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According to an April 2021 L.A. Times article, “political engagement by young Americans has surged to a historically high level.” Locally, 20-something elected officials and political organizers are proving that true.

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Educated people and those who have been brought up on the internet are challenging expert advice. They think that they know everything. Even though they may know a little bit about many things through the internet, they still do not have the knowledge and wisdom gained by the experts through…

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Growing up is scary. I’m not sure how it couldn’t be scary unless of course, one has their life all planned out and is following a step-by-step plan for each and every day. This school year marks my time as a junior at Oneonta High. With that being said, it also starts the college visit and …

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As we move through our brief time on Earth, we experience a broad range of emotions — joy, sorrow, anger, excitement and anxiety, among others. Occasionally, we are enveloped by a single, strong emotion; more often, we experience multiple emotions at once. “Daddy,” says my nearly 5-year-old …

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For local fire departments and emergency medical squads, shifting cultural values, shrinking memberships and decreasing recruitment are making a hard job harder.

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On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was at work in Oneonta when a co-worker, on her day off, called the office to say that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. When we learned that it hadn’t been an accident and we were under attack, my first thought was of my four adult children: “Where …

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Photos of children with dogs can be heart-melting, as we associate this partnership of young innocence with peoples’ most popular companion animals. The pictures are so heartwarming that any parent of young children wants to have those same type of photos of their family. Although the match …

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Last year, the Schoharie County Office for the Aging entered into a contract with the consulting group Pathfinders to have it look into gaps in services. We specifically had the group focus on the continuum of care to see if our county would benefit from a Respite and Social Adult Day Center…

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Many of us were surprised when it was reported that American comedian Bill Cosby was released from prison after winning his appeal at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Although the story broke over a month ago, it provides an interesting discussion as so many different legal issues were at pla…

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On my birthday, my son and his wife sent me Steven Pinker’s book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.” The book got rave reviews from scholars and general readers from all walks of life. Even Bill Gates regarded it as “My favorite book of all time.” I was…

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After a pandemic-induced hiatus, fairs in the are returning this summer and, organizers said, folks are excited.

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Traveling with our pets has become a routine option as pet restrictions on planes, cruise lines, hotels and restaurants have lightened up considerably in the past 10 years. Although travel with pets can feel like the best solution because of our close-knit bond, separation anxiety and availa…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that 70% of all adults in the state have been vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Reaching this milestone has allowed New York state to lift all state-mandated restrictions on commercial businesses, social settings, sports and recreatio…

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A few years ago, I did a yoga session on Waikiki Beach with a number of students. We followed our routine of physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation on our favorite beach facing the blue ocean with its white waves. After the exercises, we decided to go to Lulus’ across the stre…

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With multiple COVID-19 vaccines now offering hope for a return to normal life, it’s not surprising that opinions about their safety and appropriate use have sprung up on all sides. And now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use in older children, parents have the tough job of sepa…

It’s a startling rate but anywhere from 40% to 80% of people experience back pain in their lifetime. About 30% of people have back pain in any given month. Risk factors for developing back pain include a history of previous back pain episodes, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, depression and p…

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It seems to me that summer has arrived, and somewhat ahead of schedule this year. I’m no meteorologist, of course, so don’t hold me to my word if it’s incorrect. Either way, the warm weather and the sunny days have recently coincided with a few different milestones in my life.

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For some, wanderlust is where it’s at. Increasingly, couples and families are eschewing the trappings of home and property ownership for the ease of life on wheels.

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There are going to be many more opportunities to travel this summer than there were last summer. Although there are restrictions still in place and safety protocols are necessary, traveling this summer is possible.

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Every year, May is recognized nationally as Older Americans Month. This is an opportunity for us to recognize some outstanding people in our communities for the incredible ways they give back. This year’s Older Americans Month theme is aptly titled “Communities of Strength,” recognizing the …

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