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I grew up in Wells Bridge, New York, where at the time, it seemed there were more cows in Wilber’s barn than there were people in all of town. When I was young, we would walk to the general store for a Popsicle, or if you were a weirdo like my little brother, you would grab giant dill pickle…

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It apparently began when some communist spinster in Wuhan Province sat down to bat soup. Bats in southern China are swarming with the disease. Bats have weak immune systems, and yet they are gregarious. The virus churns in their guts and develops into superviruses. Meanwhile, some others say…

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I remember my mother telling me about when she was a kid in the late 1930s and early 1940s, how she and her family would gather in the living room of her Brooklyn home to listen to President Franklin Roosevelt deliver his famous “Fireside Chats.”

Your response to this unprecedented threat has been overwhelmingly supportive and helpful — but certainly not surprising. For the most part, we Oneontans tend to be individualistic, entrepreneurial, diverse, opinionated and outspoken — characteristics that make this community a lively one an…

Coronavirus made me feel like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Feelings of anger and guilt lined the book shelves of my heart; feelings of worry poked holes in the padding of my chair; fear knocked those volumes off their shelves, and feelings of paralysis left them there on the floor at my feet.

What is the Bill of Rights? Are these “rights” simply the first 10 of a longer list of other amendments? Or, do they harbor something more transcending? It is well known that the Bill of Rights is broadly considered a list of “rights.” But what does that mean? Can they, or should they, ever …

The term “postcolonialism” is bandied about a lot. Defined as, “a theoretical approach in various disciplines that is concerned with the lasting impact of colonization in former colonies,” it typically takes into account only those of Britain and America. The former colonies of England inclu…

We encounter it almost every day in the news. A leader in our society from politics, sports, entertainment or even our church is found to have seriously compromised the ordinary standards of ethical or moral behavior. Often when confronted, the individual’s defense is, “I have done nothing i…

Local press coverage of city events and meetings often focuses on things that I, or the council members, are doing and saying. Rarely is there adequate recognition of those who are do the work to keep us safe, rebuild our infrastructure, provide services and support our local businesses. Whi…

For decades, the nation’s media have covered, and amplified, the controversies of rap music, from the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that framed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, to last year’s murder of Los Angeles rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

I didn’t get into documentary filmmaking on purpose. I stumbled in, and didn’t get out. It’s a lifelong school of hard knocks. You can try acting holier-than-thou to your brethren in Hollywood, but at the end of the day you have mostly maxed out your credit cards or your dad’s.

The Otsego County Energy Task Force initiative led by Meg Kennedy and Michelle Farwell of the Otsego County Board of Representatives is a positive initiative for our county. The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce supports this work and is proud to be part of the task force, in which I serve a…

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WAPPINGERS FALLS - It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Janet Lucille Cohen on April 3, 2020. She was born in Plattsburgh, on April 11, 1949, the daughter of the late Jud and Jane Lancto. She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Cohen, who she married on May 23,…