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By Robin Raphael Have you dreaded taking on the task of cleaning out a basement or attic? Here I was, a new retiree, asked to do just that for a not-for-profit organization called the Network of Religious Communities (NRC). I did not know what I was getting into. It turns out that a job that was presumed to take six months is now still going strong after more than tw…

Collins needs to address his constituents’ concernsCongressman Chris Collins, who serves Western New York’s 27th District, crosses the line when he repeatedly questions the legitimacy of the press and disregards the concerns of his constituents.He dismisses local and national news, saying that they “attacked [him] for two months on outright lies, fabrications and dis…

Give him a chance? No, not on your life!Give him a chance! Millions love him. Millions cheer him on as he spews rage at judicial rulings that tell him what he is doing is unconstitutional. Millions love him as he uses sleight of hand to fashion a health care plan that would actually take it from them. Millions cheer him on as he demands we cut funding for social programs, …

New York shouldn’t cut cancer screening fundsSome 110,280 New Yorkers will hear the shocking news this year that they have cancer. I am a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and a Social Security disability attorney, helping those unable to work due to catastrophic illnesses like cancer. Therefore, I was happy to learn the New York State Senat…

Today’s Democrats are clueless on immigrationIt seems Democrats are unwilling to admit the reason they lost the presidential election is because many Americans were dissatisfied with what they offered. The problem with their strategic goal of blaming external sources and throwing the biggest mud pie is, it does not improve the future product they are offering.President B…

Testing is an important element in the educational process. Without measuring progress it is impossible to know how well students are doing in any given subject or how well school districts are doing in the critical job of delivering on high-quality education. Therefore, with New York State English language arts assessments underway for most third- through eighth-grader…

By Blake Thurman I strongly support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Support for Gorsuch may seem odd coming from someone whose voting record is likely to be far to the left of Gorsuch’s votes. I found Bernie Sander’s message attractive. But it is not our voting for people running for public office that sho…

By Shirley Palmerton I grew up on a farm during the Great Depression. Times were hard. My father bought cows so that we would have milk and Mom could make cheese. My parents raised vegetables for us to eat and sell. There were always chickens to be fed, and if they didn’t lay eggs, we ate them. The cow feed came in fabric bags that had flowers printed on them. Mom …

Trump conned voters en route to oligarchyDonald Trump ran for president criticizing the corruption in Washington and touted how he was going to “drain the swamp.” He held rallies stating that he was going to bring control back to the people. The corruption Trump ran against, of course, is due to money and its influence with politicians. Congress’ attempt to alleviate…

Planned Parenthood provides essential careI, like 20 percent of American women, have used Planned Parenthood. In 2008, I graduated college at age 22 and lost my health insurance. The fast-food restaurant where I worked did not offer affordable insurance, so I went without. When I needed my annual well-woman visit, I knew I could go to Planned Parenthood.Through federal fam…

Trump’s budget plan will hurt AmericansWe now have President Trump’s death budget. Money will not be spent on protecting our environment – more cancer. Money will be spent on weapons – more death. Money will not be spent for outreach and help to struggling governments – more enemies for the American people.How much will Trump spend on medical research? No real an…

Pharmaceuticals’ greed seems to be never-endingLet me see if I have this right. Pharmaceutical companies convince doctors that their highly addictive opioid painkillers are safe. Relying on these representations, doctors prescribe these drugs to their patients. Many patients become addicted and the opioid epidemic ensues. Families are destroyed, thousands of lives are lo…

Reckless drivers endanger everybody else on the roadI have come to the conclusion that most drivers have lost their mind. Driving a car was once enjoyable. Now it has become taking your life in your hands. I have been driving for 58 years. I have a new Corvette that can do 200 mph, but I seldom speed. I can’t go anywhere and do the speed limit without some knucklehead ta…

This is the Uber Year for Albany. The inexplicably difficult effort to allow ride-hailing services to operate in upstate New York seems at times to dominate a debate that also includes such critical issues as education, health care, ethics, economic development and more. That’s how Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services want it and, frankly, it’s not inappropria…