Opinions & Columns

First Learn How To Love Them


In her beautiful article “There is no companion like a tree” (Ithaca Child, Fall 2023), Lara Johnson writes: “So how do we save the trees? First, we learn how to love them … We plant trees and watch them grow … and remember how to be in relationship with them.” This insight describes the coming together of eight tree-loving strangers […]

Two board seats up for grabs in March Trumansburg election


Voters in Trumansburg will choose two village board members from three candidates vying for the seats on March 19.  The race features Jhoanna Haynes and Anthony Hanson, both new candidates running under the Democratic Party line, as well as incumbent Marcia Horn, who is running as an independent candidate under the Community Party line. The two emerging winners will each […]

The Good Neighbor in Groton to offer fresh groceries, coffee, café fare and more


There has been a lot of action going on at 209 Peru Rd. in recent months, and many in Groton have been speculating about what the former site of Pontillo’s Pizza, followed by A Burger Shack, might become, as it has been empty since the latter closed in November 2022. Speculate no more, because Laura Hahn and her husband, Bill […]

New program pairs volunteers with caregivers in need of respite


When Richard Donato, of Ithaca, heard about the opportunity to provide respite for a hardworking caregiver in Tompkins County, he jumped at the chance. “I have just been, for a long time, aware of how much quiet suffering there is all around us,” Donato said. “Not just around the world but right here in our own neighborhoods and in our […]

Ready for a rematch?


Two things are looking increasingly certain; Donald Trump will be nominee for President, and Joe Biden will not. It is important for Republicans to be aware of what is taking place. Joe Biden, who is clearly suffering from dementia, has outlived his usefulness as a pawn and a front man. Biden was recently deemed to be too senile to prosecute. […]

Trees, Glorious Trees: Ancient solutions coupled with modern innovations make for a climate resilient practice worth spreading


Of all the strategies farmers could employ to both sequester carbon AND shield their farms from climate-changed-induced weather chaos, what do you think is at the top of the list? Silvopasture! Livestock + trees + pasture = silvopasture, and it’s ranked by Project Drawdown as the #1 agricultural strategy to sequester carbon. It’s so powerful that Project Drawdown ranked it […]

Lansing’s Gaslight Village Apartments in process of renovation after major fire last year


At the February board of trustees meeting, apartment complex managers, tenants and village of Lansing elected officials discussed the future of a building at the Gaslight Village Apartments complex. One of the buildings in the complex, building 12, burned down back in December, displacing tenants and rendering the building unsafe for human habitation. The village board held a public hearing […]

Newfield revisits a mobile home park law


During the Newfield Town Board meeting on Feb. 22, the spotlight was on the potential revision of the town’s mobile home park law, a topic that has not seen significant updates since its last amendment in 1998. Initially established in 1989, the law now faces scrutiny and demands for change. According to Newfield Town Supervisor Micheal Allinger, many of the […]

Letters to the editor: Feb. 28 edition

In Support of Tony Hanson for Trumansburg Village Trustee As a resident of the Village of Trumansburg, I urge fellow community members to join me in supporting Tony Hanson for Village Trustee. I have known Tony for many years as a neighbor and friend. He is fair and honest. He actively listens to other opinions and encourages open dialogue and […]

Dryden’s Freese Road bridge project under review by the state


The project to remove and replace the Freese Road bridge in the hamlet of Varna is in a holding pattern while it is under review by New York state. Town Deputy Supervisor Dan Lamb said that all of the documentation for Freese Road bridge is with the state “at this point” and is currently being reviewed by NYS Region III’s […]


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