To the editor: To be a leader in government today is extremely demanding, challenging, frustrating and difficult - especially at the local level - because much of what a local leader has to deal with is dictated by the state and federal levels of government.
Long past time to deal with offensive nicknames, pro or otherwise
First, before we plunge into the raging discussion about what to call that Pro Football Team in Washington, let’s just admit that none of our hands are clean here – journalists included. Thousands of times in hundreds of stories over the decades, we have shown no shame, apology or hesitation dropping Native American-based nicknames into the flow of the story. And we’ll continue to do so in the days, months and years ahead.
Last week, we took a look at five local haunted attractions that were well worth checking out. Here are six more that you can sink your teeth into. Or perhaps it would be better to say that the ghouls here can sink their teeth into you.
Each year the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read during Banned Book Week. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year marks BBW's 31st anniversary (Sept. 22 to 28). Exercise your freedom to read (and not just during Banned Book Week) with these historic and recently banned books.
Baldwinsville resident Erin Scala just returned from a week, Sept. 6 through Sept. 13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Below, the athlete chronicles her experience.
Stories at Cornell, B'ville highlight troubling issue
Cornell University, academic bastion, Ivy League stalwart, producer of so much talent in so many fields – the school has every right to feel proud about its place, both as an institution and as the source of so much pride within the Ithaca community. And while sports are important for the Big Red, it tries hard not to reflect the larger ugliness that surrounds big-time college athletics and has been profusely documented everywhere you look.
Attention home owners! If you have ash trees in your yard this is an important announcement. For the past several years, the Environmental Protection Committee has been monitoring the migration of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
Thoughts from a week covering the PGA Championship
Golf tournaments are simple, right? Tee off on Thursday, continue Friday, position yourself on Saturday and see who wins Sunday, isn’t that the general idea? Well, yes, and no. True, the structure doesn’t change much, but at every event, especially the big ones, there’s a full week of activity, and the recently completed PGA Championship that Jason Dufner won at Oak Hill in suburban Rochester was no exception.
Speeding on local roads, or highways, can be dangerous and can out you and loved ones needlessly in harm’s way. As a reminder of this fact, state police will be cracking down on speeders this week, remember not to speed now, rather than after you’ve already been ticketed.
Week-long coverage of PGA Championship can be found here
It’s been quite a major season. From Adam Scott shedding his Lytham demons in the rain at Augusta, to Justin Rose fulfilling his teenage promise 15 years later at Merion, to Phil Mickelson delivering a final-round masterpiece at Muirfield to snatch the one title he thought he’d never win, the show has always delivered.
Kiwi is a very special parrot. I adopted him when he was only 3 months old. He and I chose each other as our forever mates. Even though I was his chosen mate, he adopted my late husband's voice and mannerisms. Talking to Kiwi every day was like speaking to my deceased husband; Kiwi was my connection to him. The Congo African Grey has the intelligence of a five year old human child.
The Friendly’s in Fayetteville has always been a special place for me. Growing up two blocks away, I spent many late nights and hot summer afternoons waiting in line for an oreo cyclone (or maybe an M&M cyclone, depending on my mood). Long before we could drive, my brothers and I would walk over to the store with a $20 bill from our parents (provided we had eaten our dinner, of course) knowing we could buy whatever our hearts desired. It was a great feeling.
Local athletes making it big at college, pro level
Section III’s athletes are going after state championships this week, from boys lacrosse in Pittsford to baseball in Binghamton to girls lacrosse at Cortland to softball at Queensbury to track and field at Middletown to girls golf at Delhi. They do so amid a year where, everywhere you look, from the college to professional ranks, local athletes are seizing their moments in the spotlight and shining brightly.
Citizens that have served our country in the military are deserving of, at the very least, recognition. To serve your country during perilous times is a great honor and a great sacrifice. The Oncenter War Memorial Arena is more than a place where the Syracuse Crunch play hockey, it is a living memorial to those that have served, and in some cases, those that have given their lives for our freedom. It is important to honor the individuals that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Now and again someone, a reader, will ask me, “Where do you get your ideas? How do you decide what to write about?” I have learned to respond, “Why, I don’t really know,” but my true response is “What do you mean?” translated as in, “I don’t understand, they are what I think about?” or “I just write down my thoughts. Anyone can do that.”
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