End the Stink in Endicott!

By Joan McKiernan

Dumping waste in the river? Can’t imagine it happening?

Think again: over 80,000 gallons of highly toxic waste is going into the Susquehanna at Endicott every day.

Worse again, it is going into the river just upstream from the village’s drinking water supply.

You may think, the government would never allow that. Wrong again, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has let this happen since 2011. Read the rest of this entry »


Broome Legislature Throws Riders Under The Bus!!!

By Ron Jones

With no apparent regard for the people who depend upon the bus as a primary form of transportation, the Broome County Legislature (in secret sessions) has slashed countless routes and available times of service for county residents.  This has been done incrementally over the past six years in the name of saving money.   The impact on local families has been devastating.  People have now come forward and shared their stories of their very human toll these changes have taken on them.  There are stories of missed appointments (including doctor) job loss, even jail because of missed appointments.  To wit:  Read the rest of this entry »

Duck! Elections Coming to Broome County

By Dave Duncan

The Situation Faced By Most Residents

The population of the county has continued to decline over the past four years. Poverty has continued to rise.  The County Executive constantly attacks the Welfare program for the poor. The number of jobs continues its steady decline. The unemployment rate has fallen because many unemployed have stopped looking or moved away. Small businesses continue to fail.  Many people who would like to leave cannot because the value of their home is nil.  Working class renters cannot compete with students in subsidized housing for the decent apartments that are available. Read the rest of this entry »

NYS Green Party Convention

By C. Arthur Reavis

             On Saturday June 11, 2016 members selected by local chapters of the New York State Green Party met in Troy, New York to establish the State Green Party platform, vote for delegates to send to  the national convention in Houston, Texas (August 4-7, 2016), meet NYSGP candidates who are running for local and national office and strategize for future elections. Read the rest of this entry »

Americans Know the Difference Between Democracy and Plutocracy

By Dave Duncan

Does the Election Season Make You Feel Like A “Gadjiate” of Trump University?

Talk to just about anyone, friend or stranger, and you will find them to be sick of the election process in this country. Americans are disgusted, tired and angry of being assaulted by the media that has been hawking the daily lies and foolish blathering coming from the mouths of the Democratic and Republican candidates for President and the lesser offices that are up for sale.  Most Americans realize that the two party system no longer represents them, no matter how it is being sold.  People want to reverse the long term economic decline and bring back economic equality. Read the rest of this entry »

A Low Paid Worker—Angry About the System

Arlene has been working in a Broome County school district for slightly under ten years and makes less than $10 an hour. She was widowed at a young age and has raised a family and worked all of her life. Her annual income is slightly over $12,000 a year. Arlene works in the breakfast and lunch food preparation program. Read the rest of this entry »

To the editor: Re: Farmworker union will put family farms out of business (Commentary)

As someone descended from farmers, I “get it” about the difficulty of making a living on a true family farm.

I also agree with the Farm Bureau president, Dean Norton, when he says that agriculture work needs to be improved for all, with competitive wages and safe (and healthy) workplaces. My “all” includes the people who milk the cows, plant and collect the produce, etc. Farm owners and corporations can’t get the work done without them. Read the rest of this entry »