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he Tompkins County Health Department is urging residents to continue social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding high-density gatherings as the region sees an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Numbers in Tompkins County have risen steadily through the month; on Oct. 1 there were 21 active cases, 46 by Oct. 15 and 79 by Oct. 26. “Our sister counties are seeing significant upticks and we’ve seen an uptick too,” Health Director Frank Kruppa said at an Oct. 26 update meeting. “The numbers are higher than we’re uesd to. We have to continue to remain vigilant.” Kruppa said the number one source of transmission continues to be small gatherings where people spend an extended period of time together. A Ithaca High School moved to remote learning through Nov. 6 after three students tested positive last week and subsequent contact tracing found that a significant number of students and staff " may have been exposed. “We’re now navigating it as cases begin to emerge,” he said. “Now as decision making happens, we haven’t found transmission within a school.” One of the biggest factors in community spread is the vast overlap between Tompkins County and its neighbors, as many people commute in and out for work and shopping. “We definitely are experiencing community spread,” he said. “The disease doesn’t know boundaries. If cases rise around us, that creates a high exposure rate in Tompkins County. We need to be mindful of that as folks come in.” With Halloween coming up


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t was a cold Saturday, but hundreds of people showed up in support of a cause, whether it be Back the Blue rally or the Ithaca Antiracist counter-protest, on the afternoon of Oct. 24. The counter-protest, hosted by the Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America and the freshly-formed Ithaca Pantheras, had nearly 300 attendants who occupied the Pavilion for over five hours. According to several reports, the Back the Blue rally had planned to take over the Bernie Milton Pavilion, the weekly meeting location for several protest organizations on Sundays, to show support for local and national law enforcement. News of the event drew additional attention after it was rumored that members

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A Back the Blue protester and Antiracist protester meet faceto-face (Photo: Casey Martin)

of the Proud Boys fraternity, an organization recently declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, said its members would attend the rally. The protests occurred on the first day of early voting, one block over from the Town Hall polling site. Protesters on both sides showed concern that their events would be forced to disperse if local authorities decided that the protests verged on voter intimidation. Counter-protesters said the protest wasn’t about politics, but about “taking a stand against hate.” In an unexpected turn, counter-protesters, who have been rallying outside IPD repeatedly over the last three weeks, worked with police to develop a plan that would limit

the chances of any physical altercations. A representative for the Ithaca Pantheras, who asked not to be identified, said she was happy to see so many people show up for the festival and to see the police work with the protesters to create a safe event. “That kind of progress wouldn’t have been possible, had we both not had the faith to even interact with one another,” she said. “It’s definitely indicative of a step forward with the police — people saw that they could talk to the police and have them hear what [protesters] were saying.” In the early hours of the counter-protest, attendants strategized and worked on creating signs. Using a colorcoded system, the counter protesters arranged themselves into groups responsible for greeting new attendants and intervening in confrontation.

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PHOTOGRAPHER South Hill third grade class publishes book about voting By C a se y Mar tin


“My mom made me two of my favorite: A Gargoyle, and Animal from the Muppets. She did a great job!” -Russ M.

“Second grade. Batman had just came out, all the boys wore Batman costumes…I was the joker. Green hair, purple suit…the works!” -Kate K.


t the beginning of most Novembers, life at South Hill Elementary School is briefly disrupted as the school opens its doors to voters. Last year when that happened, one of Jake Chernikoff ’s third grade students asked him why people vote. Chernikoff wrote the question on the board and left it there, returning to it throughout the year as opportunities permitted to talk to his students about voting and making their voices count. That lesson culminated in the class collaborating with author Alex McConduit, illustrator Irwan Awalludin and each other to write a book called “Our Vote is Our Voice.” The book is a compilation of stories of “heroic Americans who fought for our right to vote.” Each student teamed up

with one or two other classmates to cover people like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass and Rep. John Lewis. Plans for the book were already in motion when his student asked about voting, Chernikoff said, but when schools shut down and students were forced home due to the coronavirus pandemic, things shifted. Originally, McConduit, a long-time friend of Chernikoff ’s, was going to come to Ithaca to visit for a few days to work with the students. Instead, everything went virtual and the book became a longer term project, with students spending about a month researching and writing while meeting regularly with


perpetuated by the media and local government about law enforcement. He pointed to the events of last week’s protest along Meadow Street where multiple fights broke out. “We will not be pushed around by an angry mob,” Lucente shouted. Appearing anxious to address the counter-protesters, Back the Blue ralliers unexpectedly, and to Lucente’s surprise, left the Cayuga Street entrance and met with counter protesters at the edge of the Bernie Milton Pavilion where they faced off 50 feet apart, shouting back and forth for hours. “No Hate, No KKK, No More Fascist USA,” counterprotesters shouted from behind a banner brandishing the same phrase, while a handful of protesters from both sides traveled back and forth between groups to challenge one another, occasionally arguing over historical precedents, communism and racism. Saturday also saw the largest law enforcement presence since protests began in June, with officers from multiple agencies, including IPD, New York State Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff 's Of-

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“I was a really, really good Hobo one year!” -Cindy C.

“Well, where I am from (Serbia and Montenegro) we didn’t celebrate Halloween, but if I did…I’d want to be a medieval knight.” Nikola B. (@Nikolab___)

“About 10 years ago we went as Walter and Jesse from Breaking Bad. Little known fact: yellow tyvek suits are great for dancing.” -Suzanne & John H.

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Other attendants took turns painting a large plastic banner that they would later hold before Back the Blue protesters. “You can tell safety is really being prioritized,” one attendee commented on the organization. Back the Blue ralliers gathered around 2 p.m. at the Cayuga Street entrance to the Commons. Led by Rocco Lucente, around 70 protesters holding law enforcement and Trump 2020 flags listened to Lucente and others speak on the purpose of the rally. “I think that when you look at the statistics, the idea that police are a systemically racist agency is simply an unfounded claim,” Lucente said. He said that he organized the gathering to show support for law enforcement in an area where he feels they don’t generally receive it. During his second address to Back the Blue ralliers, he described the counter-protesters as a mob set out to bully people of opposing beliefs. Lucente also railed against the “false narratives” being

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McConduit throughout the process. “Doing it online afforded us opportunities,” Chernikoff said. “We worked with Alex over a series of weeks rather than a few days. And the ability to interview people became significantly easier in a lot of fice, keeping a watchful eye on protesters from the ground and rooftops above. In particular, they seemed to be watching members of the Proud Boys, one of whom had arrived with a Level IV bulletproof breastplate, walkietalkies and other gear tucked in his pockets. “If anything happens with him, it’ll be an all-out melee,” one officer was overheard saying. The Proud Boy, who identified himself as Cobb Johnson, said that he’d traveled from Syracuse with other members of his upstate New York chapter to support and protect Back the Blue protesters who had been silenced at their previous gatherings in Ithaca by counter-protesters. “For the last week, we’ve had people who’ve been trying to come out here and peacefully protest and they’ve been attacked and harassed by other groups,” said Johnson. “We didn't want the interference to happen again, so we just showed up to make sure peace was kept,” He continued: “There’s just been too much violence and we don’t want the violence but if there has to be, [the Proud

ways because it was just getting them to sign online. It wasn’t ideal, but we very much made lemonade out of the lemons we were handed for our spring in third grade.” The students agreed that doing things virtually had its advantages and disadvantages. Fourth-grader Nora Lind was one of the students who worked on the chapter about Dorothy Cotton, and who got to interview a woman who works for the Dorothy Cotton Institute in Ithaca. “That made something virtual a lot more fun,” Lind said. “I didn’t know Dorothy Cotton was a person, and then I was studying her and I had no idea who she was or that she lived in Ithaca.” For Grace Folsom, who worked on the section about Ida B. Wells, one of the hardest parts was using a skill she wasn’t used to. “I’m not good at typing,” she explained. “I’m better at writing with my own hand.” continued on page 7

Boys] will be here for it, but we don’t want it.” Ahead of Saturday’s protests, law enforcement and Mayor Svante Myrick released statements to the community warning people against attending the Saturday protests, but the warning didn’t appear to have the effect the parties had hoped. Back the Blue protesters blamed Myrick for being too lax with counter-protesters, and Antiracist protesters said they were upset that the mayor didn’t direct his warning at Back the Blue protesters and the Proud Boys. After two hours in the finger-numbing chill, protesters began to disperse, with the remaining protesters on the Back the Blue side composed of Proud Boys and older men holding thin blue line flags. Lead organizer Rocco Lucente left before 4 p.m. By 5 p.m., Antiracist protesters had turned their chants of resistance to dancing in celebration. “I’m really, really proud of everyone who came out today. We’re ecstatic to have seen everyone show up,” the Ithaca Pantheras representative said. -Glenn Epps

