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posticon Editorial - Unhappiness and Mobile Phones

Opinions | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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According to the World Happiness Report the United States is the 19th happiest country in the world.  And according to a new Wallethub analysis New York is the 15th happiest state in the United States.  In her analysis of happiness data, psychologist Jean Twenge correlates a connection between the decline of happiness, especially in adolescents, and the rise of smart phone use.  She finds that people who have actual face to face relationships are happier than those who spend their time with their noses in their phones.  She also finds that "depression, suicidal ideation, and self-harm increased sharply among adolescents since 2010, particularly among girls and young women."  The data shows happiness in the US declining starting in 2008.

Just reading the Happiness Report is enough to make us unhappy!  But, hmm, is it really smart phones that are the culprits?  Speaking from my own experience, yes, sort of.  I am pretty unhappy when I am in a room full of people who are more interested in interacting with their phones than in interacting with me.  If it gets too bad I bring up the Kindle app on my phone and read a book (which makes me happy, though probably not as happy as I would be if I weren't driven to it by being ignored).

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posticon Thoughts - Buying Greenland, Reusing Uncle Henry's Ashes

Opinions | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I was hoping that little 'tempest in a teapot' about our Chest-Thumper-in-Chief wanting to buy Greenland would last a little longer than a day or two, but even as 'yesterday's news' I can still use it as an historical reference point, for your consideration.

You may be surprised to learn that 'buying Greenland' is not a new, nor necessarily wacky idea. Turns out that Jimmy Byrnes, a close confidante (along with Harry Hopkins) and Secretary of State to President Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, also thought it might be a good idea. Byrnes, who in no way could be considered a whack-job, offered, at Harry Truman's authorization, $100 million to buy Greenland from Denmark in 1946. This story comes from a Danish historian by the name of Tage Kaarsted, that he obtained from recently declassified government (Danish) documents. The offer was brushed aside then, as now. The strategic importance of Greenland was noted, then, as an early warning outpost in the coming Cold War, and especially today as a strategic point in exploration of the Arctic Ocean and the thawing of the Northwest Passage.

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posticon Letters - Fred Voss

Opinions | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By David Gersh Print
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mailmanDan,

Thank you for a beautifully crafted tribute to this gentle yet highly influential man. Let us hope that your message, and Fred's, endures. "Those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it."

David Gersh
Ithaca, NY
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