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With the pandemic there have been unforeseen problems everywhere, of course, but beyond the universal kind, Ithaca is a benign locale that does well in evading many earthly sorts.

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A.’s daughter starts at Binghamton University this year and they are busy planning the trip there. A. is a bit nervous about it, as she often is about driving to new places. It’s not so much the driving itself (although she never really learned to like driving, a city kid who didn't get her …

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2019 marked the 50th anniversary of “Slaughterhouse-Five,” the best-selling novel by Kurt Vonnegut, considered a classic of its time for its groundbreaking genre-bending and countercultural leanings.

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Henry Thoreau was a Harvard guy, not Cornell, and famously of Walden Pond, not Cayuga’s waters, but has facets of an honorary Ithacan. 

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Ithaca is a town of avid readers, also writers, and every spring marks it with its Spring Writes Literary Festival: scores of literary-themed events featuring over 100 local writers. 

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The Finger Lakes region of New York is an important place in the history of struggles against oppression in the United States.

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Mother’s Day is upon us, and as with many holidays, in progressive Ithaca it is celebrated readily, but with a commitment to deeper meaning. Ithaca has groups like “Moms Against Bombs” (which you will see parading in the Ithaca Festival) reminding us that the American version of the holiday …

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Summer is for hedonists, autumn for the melancholic, winter for the fatalistic. Spring is for the hopeful, those who seek signs and will believe in almost anything, since miracles by definition can never be commonplace, yet are inevitable.

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After the pandemic hit a year ago, three sites for food sharing suddenly and inexplicably, or at least without fanfare or introduction, appeared in different directions within four blocks of my home in Ithaca’s Southside neighborhood. 

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In most places you’d rather eat a broom than go to the Department of Motor Vehicles, that governmental limbo of lines and complexities and infamous waster of time.

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There’s a sting to the thought about Black History Month, that somehow it is consigned to February, the coldest, shortest month of the year. 

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The City-Dwellers’ Almanac (just invented for this column) measures snowfall not in inches but in time, and defines a blizzard as a snowstorm that has you digging out your car for at least half an hour. 

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For about 20 years, beginning in the 1990s, Ithaca had an independent local currency system. It produced notes in equivalencies to dollars, called Ithaca Hours, which could be spent at participating businesses, which would accept a certain number of Hours per transaction. 

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“Tell me something I don’t know” is a reasonable request of a reader to a newspaper writer, but one we can’t fulfill this week with a subject of winners and losers. 

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By the time he was in his 30s Ed McGowan had already helped make history as one of the Camden 28, Vietnam war protesters who destroyed draft files at a federal facility in Camden, N.J., and were subsequently exonerated in what was reportedly called by Supreme Court Justice William Brennan “o…

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So many mundane habits, routines, and occurrences have changed due to pandemic situations that few (not considering, in this light discussion, the many serious ones) stand out as noteworthy anymore. 

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August 26, 2020, the publication date of this week’s Ithaca Times, marks the hundredth anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Ithacans exalted this month in our weather-wise favored-region status, going largely untouched by Hurricane Isaias.