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t the Green Star Food Co-op on Cascadilla Street, groceries aren’t the only thing worth checking out. Every Saturday night starting at 8 p.m., the Green Star parking lot becomes a veritable boogie wonderland in the form of a pop-up roller disco. Crista Nicole is the creator of the event, somewhat unintentionally starting a small local skating movement after posting about the spot on Facebook and inviting anyone to join. After a friend brought her to a roller disco in Syracuse last year, Nicole said she and a group of local skaters were inspired to get an indoor roller disco going in Ithaca. Then, the pandemic hit and she decided to switch gears. “I got tired of waiting,” Nicole said, skating back and forth as she talked. “A monthand-a-half ago, I just posted on my Facebook page and said, ‘I’m going down to this beautiful parking lot under the lights at 8 o'clock Saturday night. I hope someone will join me.’” And join they did. On this particular night, a cold one at that, half a dozen skaters were lacing up and skating up by the end of the first song. While the average night features around 15 skaters, Nicole said there was a surge in popularity after she started an official Facebook page for the event and the story was picked up by WENY.

At first glance, the parking lot of a grocery store might seem like an odd spot, but it’s one of few spots in Ithaca that has smooth, flat pavement and lots of lights, so people can skate safely at night. Still, the pop-up isn’t just confined to Greenstar. In the past, Nicole said she has skated in parking garages when it was raining. As more people join the Facebook group, the popups have started happening elsewhere as well. “It’s starting to take on a life of its own,” Nicole said. “There was a pop-up yesterday and I wasn't even at it, but someone posted pictures and brought their own music and found their own spot. That’s the best part.” Ithaca isn’t the only place to experience skating throwbacks. Across the country, roller skate sales have spiked as people pick up new hobbies in light of the pandemic. “It is such a great way to have some socialization at a distance and do something that’s physical and free,” said Grace Ritter, an Ithaca local who came to skate at the pop-up with her daughter. “We started during quarantine as a fun thing to do … We’re really novices but it’s just, like, a creative and exciting activity.” While the roller disco makes for a great sociallydistanced family outing, there were a wide range of age

From a recent Ithaca’s Pop Up Roller Disco event (photo: from Facebook)

groups in attendance. Jess Kalams, a junior theatre management major at Ithaca College, came with a group of friends after hearing about the event on Facebook. Kalams said she had been skating for about two years after being inspired by the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Starlight Express,” where the actors famously perform the entire show on roller skates. Though it was her first time at the pop-up, Kalams said she wished she knew about the event sooner. “It's a very fun vibe with no pressure and no stakes,” she said. “I’m not the best, but I feel comfortable with everyone here.” Although many skaters in attendance were relative beginners, the pop-up also attracted some more experienced skaters. Take Mike Wood, a rollerskating aficionado of sorts. Wood has been skating for over 31 years, growing up in Elmira, down the street from Joycrest Skating Rink. Decades later, he now works at that very same rink, although it has closed for the season due to COVID-19. Instead, Wood and his son travel all over the Northeast looking for open roller rinks, going as far as Pennsylvania. “Basically, the rinks in PA are a two-hour drive, one way, so it’s four hours of driving in the night and you get to skate for two to three hours,” he said. “It’s just good exercise and fun … It keeps you moving,” he

said. Wood, who gets tested weekly and wears a mask, says he’s not too afraid of the virus, since skating is fairly socially distanced. “It’s wide open, so it’s not really too crowded or anything.” he said. “It’s more enjoyable when you have people around that you can skate with and see what other people are doing.” Nicole said she agrees and loves the extra company. “Most of the people that come I don’t even know, which is the greatest part, because I meet so many new people,” she said. “Where have all these skaters been all our lives?” a girl asked, seemingly proving Nicole’s point, as she skated through the conversion. Nicole also made it a point to mention that there is a problem with access to skating in Ithaca. “A lot of people have reached out to me really wanting to do this, but they don’t own skates,” she said. “There’s nowhere for people to really try it to know if they should buy skates.” Nicole said the group’s Facebook page has been a useful tool for people looking to buy or sell used pairs. In the past, she has also been happy to lend out an extra pair for the night, if anyone needs it. Wood came prepared as well, picking up a catalogue and some used skates from Joycrest in case anyone was interested in buying a pair. As luck would have it, one skater ended up buying their first pair that night. Nicole has not given up the dream of an enclosed skating pavilion in Ithaca, as there is still no place in Ithaca to skate year-round. “It would be great if the city would build something like that in one of the parks for skating because a lot of cities have that,” she said. “I just want to skate and it would be nice to have a covered, smooth outdoor spot.” For now, the parking lot remains the best option, and the roller disco doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. In the uncertainty of the pandemic, some people are just happy to be skating by.

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Nigerian Solidarity A candlelight vigil was held Sunday at the Bernie Milton Pavilion to honor the lives lost to police brutality and the recent military attack on civilians in Nigeria. All over the world, Nigerians and supporters have congregated to amplify the movement and memorialize the deceased victims in the fight to end police brutality. COVID Alert A rider on TCAT route 31 and route 43 has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Tompkins County Health Department, as well as employees at Arby’s and Staples. For a full list of potential exposure dates and times, visit Ithaca.com.

HEARD&SEEN In Person Pause Ithaca High School announced Thursday that it will continue distance learning through Nov. 6 after three students tested positive for coronavirus last week and contact tracing revealed “a significant number of students and staff” may have been exposed.

TCAT vs. House A TCAT bus crashed into a house on the 400 block of Hook Place in Ithaca, causing damage to multiple properties. Officers responded to the call at 12:18 p.m. on Oct. 23. No other vehicles were involved, and the bus driver, passengers and homeowner reported only minor injuries.

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Daisia Noboa: Moving between two worlds To be or not to be D N By M a rjor i e Z . O l d s aisia Noboa’s Spanish great-greatgrandfather left his home in Spain working on a boat to Cuba. His dream was to build a life in the United States. From Cuba, he eventually made his way to the U.S. and settled in the Syracuse area. In Syracuse, Daisia’s great-greatgrandfather married, and his son, Jacinto Noboa, fell in love with Daisia’s Italian great-grandmother, Concetta Paratore from Italy. Growing up, Daisia’s greatgrandparents insisted everyone speak English at home. They were in America now, and they should learn English! Her great-grandmother Concetta, however, passed down many Italian customs and traditions, including Daisia’s favorite: Sunday dinner. Syracuse, where Daisia was born and raised, has been the family’s hometown now for many generations. An only child in a close, loving family, Daisia’s grandmother in Baldwinsville refers to her as her LBF (Little Best Friend). Jessica Noboa, Daisia’s mother, works in Central Registration for the Syracuse School District. (Before Daisia was born, her mother chose Daisia’s name from a Tyra Banks movie, “Higher Learning.”)

Daisia loved her college years, earning an associate degree at Herkimer College in fashion buying and merchandising and her bachelor’s degree in marketing at SUNY Oswego. While attending a job fair, she was recruited for an internship by Sherwin Williams, where she worked the summer before her senior year. After graduation, she went into the manager training program. While in the training program in Fayetteville, NY, she also attended a week of training in Pennsylvania, along with about 24 other trainees. From there, she was placed as an assistant manager in Rome, NY, and then promoted to the Ithaca store in her third year with Sherwin Williams. While men outnumber women as managers, Daisia says that she has been proud to be part of SW’s management; and she has confidence her district manager appreciates her skills and successes and “has plans for her.” She values the ongoing training, getting to know Fayetteville and Ithaca, and she has already begun to represent SW as part of the Upstate NY Recruitment Team. “I

