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By Cosmo Genova Tompkins Weekly   I’ll start by shattering any semblance of feigned impartiality or journalistic pretense and just say it. I am rabidly passionate about and deeply involved in the topic of this month’s … 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
This week, we had the tragedy of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. With it came the seemingly never-ending discussions on guns and school safety. We heard the same old rhetoric from the gun lobby and its prepaid Congresspeople. Tom Reed included. We … 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
By Rachel Bogardus   I can totally relate to the Sour Patch Kids commercials- where you see the cute, little gummy do something utterly mischievous, but it’s too charming and sweet after for anyone to be mad. … more
Flu season. There is the thing with the high fever and the one with the low fever and the ugly cough. No one is getting out unscathed, it seems. Everywhere in the house, a child is coughing under the watchful eye of a feline. I joked with my oldest … more
By Erin Marteal Tompkins Weekly   “The first track is the end of a string.  At the far end, a being is moving; a mystery, dropping a hint about itself every so many feet, telling you more about itself until … more
By Cassandra Kent   Ithaca Families Gift Economy is a Facebook group that has expressed community to the fullest- the characteristic of helping each other when times are rough. IFGE welcomes Ithaca residents & those in the … more
Hidden deep within the Governor’s 2018-19 State Budget plan is a new two percent cap on increases to Building, Transportation, and BOCES aids, starting in 2019. These expense-driven aid caps would once again harm the neediest school districts in … more
We are a Climate Smart Community.  We can live close to our work, and enjoy our walkable city.  We can afford to live in the newest local green developments.  We can charge our electric cars. Who is we?  Clearly not all of us. … more
By Cosmo Genova Tompkins Weekly   If there is anything positive to be gleaned from the end of the hunting seasons, it is hopefully the fact that your freezer is stocked with game and fish to carry you through the rest of … more
By Hilary Lambert Steward/Executive Director, CLWN   It is a challenge to unify the administratively complex Cayuga Lake watershed for restoration, conservation, and protection. This 785-square mile watershed includes: … more
By Sandy Repp   “Strengthening Youth, Families and Communities” is a central part of Cooperative Extension’s mission. Many people know about 4-H clubs and programs that help youth acquire life … more
At last Saturday’s ‘State of the Village’ meeting, Trustee Rordan Hart repeatedly described the Village’s 2012 Zoning Ordinance as in need of just minor ‘tweaking’ to adjust ‘small stuff’. Whilst repeatedly using the word … more
My daughter, Prachi Ruina, wrote one of the pair of letters a few weeks ago, that called out the racial bias and lack of inclusion and casting in performing arts in the Ithaca city school district. Since those letters were published a group of … more
My dad died last week, from a glioblastoma. Cancerous brain tumor. Death, like childbirth, has its own elastic timeline. At hospice, all parties are allowed their dignity. When the nurses offered me a shawl, a more comfortable chair, and plied me … 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 am writing in response to the recent uprise of students and community members speaking out against the casting of the Hunchback of Notre Dame at Ithaca High School. Let me begin, by saying I am a white single parent of two very talented black … more
Rachel Bogardus   I was in a therapy session recently, overwhelmed by current life events, that are propelling me in directions I never anticipated. At that moment in time, I was feeling scared and unconfident, making it hard … more
How many people know the derivation and history of the “the n-word” and why it came to be used as an ethnic slur?  In this historic time, filled with extreme hate speech and overt acts of violence by white supremacists, neo Nazi groups … more
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