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Commentary

Stigma can impact substance use recovery

My name is Mat Cardinale, and my father was an alcoholic. Based on that statement, you might already be making some assumptions about my father, his substance use, or about me. Some of you may not continue reading this because of stigma related to the word “alcoholic.” If you do that, you ...

President excels making common connection

ERIE, Pa. — Here and there this campaign season one sees an unusual lawn sign. It appears to be not from a candidate’s campaign but from persons acting independently. It urges voting for a particular presidential candidate. The candidate is President Trump. Yet none of these are ...

‘Alarmist’ forgets role of democracy

I think the writer of “Drive of Democrats needs a detour” (Oct. 19) needs another lesson in democracy. First, has California moved to phase out fossil fuel vehicles? Yes. California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring new passenger cars to have zero emissions in 2035, ...

Our American way

Politics, policy, and personality: these three themes seem to occupy today’s stage in our current political atmosphere. We are proud of our democracy and in our American heritage on which it stands. Indeed, we are a Republic and thus we elect those individuals who represent each of us in ...

With absentees, results will take time

New York cannot count your absentee ballot until the election passes. That is the law. ¯ Typically, mail-in ballots represent 5% of New York’s vote, so except in the case of very close elections, absentees do not normally figure in to who wins or loses. This year, due to the pandemic and ...

We’ll have more power as one, not many

Water is one of the things we depend on. We simply expect it to be there. We rarely think about what it takes to deliver safe and abundant quantities of that precious liquid to our taps, not even when paying our water bill, until it’s not safe to use. The same is true about other ...