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By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r ot to be ungrateful, but I owe my bookie a fortune from betting against Cornell. I had them closing by Labor Day, then double or nothing on September 30, triple or nothing on Columbus Day. Did not see them pulling this off for so long. What's next? Safe driving on campus? Not to be alarming, but WTFis happening in Ithaca's Wild West End? There hasn't been this much gunplay since the Clanton Boys rode into town and shot up the OK Corral. My leave-thehouse checklist is wallet, keys, phone, mask, kevlar vest. Maybe we clear a path through the demonstrators so the IPD can get out there and keep the peace? Not to be preachy, speaking of protests, but with simultaneous competing events it stops being about the message, and becomes about the competition. A better tactic is taking turns. Like we learned to do in kindergarten. Not to be paranoid, but why isn't anyone talking about this in a presidential election year? There is a briefcase, the contents of which can be used by the President of the United States to authorize a nuclear attack, without needing to consult anyone, in under ten minutes. It is held by a military aide-de-camp who always accompanies the president, literally everywhere he or she goes. The operational plan for nuclear strike orders is entirely concerned with the identity of the commanding officer and the authenticity of the order, and there are no safeguards to verify that the person issuing the order is sane. For years, it was a top issue in campaigns. Barry Goldwater lost the 1964 election because LBJ made people scared of putting that briefcase in the hands of a crazy person. Donald Trump makes Barry Goldwater look like Fred Rogers. Happy Halloween. Not to be dramatic, but I've been getting a lot of friend requests on Facebook from “people” new to the site whose background information is written in the cyrillic alphabet. Apparently, there's no cause for concern. Still, I'm convert-

ing a few dollars to rubles, putting them in a coffee can, and burying it in my backyard. Out of an abundance of caution. Not to be one of those people, but there is clearly a gigantic conspiracy involving most of the news outlets on earth, all the American intel agencies, a critical mass of federal employees, and many of Trump's own appointees to make the president look bad. Really bad. And the best evidence of the whole megillah is the utter lack of evidence. That's how good they are. Not to be mean, but I generally subtract 20 points from the presumed IQ of anyone I see wearing their mask under the nose. Minus 35 points for the totally maskless. Not to be obtuse, but I don't really understand the whole Hunter Biden thing or why it matters, and I've tried. Living, as I do, outside the Fox news bubble, I'm not sure enlightenment is mine to attain. Not to be alarmist, but working from home, voting from home, shopping from home...My social skills were shaky enough before, but I may have passed the point of no return in terms of ever being able to successfully navigate the outside world again. Not to be political — and I'm not calling him a gerrymandered, Trumpenabling, PAC-money-sucking, environmental-law-undermining blowhard — but having Tom Reed be Ithaca's representative in Congress is like having General Custer represent the Lakota Nation. Not to be contrary, but I have it on good authority from an internet epidemiologist, steeped in weeks of experience in the furniture relocation industry, that the Tompkins County Health Department is dead wrong to suggest that two dozen people playing basketball without masks at GIAC during a pandemic is a health risk. Not to beat a dead horse, but vote. Early and often.

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this weekend, Kruppa outlined the safest way for people to enjoy the holiday. “Trick or treating is a risky activity,” he said. He suggested setting up a table outside of your home with individually wrapped candy so that people aren’t reaching their hands into a bowl over and over. Better yet, he suggested keeping the kids home and doing a candy scavenger hunt in your house or yard. “Try having Halloween as a family, the group you’ve been around and living with,” he said. “Stay in and play games and watch scary movies or Disney cartoons — what-

ever works for your family.” In the holiday vein, he added that Thanksgiving is about as high risk as it gets. “Thanksgiving is exactly what we don’t want,” Kruppa said. “It’s groups of people gathering, sitting around a table, not wearing masks and eating for an extended period of time. And it typically brings generations together. Grandma and grandpa and elderly parents are there. When it comes to protecting my parents, we’re not getting together because the risk of that is too much.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g


am continuing to grow, and I am going places. I love everything I know about Ithaca these past two years, except the one-way streets.” “I’ve gotten to know and work with many contracting customers and also enjoy sharing technical advice with homeowners and renters, so that their home improvements are successful,” she says. “In the beginning of a career, women managers have to be able to stand their ground, to be taken seriously. I’m naturally friendly, but have no problem holding the line.” So, what does a young, attractive, self-confident assistant manager for a well-known franchise within a corporation do when she is not working? Daisia was recruited to perform in local films shortly after American High, a film production company, moved to Syracuse after purchasing an empty high school in Liverpool. Once they renovated, they hired Annie Delago (Casting by Annie) to recruit actors. “Annie is great to work with. She shares, with qualified recruits, the upcoming scenes and specifics for casting calls. Many of the scenes are geared to a teenage audience.” In March this year, the movie “Banana

Split” hit Netflix, hitting the big-time months after it was filmed in December of 2017. Daisia, now a 24-year-old, played one of the teens, dancing at a teen party. Script writer Hana Marks is her inspiration: “She wrote, co-produced and starred in “Banana Split” with Dylan Sprouse.” Some of Daisia’s fellow actors have taken the leap to become full-time actors. “We work on Screen Actors Guild films, and I am eligible. But the actors’ union dues are steep, and the prospects are unpredictable.” Once you join the union, you can no longer work on non-union films; and so Daisia is watching the lay of the land as she becomes familiar with other production companies in the area and beyond: “To be successful I would have to move in with friends in NYC. Since I love my job in Ithaca and being near my family in Syracuse, right now I have the best of all worlds.” To meet Daisia Noboa, stop by Sherwin Williams near Gnomon Copy and Tops on Meadow Street. Catch her in the last party scene in “Banana Split” on Netflix, as well as the auditorium scene and the epic last party scene in Hulu’s “The Binge” that just premiered this past August: “You might have to hit pause and zoom in, but as the famous Konstantin Stanislavski said: ‘There are no small parts, only small actors.’”

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The students expressed interest in who they would study and then spent some time in a research phase where they filled out note organizers to make sure they had all the needed information. The class as a whole met everyday, and then the groups of students met individually to check in. McConduit and Chernikoff met three or four times with each group to go over the writing they had done individually and combine it into a single section. Each student wrote a body paragraph covering different sections of the person’s life, and then they wrote the introduction and conclusion together. In a spring semester filled with questions, technology struggles and unknowns, writing this book proved to be a bright spot. “It was a pretty amazing thing to watch and facilitate,” Chernikoff said. “The general consensus I got from colleagues and friends was that the spring was kind of just a big bummer. But for us, while there were obviously frustrations, I had every kid pretty much showing up every day and working as hard or harder than before. This was our biggest academic undertaking the whole year, and more or less I had my class showing up with more enthusiasm and rigor and work ethic than at any other point.” Lind and Folsom agree. “It was super fun, and the illustrator was really good and the writer was really good,” Folsom said. “I had a lot of fun

finding ways to put the things together. I have a virtual copy on my computer and it’s amazing how all of our class came together to make a super amazing book.” Lind echoed that, and said she can’t wait to see the real thing. “It was so cool to see the virtual version,” she said. “And my fourth grade teacher said we’re going to get the book for our classroom. The book is being published through Amazon, which by default makes it available on Amazon.com, but Chernikoff would prefer people to support local vendors. The book will be available for purchase at Buffalo Street Books, both in person and online. In-person copies will be available on a “pay what you wish” basis. As authors, the class has the ability to purchase the books at-cost, so the students want to donate any money made to distributing copies to kids who might not have access otherwise, whether through schools or public libraries. The book will also be available at Tompkins County Public Library and Little Free Library boxes around the community. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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ood grief, Bryan. I assume no actual dogs were harmed in the making of ‘Becky,’ and the dog’s death is used to show how evil the bad guys are. OK, it’s a tired trope, but are Ithacans such flakes that they’re going to skip an entire movie on that account? -Peter J. Grimalkin

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he League of Women Voters hopes every registered voter will vote. Vote absentee, vote early, or vote on election day. When should we expect the results? The coronavirus pandemic is impacting everything in the U.S. including the presidential election. With the increase in absentee ballots expected in 2020, tallying votes will take more time. It is likely ballots will be counted late into the night and may continue for a week or more all over the country. Voters should not expect all election results to be called or announced on Election Day as in previous elections, and that’s okay. A delayed result due to an increased number of mailed ballots means the system is working as it should to ensure the integrity of our election process. It is essential that our election officials take the time needed to make sure every vote is counted and every voter’s voice is heard. Each state runs its own process. In some states, including New York, ballots can be accepted several days after election day, as long as they are postmarked before the state’s deadline. Some states count the ballots as they come in; others have laws that forbid processing mailed ballots until election day, guaranteeing the count will extend well past that night. If you have questions about how to vote or about the candidates go to VOTE411.org. Remember, our democracy is worth waiting for. -Kay Wagner, Co-President, League of Women Voters of Tompkins County

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am a retired internist who practiced in the area for 35 years and have comments that pertain to this election. In 1961, Ronald Reagan spoke against Medicare warning that if it passed, “children” and their later kids would only have memories of “what it once was like in America, when men were free.” Though he, many other Republicans, and the American Medical Association, criticized Medicare and Medicaid, we are still a democracy. Having good Social Welfare programs – Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security (and many complained against that as well) – does not make us [a] Socialist country – just as most European countries are not; the government does not run the businesses in their countries. Health care should not bankrupt the American people but it is: bankruptcy O c to b e r

