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You don’t really mean that you don’t like the way people protest, you mean you don’t understand what they’re protesting and that’s where we’ll start.

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In the Sept. 9 'Ups and Downs' available in the printed edition of the Ithaca Times, we incorrectly stated that The Boatyard Grill “has been forced to close”? and "has temporarily closed" while the restaurant is sanitized and employees await test results. This was a statement made in error o…

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When I came on staff at the Ithaca Times, I never imagined that I’d be sitting at the helm, as I am today (our publishing day) addressing our expansive, quick-witted and community oriented readers to share my thoughts in anything other than a review here or there. In fact, a year ago, I neve…

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Mere weeks ago, I was sitting in a meeting room in Enfield, New York, listening to a parade of speakers berate the local Town Board over its decision to take the Pledge of Allegiance out of the official agenda. It’s the type of decision that is tailor-made for controversy in this era of the …

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Despite the stories of self-dealing coming out of Washington, I still respect the dedication and hard work the majority of our elected officials display. But Tom O’Mara (NY Senate 58th), the senator who represents Enfield, Ithaca, Newfield and Ulysses, is cut from a different cloth. In his n…

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The best description of the location of Ithaca was coined by then-Cornell President Frank Rhodes. “Ithaca,” he said, ‘is centrally isolated.” To understand the factors that support Ithaca’s unusual culture, you have to start with the fact that we are in the middle of beautiful rural lands an…

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This guest opinion is written by Molly Chiang, Architect with the Vecino Group. The Vecino Group is currently contending for the Green Street Garage redevelopment rights.?

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A?couple of months before I started my first “real” job in journalism – as the city hall correspondent for the Ithaca Journal – I was holding down a desk at The Cortland Standard, a quaint operation in a town where a phone call from the paper still always made people’s voices rise a couple notes.

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A couple of months before I started my first “real” job in journalism – as the city hall correspondent for the Ithaca Journal – I was holding down a desk at The Cortland Standard, a quaint operation in a town where a phone call from the paper still always made people’s voices rise a couple notes.

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Last week, the Ithaca Police Department said it would be pulling the plug on its Officer Next Door (OND) Program in West Village Apartments, an experiment in hyperlocal law enforcement some, at the time it was announced, thought would make some headway in reducing the amount of crime in West…

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Ithaca, March 7, 2018 – Tracy Mitrano, former Director of Information Technology Policy at Cornell, and now Ithaca’s presumptive Democratic frontrunner to oppose Republican Congressman Tom Reed, reintroduced herself to her University’s students this way:

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I?couldn’t find the tweet I was thinking of that first inspired me to write this column, but it was one that has kept my mind occupied since that push alert popped up on my phone, letting me know America’s most recent school shooting was taking place.

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In the Sept. 9 'Ups and Downs' available in the printed edition of the Ithaca Times, we incorrectly stated that The Boatyard Grill “has been forced to close”? and "has temporarily closed" while the restaurant is sanitized and employees await test results. This was a statement made in error o…

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When I came on staff at the Ithaca Times, I never imagined that I’d be sitting at the helm, as I am today (our publishing day) addressing our expansive, quick-witted and community oriented readers to share my thoughts in anything other than a review here or there. In fact, a year ago, I neve…

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Mere weeks ago, I was sitting in a meeting room in Enfield, New York, listening to a parade of speakers berate the local Town Board over its decision to take the Pledge of Allegiance out of the official agenda. It’s the type of decision that is tailor-made for controversy in this era of the …

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Despite the stories of self-dealing coming out of Washington, I still respect the dedication and hard work the majority of our elected officials display. But Tom O’Mara (NY Senate 58th), the senator who represents Enfield, Ithaca, Newfield and Ulysses, is cut from a different cloth. In his n…

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The best description of the location of Ithaca was coined by then-Cornell President Frank Rhodes. “Ithaca,” he said, ‘is centrally isolated.” To understand the factors that support Ithaca’s unusual culture, you have to start with the fact that we are in the middle of beautiful rural lands an…

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This guest opinion is written by Molly Chiang, Architect with the Vecino Group. The Vecino Group is currently contending for the Green Street Garage redevelopment rights.?

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A?couple of months before I started my first “real” job in journalism – as the city hall correspondent for the Ithaca Journal – I was holding down a desk at The Cortland Standard, a quaint operation in a town where a phone call from the paper still always made people’s voices rise a couple notes.

