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The headline was both disturbing and, in an odd way, reassuring: “Secrecy surrounding Senate health bill alarms lawmakers.” It’s good to know that something in the public interest is still of concern to members of Congress, and this certainly merits it. The United States Senate has been meeting secretly to craft legislation meant to overturn and, in some way, repl…

By Dan Habermehl It had been a long time since my last visit. Perhaps 35 years or more. It was maybe 10 years more, the first time my family went out to Uncle Bob’s land. We were just kids then, sledding down the hill in the front field in what was always deep snow when we were still so small. When I was in Scouts, my dad and I camped out with the others one weeken…

By Frank J. Dinan The rejection of widely accepted scientific theories that clash with political ideology is nothing new. Donald Trump’s claim that human-induced climate change, a concept widely accepted within the scientific community, is just a “scam” is but another example of a time-honored method used to refute inconvenient scientific truths. Trump’s reje…

Taxpayers should know how their money is spentAs the 2017 Legislative session comes to an end, I wanted to express my disdain for the lack of transparency in Albany. On June 7, I participated in a press conference that announced legislation to require more transparency in how taxpayer money is spent. Every year, the governor strong-arms the Legislature into passing budgets…

Give the opponents of air safety this much credit: They’re persistent. And now they’ve enlisted a seriously big gun in their effort to water down important safety rules implemented in the aftermath of the Flight 3407 tragedy. But they’re still wrong, even if they have the support of the highest-ranking officer in the Air Force. Gen. David L. Goldfein should know b…

By Mike Mombrea As I reflect on the joys, and sorrows, I’ve experienced in the 96 years I’ve been on this planet, I look forward with hope on what the future will bring to those I will leave behind. I was blessed with a marriage of 70 years, before losing my dear wife. When people would ask me what the secret to a happy marriage was, I would tell them, never go t…

By Betty W. Carrington As Congress continues to debate health care insurance coverage formats, great concern is felt by individuals and families impacted by sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that is serious in nature and life-shortening. Identified in 1910 by Chicago physician James B. Herrick, who first published a description of sickled cells in a blood…

Does the president deserve our support?President Trump deserves our support and respect for at least three reasons.First of all, with his frequent tweets, Trump allows all Americans to witness his extraordinary mind at work. No matter that he misspells more words than a first-grader or makes statements so vague and misleading that only he knows what he is saying – even i…

People should not be afraid to say what is on their mindsI am a woman. I am a conservative. And I am scared.When did free speech become hate speech? When did civil discourse become angry epithets? When did peaceful protests become violent demonstrations? Why has a difference of political opinion become a virtual beheading, a stabbing on stage and shooting members of Congre…

The addiction crisis requires a concentrated effort by allLet’s look at the crisis of all addiction in a new way. We should open centers in each county, a mini hospital where people seeking treatment for opioid addiction could receive the help they need in one place.First they could see a doctor, attend help groups and access additional resources. They would know that th…

Collins should stop stirring emotions with his commentsChris Collins’ recent rant about left-wing protests was an outrageous attempt to politically capitalize on a tragedy that befell a colleague. His claim that the “die-in” protest at his office contributed to the heinous shooting in Alexandria goes beyond the pale. He ought to be censured by the House.Our multimill…

Take advantage of parks for family fun this summerThe New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) is a professional organization whose primary purpose is to advance the values of parks, recreation and leisure services to its members and promote the many benefits of parks and recreation to the public. In an era where people are overworked, overstressed, secluded by …