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Summer is back! And so are our community festivals. Take part and show your support. After last year’s closures and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are eager to get out and … more
Our nation is a federation of states, designed by the founders with checks and balances so that it is obliged to move slowly and cautiously into the future. Why? Because too often there is a cost to … more
Many on the radical left who claim to encourage discussions undermine them with rhetorical ploys that schools seldom teach students to defend against. That matters more now that activists seem bent … more
To be worthwhile, history needs to be taught as a body of knowledge students can explore for value on their way to reach their full potential as individuals. Instead, authorities that control school … more
Recent rain has left more than puddles and swollen creeks. Heavy showers have also created ideal breeding habitats for mosquitoes. And while most Americans consider mosquitoes to be nothing more than … more
While the pandemic seems to be subsiding, thunderstorms and hurricanes may be the last thing anyone wants to consider. But the 2021 hurricane season, June 1 through Nov. 30, started Tuesday; and a … more
For more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the health care issue that has been on everyone’s mind. It is understandable since it has been about 100 years since the world has faced a … more
Businesses looking for people to work is reality. No matter the reasons behind the worker shortage, it is affecting service and even businesses’ ability to operate at all. Some fear government … more
As the heavy summer travel months approach, the County Health Department  and the Sheriff’s Department will host two car-seat safety events this month.The events will take place on Wednesday, … more
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to the summer boating season, and this past week is National Safe Boating Week. Let’s make the upcoming warm-weather months safe ones on the Empire … more
Many insect enthusiasts across the country are near to being serenaded by the song of the cicada, a large, ugly insect that chases children from playgrounds but is manna for birds and squirrels, bats … more
Advocates of single-payer state-run healthcare claim that the state can lobby for better rates for you. Not really. In practice, the state lobbies for what it wants, not necessarily what you want or … more
The battle against COVID-19 may well have been the world’s greatest challenge since World War II, and just as life after the war was not the same as it was before, life after the coronavirus is … more
Residents across the state have the opportunity today to participate in their local school district elections. They will have the ability to chose members to serve on the district’s Board of … more
There has been an audible sigh of relief following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement on Thursday that it was recommending eased mask-wearing guidance for fully … more
Don’t be fooled by the format of Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.’s first ever State of the County address in video format: That reality is simply a sign of the new normal in the … more
We seldom quibble when it comes to organizations or individuals operating out of “an abundance of caution.” It is an approach that is often prudent, saving needless injury, harm or heartache. But … more
Capitalism provides rules and structure politics lacks. Leftist politicians don’t like that. Without the independent check that our mostly free market capitalism provides, little is left that can … more
This past Monday the Senate Codes Committee held a virtual hearing on several bills of concern to legal gun owners and those who value the Constitution. S.1192A would require people who possess a … more
In a brazen exercise of DoubleThink during his speech to Congress, President Joe Biden claimed, “It’s time we remembered that ‘We the People’ are the government. You and I.” He reverses the … more
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