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...

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...

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...
Almanac

Mohawk Valley Almanac – August 2022

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By Roger Chambers | Columnist  August has no major holidays. While August is generally more popular for family vacations and the better-known large summer festivals, August is still a popular month for vacation travel. Popular...
Almanac

Mohawk Valley Almanac for May 2022

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By Roger Chambers Holidays and Observances in May May 1--May Day; Law Day; International Labor Day; Beltane May 5--Cinco de Mayo May 8--Mother’s Day; Truman Day (Missouri) May 21--Armed Forces Day May 22--National Maritime Day; Rogation Sunday May 23--Victoria Day (Canada) May...
Almanac

Mohawk Valley Almanac, May 2022

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Holidays and Observances in May May 1--May Day; Law Day; International Labor Day; Beltane May 5--Cinco de Mayo May 8--Mother’s Day; Truman Day (Missouri) May 21--Armed Forces Day May 22--National Maritime Day; Rogation Sunday May 23--Victoria Day (Canada) May 26--Ascension Day May...
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Mohawk Valley Almanac – April, 2022

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By Roger Chambers | Columnist  Holidays and Observances in April April 2--Ramadan begins at sundown; Pascua Florida Day April 10--Palm Sunday April 15--Good Friday April 17--Easter April 18--Patriots Day (Maine and Massachusetts) April 21--St. Jacinto Day (Texas) April 22--Earth Day April 24--Orthodox Easter April...
George Orwell

Book Review: ‘Orwell’s Roses’ – Examining the Unusual Biography of the Famed Author

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By Roger Chambers | Columnist  This is an unusual biography of George Orwell. Born as Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in India where his father was stationed, Blair changed his pen name to George Orwell...
Almanac

Mohawk Valley Almanac for March

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Important Dates:   March 1--Shrove Tuesday/Mardi GrasMarch 2--Ash Wednesday/Texas Independence Day March 8--International Women’s DayMarch 12--St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Utica March 13--Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2 A.M. March 17--St. Patrick’s Day March 28--Seward’s Day, Alaska March 31--César Chávez Day March...

Book Review: ‘My Vanishing Country’

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By Roger Chambers  “My Vanishing Country” is a mixed memoir and history of race relations in the United States. From the perspective of author Bakari Sellers, the most important event in his life occurred sixteen...