As the director of the child care center at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) in Dryden, New York, I recently traveled to Albany, New York, to testify on behalf of early childhood education providers and the children and families who rely on us for quality care. I represented not only my center but all the State University of New York centers and the child care centers in Tompkins County. I wanted to deliver one message: New York has a devastating child care crisis, and legislators can solve it by adequately funding early childhood education and care. Read moreOP-ED: Legislators Must Center the Needs of Early Childhood Education Providers
For me, a single woman in her 70's, my home in Ithaca, which has become a city of high-rise developers and ever-rising taxes, where I have lived for the last 30 years, is affordable for me because of my Airbnb room. Read moreAgainst Plans to Regulate Airbnb
In October, a student on a school bus threatened to kill everyone on the bus with a gun they claimed to have. The bus driver reported the incident to his supervisor. The supervisor reported it to the principle plus other administrators, none of who notified the police. Only a parent did. Now after an investigation, who has been fired? The BUS DRIVER! What sort of school district do we live in? It is a sad state of affairs when our school officials, after not properly taking reporting this out of concern for the safety of our students, respond by laying the blame on the lowest possible person on the totem pole Read moreIthaca School District Fires Bus Driver
It is with profound sadness that I write to the Ithaca Times. Last Sunday, while walking with friends on the Ithaca Commons, I was appalled to see the window display of Zaza’s Exotic Market and Smoke Shop. The display had 3 hookahs (water pipes) in the shape of machine guns, studded with rhinestones. Read moreZaZa’s Window Display
On Mental health issues, mass shootings and violent crime. Read moreMental Health, Mass Shootings and Violent Crime
“Sitting at the heart of the nation’s representative democracy, enshrined in the Constitution, is the right to vote. It is sacred, fundamental, and still not absolutely guaranteed for all communities across the country.” (https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/03/fighting-for-equality-at-the-ballot-box/). Now, in our little rural Town of Caroline, our votes too are being threatened by local Democratic leaders. Read moreVoter Intimidation in Caroline?