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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 i…

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Giving back to my community is something that has been near and dear to my heart throughout my lifetime. Giving back, or paying it forward as some call it, looks and feels different for everyone; there is no one size fits all approach. Some volunteer their time, some donate goods and service…

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ITHACA, NY -- The Cliff Street Retreat has received “Conditional Approval” for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 407 Cliff Street. A PUD allows a developer to come before Council and propose new site-specific zoning, and is expected to demonstrate that their proposal provides community ben…

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As a long-time Cliff Street resident, and as an urban planner with over three decades of experience, domestic and international, I once again find my neighborhood under assault from Ithaca’s City Hall. Surprisingly, the assault is being led by none other than our West Hill alderwoman, Cynthi…

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In February 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Sen. Edward J. Markey, of Massachusetts, introduced a Green New Deal (GND) as a congressional non-binding resolution to fight climate change and social inequality. The ambitious plan was partially welcomed in D.C., and many th…

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"Your father was a participant in some military experiments to determine the effects of exposure of nuclear explosions on humans," my mother, Anna Burak, told me many years ago when my dad was stationed at an Air Force base in Neveda. “Don't say anything to him about my telling you this. He …

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The City Mayor’s proposal to eliminate the Ithaca Police Department and give away the SWAT Truck is a misguided idea. As the Sheriff of Tompkins County (1999-2010) and a public servant on the County legislature (1994-1998) and as a Village of T-burg Trustee (1990-1993), I have seen the posit…

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It’s a call you never want to get. I was into my second Chivas at my virtual birthday party with my editor when the phone rang. It was my friend, Naomi. “Oh, how sweet of her to remember my birthday,” I thought. I started to text her, but she called again immediately. I sensed something migh…

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I write in response to the article about Doug Baird’s inventive activity book in order to amplify his message and praise him as one of the precious artists in our region able to maintain focus on “the public good” during this unsettling period of history. Like Greta Thunberg, he exposes our …

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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.

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In August of 2017, I attended a meeting of Ithaca Democrats and met a woman who said not only that she would challenge Tom Reed but that it would take two attempts to win. I thought it was a terrible thing to say to a room full of people who were ready to vote out the incumbent, and I told her so!

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On March 20, life for all New Yorkers changed dramatically. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the entire state would be put on pause as first responders worked tirelessly to confront the Covid-19 virus. All non-essential workers were asked to stay inside their homes and do their part to curb the d…

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Giving back to my community is something that has been near and dear to my heart throughout my lifetime. Giving back, or paying it forward as some call it, looks and feels different for everyone; there is no one size fits all approach. Some volunteer their time, some donate goods and service…

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ITHACA, NY -- The Cliff Street Retreat has received “Conditional Approval” for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 407 Cliff Street. A PUD allows a developer to come before Council and propose new site-specific zoning, and is expected to demonstrate that their proposal provides community ben…

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As a long-time Cliff Street resident, and as an urban planner with over three decades of experience, domestic and international, I once again find my neighborhood under assault from Ithaca’s City Hall. Surprisingly, the assault is being led by none other than our West Hill alderwoman, Cynthi…

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In February 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Sen. Edward J. Markey, of Massachusetts, introduced a Green New Deal (GND) as a congressional non-binding resolution to fight climate change and social inequality. The ambitious plan was partially welcomed in D.C., and many th…

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"Your father was a participant in some military experiments to determine the effects of exposure of nuclear explosions on humans," my mother, Anna Burak, told me many years ago when my dad was stationed at an Air Force base in Neveda. “Don't say anything to him about my telling you this. He …

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The City Mayor’s proposal to eliminate the Ithaca Police Department and give away the SWAT Truck is a misguided idea. As the Sheriff of Tompkins County (1999-2010) and a public servant on the County legislature (1994-1998) and as a Village of T-burg Trustee (1990-1993), I have seen the posit…

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It’s a call you never want to get. I was into my second Chivas at my virtual birthday party with my editor when the phone rang. It was my friend, Naomi. “Oh, how sweet of her to remember my birthday,” I thought. I started to text her, but she called again immediately. I sensed something migh…

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I write in response to the article about Doug Baird’s inventive activity book in order to amplify his message and praise him as one of the precious artists in our region able to maintain focus on “the public good” during this unsettling period of history. Like Greta Thunberg, he exposes our …

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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.

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In August of 2017, I attended a meeting of Ithaca Democrats and met a woman who said not only that she would challenge Tom Reed but that it would take two attempts to win. I thought it was a terrible thing to say to a room full of people who were ready to vote out the incumbent, and I told her so!

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On March 20, life for all New Yorkers changed dramatically. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the entire state would be put on pause as first responders worked tirelessly to confront the Covid-19 virus. All non-essential workers were asked to stay inside their homes and do their part to curb the d…

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Some Wisconsin residents stood in line for hours to vote in their primary election. According to The Guardian at least 50 of them have since tested positive for COVID-19. Imagine what could happen when millions vote in November. If we want to have secure, efficient voting without risking our…

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This week, New Yorkers are waiting for a ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to determine whether or not we will have the right vote in the June 23 presidential primary election. On April 27, 2020, the Democratic Commissioners of the NY State Board of Elections canceled the presi…

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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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