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In My Own Words - History, winners and the Confederate cause

It was a song that made me start thinking and an article given to me by a member of The Reporter Editorial Committee that caused me to explore the idea further. The song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” was written by Robbie Robertson of The Band, but the version I was listening to …

In My Own Words - The EPA, the Paris agreement and human health

It doesn’t take an advanced degree in science or medicine to realize that ingesting heavy metals and ash is dangerous to the health of humans and other animals. It is nearly impossible to control something once it’s in our soil or water supply, including if those chemicals will be ingest…

In My Own Words - “What type of store...” by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

My answer might surprise you. I was reading the Food Network Magazine and an article featured suggestions by chefs about conversation starters that could help prevent family fights about politics during the Thanksgiving meal. One chef suggests asking the question, “What type of store would…

In My Own Words - Kindness and unkindness by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I was in Syracuse with a friend for my yearly ear surgeon appointment. (Everything is fine and, unless something goes wrong, they’ll see me next year at the same time.) I was putting my credit card in the parking kiosk, but the machine said it couldn’t read it. When I tried to get the ca…

In My Own Words - Broken promises and lost lives by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant and an elephant’s faithful 100 percent.” Those words from “Horton Hatches an Egg” by Dr. Seuss greatly influenced my life. A promise – an oath – should not be broken; one’s word has to mean something. I find it interesting that the…