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Underneath the clash and clang of controversy over presidential impeachment, public policy and personal initiative can slowly and seemingly imperceptibly improve life in America. That was the case two decades ago, amid the swirling arguments over the mostly party line impeachment of then-Pre…

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the wisdom …

Celebrating 70 years of Communist Party rule, Chinese leader Xi Jinping stood in the open sunroof of a Red Flag limousine and shouted, “Greetings, comrades,” to the masses below. Xi wore a Mao-style suit to his giant military parade, which featured a missile that could carry 10 nuclear warhe…

New York is home to more than 4,000 dairy farms. Our dairy cows and the dairy farmers who care for them are an important part of our rural communities. They provide nutritious food for our families, help support local businesses that keep our economies alive, and care for the beautiful open …

In politics and in government, when unwritten practiced procedures are accepted historically as de facto rules of the road they eventually come to be regarded as established norms. They gain respect and acquire importance because of their smooth and continued usefulness. They preserve what h…

WASHINGTON — The dilemma facing House Democrats is captured by one of the most internally contradictory phrases in American legal history. In the very muddy language of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, they need to proceed “with all deliberate speed.”

With the 2020 presidential contest stirring up abortion rights battles, it is illuminating to note a new report that shows how significantly the numbers of reported abortions have plunged. This comes as a wave of abortion restrictions have been passed by conservative state legislatures.

Congress needs to learn to do a better job of writing laws. That’s my conclusion after reviewing the legal debate over whether the Supreme Court should renounce the Chevron doctrine it unanimously promulgated (with three justices not participating) back in 1984.

The Otsego County Chamber participated in the New York State Inaugural Apprenticeship Summit, and we are excited to share information with our businesses in the region on Apprenticeship opportunities.

Two days after my 70th birthday, I became a grandfather for the second time. It was a little baby girl entering the world at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, with deep blue eyes and more hair than her grandpa. She is named Charlotte Susan Pinkey. Charlie for short. I like that.

I’ve been called many things in my life, some with a germ of truth and some with a full-blown head cold. But my favorite occurred in 2003, when the late New York Post editor and MSNBC editor in chief, Jerry Nachman, welcomed me on his show as “the so-called father of reality TV.”

HONG KONG — Lee Cheuk-yan, unlike most Americans, remembers and reveres Lane Kirkland, a hero of the first Cold War. During 16 years as leader of the AFL-CIO, 1979-1995, Kirkland gave crucial support, both material and moral, to Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement in Poland, where it was…

My Facebook feed often carries pictures of children whom I don’t know and, in the case of sonograms, who aren’t even born yet. They are strangers to me, albeit cute strangers. If I’m very close to the sender, I’ll respond in a private message, “That’s the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen,”…

The White House's announcement Wednesday that it was planning a ban on flavored e-cigarettes is a welcome move from an adminstration that has been reluctanct to check the burgeoning growth of an industry based on addiction.

Listening to the latest discussion about a potential change in the timing of New York's 2020 presidential primary is akin to observing a tennis match — in which Governor Andrew Cuomo takes on himself.

WASHINGTON — It has become a habit to scold Democratic voters who say that electability is their standard in deciding whom to support for their party’s presidential nomination. Forecasts made hours before Election Day three years ago went spectacularly awry, so who can know what will happen …

Wars by the elites on the people are flaring in English-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s being waged fiercely in the Palace of Westminster House of Commons and in the House of Lords. And in the newsrooms and greenrooms of American journalism.

If you tie a baby elephant to a tree with a length of rope and keep it tied there while it grows to full size, all the while feeding it and catering to its perceived wants and needs, it will never realize that it has the ability — and the strength — to break the rope.

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WORCESTER - Melvin R. Force, 84, passed away at home on Oct. 13, 2019. He was born Sept. 21, 1935, in High Bridge, New Jersey, the son of Edgar and Elsie (Young) Force. Mel moved to Worcester from New Jersey in 1964. While in New Jersey he was a member of a country and western band. He also …

LAURENS - Ernest and Virginia Scott's graveside service will be at 11 a.m., Oct. 16, 2019, Schenevus Cemetery. Arrangements by Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta.

SOUTH NEW BERLIN - Lena Jane Savory Brooks of South New Berlin died peacefully with her family by her side on Oct. 11, 2019, following a short illness. Born Feb. 4, 1938, Lena spent her childhood in Guilford, one of nine children of Walter and Mildred (Hovey) Savory. Lena married Jerry Danie…