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from medical expenses is the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in this country. (No surprise when being airlifted across town in Philadelphia for COVID can cost $52,112, as happened this year.) The Trump Administration (backed 90 percent of the time by our Congressman Tom Reed) remains committed, if not obsessive, in trying to remove Obama’s ACA, even now, with no plan at all to substitute for it and most Americans pleased to have it. Tom Reed supports reducing health care coverage but claims we have the best system in the world, which we do not. In fact, our ranking is surprisingly low for the wealthiest country in the world, and Americans are dying at a younger age than those in most of Europe, at much higher cost than any of their citizens pay. I know many people with serious health conditions. Some are young and in danger of losing their coverage Nov. 10 at the Supreme Court. Trump has no plan. Keep this in mind as you vote. -John Costello MD, Ithaca, NY

In support of Leslie Danks Burke


e urge everyone to vote in this election and to be sure to vote for our representatives to the NY State Assembly and Senate. Leslie Danks Burke is running for State Senate District #58 against incumbent Tom O’Mara. She is a strong supporter of the NY Health Act, a bill presently in the NY State legislature that establishes a single-payer Medicare for all health program[s] like the successful Canadian system. This would provide guaranteed healthcare access to every resident of NY regardless of age, employment, medical history, income, or documentation. This means that no one is kicked off at age 26 or denied care because of “pre-existing conditions,” and everyone is free to change jobs without fear of losing health coverage. With the NYHA in place we would be better able as a population to fight and contain COVID-19, keep us healthier in general because we could see a doctor when we needed to, and begin to undo the racial inequalities in healthcare that this pandemic has spotlighted. It would lower our taxes: the regressive healthcare premium “tax” we pay to private insurers and the burden of Medicaid costs and public employee healthcare on our property taxes. All but the very wealthy of us would have more money in our pockets. We urge you to vote for Leslie on Nov. 3rd. She is a strong advocate for other progressive issues, and all of these are linked to the benefits of universal health care: the environment, job creation, small businesses and farms, public education, economic justice. Go farther – volunteer for or donate to her campaign. And be sure to check out the NYHA at nyhcampaign.org. -Susan Soboroff, MD and Judy Jones, Members of FingerLakes for New York Health

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Ithaca Times talked to the candidates for the Congressional, Senate and NYS Assembly races to break down their policies and stances. By G l e n n E pps , Ta n n e r H a r di ng a n d Sy dn ey K e l l e r

olls are currently open for early voting, so we talked to the candidates for local races to help you decide what choices to make. Election Day is Nov. 3, and is the last day to vote. We encourage you to be informed and make your voice count.





epublican incumbent Tom Reed is facing off against Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano and Write-In/Democrat candidate Scott Noren for the 23rd Congressional District seat this election. The Ithaca Times spoke with the candidates to find out how each of them would support some of the needs of their constituents after the November election. Reed was elected to Congress in 2010 and has represented the district for 10 years. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee within the House. This is the second time Reed has gone up against Tracy Mitrano. The self-identified gun-toting Democrat ran against Reed in 2018 and lost the general election by nine points; a September

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poll showed Mitrano seven points behind Reed. Noren has run for higher office three times before— in 2010, 2012 and 2018— each time campaigning to unseat New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand. His initial interest in running, he said, came from a conversation with incumbent Reed regarding the opioid crisis. Noren works as an oral surgeon. Mitrano said she was inspired to run after learning of the election interference in 2016; she has owned an information management, security and privacy consulting business since 2014. ECONOMY

The pandemic has proven to be less of an impediment to economic growth than originally projected in the spring after the novel coronavirus caused massive shutdowns across the country. The unemployment rate sits around 8.4 % nationally. While extraordinarily high, it’s a far cry from the 13% the U.S. saw before the 2008 presidential election. But what the best plan is to recover from a seemingly neverending pandemic remains anyone’s best guess. According to Reed’s website, the congressman believes in providing tax cuts to hardworking families. In 2017, Reed “proudly supported” the The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which has been criticized since its passing for capping state and local tax deductions at $10,000, which pummeled taxpayers in high-tax states like New

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York and heavily benefitted higher-income families with an AGI of $200,000 or higher. Several of the laws provisions— including full-expensing for businesses— are set to expire over the next five years. Senior Advisor for the Reed campaign, Matt Coker, when asked whether the congressman would work to adjust the new tax code, said that in another term Reed would seek to make certain provisions set forth by the law permanent and expand on others. Coker did not comment on which of the provisions would receive which treatment from Reed. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provided significant relief for families, created an environment to create good-paying jobs, and made America the best place in the world to start or expand a business,” Coker said. “In order to ensure that our tax code promotes growth and facilitates a rapid recovery from the pandemic, we need to move to make these provisions permanent. This is why Tom is co-sponsoring the ‘Commitment to American GROWTH Act,’ which would provide certainty to businesses by making these policies permanent while also providing additional incentives to start and grow a business here in the United States.” Mitrano and Noren have both said they favor expanding broadband internet access, improving rural infrastructure and improving healthcare. Neither of the candidates said they had an official plan to improve the economy, per se, but both said they would be open to ideas they believe work. “Trickle-down economics does not work, and my opponent's 2017 tax plan has created a $2 trillion deficit in addition to putting Social Security and Medicare at risk,” said Mitrano. “It is time to return to a simple and reasonable progressive tax, one that includes many more tax brackets beyond the current cut off of about a half-

million dollars. With the ‘one percent’ and corporations paying their fair share, it will not be necessary to raise taxes on the working and middle-class.” Coker said that Reed also favors expanding broadband internet into rural areas and has already secured funding for Yates County, the third least populated county in New York state. “Tom successfully fought for $640 billion in federal funding for rural broadband to be included in last December’s spending bill and delivered the USDA Reconnect program funding through the USDA Rural Development program to strengthen rural broadband in Yates County in January. In February, Tom delivered a $1.5 million grant for Southern Tier Network to help boost broadband in Chemung, Steuben, and Schyuler counties. Additionally, funding for broadband expansion was a component of the CARES Act that Tom supported in March,” Coker said. HEALTHCARE & COVID-19 RESPONSE

On the topic of healthcare, Mitrano said she would support any plan that “mov[es] towards the goal of affordability, availability, and efficiency” in healthcare. She has said that while she supports the Biden Plan she refuses to limit herself to “just one plan.” “We're not getting anywhere when people come up with various plans. But we all know what is right,” she said “And so let's just start testing individual bills, instead of trying to come up with a master plan, arguing about it to death, dividing ourselves.” She continued, “Let's just start doing what people need and want, one piece of legislation at a time.” She reiterated her commitment to searching for solutions that “mov[e] towards the goal of affordability, availability, and efficiency.” Alternatively, Reed has expressed firm disapproval of the Affordable Care Act and

them to come here and work, whether it's over a 12 month period for dairy or nine month period for fruits or vegetables, and then allow them to go home when it's all done in a way that is documented instead of illegal.” Reed said he supports creating paths toward legal work status for workers already working in the United States under undocumented status. "I do not support amnesty. However, I do believe a path to a solution exists that would provide legal work status to those here illegally, and at the same time ensure our national security remained intact,” said Reed in 2014. Noren said legitimizing our immigration system is dependent upon how Congress addresses the essential needs of the nation and its undocumented workers. “I think we can walk and chew gum at the same time, I think we should be able to get anybody who's an undocumented worker, there's always this living in the shadows crap that they have to deal with. And I just think we need to get them out of the shadows, get them documented, get them legitimized in our system”



Seventy percent of farms in upstate New York depend on Latino immigrants who make up 50–100% of the workforce, according to a Cornell University study. Within the past decade, nationwide farm employment has decreased, but, Latino workers on dairy farm numbers — and undocumented laborers on farms — have increased. When it comes to farm labor, it’s not a matter of finding American workers to do the job. It’s a matter of finding laborers skilled enough to work on farms and willing to commit themselves to the profession — often the road to attaining agricultural work visas can be long and overdrawn. Mitrano said she supports extending visas for agricultural and technical workers. “Most dairy farmers do not want to assimilate to the United States,” Mitrano said. “They want to work here and go home. And we do not yet have the immigration documentation that we need that will allow




wo attorneys are going head-to-head as Democrat Leslie Danks Burke takes on incumbent Republican Sen. Tom O’Mara for a spot in the state senate representing district 58. This is Danks Burke’s second attempt at unseating O’Mara after she lost by nine points, or 10,782 votes, in 2016. Danks Burke describes herself as a longtime advocate for education, healthcare and rural economic development. She also cites being a mother as one of her inspirations for running. “I see kids are growing up in this region without the school funding they need, and then when they do grow up it’s hard to find a job,” she said. “People are leaving to find a bright future, but I want our kids to want to stay here. I think it’s the greatest place in the world, and I want to make sure people can afford to live here.”

