Fact-checking journalists lean left, as Mark Hemingway documented in a canonical Washington Examiner analysis that is just as valid today as when it was published in 2011. But as John F. Kennedy once said, when asked why he wasn’t supported by an odoriferous Massachusetts Democrat, “sometime…
I had spent a great deal of time living and teaching in India and the USA, the world’s two largest democracies. However, I had always wished to see the communist republics of USSR and China.
A film “featurette,” shot in Cooperstown, turned out to be influential in starting Little League baseball in the village in 1949.
Because of the investigation led by three University of South Florida researchers, and because of exemplary journalism by the Tampa Bay Times, we now have an intensely discomforting but welcome enrichment of American literature. It requires artistry to write beautifully about children suffer…
I had high hopes for Wikipedia. Having grown up with the Encyclopedia Britannica, I knew that its articles combined a fulsome array of factoids — at least, those accepted in the historical moment in which its entries were written — with a literary flair that gave the reader a three-dimension…
Chances are, if you live in a city, Uber and Lyft have changed your life. Even my 74-year-old mother now semi-frequently uses Uber to get around — this, a woman with whom I once spent 45 minutes on the telephone, trying to coach her through minimizing a window on her desktop.
Whether it was horror movies for the big screen, or new homes on a hillside, local men young and adult were making things happen during the summer of 1964.
For kids and adults alike locally, the summer of 1934 was one filled with heroes, villains, and a time to use the imagination.
In the summer of 1954, our area was bidding farewell to a traditional form of communication, while new forms were getting their starts — some now considered outmoded or obsolete.
In advertising, it is said that most of us need to see something seven times before becoming fully aware of it. My wife, Connie, would likely say, in my case, 17 times might be more accurate. In retrospect, it did take me much longer than it should have to realize the potential economic and …
Before she was a Nobel Prize winner, before her books had been blessed by Oprah and critics and President Barack Obama, Toni Morrison was concerned about the fate of writing.
Last year, the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency and Sen. Jim Seward met behind closed doors with the president of NYSEG. They cooked up plans for a new pipeline to be paid for by you, NYSEG’s customers. Instead of replacing a 25-mile segment of 8-inch pipe from Norwich with a 10-i…
Leisure time was beginning to get less in August 1924 as school returns approached, so local residents of younger years were enjoying life at camp, playing tennis or time on a mountain top.
The image of an elephant was first used as a Republican symbol during the Civil War (when “seeing the elephant” was an expression used by soldiers to mean experiencing combat). It took hold as a GOP symbol when Thomas Nast, considered the father of the modern political cartoon, used it in an…
“It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.”
Nationalism has a bad name. For many Americans, mention of the word summons up visions of Hitler and Nazism. Some condemn nationalism as thoughtless bragging that your nation is better than others, which should be discouraged just as second graders are told not to brag, lest they hurt classm…
ALBANY — Walk into New York's state Capitol building — yes, that massive stone fortress where scores of politicians act on legislation — and you'll first have to pass through a metal detector and have your briefcase X-rayed as you are being watched by armed state troopers and an array of sec…
It was a remarkable 13 hours in American history. A mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, taking nine lives was overshadowed by a massacre in El Paso, Texas, costing 22.
There couldn’t have been a much better place to gauge sentiment toward the Major League Baseball strike of 1994 than Cooperstown.
Nothing unites Democrats more than a deep belief that President Trump must be driven from office. And right now, nothing divides Democrats more than finding the best way to bring this about.
WASHINGTON — The picture that spoke far more words than former special counsel Robert Mueller uttered during last week’s hearings was taken by renowned photographer David Hume Kennerly.
New York's criminal justice system has some 900 professionals who are unsung heroes — the parole officers who monitor offenders released into the community.
The Otsego County Chamber regularly hosts CEO roundtables around the county for small business owners and CEOs of our for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to raise the legal smoking age in New York from 18 to 21 years. The change takes effect in a couple of months.
Business in Oneonta was starting to crawl west of Church Street, while a local chain of grocery stores got bigger, and a bank in Fleischmanns experienced an early dose of the upcoming Great Depression.
WASHINGTON — Acting on the principle “Why put it off until tomorrow when you can do the wrong thing today?” the House of Representatives last week voted to repeal a tax that is not scheduled to take effect until 2022.
Last winter, I found myself in a hospital intensive care unit for three days. I was hooked onto all kinds of boxes, bags and bleeping machines. Stuck in the bed, I watched a lot of bad TV. The people who came into my room became my only contact with the human world. At least half were immigr…
A good friend of mine feels that President Trump is a racist, but he’s a bit lacking on specifics. He mentions the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests, and that Trump stated that there were good and bad people on both sides of the Confederate flag and monument issue.
(THE CONVERSATION) — As I spoke recently with colleagues at a conference in Florence, Italy, about health care innovation, a fundamental truth resurfaced in my mind: the U.S. health care industry is just that. An industry, an economic force, Big Business, first and foremost. It is a vehicle …
Some were ending their jobs while others were getting started. Some jobs that were common in 1954 are a rarity in 2019. Some jobs were just amazing to watch.
Another historic Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is now in the books. Maybe a record for a crowd size, maybe a record for the heat and maybe even a record for the fun and excitement that so defines this wonderful Cooperstown experience.
New York's summer of 2019 will be recalled for two fiascos — plans for the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock rock festival and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Sometimes, when I re-read a favorite book or re-watch a good movie or even when I’m just listening to a great song from the past, I discover a new meaning that I never before realized was intended, implied or possible.
If California Sen. Kamala Harris is elected president in 2020 and reelected in 2024, by the time she leaves office 114 months from now she might have a coherent answer to the question of whether Americans should be forbidden to have what 217 million of them currently have: private health ins…
While scrolling through Facebook the other day, I saw a friend post about how she loved one of the traditions we had in our small town — the Fourth of July weekend Firemen’s Field Days.
This Week's Circulars
ONEONTA-The life of Jean Marion Eichenberger Manley will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center's atrium, 24 Market St., Oneonta.
- Propane tanker crash near Hobart kills driver
- Delhi man dies in motorcycle crash
- UPDATE: Franklin child found after search
- Former Cooperstown teacher pleads guilty to child pornography charges
- Driver identified in propane truck crash
- Artists celebrate Bainbridge with 100-foot mural
- Oneonta State student found dead off-campus Saturday
- Two arrested in Worcester drug bust
- Police Blotter: Aug. 21, 2019
- Police Blotter: Aug. 23, 2019