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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…

While Albany’s elected leaders are hashing out the latest state budget, they need to add some relief for businesses plagued by the high costs of workers’ compensation. This is not a new topic. Legislators and the governor can go to their archives and reacquaint themselves with all of the failures to reduce an unnecessary burden on businesses, nonprofits and local go…

By David Babcock, Thomas DeMond, Rev. James Giles and Rev. JoAnne Scott We write as presidents and leaders of multifaith organizations and allies from all across Western and Central New York. Together we represent over 100 local congregations and nearly three dozen social justice coalitions. We come from many different faith traditions: Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddh…

Rep. Chris Collins betrayed his district and his state this week with his smarmy and likely unconstitutional proposal to force changes in how New York funds its Medicaid program. He says with a straight face that it was about helping New Yorkers burdened with high property tax rates, but that was a fraud. It was about buying upstate Republican votes for a health care re…

This is a problem that needs to be fixed, now. Because of what must surely be an oversight – a careless oversight – in extending the compact that allowed Seneca casinos in Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties, the Seneca Nation of Indians has announced that it is done making payments to New York State. After paying about $100 million a year, it says a $30 million …

Browsing the internet will remain less than personal as the Senate voted in favor of dismantling landmark privacy protections. Senators, and the tech industry, may somehow see the 50-to-48 vote, largely along party lines, as a move to increase internet privacy, but it is not. The House is expected to follow the Senate’s lead, followed by President Trump signing it int…