O’Mara was elected to the state senate in November 2010, and describes himself as an advocate to improve the state’s business climate and is a strong advocate for the manufacturing industry. He’s also against “large, over-burdensome government,” and wants to fight to reduce property taxes. Similarly, fatherhood plays a part in his inspiration as a senator too. “I have three college-aged kids, and I want to make sure they have the opportunity to have a life here,” he said. In an interview with the Ithaca Times, both candidates tackled some of today’s most pressing issues, such as rebounding economically from the pandemic, police reform and funding, high taxes, and health insurance. ECONOMIC REBOUND

Danks Burke points to helping small businesses as the thing that will help the economy bounce back from the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken. “Small businesses are most of the employment sector,” she said. “We need to cut the red tape that holds them back, cut property taxes and create real tax relief for businesses below a certain size.” She suggested providing a tax holiday for businesses with more than a 25% revenue loss due to the pandemic and any non-chain restaurants, requiring insurance corporations to provide business interruption payments for their insured, and requiring municipal contractors to use New York State businesses first. “There are so many things we can do and nobody’s doing anything about it,” she said. O’Mara is on the same page, agreeing

that the state needs to start helping small businesses. He believes it could be beneficial to provide low- or no-interest loans to small businesses to keep them afloat. He also suggested tax abatements for a period of time until they get back on their feet. “Most of these small businesses that are struggling have too much debt already,” he said. “We need to be creative.” O’Mara is a long-time advocate for manufacturing and was an integral part of removing the corporate franchise tax for corporate manufacturers. He said more work needs to be done to ensure manufacturers can be successful in this area. “I’m a firm believer that manufacturing should be the prime focus of economic development to turn new innovations into manufacturing entities,” he said. “It will foster a variety of small businesses to support. We still have a decent manufacturing

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a national healthcare system. In 2017, the congressman voted to repeal the ACA and replace it with the American Healthcare Act. This year, he also voted in favor of the Families First Coronavirus Act, which responded to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak by establishing paid sick leave and free coronavirus tests, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for healthcare workers. “The pandemic reinforced the need to support our local hospitals and front line healthcare workers. Their services have never been more essential to the health and safety of our communities,” Coker said. “We previously led the charge to reauthorize the Medicare Low-Volume and Medicare Dependent Hospitals program, and we will continue to fight for our local health networks to have access to the resources they need. The pandemic has reinforced the urgency of the fight to ensure we have strong local hospitals.,” For Mitrano, the solution is obvious. “Let me be clear, there is a perfectly appropriate direction we should be taking: funding need first,” Mitrano said. “By that I mean, fund the hospitals and healthcare workers involved in COVID research for treatments and vaccines.” In her reply to a question about the best course to support families during COVID, she said the next step after funding hospitals and research is to focus on hunger, homelessness and evictions.

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base in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, but it’s not what it was 40 years ago. The pandemic has shown we need greater reliance on manufacturing.”



The candidates find common ground when it comes to police funding; neither believe funding should be taken away from police departments but agree that other social services need more funding. Danks Burke said that mental health and education services are not receiving the funding they’ve been promised, and that law enforcement is being asked to do jobs that they’re not trained to do. “No wonder it’s all falling apart,” she said. “We need funding into education, mental health and social services. We pay more taxes than any other state, so where’s it all going?” She added that from conversations she’s had with police officers, she believes the only way to solve the problem is if all the voices are at the table. “We cannot make decisions about Black and brown citizens without their voices,” she said. “We cannot make changes to law enforcement supports without their voices.” O’Mara said that while it was clear that what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis was “inappropriate and criminal behavior,” we have to be careful about attacking police departments as a whole. “It’s beneficial to have police out in a more casual way to build relationships,” he said. “Individuals living in high-crime areas don’t like the crime either. And I’m seeing push-back from those people saying ‘we don’t want less police, we want them here protecting us.’” O’Mara also echoed Danks Burke’s call for more funding to social services, adding that there is a lack of services particularly for mental health and drug addiction issues. “State leadership has been reducing the state’s mental health facilities. They tried to close the Elmira Psychiatric Center, and that’s been tried half-a-dozen times over the past 20 years,” he said. “But those nonprofits have not been supported enough to grow to handle this level of mental health and drug addiction issues.” He also added that police officers could likely benefit from better training for dealing with people who have drug addictions or mental illness to ensure they’re able to de-escalate and defuse situations. “[Police] aren’t social workers, so it would be great to have more mental health 10  T

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services available, even at the call of the police,” O’Mara said. “A lot of times police are the first to arrive and they don’t know what they’re walking into.” TAXES

According to the Tax Foundation, New York has the highest individual tax burden in the country at 12.7%, a fact nobody is particularly proud of. Danks Burke said the first thing she would do if elected is introduce a bill to cut property taxes by 50% by taking Medicaid off the property tax base, “like the other 49 states.” She added that the real divide in the state is not between Democrats and Republicans or liberals and conservatives, it’s “between people who get away with paying nothing in property taxes,” and those who do pay them. “None of them live around here, and they’re propped up by our exorbitant tax costs,” she said. “Regardless of where people live, they’re subsidizing people at the tippy top, and those folks have bought and paid for politicians to make sure it stays that way.” She said the solution is to band together working and middle class people and understand that the system is “rigged against us.”

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O’Mara said that there’s a cap of 2% on property tax increases, which he claims is an effective way to stem the growth of property taxes. Reducing property taxes, however, is very difficult, he said. “Our local governments are already at bare bones,” O’Mara said. He suggested a better way to reduce taxes is to reduce the number of unfunded mandates that local governments are required to find money for. “While many may have merit for being required, the state shouldn’t be enforcing these mandates without following through with funding,” O’Mara said. “As those mandates become relieved, local entities can reduce their taxes over time.” HEALTH INSURANCE

Danks Burke has made no secret of her distaste for Medicaid over the course of her campaign. “The Medicaid program is bloated and not serving the people it should,” she said. “Right now it’s a way to funnel tax dollars from our pockets to big huge corporations instead.” She believes a single-payer system would be more cost-efficient for New Yorkers. “Medicaid is a nice idea, but there are 20 corporations that contract with the state

Medicaid program to provide healthcare,” she said. “Some are for-profit and some are not, but you have 20 different companies making money off the state. They did an audit last December that found close to a billion dollars could be saved if we removed a for-profit skim from the Medicaid budget. That’s just one budget line.” While O’Mara agrees that the cost of Medicaid is a burden and shouldn’t be funded through property taxes, he doesn’t agree a single-payer system is the answer. “I do not support the single-payer system that others are promoting,” he said. “It’s very well understood to cost in excess of $200 billion, and that’s going to come in the way of increased payroll taxes and other income taxes to pay for that. Our total state budget right now is $176 billion, so then $200 billion plus on top of that would have dire consequences. Plus, taking away everyone’s health insurance that they have right now and put it into a government-run single payer system? I don’t believe that’s what the majority of New Yorkers want.” The real problem in healthcare, O’Mara said, is the one million people who fall into the gap between not being able to afford insurance and not being eligible for Medicaid. “Our focus needs to be there,” he said. “We need to find a way to get those people covered.” He added that the state has been expanding its parameters for who is eligible for Medicaid, and the gap has been slowly closing, but that we need to continue to move in that direction. “We’re talking about the working poor,” he said. “We need to incentivize employers to provide some type of healthcare for employees.” He said that he had been trying to figure out how the state could do a sliding scale for those in the gap, rather than “falling off the Medicaid cliff.” “There should be a graduated let-down from that as your income level increases, so you can earn more without the detriment of losing Medicaid,” he said.



he New York State Assembly Race will take place on Election Day, Nov. 3rd. The candidates are Democrat Anna Kelles and Libertarian and Republican Matthew McIntyre. Kelles believes people can enter into the world of politics for many different reasons.

