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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 …

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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…

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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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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…

Community health is a field of public health that focuses on studying, protecting or improving health within a community. It does not focus on a group of people with the same shared characteristics, like age or diagnosis, but on all people within a geographical location or involved in the sp…

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JEFFERSON - Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at MacArthur Funeral Home, Stamford. A mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Sacred Heart Church, Stamford. Share condolences with the Volpe family online at www.macarthurfh.com.

WORCESTER - Born in the old country, Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy, Gaspare Stabile led a life full of adventure. His parents Giuseppe and Maria Cristina taught him a lot about the ways of the land, along with several uncles and cousins. At the age of 19, he emigrated to the United …