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I used to be optimistic by nature, slept like a block of petrified wood. But, since the 2016 presidential election, I’ve not been completely myself. OK, that’s not the wholetruth and nothing but the truth but hey, the administration, most of the Senate, and especially Rudy G clearly don’t gi…

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The 70 year old woman held the paperback book, “Ithaca: A Brief History” by Carol Kammen in her hands as she sat on the bus. Several of the passages in the book had been underlined and the pages dog-eared, helping her remember the small city she loved, as she was working and living far away.…

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Four hundred one-bedroom rental units, 1,400 two-bedroom rental units, 3,000 units of student housing, and 300 single-family homes. That is the estimated amount of homes, according to the 2016 Tompkins County Housing Needs Assessment, that must be built in Tompkins County to meet the existin…

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We made it! It’s here. The end of the decade. It was kind of a weird one, huh? Little strange, especially there at the end. In these situations, we have to look forward. That’s the mantra, and it was the inspiration for our prompt this year, Dreams of 2030. In that pursuit, I will now tell y…

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Jason turns off the TV when the shooter’s face appears on the screen. The house is quiet and the setting of the autumn sun begins to darken the house. Kit will be home soon. He collects the ingredients from the pantry for a tuna noodle casserole. He opens the cans and boxes, dumping in the i…

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History is prose Memory is poetry.Their meeting is an unbroken transmissionexpressing the pure, benevolent selflessnesslying at the root of all that is good and worth preservingas long as human time shall last on this earth.History is story Memory is song.Their meeting is a universal celebra…

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My solution is simple: All nonprofits would have the money and space that they need to do their work. Too often employees at nonprofits do not have the resources to do their jobs. This has often been the case but since the economy tanked in 2008 the situation for organizations has worsened. …

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Nobody smoked a pipe as passionately as Kyle’s father. Many times every day, his dad would load the pipe with a generous amount of tobacco, light it with his old metal butane lighter, and inhale a drag deep into his lungs. His exhale would literally fill the room with smoke. It was the 1960’…

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My brilliant solution for climate change is that there is so much we can do right here in and around Ithaca. Within the boundaries of Tompkins County there are plenty of opportunities; we don’t need to travel all over the world chasing them. You can work on every major aspect of a sustainabl…

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Our backyard is home to a colony of gray squirrels, a variety of birds and the occasional rabbit.  Being well within the city limits, we’re not accustomed to visits from critters our country cousins take for granted. So, I was surprised one morning to see a groundhog emerge from behind the l…

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My brilliant solution is to note the realities of human problem solving in our modern world and the ideas I (and many others) have that could substantially improve our species’ track record for solving (previously) intractable social problems. My life and experiences have taught me many thin…

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She sat at the table with her head down. Her dark greasy hair covered the sides of her face as she slowly picked at the remains of purple nail polish on her nails. She was in my office again and I was the assistant principal of the middle school. This young lady had been asked to leave class…

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I must confess that I haven’t thought much about the nature or existence of God since I took a Philosophy of Religion course as an undergrad in the ‘70s. I was neither a Philosophy nor Religious Studies major; I enrolled in the class to give my nascent atheism one last test.

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On Nov. 8, 2018, a small U.S. military van bumped slowly along an old, isolated road along the southern tip of Texas next to Mexico. It stopped. Three men got out, and walked to the border. Immediately, one of them, the President of the United States, started rambling comments.

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In the aftermath of the tragedy that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the congregants of other temples around our country remain fearful and floundering as they seek solutions about how to deal with the concern of what if this happens at our shul. At our temple here in…