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Days before the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the nearly 50-year-old national right to abortion, I viewed “The Janes,” a 2022 HBO documentary about a clandestine group of women activists who helped arrange for women to get medically safe abortions in the years before Roe v. Wade.

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I can only recall one conversation with my maternal grandmother. I lived with her, my mother and my younger sister in Lakewood, N.Y., for more than a decade before I left home at 21 to move west.

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My newspaper career started in May 1973, neatly coinciding with the U.S. Senate Watergate hearings. It was about as thorough a baptism into real-world journalism as a young reporter just out of college could get.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul is an admitted chess player. In recent weeks, she has used those skills to politically move across a chessboard of cryptocurrency controversies as the June 28 Democratic gubernatorial primary approaches.

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When I was 10 years old, my mother bought me a 14-foot aluminum rowboat. She, my younger sister and I had just moved from Brooklyn to live upstate with my grandmother on the shores of Lake Chautauqua. My mother thought a boat would be safer than having me pedaling my bicycle on narrow, Lakew…

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The Southern Tier town of Conklin, N.Y., is not far from the Finger Lakes. That’s where an 18-year-old gunman lived and went to high school before committing mass murder at a Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo last week.

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The preamble to the U.S. Constitution begins with “We the People,” not “We the States.” But, more than 200 years ago, as the Constitution was being drafted, there was debate whether “We the States” might be preferable.

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Public hearings are a familiar and routine part of government and regulatory agency operations. Their purpose is simple: Get public input. Input into proposed budgets, new commercial and industrial developments (or changes to existing ones), amendments to existing laws and regulations, schoo…

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s recent three-month extension of time to continue pondering Greenidge Generation’s expired air-quality permit is troubling evidence the state agency could be in the grip of regulatory capture.

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Activists intent on protecting the water and air quality of the Finger Lakes will urge Gov. Kathy Hochul next week to deny renewal of an air-quality permit for Greenidge Generation’s Dresden facility.

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I was in elementary school when my family got its first television in the 1950s. One of the early programs that haunted me then — and still does — was a newscast of an atomic bomb test in the Nevada desert.

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A growing kerfuffle over a five-year-plus effort to draft a zoning law in Schuyler County’s Town of Hector is a textbook example of what happens when a community becomes a “news desert.”

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s reputation for bending over to support industry in the Finger Lakes is well established. So is the state agency’s disdain for activists who complain loudly about the DEC’s oft-demonstrated deference toward projects like Greenidge …

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“The 1619 Project” book shatters many myths and long-taught misinformation about the lives of Black people in the United States, beginning with the arrival of a group of African enslaved people in 1619, the year before the Pilgrims landed.

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As if getting ready for the upcoming holidays doesn’t provide us with enough stress, a new Covid-19 variant has popped up with a sinister name that sounds like it belongs in a “Transformers” movie.

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This past Thanksgiving week has been filled with more children than I have been around in decades. Downtown streets, stores, restaurants and friends’ homes were filled with kids, from toddlers to teens.

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The rosy thoughts that Covid-19 would eventually, simply, disappear were never realistic. And I’m not talking about the seat-of-the-pants predictions of our former U.S. president.

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The city of Geneva-Seneca County dispute over ownership of the bottom of Seneca Lake adjacent to the city resembles many familiar Finger Lakes debates.

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The most chilling piece of email to hit my mailbox recently came from the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association.

My skepticism about the need for the proposed federal Civilian Climate Corps evaporated this week when reading about Skaneateles Lake and its woes over harmful algal blooms.

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Whether you love the sprawling Seneca Meadows landfill or hate it, the Canadian corporation’s political strategy to run roughshod over the Town of Seneca Falls law requiring the landfill to cease operations in 2025 is breathtaking.

Andrew Cuomo’s departure from the governorship kicked off a swirl of speculation about the next election cycle, even before Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul took office this week, the first woman to serve as governor of the Empire State.

Normally, buying a new couch, a dining room table, or an easy chair is pretty straightforward, provided you have cash or enough credit.