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I don’t know about you, but I remember an era, not that long ago, when books were banned. We were forced to find secretive ways to read books like “Catcher in the Rye” and … more
  WASHINGTON - Whose rights matter? As the Supreme Court grapples with when to intervene in an ongoing case and when to hold back, it slings around a lot of impartial-sounding legal jargon: … more
  The Virginia election of Republican Glenn Youngkin and Winsome Sears as governor and lieutenant governor, respectively, provides a great opportunity for the GOP if they will seize the … more
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2022. There are 319 days left in the year.   Today in History: On Feb. 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female … more
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the one you love. Feb. 14 is traditionally a day to give roses, cards and boxes of chocolate to spouses, sweethearts or close friends. The day is named for a … more
On Feb. 1 the Rome Planning Board met at City Hall to discuss a new subdivision. Due to COVID restrictions, the building was closed to the public. The people from Seaboard Solar Co. who want to build … more
The City of Oneida wants to charge landlords $150 for inspections on their rental units, possibly cutting the cost to $75. There should be no cost. Our property taxes are staggering. There should be … more
I am writing you today to express my growing dismay over how little the United States Senate and House of Representatives accomplished in 2021. My primary concern is the shameful disregard our … more
The nearly foot of snow that greeted Rome residents when they awoke Friday morning may have been unwelcome for many — but it was not an unwelcome surprise. Forecasters with the National Weather … more
I support it because it is comprehensive. It covers medical, dental, vision, hearing, and mental health care. I support it because it provides long-term care and support services. I support it … more
Deaths on American roads had been falling since the 1970s, but that trend reversed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the U.S. Department of Transportation has set a new goal: zero traffic … more
BOONVILLE — We heard some good news recently coming out of Boonville with the new ownership of the landmark Hulbert House saying that applications are being accepted for furnished efficiencies and … more
With all the recent conservative hype about banning the teaching of “Critical Race Theory,” preventing the teaching of “any subject that could distress a student about the role of their … more
If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall. If you’re getting a lot of robocalls trying to sell you something, odds are the calls are illegal. … more
Over the past five years the use of epoxy resin has increased, creating an exorbitant amount of waste going into our planet and posing health risks. Epoxy resin is a durable substance that can be … more
The Old Erie Canal is in desperate need of cleanup and repair. As the bicentennial of the canal is upon us, we should consider the opportunity to restore it. A cleaner canal would attract tourists, … more
Across the country there has been a realization that it may be time to take another look at historical markers — those little signs we see dotting the landscape with a paragraph or two explaining … more
One of Rome’s most dedicated public servants throughout the years, Police Chief Kevin Beach, is retiring from office.  As Rome’s first ward councilman, I have worked professionally with Chief … more
It’s been a long time since we’ve had good news in the battle against the COVID-19 virus, but Friday’s numbers from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office are welcome. The latest statistics say that for … more
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The month is dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking, otherwise known as modern slavery. The FBI has identified 14 … more
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