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By Mike Sigler   The first and only time I met President Bill Clinton was on a press line while interning for CNBC. He was just starting his run for the Democratic nomination. He later spoke at my Northeastern University … more
Kathy Zahler   From time to time, I fall into the trap of responding to people’s social media comments. It’s a bad habit. Recently, TCDC shared a Washington Post link that listed our Congressional candidate, Tracy … more
Mike Sigler   I know a lot of my friends and constituents are not a fan of Tom Reed. They don’t like the way he campaigns and/or some of his stances or that he supported President Trump early on in the presidential race. … more
By Kathy Zahler   I thought this column would be all about the winner of the Democratic primary in the 23rd Congressional District, but that’s what I get for planning ahead. As I write, we are at something of a standstill, … more
Mike Sigler   Bomb Trucks!” Yes, this was just one of the signs that met me at last week’s County Legislature meeting as about 30 people came to protest the Cayuga Power Plant’s plan to repower the plant with trucked-in … more
By Kathy Zahler   As my husband and I contemplate a move to a county with majority Republican representation, people ask us, “Won’t you miss this pocket of blue in a sea of red?” I moved back to Tompkins County, … more
By Mike Sigler   Marc Molinaro. Remember that name. You’ll be hearing it for the next five months and then the next eight years if we’re lucky. I spent a couple of days in New York City last week. It was the Republican … more
By Kathy Zahler   When people suggest that we need to fix some longtime problems in New York State via a Constitutional Convention, one of the problems that always gets mentioned is our judicial system, which apparently models … 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 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
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
It’s mud season; I can tell by the paw prints on the floor and the boots stacked in the mudroom. As winter drags on, and our newsfeeds clog up with impossibly bad news, it’s easy for us to stick our fingers in our ears, hunker down under a … more
Mike Sigler   It’s hard to imagine that someone would walk into a school, movie theater, workplace, church, concert venue and just start killing people and yet, we don’t have to imagine. It sparks a furious debate about … more
The year 2018 is just getting started, but it’s not too early to educate yourself on this year’s round of elections. If you think of election season as taking place when the leaves turn colors and football starts up in earnest, you are only … more
I was on the radio with Lee Rayburn recently and again an old adage came up, “Think globally, act locally.” Somewhere along the line I think this has been interpreted incorrectly. While I believe protest is a good thing for a society, without … more
Kathy Zahler   In 1991, the year I moved back to Tompkins County, Anita Hill challenged Clarence Thomas as he sat through Senate confirmation hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court. She accused him of sexual … more
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