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By Mike Sigler   I hear a lot of talk about bipartisanship but rarely do I see it in practice. I usually see it as a ploy to convince people that your motives are pure and more often than not, as a way to mask your intention … more
By Barbara Esuoso   As a senior undergraduate at Cornell University, I reflect on my time on campus and in the City of Ithaca with gratitude. It is thanks to peers, professors, and long-time Ithaca residents who have … more
By Mike Sigler   I read a lot on Facebook, online, and in local papers about Republicans, or Republikkkans, yes, one of my favorites as the KKK was founded to oppose Republicans, and it always brings me back to my theory of … more
By Cathy Wakeman   The season of new beginnings is all around us. This past week hosted the beginning of the new school year. This week, Rosh Hashanah, the holiday of the Jewish New Year. As Faces of Dryden … more
By Elaine Springer   As the conversations around youth and mental health, bullying, drug abuse, and sexual abuse escalate, it is realized there may be a need for a place for youth to go when school isn’t in … more
As Thanksgiving has come and gone, it gives me hope, but also a worry I can’t seem to shake. I tend to stay on local issues with energy policy and the salt mine leading the way, but in the … more
By Matt Montague   Jacob Palladino wanted to be a farmer, and then he didn’t, and then he did. And now he is. “My dad’s grandfather was a farmer, my grandfather owned a tractor dealership but … more
By Michael Troutman, Robin Elliott   The US produces more electronic waste, or “e-waste,” than any other country: 9.4 million tons annually and only 12.5 percent is recycled. E-waste makes up two percent of the waste … more
With Thanksgiving behind us, my office is now looking forward to another “thanks” event, the annual Town-Gown Awards (The TOGOs), the morning of Dec. 8 at Ithaca High School, Kulp … more
By Kathy Russell   As stewards of the environment, Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are morally responsible for a public trust - the beauty, stability, and integrity of our air, water, … more
By Joseph Wilson   According to its own website, Cornell has been spewing 600,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent of Methane Emissions from its fracked gas burning co-generation plant since 2016. This is a ten-fold increase in … more
By Buzz Lavine   It’s critical to look at the energy/climate-change issues of Cornell’s proposed North Campus Residential Expansion.  Municipal reviewers need better understanding of three issues. First, eliminating … more
The first edition of Tompkins Weekly for 2019, coming out Jan. 7, will continue the tradition of setting aside several pages for submissions from readers. Our “By the People” edition was … more
Let’s face it. The United States is indeed a nation of immigrants, but throughout our history, we’ve consistently tried to filter that generous impulse through a racist screen. The … more
By Kathy Zahler   In his majority opinion for United States v. Miller (1939), Justice McReynolds wrote, “The Court cannot take judicial notice that a shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches long has today any reasonable … more
This intentionally sounds like the setup to a joke and while some of our national political discourse has devolved into exactly that, there is no punchline to be offered here. There is, however, a … more
Cornell University manages most of its internal needs, including more than 16 miles of streets, 26 miles of sidewalks, refuse disposal, recycling operations, street and bridge maintenance, surface … more
Do you know where your home’s heat comes from? Most of us burn something—usually, gas, oil, or propane—but most of us are blissfully unaware of where that fuel comes from. Many … more
By Kathy Zahler   You might be wondering why we are voting in yet another primary on Sept. 13. Why is New York the only state in the union to have separate primaries for federal (congressional) and state elections in 2018? … more
By Mike Sigler   I’m once again surprised that a proposal not based on science, but emotion would be in front of the Tompkins County legislature. This is the second time in less than a year that the Environmental Management … more
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