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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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Many say America is the richest country in the world. But then why are our roads and bridges crumbling? Why do we have overcrowded classrooms? Why can't everyone afford the lifesaving medicine they need?? Read more

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If our community is reluctant to admit to the negative impacts dockless bikes and scooters bring, we will again suffer the clutter of chaos if they come back. In your recent article 8/4/21 “Where are the bikes?” it painted a positive, one-sided view only. There are many other viewpoints of concern. I take issue with a few points, needing correcting. A Lime Bike was shown at a bike rack. This photo speaks a thousand words. I have voiced concern for this problem since the first day of Lime’s arrival. These bikes must not be left at bike racks. Traditional cyclists need them to lock their bikes. It is a lifeline for them. Dockless bikes and scooters lock themselves, hence not needing racks. To move them, you have to lift them, possibly spraining your back. They are very heavy. Your re… Read more

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Did you know there’s a local election going on right now?! Early yoting has already started (details below) in the Democratic Primary for Tompkins County Legislature seats – including District 13 in Dryden, the seat I’ve been honored to occupy since 2002. I’m not running for a sixth term and I was happy to see two quality candidates emerge to pick up the mantle, Greg Mezey and Samantha (Sam) Lushtak. Read more

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The testimony two weeks ago of U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee, Cori Bush and Pramila Jayapal was a profoundly wrenching call for more honesty about abortion, now that Roe v. Wade is threatened. Approximately one in four American women has had an abortion but we generally don’t share this information. As the Congress women noted, this silence can lead to stigma even among pro-choice women (and men). Read more

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