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About whungerford

* Contributor at NewNY23rd.com where we discuss the politics, economics, and events of the New New York 23rd Congressional District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, (Eastern) Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben,Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates Counties) Please visit and comment on whatever strikes your fancy.

Should Ukraine trade territory for peace?

How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing. –Neville Chamberlain Sept. 27, 1938 Reportedly, Henry … Continue reading

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Abortion, Common Core, CRT, …

Abortion, Common Core, Critical Race Theory, and now ESG–Environmental, Social, Governmental–is the new war cry. Should business consider only profit, or are decisions which take social and environmental consequences into account now acceptable? When our children are prematurely pregnant, poorly … Continue reading

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Rep. Tenney responds to mass murder with a fundraising message

Rep. Tenney responds to mass murder with a fundraising message. She writes: According to the president, the MAGA crowd is the most extreme group in history. More extreme than Nazis. Worse than the KKK, even! Those groups (MAGA, Nazis, KKK) … Continue reading

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Hard to believe

If something seems wrong, it likely is wrong. A guest columnist, writing in a local paper, complained about historian Heather Cox Richardson. He wrote “her blanket condemnation (of white American evangelicals) is dishonest partisan demagoguery.” Heather Cox Richardson is a … Continue reading

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Leaked or Hacked

Fifty years ago news of Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press. News, not a draft or the written opinion. A clerk talked to a reporter without realizing that the story would appear hours before the decision was announced. … Continue reading

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Leaks from the Supreme Court are rare.

Leaks from the Supreme Court are rare. Surprisingly, the 1972 Roe decision was leaked. The following quotes are from Woodward and Armstrong’s 1979 book: The Brethren. The day of the scheduled abortion decision the Chief sat in his chambers reading … Continue reading

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The Rest of the Story 

The Rest of the Story was a radio program hosted by Paul Harvey. Paul Harvey understood that the rest of the story is often vital to understanding the news. Journalists I. F. Stone and Molly Ivens also often reported the rest … Continue reading

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Two Dangerous Ideologies

On April 28,2022, Heather Cox Richardson discussed  “two right-wing, antidemocratic ideologies.” About the first she wrote: One is pushed by Texas governor Greg Abbott, who is embracing a traditional American states’ rights approach to attack the active federal government that … Continue reading

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A New House Select Committee on Aging

The “House Permanent Select Committee on Aging” was a permanent select committee of the House from 1974 to 1992. Now there are proposals for a new committee. H.Res.583, “Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to establish a Permanent … Continue reading

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Redistricting Revisited

New York’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that Democratic leaders had violated the State Constitution when drawing new congressional and State Senate districts, ordering a court-appointed special master to draw replacement lines for this year’s critical midterm elections instead. — … Continue reading

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