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Barbara Bush — A life well-lived

Editorials Anyone who doubts that Barbara Pierce Bush was a force in her own right never saw her speak live. On one occasion, at an event at Texas A&M University, where the crowd roared to life the moment the emcee said, “And here she is, the Silver Fox herself.” Mrs. Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, occupied that rarest of positions in American life: the wife of one president and the... 4:00pm 04/21/18

Letters to the Editor

Stop the name-calling in Utica hospital debate

Letters Families in the Mohawk Valley should be disgusted by the name calling and insider baseball happening with the downtown hospital debate. Last week we saw Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente unleash an unnecessary personal attack against Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. Congresswoman Tenney was only trying to point out the well documented secrecy that has been behind this... 4:00pm 04/24/18

Tenney deserves our support

Letters Congresswoman Claudia Tenney voted with President Trump to put more dollars in your paycheck. And to create more jobs in America. Now our economy is expanding. Unemployment is down. Consumer confidence is up. Tenney is a champion for small businesses and family farms. She defends our U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the 2nd Amendment, which protects jobs at Remington... 4:00pm 04/20/18

Downtown site for new Utica hospital a mistake

Letters Why would you want to put a hospital in downtown Utica near an event center, a proposed casino and in close proximity to a major railway? Could one feel safe in such an area?  What about traffic and parking at peak hours between venues? Health care is changing, Doctors are now opening their own surgical centers. The new hospital will do little to change anything other than... 4:00pm 04/12/18

Let’s get our priorities right

Letters Some things never seem to make sense. The city received funding to demolish the Rome Cable site. It would have been better to clear the old factories on East Dominick Street since that’s the area on which traffic enters our city from the east. Why not do the visible sites first? The more we hear of what’s going on the more we wonder about common sense. In conversations people... 4:00pm 04/07/18

Tabliod Tales

Today in History — April 24, 2018

Tabloid Tales Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 24, the 114th day of 2018. There are 251 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 24, 1800, Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress. On this date: In 1792, Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle began composing "War Song for the Rhine Army," later known as "La Marseillaise" (lah mahr-say-YEHZ'),... 4:00pm 04/24/18

Points of Pride

Training for disasters

Points of Pride The State Preparedness Center in the Town of Whitestown last week hosted hundreds of fire and rescue personnel who wanted to expand their skills at saving lives. Rome, Utica and Whitestown firefighters joined more than 400 rescue personnel from New York City, the New York National Guard and beyond in a five-day training exercise. Their goal? To learn how to work together in a... 4:00pm 04/23/18

Rome Hospital facility praised

Points of Pride At Rome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility, it’s the individual who is important. This resident-centered care philosophy is one important factor in creating the high quality environment that recently was saluted when the facility earned the highest five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare. Administrator Wendy... 4:00pm 04/16/18

It’s time for the spring cleanup of household waste

Points of Pride Despite the recent flurries, spring is in the air. So is the need to clear out that household hazardous waste that accumulated all winter. The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Utica reopened for its 26th season last week. That name is quite a mouthful, but our area should be proud to have such a successful and handy facility where... 4:00pm 04/09/18