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Lent provides opportunity to eat a healthy diet

Letters March 1st marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness before launching his ministry.  The call to refrain from eating animals is as old as the Bible. InGenesis 1:29, God commands humans to eat only plants; then ProphetIsaiah predicts that “none will... 4:00pm 02/24/17

Rome-area farmer was a ‘Great American’

Letters I recently got news of the passing of Bill Von Matt, a lifelong dairy farmer in the Rome area. I was one of the people blessed to have known him. I met him in 1984 when I knocked on his door and asked if he needed any helpers on the farm. He took my number and to my surprise he called me about three months later. He put me to work on weekends doing feeding chores and hay... 4:00pm 02/22/17

Leaders must learn to live with criticism

Letters Any competent, mature leader of a democratic organization, whether it be a group, religion, community or nation, must learn to live with, and even appreciate, criticism. It is as important as the compliments one gets. It allows the leader to hear all sides of an issue, and explore options, thus arriving at decisions that are equitable and wise. Hopefully President Donald Trump... 4:00pm 02/18/17

Municipalities must examine shared services

Columnists Early this year, the sales tax review committee disbanded after meeting approximately five times. We find this to be extremely disappointing. We view the failure of the committee as a missed opportunity to make changes that are necessary for our county to be sustainable in the future. Let us be clear: Our disappointment does not lie solely in the fact that an agreement to... 4:00pm 02/11/17

Just so you know...

Letters The new Congress is already in session including all the recently elected House and Senate members that now constitute a decidedly GOP majority. House Republicans Claudia Tenney and Elise Stefanik represent R-21 and R-22, the major part of central New York including Oneida county. During the past week ending Jan 6th, as summarized in the Sentinel’s Voterama, Republicans are... 4:00pm 02/07/17