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A couple of months before I started my first “real” job in journalism – as the city hall correspondent for the Ithaca Journal – I was holding down a desk at The Cortland Standard, a quaint operation in a town where a phone call from the paper still always made people’s voices rise a couple notes.

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Last week, the Ithaca Police Department said it would be pulling the plug on its Officer Next Door (OND) Program in West Village Apartments, an experiment in hyperlocal law enforcement some, at the time it was announced, thought would make some headway in reducing the amount of crime in West…

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Ithaca, March 7, 2018 – Tracy Mitrano, former Director of Information Technology Policy at Cornell, and now Ithaca’s presumptive Democratic frontrunner to oppose Republican Congressman Tom Reed, reintroduced herself to her University’s students this way:

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I?couldn’t find the tweet I was thinking of that first inspired me to write this column, but it was one that has kept my mind occupied since that push alert popped up on my phone, letting me know America’s most recent school shooting was taking place.

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Congressman Tom Reed’s latest Federal Election Commission filing makes sobering and depressing reading. Of the more than a $1 million dollars that the Congressman raised in the 2017-2018 cycle, a paltry $43,181 came from small donations of less than $200. The list of PACS and businessmen tha…

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At a press conference in front of Ithaca City Hall nearly one year ago, our state Assemblywoman, Barbara Lifton, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and Lifton’s colleague, Queens-area Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, presented a proposal they saw as a means of addressing a worsening homeless problem both …

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When José Guzman-Lopez was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on May 2, 2017, it was without fanfare or incident. According to reports at the time, the only disruption was Guzman-Lopez asking a witness to call his boss at the Saigon Kitchen to tell them what had happened.?

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On Sunday afternoon, I pulled out of the driveway of my Fall Creek apartment to make the 45-minute drive to Romulus to learn more about a trash incinerator that was recently proposed to be built on 48 acres of land there.

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You don’t really mean that you don’t like the way people protest, you mean you don’t understand what they’re protesting and that’s where we’ll start. Read more

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I read the letter from Jim Crawford expressing his concern regarding the change in voting practice related to the large number of mail-in ballots in this election cycle. I am thankful and grateful to him for sharing his thoughts at this important time. There is now a heightened anxiety by the voters. The public is well served to hear from those most familiar with voting in Tompkins County and their wisdom on this issue. The voters understand and demand that the integrity of the system be analyzed and always improved. All legal ballots should be counted. He knowingly understands that confidence and tranquility as he states in our voting practices is fundamental to the peaceful transfer of power in our democratic republic. Everyone should support the scrutiny and search for best prac… Read more

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I read in the recent IT print issue (11/11-17) a letter from Mr. James Crawford where he shared his concerns about voting integrity and security risk with the immense number of paper ballots to process in this year's election. I felt it was a well thought out and explanatory piece by an individual *who was actually present in the room* and tasked with this challenge here in our County, who wanted us all to know about what he sensed and saw. Following this courageous action (i.e., his "exercise of free speech"), I learned he was served a letter from his employer, Tompkins County, notifying him he'd been placed on leave! Huh? Why!? Don't we all want the benefit of hearing a "watchman's" perspective? Would the County please inform us as to their reasoning for this action? I sure would… Read more

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This is not a partisan essay. At the time of this writing, Saturday, November 7, it's been over 80 hours since the polls closed and no one in America knows for sure who our next President will be. 100% of both Democrat and Republican partisans are anxious about the outcome, which at this moment rests on the integrity of unknown authorities in a handful of cities and states, and with our legal system.? Read more

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How sad it was to learn that some of our Downtown businesses were targeted by perpetrators of hate crimes in recent days. Hate laced graffiti and posters might seem petty and small to some, but they convey intimidation, racism, and disrespect for the rights of others. There is no place for such actions here in Downtown or anywhere else in our community. How disappointing it is that a few people can sow the seeds of division and disrespect. Our businesses are community members just like you and me; they merit our respect and do not deserve intimidation and?hate. Read more

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Sad news arrived on Thanksgiving morning that my beloved professor and lifelong friend, Dick Polenberg, passed away last night after a long, valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s that robbed us in his final years of his beautiful, analytic mind. Read more

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