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World Series of Bocce shows community pride

Editorials It’s that time of year again — when hundreds of visitors arrive in Rome, ready to spock and roll and take part in a one-of-a-kind sporting event. The World Series of Bocce is more than just a competition of the ages-old game, it is a celebration of our city’s unique heritage, our community spirit and our shared sense of togetherness. This year’s event features a record number... 4:00pm 07/14/18

Transparency in donations

Editorials Once upon a time, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, incumbents and challengers disagreed over the value of limits on campaign funding and spending, but they agreed (publicly, at least) on the need for attribution and accountability. There was broad-based agreement that the names of individuals and, later, corporations and unions should be clearly stated... 4:00pm 07/12/18

Care and caution on the farm

Editorials Let’s keep our farms safe for kids. Here are some tips to help avoid tragedies this summer as outlined recently in the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Messenger: According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Given agriculture’s central role in New York’s... 4:00pm 07/11/18

Divided views on America’s path

Editorials Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion can change the government.” -- Abraham Lincoln. In 1856, when Lincoln made that statement in a speech, there was no such thing as an ethic of fairness, objectivity or responsibility in the news media. Many newspapers tended to support a certain political party of belief. America is now in a similar... 4:00pm 07/10/18

Don’t let the (Honor America Days) parade pass you by

Editorials Friday’s news that the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and its Honor America Days Committee has extended the deadline to accept applications for the annual parade is welcome news. In just a few short weeks — Saturday, July 28 to be exact — the annual parade and concert on the lawn of the Fort Stanwix National Monument will help transform and unify our community. This year’s... 4:00pm 07/07/18