“A lot of people enter in because there are issues that they become very passionate about and the more they learn, the more involved they are. And that just does this natural progression that happens to running and wanting to be someone who is creating the policy itself,” Kelles said. Kelles ran for office in 2015, but said her passion for politics began earlier. “In my heart and in the work I was doing, my political career started years before when I was the director of the Green Resource Hub,” Kelles said. This organization worked to help local businesses transition from profit-focused to people-, planet- and profit-based, which led Kelles into being interested in environmental change. Kelles became an activist when she worked at the Nutrition Advocacy in 2012. Within this job, she researched legislation laws in every state, learning that politics played a role in which states had access to practicing the field of nutrition and which did not. “It was the first time I was really delving into legislation and seeing political arena laid out in this field,” Kelles said. Kelles said her activism helped spark her interests in politics because she sought to make a change. “Trying to influence the direction of policy, for me, in a way, that was inclusive and equitable. Those two characteristics are moral compasses for me,” Kelles said. Kelles said what represents her ethos are these two things: Policy for the people and the coexistence of planet health and human health. “When you have those things, there is equity in human access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said. “You can’t have that if you don’t have your basic needs met. And if people don’t have their basic needs met then they cannot participate in the stewardship of the planet, which is necessary to continue to sustain humans. So, they’re intrinsically linked.” Kelles highlights several important issues on her website that she wants to address if she becomes elected, and the environment is one of them. Also, if elected, Kelles says will sponsor and fight for the New York Health Act (NYHA), which is a universal, single-payer health care system. She also believes racial justice is important and wants to change how the New York State police department operates locally by starting with sustainable and substantial policy changes based on communicating with Black and brown communities. She believes we should refocus where our priorities are, and defund the police and

use this money to invest in mental health services, better schools, secure housing, food assistance, youth enrichment and other programs to strengthen communities. Kelles wants to focus on economic recovery and has two three-step plans in order to boost the economy once again. Universal childcare is an important issue to Kelles, especially in Cortland and Tompkins County, because families are struggling on how to find and pay for their child’s health. Other issues that Kelles stands for are finding housing for all people, supporting mandatory vaccinations, changing the problem of

mass incarceration and fighting for a stop to food insecurity. Matthew McIntyre’s political career began in 2018 when he formed the Cortland County Libertarian party. He said he did not give politics much thought until he was asked to run for state assembly. McIntrye pursued higher education at Le Moyne College where he studied business and management and minored in political philosophy. McIntyre continued his schooling at Syracuse University to get his master’s degree in business administration.

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McIntrye said his education has helped him immerse himself into the political world. “[Education] gives you a better understanding of the economy…” McIntrye said. McIntrye stresses the importance of making the healthcare system more affordable, but also sustainable. He believes in consumer-driven health care reform, meaning McIntrye, if elected, wants to return choices and power to the people while lowering healthcare prices. Additionally, he strongly believes in having sustainable ways to have clean energy. He hopes to challenge the government if he is elected because McIntrye stands for a “freer New York.” “Getting rid of laws is harder than creating them,” McIntrye said. “I want to allow people to use their own best judgement to make decisions for themselves. The government’s not there to tell you how to live your life or protect you from your own decisions. That’s you being a responsible person and a responsible adult.” He also is in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. He wants to treat the substance use of marijuana more as a health concern as opposed to a criminal matter. McIntrye has a four-step drug policy layout which includes defunding law enforcement programs and initiatives that enforce the arrest and prosecution of non-violent, drug-related crimes. “Let’s end the prohibition at the state level. It’s not working. Clearly. Let’s utilize that to benefit everybody,” McIntyre said. Other important issues the candidate supports are a more affordable means of childcare, education reform and firearm reform. Libertarians, according to McIntyre, are financially conservative and socially liberal. “The beauty of it is that I’m not held to a party ideal or anything,” McIntyre said. “I’m held to principals.” Both Kelles and McIntrye are unique candidates for the Assembly Race because of their backgrounds. McIntrye wants the people to know that he is not running as a career politician. “I literally am there for the people,” McIntyre said. “I’m a representative. I am the first person in New York history that is a registered third-party person, a registered Libertarian, that has been given the authorization to run…” Kelles has been a local her whole life and believes that being raised in New York has helped with her passion for politics in this area.

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t is possible that when the existentialist writer Simone de Beauvoir wrote her first book titled the Second Sex in 1949, she did not fully expect to have some 20,000 letters come to her from as far away as Brazil, New York and Croatia. But according to University of Texas professor Judith G. Coffin who discovered the trove of letters, this is what happened. The outpouring came from both men and women who sought out “de Beauvoir’s advice on everything from marriage to mistresses, sexual confessions to sex and abortions to affairs.” The many who wrote seemed to have identified with a seemingly “radical existential philosopher and a writer who challenged” the ideas of being a woman of that time. In this emailed interview, Coffin talks about her surprising discovery and her latest book published through Cornell University Press. Ithaca Times: How did this book come about on Simone de Beauvoir’s letters for you? Talk about how you discovered them? Judith G. Coffin: I had been asked to write an essay about new work on Simone de Beauvoir. I learned about the letters through a short article by one of the curators at the National Library in France. The letters weren’t even catalogued at that point. I went just to take a look, and I was riveted to the chair for the whole day. They were such extraordinary documents. The letter writers came from very diverse backgrounds. They were plain-spoken but eloquent, thoughtful, sometimes admiring and sometimes irreverent, often right on the mark but often way off it, always passionate about their identifications, expectations, and disappointments. What a drama of thought and feeling played out in these letters and in their authors’ relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. The surprises kept coming. (I went back to Paris every summer for years, because there are 20,000 letters, and you cannot photocopy anything.) One summer, I found a ten-page long letter, especially confessional and dramatic, from a man who had read the latest volume of Beauvoir’s autobiography. Her account of her arrangement with Jean-Paul Sartre (her pact, as she called it) struck a chord with him; he felt he had been living through the same struggles. He described his romantic

difficulties in operatic detail: his marriage was collapsing; he was distraught; he had a young girlfriend; they had gone on a skiing vacation together; he was jealous of her handsome young friends; she thought he was possessive; they might break up, etc. etc. There’s a nervy fellow, I thought to myself. Why is he telling this to Simone de Beauvoir? When I reached the letter’s end I found it was signed by the father of one of my best friends in France. I’d already noticed that many people wrote to this famous philosopher and writer as if she were an advice columnist who could spend hours attending to their problems -- but this was an extreme example. A year later, though, totally by happenstance, I learned that Beauvoir replied, and I saw her letter. She plainly didn’t consider his concerns inappropriate or his story uninteresting. To the contrary, she commented on his story, discussed his feelings, and gave her analysis of his blind spots. (In existentialist terms, he was in bad faith.) I was knocked back on my heels. Beauvoir, whom we think of as an aloof mandarin intellectual, wasn’t irritated when readers barged into her life. She took them seriously. Their lives were significant. They mattered to her as much as she mattered to them. That discovery was confirmed to me on many occasions. It is there in plain sight throughout her writing. So Sex, Love, and Letters came to be about that relationship between Simone de Beauvoir and her readers. It’s about the ideas and the needs that sustained it, what difference it made to her and to them, how it weathered the tumultuous years from World War II through the 1960s and what it tells us about the inner turmoil of those years and finally, what it shows about the webs that books can weave between authors and readers. Sorry, that’s a long answer. But the “discoveries” kept coming and they changed how I thought about the readers and their letters, Beauvoir’s work, and my book. IT: Do you feel it was de Beauvoir’s inner search and then writing as an existentialist that provoked such a worldwide response during the 1950s and 1960s? And how did the critics view her writings? continued on page 16

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tanding in his church-turnedrecording studio, all Will Russell knew about the 12-year-old girl with bangs and a mouth full of braces was that she had a nice voice. He didn’t know it would leave him speechless. It was May of 2014, and Jo Strogatz was at Russell’s Electric Wilburland studio in Newfield to record her debut EP of jazz covers. Her vocal teacher, local singer and musician Anna Coogan, had organized the session and handpicked a backing band of local musicians. To warm up, Strogatz began running through the tunes. Immediately, Russell stopped setting up and turned around. To him, she sounded like a timeless vocalist from the ‘50s. He was even more surprised when he realized Strogatz wasn’t trying to put on a persona. It was effortless, like breathing. “She was barely singing,” Russell says. “That’s just the sound that comes out of her. And it’s extraordinary.” Six years later, Strogatz, a 2020 Ithaca High School graduate and freshman at Tufts University, has developed a following with her voice. Under the stage name Canen, she’s released two EPs of jazz covers, has more than 38,000 subscribers on YouTube, and her version of Hozier’s “Work Song” was added to the British Library’s sound archives. Now, she’s releasing her first original music. The last thing Strogatz’s family expected, though, was that she would become a singer. They weren’t aware of music, let alone jazz — a “musical sleep,” as her mother, Carole Schiffman, puts it. Strogatz always had a quiet voice, too. But the jazz she heard in movies early on drew her in, and she sang around the house, making up songs and riffing along to her homework. Even without an ear for music,

