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Profile America: Model Railroad

Profile America: Model Railroad

Tuesday, February 28 — Although February is the calendar’s shortest month, it looms large in America’s history of railroad development. In 1815, the first state charter for a railroad was issued by New Jersey for a never-completed line between Trenton and […]

by · February 28, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Charlotte Ray

Profile America: Charlotte Ray

Monday, February 27 — On this date in 1872, America’s third female law student was graduated. But this third was a first. Charlotte Ray was a freeborn African-American, and the first black woman to graduate law school. With her degree from […]

by · February 27, 2017 · Profile America
Matters of Faith: Why Do It?

Matters of Faith: Why Do It?

By Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in […]

by · February 26, 2017 · Matters of Faith, Religion
Profile America: Immigration Czech

Profile America: Immigration Czech

Sunday, February 26 — Immigration as an item of government involvement appeared on Colonial America’s shores 351 years ago. Born in Bohemia, essentially today’s Czech Republic, Auguste Herman came to the New World initially to work for the Dutch colony of […]

by · February 26, 2017 · Profile America
Op-Ed: DOWNWARD PRESSURE FROM ALBANY CRUSHING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, DRIVING UP TAXES

Op-Ed: DOWNWARD PRESSURE FROM ALBANY CRUSHING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, DRIVING UP TAXES

By Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation. It’s a dubious distinction that has plagued the Empire State for years. It is almost certainly a key element in another harsh […]

by · February 26, 2017 · Government, Op Ed
Tech Focus: Fiverr.com — The Next Big Thing

Tech Focus: Fiverr.com — The Next Big Thing

Fiverr.com, the Next Big Thing The freelance marketplace website fiverr.com was recently in the news due to (previously profiled) Youtube star PewDiePie landing into some hot water due to his (mis)use of the sites services. Apparently, “PewDiePie” (Felix Kjellberg) paid […]

by · February 25, 2017 · Tech Focus
Profile America: Legal Tender

Profile America: Legal Tender

Saturday, February 25 — Paper money has circulated in North America since 1690, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued some to paper over — so to speak — the shortage of coins. But these were just promissory notes from governing bodies. […]

by · February 25, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Tiffany Family Jewels

Profile America: Tiffany Family Jewels

Friday, February 24 — A baby boy, whose name came to mean quality and brilliant design, was born this month in 1848—Louis Comfort Tiffany. After making his mark independently, in 1902 he became the artistic director of his father’s already famous […]

by · February 24, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Car Insurance

Profile America: Car Insurance

Thursday, February 23 — Car insurance is both required and a major item in the budget of many households. The idea of insuring cars against accidents began this month in 1898 when the Traveler’s Insurance Company issued a policy to Dr. […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Profile America
Vernuccios View: Christian Persecution on a Global Scale

Vernuccios View: Christian Persecution on a Global Scale

Strangely missing in the debate about President Trump’s temporary travel restrictions, which is significantly less dramatic that President Carter’s actions in response to the Iranian embassy takeover, and roughly similar to President Obama’s actions in 2011, is the near total […]

by · February 22, 2017 · Vernuccio's View
Profile America: Early Presidential Radio

Profile America: Early Presidential Radio

Wednesday, February 22 — The history of radio and the presidency seems to center entirely on Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “fireside chats” beginning in 1933 in the depths of the Depression. But the first president to address the nation from the White […]

by · February 22, 2017 · Profile America
Letter to the Editor: Love Your Blackness

Letter to the Editor: Love Your Blackness

LOVE YOUR BLACKNESS… by DEBORAH OGUAMAH To brothers and sisters: I need your support to end African American Month Abrazo celebration. Don’t scarify your dignity because political leaders only want to recognize you one day of the year for Black […]

by · February 21, 2017 · Letter to the Editor
Profile America: First Telephone Directory

Profile America: First Telephone Directory

Tuesday, February 21 — In the early days of the telephone, knowing who had one and what the number was quickly became a problem. The first telephone directory in the U.S. was published on this date in 1878 in New Haven, […]

by · February 21, 2017 · Profile America
Lucy Hobbs Taylor graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in February 1866.

Profile America: Lucy Hobbs Taylor, First Woman Dentist

Monday, February 20 — This week in 1866, Lucy Hobbs Taylor received a doctorate in dentistry from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. She was the first American woman so credentialed, and it’s believed she was also the first in the […]

by · February 20, 2017 · Profile America, Women
NYS DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll released revised cost numbers. In November, he said $1.7 million had been spent on materials for the signs. Credit: WHEC.com

Op-Ed: “BLUE MEASLES” SIGNS POINT TO DYSFUNCTION

Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) If you’ve driven on any portion of the New York State Thruway or major roadways across the state, you’ve seen them. Promotional “I Love NY” road signs have popped up […]

by · February 19, 2017 · Op Ed