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Deb’s hero

April 8, 2016 In February of this year, I wrote a Guest Commentary regarding Deb Schmidt, who suffers from polysystic kidney disease. She has been on the waiting list for a kidney transplant for two years. more »»

Private property at risk

March 31, 2016 James Madison declared way back in 1792 that in America, “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort ... (and) ... to secure to every man whatever is his own.” That was the. more »»

What if? How Trump or Sanders could actually win the White House

March 26, 2016 The best polling and election data we have available right now — along with a common-sense review of the electoral map for November — all suggest that America’s political system is once again on... more »»

Beauty, horror and power of poetry

March 25, 2016 In middle school, I hated poetry — the memorizing, standing in front of the class reciting, my knees quaking. more »»

From New York Newspapers

March 25, 2016 The Niagara Gazette on the opioid antidote Narcan now being made available without a prescription in the Niagara region - March 20 - We are cautiously optimistic about the recent availability of th... more »»

What’s in your water? If only you knew

March 24, 2016 If you’re like me, you had two responses to the news of lead-laced water in Flint, Michigan. more »»

American fascism?

March 22, 2016 As Donald Trump gets closer to capturing the Republican presidential nomination, the success of his candidacy has revealed the ugly underbelly of intolerance and hate in this country. more »»

Clinton will almost certainly win

March 21, 2016 Last week’s primary results couldn’t have been scripted more perfectly for former first lady, former New York senator and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton. more »»

Missing a lost mother

March 19, 2016 “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” — William Penn. --- Outside my window, the golden light of March dapples the ground. more »»

To help democracy, we need to shed light on major donors

March 18, 2016 It was a close election year in 2002 in Wisconsin. A late barrage of commercials may have made the difference for the party that won the governor’s office and control of the legislature. more »»

Drastic change in federal culture needed to end suppression of information

March 17, 2016 Last year, when Environmental Protection Agency staff members knew there were bigger problems with the Flint, Michigan, water supply than the agency was saying, they were under orders not to... more »»

True disclosure demands full accountability

March 16, 2016 With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly articulated the value of disclosure and transparency to the health of our democracy. more »»

The significance of a great coffee shop and the rebirth of downtown

March 15, 2016 The impact of coffee on people of all cultures is well documented. more »»

Poof — and it’s gone!

March 15, 2016 What if you send a selfie and add some scribbled text, and find out later that it was a mistake and got into the wrong hands? What if a government official wants to send an important message, maybe... more »»

Ten Commandments for Open Meetings

March 14, 2016 “I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air.” The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” — a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the great outdoors. more »»

Feeding frack waste to our kids

March 14, 2016 Five years ago, 420,000 gallons of oil field wastewater engulfed the Johnson ranch in Crossroads, New Mexico. more »»

Bernie’s moment

March 11, 2016 This week, Bernie Sanders finally achieved what many of his supporters believed all along: He became a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nominatio. more »»

Being patient on Lake Flower beach

March 11, 2016 I want to write this commentary to let everyone (community and world) know that this effort to bring the Lake Flower beach back is one that has been made (or tried) several times since the propertie... more »»

From New York Newspapers

March 11, 2016 The Gloversville Leader-Herald on how New York state is spending too much money promoting tourism to Canadians, March 6 - New York state plans to spend $500,000 to promote New York’s winter tourism... more »»

Fun(eral) with fentanyl and its friends

March 10, 2016 They always look like they’re staring a million miles off, into infinity. They have a sleepy, detached stare. It’s so frustrating because they’re beyond being reasoned with. more »»



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