Schiffman noticed something about her tone and arranged for vocal lessons. “It was a very unusual sound,” says Schiffman. “She sounded like a 30-year-old bar singer.” Like most people, Coogan was blown away when she first heard Strogatz sing. “She sounded like a 45-year-old smoker, but in a good way,” she said. “That’s the kind of quality that people really covet in a voice.” After just months of lessons, Coogan encouraged her to record an EP of jazz covers. Strogatz picked six songs, and after two days of recording at Electric Wilburland, Strogatz had her first album, “Think Twice,” in 2014. Strogatz remembers how nervous she was during those sessions. But that’s not what stuck with Russell. She schooled her backing band, “a badass A-team of local players,” on how she wanted the songs to sound. And when it was time to record, Strogatz would lean into the microphone, close her eyes and quietly sing a song to perfection, never needing more than two takes and leaving Russell in wonder. “She hasn’t been alive long enough for that voice to be coming out of that person,” he says. “And if you hear her, especially at that age, it’s kind of hard not to be thinking the same sort of thing.” With the same setup and musicians, Strogatz released a second EP of covers, “A Matter of Time,” the following year. Meanwhile, she was also building up an audience on YouTube. With her own camera and microphone at home, she began posting cover videos, often accompanying herself on guitar, ukulele or piano. Today, her 2015 rendition of Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” has over 8.9 million views. Around upstate New York, Strogatz began performing gigs and jazz festivals. And under the guidance of jazz vocalist and pianist Cookie Coogan, whom she began working with in 2016, Strogatz continued to improve. In 2016, after seeing her YouTube channel, NBC’s “The Voice” offered to fly Strogatz out to Los An-

geles for an audition. But her parents wanted something that was legitimate, beneficial for a young singer and which would not interfere with her academics. “The Voice” was none of those things to them. The answer was no. Once at Ithaca High School, she excelled in choir. Kristin Zaryski, IHS’s choral and vocal music director, was struck by Strogatz’s humility, enthusiasm and leadership. Strogatz was selected to national, regional and state honor choirs. “She’s one of the hardest-working singers I’ve taught,” says Zaryski. “She knows what excellence is, and she’s going to work hard to attain that every time.” After years of struggling through songwriting, it finally clicked for Strogatz during her senior year of high school. Suddenly, by using songs as a way to express her feelings, she began churning them out, sometimes multiple a day. Having waited five years to record because she wanted her next project to be original material, Strogatz finally reached out to Russell in April 2020. Last summer, after she graduated, they began recording, with Russell as the producer and Strogatz joined by a backing band he selected. “Drowning,” Strogatz’s debut original single, was released Sept. 30 with a music video filmed by Cayuga Lake. “So Damn Alone,” a second, came on Oct. 28. Strogatz plans to release two more singles in the upcoming months and an original EP in the near future. Once the pandemic is over, Strogatz, who studies music, sound and culture at Tufts, plans to take full advantage of Boston’s music scene. But from her experience in the music industry so far, Strogatz has noticed an unhealthy level of competition and commercialism, and she doesn’t want to change herself as an artist just to be successful. And that’s only if Strogatz decides to pursue a career in music. But Russell certainly sees it. “It’s why she’s here on this planet, is to sing,” he says. “At least, that’s my working theory.”

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hen my friend Jeff Tilton told me shortly after the 2019 football season that he would be retiring after 40 years at the Ithaca Housing Authority and moving to Florida, I was simultaneously happy and sad. I was happy that Jeff (and his wife, Kim) would be realizing a longtime dream, but sad for the local football community. After graduating from Ithaca High in 1981, Jeff coached football at various levels for 35 years. He was among those who breathed life into many struggling programs (like Newfield and Ithaca High). He helped a lot of kids attain a sense of achievement and belonging, and he coached at many different age levels. In fact, his last stint before moving to Florida involved coaching college football players at Cornell’s Sprint Football program. When Jeff moved, I assumed that it would be tough for him to step away from coaching while his friends and fellow coaches here in Ithaca would stay in the game. It would be difficult, I assumed, for a northern transplant to latch on with a

coaching staff in a state with such passion and tradition woven into the football culture. But, as stated, I got Jeff Tilton and the Lakewood Ranch H.S. Mustangs defensive line. it backwards. While Jeff ’s Ithaca buddies are sitting out the team.” Football started three weeks late, season, he is the defensive line coach at and while he was waiting to hear from the Lakewood Ranch, and the Mustangs are new school, Jeff got a call from the defen4-2 and looking toward the playoffs. sive coordinator at Lakewood Ranch, who We caught up by phone, and Jeff apparently liked what he heard. The D.C. sounded relaxed after a two-and-a-halfbrought the head coach into the loop; Jeff mile walk on a 72-degree Florida morning. met with both of them and was hired as Asked if he is enjoying retirement, he said: the defensive line coach. “I’m working some hours at a golf course, In some ways, football is football, and I’m substitute teaching, I’m enjoying it.” a coach with 35 years under his belt can When I asked Jeff if he thought he’d be step in, read a playbook, take a look at his coaching this fall after arriving in Florida troops and get things moving. In other in May, he replied, “I didn’t think anyone ways, Florida football is different than would be coaching anywhere.” He added, Ithaca football, and Tilton enjoys being the “I decided to send my resume to six high old dog learning new tricks. “Some of the schools within a 20-mile radius, and I had coaches here have major college and even my eye on a local school that just opened NFL coaching experience,” Jeff offered. “I last year and was fielding their first varsity am really learning a lot.”

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As for the players, he said, “There are major Division I players everywhere, and there is a big difference in the size and the skill level.” The high schools are huge by comparison, and Jeff said, “There are 2,200 students where I am, and this year they are limiting the crowd size (and mandating masks), but in normal years the stadiums can draw big crowds, the music is amazing, there is great community support… it’s like a college atmosphere.” I asked Jeff to describe some of the adjustments he is making after spending so many years working with players and coaches he had known for a long time. He said, “It reminds me of when I went to work with the Sprint program at Cornell. I knew the coaches, but I didn’t know any of the players.” He added, “When I worked at smaller programs, I worked on both sides of the ball. Here, I’m on the defensive side, and I don’t really interact with the offense.” While he is indeed the proverbial new kid on the block, Tilton is laying the groundwork to be among those who help to strengthen yet another program, toiling away from the crowds and the shimmering Friday night lights. “Every Saturday,” Jeff told me, “we work with the junior varsity players, so that’s another 65 kids I am getting to know.” I thanked mi old amigo for sharing this part of his journey, and I told him I hope he gets to be retired for as long as he worked. Jeff did the math, laughed and said, “Yeah… that’s what I’m hoping for too.”

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Yes. Here’s how she put it in one of her autobiographical volumes, “What I wanted was to penetrate so deeply into the lives of others that when they heard my voice, they would have the impression they were speaking to themselves.” It’s an extraordinary phrase, and many readers thrilled to it – countless cited it in their letters. The existentialist theme of de Beauvoir’s autobiography – the search for independence, authenticity, and meaning – spoke to a very wide range of people. They echoed the themes of The Second Sex. The global appeal of ordinary or everyday existentialism is one of my themes. But I don’t want to give you the impression that this story is all roses. “Penetrating the lives of others” was bound to spark resistance. This author-reader relationship was passionate, or emotional, fraught with high expectations and often rocky. What’d the critics think? That depended. In 1949, when The Second Sex came out, many were startled. One French critic, appalled, announced that it represented “the limits of the abject.” The American anthropologist who reviewed it for the New York Times was a little queasy: “perhaps there is too much about sexuality in The Second Sex.” They thought it was too intimate, too detailed, too personal. But that recommended it to many readers. In the 1960s, her autobiography became popular very quickly. Excerpts ran in Elle

magazine. Of course many critics sneered at that popularity and at her as a writer for women. IT: In the words of one letter writer, a pharmacist who wrote to de Beauvoir, “they do not dare demand in public what they weep for in private.” Why do you feel de Beauvoir became a kind of touchstone where people felt strongly and were compelled to write and share their inner most concerns to this independent writer? JGC: Because she took risks herself writing her autobiography. They admired her fearlessness. And they trusted her. They wanted to talk to someone thoughtful — “lucid and clear-headed,” many said — who would not trivialize their concerns, who understood that sexuality, intimacy, marriage, gender relations, political emotions, the female condition and the human condition — all these had philosophical dimensions. Those autobiographical volumes were also about French politics, world affairs, the Cold War, the war in Algeria, her travels in the US, China, Russia, and Latin America. People wanted to discuss all those topics as well. They wanted to share their painful memories of World War II and the camps. IT: Is there a sense as you continued to read the letters that it led people into a turning point in the mid-20th century where women and men could open up and talk about intimate relationships as people sought out self-knowledge?





