Banned Books

Editorial: Jarvis Library and Banned Books Week

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Story by Roger Chambers | Utica Phoenix Columnist  In 1982, a Supreme Court Case known as the Board of Education, Island Trees School District v. Pico addressed First Amendment issues related to the banning of...

Local News: Veterans’ Parkway Car Show Donates $20,000 to Purple Heart Veterans

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Photos and story by Tom Loughlin Jr.  Whitesboro, NY Sept 13 2022 — A check for $20,000 from the proceeds of the 3rd annual Veterans Parkway Car Show was presented  to officials of Chapter 490 of the Military...

CHL’s Save the Community Gardens Birthday Bash!

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  Please share this widely and wildly! My birthday is this Wednesday, September 7th. The Garden, the Study Buddy Club, and For The Good are in peril. Please come to possibly the last Linwood Place...

Editorial: The FBI Search Warrant at Mar-a-Lago

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By Roger Chambers | Columnist  Author’s Note:  This was written August 11, 2022, shortly after Attorney General Merritt Garland spoke about the FBI search warrant of Mar-a-lago, approved by Garland himself. Rapid changes in these...

Why I did not go to meet the Pope: a Mohawk Perspective

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By Doug George-Kanentiio | Columnist  Our group, the Akwesasronon Shonatatakeronon, were not involved in the planning of the visit by Pope Francis. I was concerned that our concerns would be ignored or filtered through others...

The Heat Beat: Exploring Music’s Impact on Social Justice this August

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Ask anyone about the importance of music for themselves or  their families and friend groups, and they will likely be able to provide an immediate answer. Most of us have a favorite genre or...

Editorial: The November Elections and Weakening of Democracy

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By Roger Chambers | Columnist  In the short book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” Timothy Snyder outlines tactics used by would-be autocrats to overturn a popularly elected democracy. These trends were frequently...
Pinky Velazquez

Music: Talking Music with Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez

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By Jess Szabo | Arts Writer  Utica resident Ray “Pinky” Velazquez knows musical talent when he hears it. Velazquez began working in music in 1972, when he started DJing for the Impanema at 240 West...

Voices of Polonia – Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish Screenwriter and Director

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By Ted Racjchel | Columnist  Krzysztof Kieślowski, (June 7th, 1941-March 13, 1966) was a Polish film director and screen writer. He is known internationally for “Dekalog” (1989), “The Double Life of Veronique” (1991), and “The...

Legal Myths vs. Reality – August 2022

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By Judge Joan Shkane | Columnist  This is a continuing discussion of Legal Myths and Reality, because those informed are always the most successful. MYTH: The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights were the result of...