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Worthwhile FOIL bill on Governor’s desk

Editorials The State Assembly and Senate have overwhelmingly approved legislation to amend the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to encourage agencies to better comply with that statute. The bill, now on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk, deserves to be signed. The change would give a court discretionary authority to award attorney fees to a member of the public when the court finds the... 4:00pm 12/08/17

Letters to the Editor

Upstate Citizens lament Supreme Court decision

Letters The Supreme Court of the United States this week denied petitions for certiorari filed by the citizen group Upstate Citizens for Equality, Inc. (UCE) and the Town of Vernon challenging the federal government’s power to take sovereign state land into trust for an Indian tribe. While you probably don’t know or care about land being taken into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation... 4:00pm 12/01/17

New Year: A time for forgiveness

Letters As another year passes we need to reflect on the blessing each of us received. The world is definitely changing and not always in a good way. Life as we knew it has changed dramatically due to the corruption, hatred, greed and society is living in bondage to social media. Families and friendships are being destroyed because of political differences. Let the coming new year be... 4:00pm 11/29/17

Vulnerable people deserve better

Letters To the Editor: The recent publicity about a group home in Rome where a resident was found with an infestation of maggots in his throat, and the job terminations and felony indictments of two caretakers at a Webster, N.Y., group home for allegedly causing the death of a resident by rough treatment are reminders of the need for reforms. They are needed not just in group homes... 4:00pm 11/18/17

Tabliod Tales

Today in History — Dec. 8, 2017

Tabloid Tales Today is Friday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2017. There are 23 days left in the year. On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this date: In 1765, Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. In 1813, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A... 4:00pm 12/08/17

Points of Pride

Persistence pays off

Points of Pride There’s a unique company in Sherrill. And President Trump knows it. Thanks to the persistence of Rep. Claudia Tenney, the president plans to buy for his own table a set of Sherrill Manufacturing’s Liberty Tabletop brand flatware. The Sherrill firm is the last manufacturer of flatware in the United States. From what we gather, it wasn’t easy, but Rep. Tenney approached the... 4:00pm 12/04/17

Comets score over Thanksgiving

Points of Pride We should all raise our hockey sticks, without fear of penalty, to salute the Utica Comets players, coaches and staff who delivered 250 turkeys and other Thanksgiving treats to the Rescue Mission of Utica. The Comets, besides providing terrific hockey, have been active in our community and have spread a lot of good will. They should be congratulated. The turkeys were purchased... 4:00pm 11/27/17

They’re about hope and transforming lives

Points of Pride Capts. Alan and Amanda Krueger are the new leaders of the Rome Salvation Army Citadel, and they have brought with them enthusiasm, optimism and a commitment to serve others to the halls of the charitable and religious organization. They embrace the Rome Corps’ mission to try and provide services and programs to high-risk individuals and families, as well as minister to those... 4:00pm 11/20/17