Economic Development—Binghamton Area Style: How Did We Get Where We Are Now?

By Dave Duncan

After 100 years of industrial might, the Southern Tier is now a mere shadow of its former self.  Confused by a myriad of blame-throwing and finger pointing at others, local politicians, for more than 50 years, have refused to face the real reasons for that continued demise  —   they belong to a local ruling class and not to the people.
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A Newspaper Carrier’s Story or No Wonder the Community is in Bad Shape

By Sarah Jackman

Do you have the Press and Sun Bulletin delivered to your home? If so, have you ever thought about the person who delivers that paper?

Remember This Line? Newspaper Routes Are Not For Kids Any More In the past, newspaper delivery was the sole province of paper boys and girls. They did it as a way of earning some extra cash. Paper boys and girls are now a thing of the past; they are now “carriers.” Here are some facts about today’s newspaper carriers. Read the rest of this entry »


In the “old days” the most common job for kids was selling newspapers. They were called “newsies.” This is how it worked. Newsies had to buy their own newspapers. In 1899, (the good old days?) it cost fifty cents to buy 100 papers. Each paper sold for one cent. Newsies waited outside newspaper offices to get their papers “hot off the press.” In order to determine how many papers to buy, newsies considered headlines, time of day, day of the week, season of the year, weather conditions and sports scores. Newsies calculated carefully because leftover newspapers were refundable. Read the rest of this entry »

There Are Thousands of Women Like Me

I am a forty year old woman who moved to this community over ten years ago. My parents were born in Puerto Rico and had lived for most of their lives in NYC where they were employed. I have two daughters, ages 20 and two and a nine year old son. I am separated from my husband and my son stays with him when school is in session. My 20 year old daughter went to BCC and is now trying to find work in NYC. There is not much work here for young people. Read the rest of this entry »

Fracking Fight Must Continue Across the State

By Joan McKiernan

Local anti-fracking campaigners are breathing a big sigh of relief following the Governor’s decision to ban the process of fracking in the state because of the proven danger to the state’s air, water, and public-health. His decision raises the need for economic development and the creation of good, safe jobs for the Southern Tier. Read the rest of this entry »

Staples Profits on the Backs of Postal Workers, Communities

By Bonnie Wilson

This is a bad deal for consumers, for workers and for the country. It makes no sense to transfer critical public services to a private, for-profit company that has closed 159 stores in the past year and recently announced it will close 225 more stores by the end of next year. Read the rest of this entry »

The Low Road

What can they do

to you? Whatever they want.

They can set you up, they can

bust you, they can break

your fingers, they can

burn your brain with electricity

blur you with drugs till you

can’t walk, can’t remember, they can

take your child, wall up

your lover. Read the rest of this entry »