LETTER: Responds to recent articles regarding immigration

To the Editor: My grandfather Albert Joseph Bialek came to the United States from Poland {Galicia} in 1910. Per the Ellis Island website he boarded the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse in Bremen, Germany {formerly Prussia}. He had just completed his service in the Austrian Army. Poland at that time was divided into three spheres […]

LETTER: Thank you to all our Election Day inspectors

To the Editor:

While much of election administration operates largely behind the scenes, Election Day Inspectors are very much out front on Election Day working directly with voters. Election Day Inspectors work hard to make sure people are in the correct polling place, help voters with registration, and take the needed steps to ensure voters […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Our Friend, The Republican Party I was a registered Republican for many years. It was a slow epiphany, but over a year ago I realized I wasn’t leaving the Republican Party, it had left me. So I made the clean break and dropped my registration. Why did I do this? At […]

LETTER: An open letter to the community

To the Editor: Many of us spent last week preparing for SuperBowl Sunday. We ordered our meat, veggie or fruit trays. We chose our favorite drinks, planned our appetizers, picked out our chips and dip. But what we may have forgotten are the less fortunate, the hungry in our community who must make difficult […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Folks, it’s not a One and Done

By Bill Mayers

I’ve been so proud of my daughters and granddaughters. On the day of the massive women’s march on Washington, three of them participated in a supportive gathering in Ithaca. The others supported the event in multiple ways, from writing letters to calling their senators and […]

COLUMN: A Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

America’s Greatness: Wood Thumps Trump

By Hobie Morris

My beautiful wife Lois and I are humbled by a unique opportunity of living a unique life completely foreign to Americans in 2017. A way of life that is extremely hard but with amazing rewards of incalculable beauty and benefits. We live in the […]

STIRPE: Governor’s proposals reflect commitment to investment in education, infrastructure and jobs

Al Stirpe

This past week, the governor made a number of proposals in his State of the State address in Syracuse. Among the issues he discussed was the need to invest in education, infrastructure and local manufacturing, all priorities I strongly support.

They say education is the great equalizer, but that’s only true when […]

LETTER: Combat teen smoking

To the Editor:

My daughter goes to Holy Cross Academy in Oneida. She is a part of a group called Reality Check. Reality Check is a New York state youth-run group against the tobacco industry and how they market their products to children using animals, bright colors and large displays in a child’s view.

Did […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

What Have We Wrought? Part II: Trump, by his actions we know him; by your actions we know you A recent Trump tweet provides a continuing clue to his style. Sen. Charles Schumer warned that repealing Obamacare would “Make America Sick Again.” Trump responded via Twitter that Schumer is the democrats’ […]

COLUMN: There is strength in numbers

It doesn’t matter what your industry is or what business you’re in….. support is key! Support from like-minded people can help you achieve success.

In 1997, area chambers of commerce established the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley in a collaborative effort to represent and promote the interests of chambers of commerce in our region. […]

LETTER: How will an ACA repeal affect Upstate NY hospitals?

To the Editor:

This week, Congress continued to unveil parts of their strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act. There appears to be universal agreement among policy insiders, lawmakers and the general public that replacing the legislation is a complex issue and may take years. But is anyone asking the question: how will an ACA […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

What Have We Wrought? Part I: Trump and the Constitution Commenting on the recent presidential election, Tess Rafferty wrote, “I tried to be polite, but now I just don’t give a damn, because let’s be honest, we don’t live in polite America anymore. We live in ‘grab ‘em by the p****’ […]