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As the season of giving approaches, it is easy to get caught up in the minutia of planning the perfect decorations, meals, and gifts, rather than focusing on the spirit of giving. It is so easy to … more
About three dozen people gathered in Myers Park on a cold Sunday afternoon to walk a prayerful mile in a refugee’s shoes, to support a more humane federal immigration policy, and to support … more
Standing in the kitchen of the First Presbyterian Church of Dryden to stay out of the fray, Aiden Payne sounded almost robotic in her calculations. “We have 89 baskets for families with four or … more
When Groton High School alumna, Kayla Lyon ’08, moved to Groton during the sixth grade, she certainly had no way of knowing that she would become the director of her new school’s junior … more
Although he was born and raised in Newfield, Bill Hulbert has made Groton his home since 2001, and couldn’t be happier about that. During the summer of 2017, Hulbert discovered his artistic … 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
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 Jamie Swinnerton Tompkins Weekly   The Ithaca area has a lot to offer theatergoers of many persuasions, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for growth. A new kind of theater company is coming to Ithaca … 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   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 Jamie Swinnerton Tompkins Weekly   When a group of students confronted the Ithaca High School performing arts department about what they argue was racist casting, the story was picked up by national news … 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
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