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Talk on the Affordable Care Act | Essex Column

The final lecture in the Grange Hall’s Lyceum series on the American Civil War will be delivered on Tuesday, Nov. 19, by Whallonsburg’s own Andy Buchanan. The talk is entitled “Memory and Memorialization” and explores the legacy of the war and why it still has meaning today. As something of a Civil War buff myself, I’ve been to many battlefields and what’s most striking about them is the large number of monuments and memorials to the various units that fought at those places. Chickamauga Battlefield, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, is so littered with statues that it’s difficult to get a sense of what it may have looked like originally. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Grange in Whallonsburg.

The Wadhams Free Library is presenting a talk on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. If you’re not insured and would like to know more about signing up before the Dec. 15 deadline, this would be a great opportunity for you. As a former Federal employee, I struggled with many poorly designed government computer programs, so I’m not surprised the contractors who built this one made a mess of it. However, the New York State health exchange is apparently working just fine.

Have you ever looked up to see a long thin cloud following a plane high overhead and wondered where the plane is going? I discovered a web site recently (Flightradar24.com) that tells you where individual passenger planes are coming from and heading to. We see planes going in and out of Montreal, Burlington and Plattsburgh, of course, but there’s a lot of traffic directly above us at much greater altitude flying between Moscow, Beijing and JFK in New York City. Planes going from Boston to Japan also frequently go right over head. I wonder what the passengers on them make of the lakes, mountains and forests around us. The thin clouds following planes are called contrails and are made of water vapor produced by the engines. Jets burn a special fuel that’s closely related to diesel oil, which is why airports smell like truck stops.

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