The Confederate Truck Flags in Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival

When a Confederate truck flag was seen on the hood of a truck in this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival parade, it raised questions in the village. Some people said Tom Dupree should remove it from his truck. Others said it was not a hate symbol and that the flag simply reflects a part of history.

The Confederate battle flag is a widely recognized symbol of Southern culture and heritage. The 13 stars represent the states that seceded from the Union during the Civil War. It’s also known as the Southern Cross or the Dixie flag. In the years after the Civil War, it became popular to display it at veterans’ events and as a symbol of Southern heritage. It appeared on the roof of the General Lee in the CBS series, “Dukes of Hazzard,” and on albums by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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It also was embraced by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups who used it to physically and psychologically intimidate civil rights activists during the civil rights movement. Some state and local governments have attempted to limit the use of the battle flag on public property, but the Supreme Court ruled in Walker v. Tex. Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans (2015) that a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag does not violate the First Amendment because it is government speech.

Libby Nelson is Vox’s policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. She has been a journalist for more than 10 years, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico.

Mushrooms Are a Nutritious and Healthy Alternative

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The produce department is often the first section shoppers visit in a supermarket. That’s probably because it’s one of the main reasons people decide to shop at a particular store. Consumers are drawn to organic foods, and that includes mushrooms. Mushrooms are growing in popularity and the organic variety is now available at many stores. In fact, the organic mushroom market is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years.

Organic mushrooms are technically fungi and not plants, but they’re commonly treated as vegetables. Generally, they don’t require any chemicals or pesticides to grow, but they are susceptible to insect infestation and need some form of control. Organic mushrooms are grown using fewer synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. They also aren’t exposed to ionizing radiation or genetic engineering.

While they may not have the nutritional profile of a leafy vegetable, mushrooms are rich in nutrients. They contain vitamin D, a nutrient that’s important for absorbing calcium and developing healthy bones. They’re also a good source of selenium, vitamin B2 and potassium.

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Additionally, some types of mushrooms have been shown to support the immune system and reduce stress. Shiitakes, for example, contain compounds that are known to prevent cancer and protect against damage from UV rays. And a study conducted by Penn State found that participants who regularly consumed mushrooms (including shiitakes) had lower rates of depression and anxiety. The report cited the antioxidant ergothioneine as the possible explanation. As the world’s population grows and becomes busier, consumers are looking for healthier options in food. Organic mushrooms offer a nutritious and healthy alternative.