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I was very concerned after hearing about the decision that was made by the Board of Directors of the Ava Dorfman Senior Center. I sent a letter to Ms. Susan Streeter and the board. I received no … more
I am a 90-year-old widow who has to use the Office of the Aging for rides to doctor offices and lab work. I recently called for a ride and found out they are short-handed due to the retirement of … more
“Our economy is always changing,” was stated by County Executive Anthony Picente in his State of the County address. Once again the focus is on Utica concerning the downtown hospital and the … more
We recently witnessed a horrific fire disaster in the core of our community.  Multiple businesses; a veteran’s home, went up in flames. We, collectively, need to pause for a moment, in humbled … more
Recently the New York Democratic legislature along with the blessings of our Democratic governor voted to allow the killing of babies and then had the audacity to stand up and cheer like they had … more
I’m a longtime resident of this little village called Oriskany, New York. Been here for 60 years and have seen a lot of things happen in this village of 1,400 people. Taxpayers and village board … more
There are many who are questioning the need to build a whole new YMCA rather than upgrading the current building. The most prevalent answer to this question appears to be the limited parking at the … more
Gov Andrew Cuomo shrugged off criticism from Roman Catholic leaders about excommunication from the church due to his support of the new abortion law. As a Catholic he stated he doesn’t govern or … more
I agree that we do have a border problem. But that problem should not be fixed with a wall. It needs to be fixed by spending what it takes to strengthen whatever processing that we call it, be it … more
By working together in a bipartisan manner, members of the Senate and House of Representatives united to pass The Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act in December. It … more
In 1995 our special needs son Paul was graduating from RFA. At that time, not knowing where he was heading, Chris Destito took a chance and hired him to work in the kitchen at the Inn at the Beeches. … more
Last week there was a small article in the paper announcing a new gender option on birth certificates for residents in New York City. That new gender option is “X”, or, undesignated. Based on the … more
The recent announcement regarding the closing of the Beeches took my wife and me off our feet! It was so upsetting to us that I felt compelled to sit down and write this letter. We have such a … more
News of the Beeches closing is sad news. It holds fond memories for many. Perhaps Rome, New York could act on one of those memories. Remember the gift from its sister city, Rome Italy, the statue of … more
Community engagement is a huge piece of what we do. We’re not just teachers, teaching assistants, secretaries, etc. — we’re public figures and we need to be seen by our community as people who … more
The YMCA is preparing plans to move to a location along Floyd Avenue, building a new facility from scratch, with the city taking a role in redeveloping the old facility into a mixed-use facility or a … more
The talk around Rome is the building of a new elementary school located on Turin Street, where the original RFA stood. After investing money into Staley, the school district decides to trash it. Once … more
One of Rome’s long-standing treasures is the John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance. Make no mistake of the influence Stephan and Shauna Jackson have made on the youth of our community. All who have … more
A final word on leaf collection? Fault on both sides. The city can’t wait for some certain date to collect leaves, when they are piled up for days, harvest them instead of waiting for them to blow … more
Anthony Brindisi, along with the new Democratic House majority, does have the opportunity to find effective policies to deal with the persistent problems that afflict our country — and they need to … more
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