Legal Brief, July 2020

Legal Myths v. Reality by Judge Joan Shkane This is a continuing discussion of Legal Myths and Reality, because those informed are always the most successful. MYTH: New York State law provides only one way to...
Bench

The people or politicians: whose voice matters?

By George Kuchma    This story focuses on the title question. It details observations noted on a walking tour of Utica. Noticeable these days is the lack of or disappeared benches, public rest stops in...

Guest Editorial: Tenney Part of Problem

By Roger Chambers  Liberal democracy, of which the United States was a world leader, is under serious attack. The trend is strong in formerly democratically elected governments such as the Philippines, Venezuela, Myanmar, Hungary, Poland...

Ask Branwen: Queer Columnist : Who are your LGBTQ+ unsung heroes?

      Ask Branwen: Queer Columnist  Who are your LGBTQ+ unsung heroes?  This past month saw the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, commemorating the day nearly 3000 lives were taken, and another 6,000 injured, when nineteen terrorist...
Omicron

A KEY TO CONTROLLING OMICRON IS THE AT-HOME TEST

  With Omicron Now On-The-Move Across U.S., Schumer Says Expanding Access To At-Home Tests ASAP Is Critical Key To Keeping Variant Under Control    Senator Wants A Surge Of FREE At-Home Tests For NY; Says...

Legal Myths & Reality: by Judge Joan Shkane

Legal Myths & Reality     by Judge Joan Shkane Legal Myths & Reality This is a continuing discussion of Legal Myths and Reality, because those informed are always the most successful. MYTH: No-one can order anyone to have a...

Natives Have the Highest Rate of Death by Cops

by Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasne Mohawk          I, along with millions of others, watched the trial of Derek Chauvin, 45, charged in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the killing of George Floyd, 46, on May 25, 2020. Numerous...

The Heat Beat: The Music of Phoenix Radio and More

By Jess Szabo, Arts Writer Utica musicians team with local history center to offer the gift of music and literature for Christmas 2021    We all know it’s better to celebrate Christmas by having fun,...