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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cayuga Lake is at risk. Our beloved lake provides drinking water for over 40,000 people residing in at least six municipalities, not to mention the numerous private wells along the entire shoreline. … more
In late September, former City of Ithaca mayor and Collegetown businessman John Gutenberger presented at a forum on “visioning and community development” at the Tompkins County Public … more
The American Flag: The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; … more
I’ve been doing this politics thing for half a century, ever since my mother hauled me downtown to stuff envelopes for a guy who was running as the antiwar candidate for U.S. Senator. He lost, … more
I’m an independent thinker. I have supported a democracy of the people, for the people, by the people as an American woman. Our Republic is made of primarily two privately run political … more
Medicare is what most older people rely on for healthcare and to pay for nursing homes, home care and hospice care. Most couldn’t afford such care otherwise. Those with Medicare and Social … more
As a Cornell student-voter registered in Tompkins county, I am looking forward to an especially diverse ballot on Nov. 6. I cannot remember the last time I had the chance to vote for a Sheriff like … more
I am a fervent supporter of Amanda Kirchgessner’s campaign for NYS Senate. My biggest reason, until recently, was her strong support for the NY Health Act, which would provide a … more
I’ll be voting for Tracy Mitrano on Nov. 6. Tom Reed has had his chance, and the trust is just not there. An example is the oversized card Mr. Reed recently sent out featuring Donald … more
Sheriff candidate Derek Osborne believes that law enforcement should reflect the community it protects. He celebrates the diversity of Tompkins County and is walking the walk with his first proposed … more
This March the President approved the federal spending budget, which included increased funding for science. Scientific discovery directly improves human health and gives us our latest tech gadgets. … more
Sometimes I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, reliving the same day, fighting the same battle. The county legislature has made it clear that it does not support any new natural gas … more
As I campaign throughout New York’s 23rd District, voters consistently ask me “Will Social Security be there for me and my children?” Social Security ensures our seniors a dignified … more
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