fried in oil, french fries and potato chips should be eaten in moderation, but that does not mean that eating potatoes is unhealthy. They are a source of dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin C, among other benefits. They are also an inexpensive vegetable that’s easy to cook and should be a part of a balanced diet.

So we were disappointed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting on the advice of a scientific panel, excluded white potatoes from the list of groceries subsidized by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. But that doesn’t mean we support the industry’s efforts to lobby furiously to get its product back on the list, or the championing of the cause by members of Maine’s congressional delegation.

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