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Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 12:55 PM

“Unacceptable,” is how President François Hollande of France describes current revelations regarding extensive spying by the United States government. Wikileaks files regarding France published in June reveal the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on three former presidents and wiretapped two finance ministers.

Posted Jun 20, 2015 at 2:01 AM

In 1980, New York City had just emerged from borderline bankruptcy. The city was crime-ridden, full of abandoned buildings, streets overflowing with trash, its outer boroughs mired in depression and losing population. Times Square was virtually a...

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 2:19 PM

The 2016 presidential election grows closer by the minute. Can you feel the excitement?Neither can I.

Updated Jun 14, 2015 at 8:55 PM

Even as local government budgets become leaner, policy makers struggle to balance the ledger. One area of spending continues to be a burden with no real end in sight—corrections.

Posted Jun 12, 2015 at 2:01 AM

Hard as it is to believe, the centennial year of World War I is upon us. In keeping with the events of that era, I have begun locating and photographing the burial places of the veterans of World War I in Ontario County.More than 2,000...

Updated Jun 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Turkey’s electorate has voted for democracy and the rule of law over incipient dictatorship, a most positive development. In June 7 parliamentary elections, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) was abandoned by many voters. The...

Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Time erodes the memory as do wind and rain the earth. Fortunately for us, in both environments, appreciable monuments remain as testimonials to the past.Fifty years ago, it was unimportant how I got where I was or that I had had little...

Posted Jun 7, 2015 at 2:06 PM

May is over now, and I hope that you were inspired, as I am sure the recent college graduates were, by all of those wonderful, positive commencement speeches that you have no doubt seen or heard clips of. Having had the privilege of delivering a...

Updated Jun 7, 2015 at 10:12 AM

 Twelve years into the American intervention in Iraq, the things opponents — yes, there were opponents to George W. Bush’s invasion, including me — warned about have come true: an Iraqi civil war, spreading...

Updated Jun 7, 2015 at 10:03 AM

What kind of government is best? Smaller? Cheaper? More accessible? More accountable? More responsive to constituent needs?  The question of whether a village government should exist — which the voters of Macedon will be...

Posted Jun 6, 2015 at 2:01 AM

Seventy-one years ago on June 6, 1944, the Allied armies waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe in what was the greatest American invasion of all time, D-Day. The night before, on June 5, American airborne forces...

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