Other letter writers knew more, but they intuited that the categories they had didn’t make sense of their lives and feelings. That was particularly true of women and men who’d now call themselves lesbian, gay, trans, or queer but who struggled, then, to even say homosexual. Those letters are very moving. IT: Do you feel this led to the early formation of self-awareness and the beginnings of equality by both men and women? JGC: Self-knowledge is a moving target, right? So is gender equality, and so are other kinds of equality. But yes, we can see these letter writers struggling with what “feminism” might mean for their lives and, more broadly, its relationship to racial inequality and the end of colonialism. The analogies between different systems of subordination were very important in how feminism took shape. That may sound abstract, but the letters make it wonderfully clear and concrete. IT: Simone de Beauvoir’s writing seems to still spark insight, but do you feel she discovered just as much as her readers did? JGC: I think her readers made her insights more concrete and in many cases, even sharper. They also pushed back, and forced her to think of herself and them differently. Among other things, they turned her from a philosopher who wrote about women to a feminist.

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JGC: That comes in the second half of the century, and at very different paces in different cultures. I’m fascinated by the history of self-knowledge. What do we think we need to know — and tell — about ourselves, and how has that changed? So many different aspects of cultural life in the second half of the century feed into that: the popularization of psychoanalysis, the expanding bureaucracies of psychological expertise, sex surveys (I have a chapter on the Kinsey reports, which came out at the same time as The Second Sex), polling and consumer surveys, the constant solicitation of readers’ opinions in mass culture, the growing market for autobiography and memoir. Other historians have written about the emergence of “confessional culture” and changing conceptions of privacy in England and the US (Deborah Cohen, Family Secrets and Sarah Igo, The Known Citizen). Codes of decency and discretion, though, which patrol the boundaries of who can say what on which subjects, are very slow to change. Those codes were very powerful in France. Beauvoir’s writing defied them. That was part of her appeal. There is also the matter of sexual knowledge. These letters show how appallingly patchy that knowledge was. Many of these letter writers just wanted someone who could tell them about birth control or abortion, and who would give them information that was blacked out by French laws against contraception, the absence of sexual education, and notions of what “decent” people shouldn’t discuss.

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10/30 Friday 9 to 5 Drive-in Musical:| 7-10 p.m. Moravia VFW Fairgrounds, 14 Adams Street, Moravia. Finger Lakes Thaw:| 4 p.m. Downtown Ithaca, Ithaca. Ghost Tropic:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Ghosts in the Park!:| 4 p.m. 6799 Little York Lake Rd, Preble, NY 13141-9701, United States, Cortland. Magic For Humans @ Home with Justin Willman:| 8 p.m. State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 West State St, Ithaca. Victor and Victoria:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Virtual Vibrance: Making, Shaking, Breaking Performance:| 7:30 p.m. Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. 10/31 Saturday Finger Lakes Thaw:| 4 p.m. Downtown Ithaca, Ithaca. Ghost Tropic:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Ghosts in the Park!:| 6799 Little York Lake Rd, Preble, NY 131419701, United States, Cortland. Victor and Victoria:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Virtual Vibrance: Making, Shaking, Breaking Performance:| 2 p.m. Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. 11/1 Sunday Dear Hope:| 7:30 p.m. Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca. Ghost Tropic:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Play Your Vinyl Monthly at the Range:| 8-11 p.m. The Range, 119 E. State St, Ithaca.

Victor and Victoria:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. 11/2 Monday Ageless Jazz Band:| 7:30-9 p.m. Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Center Ithaca Box 107, 171 East State St, Ithaca. Ageless Jazz Band:| 7:30-9 p.m. Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts, 330 East State Street, Ithaca. Ghost Tropic:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Victor and Victoria:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. 11/3 Tuesday Ghost Tropic:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Victor and Victoria:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. 11/4 Wednesday Ghost Tropic:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. NEW DATE: Whose Live Anyway? NOVEMBER 4th, 2020:| 7-10 p.m. State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 West State St, Ithaca. Victor and Victoria:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Visual Arts

10/29 Thursday A41 Life Drawing:| 12:30-3 p.m. Community School of Music-Arts, 330 E State St, Ithaca. Cabin Globe Paint ‘n Sip:| 5:30-8 a.m. Cheerful & Creative Cortland’s Art Studio, 33 Main Street, Cortland. Carmilla:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. Limerick Studio Printmakers 20 Years of Change at Ink Shop Printmaking Studio:| The Ink Shop, 330 E. MLK/State St, Ithaca. Raining in the Mountain:| Cornell University, 144 East Ave, Ithaca. “Textures in Stitch and Stroke,” a two-person show by Diana Ozolins and Saundra Goodman at State Of The Art Gallery:| 12 p.m. Ithaca. Virtual Cinema from Cinemapolis:| Ithaca. 10/30 Friday Break for Movies: Special Fantasy, Horror & Sci-Fi Episode!:| 11:45 p.m. -1 a.m.101 East Green Street, Ithaca.

Family Fun Night at Serendipity’s Backlot at Serendipity’s Backlot:| 7 p.m. Ithaca. Limerick Studio Printmakers 20 Years of Change at Ink Shop Printmaking Studio:| The Ink Shop, 330 E. MLK/State St, Ithaca. “Textures in Stitch and Stroke,” a two-person show by Diana Ozolins and Saundra Goodman at State Of The Art Gallery:| 12 p.m. Ithaca. Virtual Cinema from Cinemapolis:| Ithaca. 10/31 Saturday “Textures in Stitch and Stroke,” a two-person show by Diana Ozolins and Saundra Goodman at State Of The Art Gallery:| 12 p.m. Ithaca. Virtual Cinema from Cinemapolis:| Ithaca. 11/1 Sunday “Textures in Stitch and Stroke,” a two-person show by Diana Ozolins and Saundra Goodman at State Of The Art Gallery:| 12 p.m. Ithaca. Virtual Cinema from Cinemapolis:| Ithaca. 11/2 Monday Break for Movies:| 101 East Green Street, Ithaca.

Teen Writing Workshop:| Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca. Virtual Preschool Story Time:| 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St, Cortland. 10/30 Friday Virtual Baby Storytime:| Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca. 10/31 Saturday Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library Fall Sale at Friends of the Tompkins County Library:| 10 a.m. Ithaca. 11/1 Sunday Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library Fall Sale at Friends of the Tompkins County Library:| 10 a.m. Ithaca. 11/2 Monday Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library Fall Sale at Friends of the Tompkins County Library:| 10 a.m. Ithaca.

Ithaca City Cemetery Tours at Ithaca City Cemetery:| 11 a.m. Ithaca. 11/4 Wednesday Exhibit Prep:| 11 a.m. -6 p.m.The Ink Shop, 330 E. MLK/State St, Ithaca. Sports & Outdoors

10/29 Thursday Get HIIT at Online:| 7 a.m. Ithaca. My Jumpstart into Banking (CC) at Online:| 4 p.m. Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center, Ithaca. 10/31 Saturday Eco-Explorers: Spooky, Creepy and Gnarly (Ages 4+) at Cayuga Nature Center:| 10 a.m. Ithaca. Halloween at the FLXCider House at Finger Lakes Cider House:| 3 p.m. Ithaca. Pumpkin Chuckin’ at Varick Winery & Inn:| 9:30 a.m. Ithaca. 11/1 Sunday Pumpkin Chuckin’ at Varick Winery & Inn:| 9:30 a.m. Ithaca. 11/2 Monday Get HIIT at Online:| 6 p.m. Ithaca. Meditation at Online:| 2 p.m. Ithaca. 11/3 Tuesday Get HIIT at Online:| 12:30 p.m. Ithaca. Meditation at Online:| 7 p.m. Ithaca. 11/4 Wednesday Kripalu Yoga at Online:| 7 a.m. Ithaca. Meditation at Online:| 2 p.m. Ithaca. Learning

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