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Red Meets Blue: Productive Polarization In America

Maps of America after Election Day showed a country divided along regional, and many say, ideological, lines. But division and polarization aren't necessarily bad, according to Potsdam political scientist Phil Neisser. Neisser is in the middle of a book about disagreement. He traces its historical causes, and addresses what's happening now: anger, polarization and fear, but also a new movement toward dialog. He told Martha Foley his working title is "Disagreement in America, and Why We Need More Of It".  Go to full article

People On Polls

So...about those polls. NCPR's Kathleen Walters was out on the street to see what our neighbors think.  Go to full article

Local Elections Held: In Saranac Lake, Democrats Win

Voters went to the polls across the region on Tuesday to elect local officials. Many races were uncontested and, in general, turn-out was light. Brian Mann has this survey of some of the more interesting results.  Go to full article

DMV Includes Advertisements in its Mailings

There's a little something extra in the mailings New York state is sending out for vehicle registration renewals. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
Governor Pataki unveils his 2003-2004 Budget. File photo.
Governor Pataki unveils his 2003-2004 Budget. File photo.

Governor's ?No Tax Increase? Budget Hikes Taxes By $1.4 Billion

Governor George Pataki says his budget will avoid "job-killing" tax increases. But critics of the spending plan say it's filled with hidden taxes and fee hikes that could total one and a half billion dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the spending plan could also force school districts to raise property taxes.  Go to full article

Commentary: The Larger View of America's Foreign Policy

Congress is considering President George W. Bush's request for the use of military force against Iraq. At the same time, retired generals and former weapons inspectors are adding their voices to those of peace groups who urge diplomatic solutions over military ones. Commentaor Bernie Lammers, professor of government at St. Lawrence University, sees the question in a larger context of policy decision made by the current administration.  Go to full article

Economy Hits Local Gov'ts

The soft economy has caused fiscal troubles for local governments across New York, including New York City and Buffalo. Now Monroe County, where the city of Rochester is located, is experiencing budget problems so severe that the county executive has threatened to close the county's parks. Karen DeWitt reports on a growing trend that many believe will only grow worse in the near future.  Go to full article

Green Thumb Honors Potsdam Mayor Ruth Gaynor in Washington

A conversation with Potsdam mayor Ruth Garner. The 85-year-old is being honored this week in Washington DC. Garner has been named this year's Outstanding Old Worker by Green Thumb, Inc.  Go to full article

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