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Thank A Veteran

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Those freedoms we talk about on this blog? Our veterans paid for them in blood. Next time you see a veteran, you should say, “Thanks.”

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"One Does What One Can"

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If you have your own theatre, you can create your own show about the current political scene. That’s just what Michael Burns did and you can see his creation this evening.

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Three Years That Changed The World

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A new one-man show on politics looks at “lazy hatred”, “cowardly smug cynics”, and “will probably offend everyone.” And that’s how they advertise it.

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"The Art of the Possible"

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If you want to fix government, first you have to know how it works.

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Art of Politics, Politics of Art

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What can one person do to change the world? For one thing, he can put on a show.

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In Defense of Lawyers

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How many lawyer jokes do you know?* How do lawyers sleep at night?* But when you need help, need to protect yourself legally or feel that you’ve been wronged, who are you going to call? You’re going to call someone who has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and who genuinely cares about justice.

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"You're Under Arrest"

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Now what? You've been busted down on Bourbon Street. But you think you've been set up like a bowling pin.

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Free Legal Advice

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While we all try to be good citizens, chances are, at some time or another, you or I will encounter the legal system. Here’s what to do when it happens.

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State Response

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The State of New York operates one of the largest addiction treatment, prevention and recovery systems in the country. Here’s the woman who runs it.

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The Hope Dealer

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People have given a variety of nicknames to Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann. Some are nicer than others. "The Hope Dealer" is one that he likes.

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"The War On Drugs Is Over. We Lost."

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With his country and his community in the grips of the Opioid Crisis, a local police chief decided to try something different. This week, the #citizenactive blog is looking at what he did. Today; how his fellow officers responded.

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Speaking From Experience

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Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann knows how to deal with addicts. That's because he is one.

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"I Had to Try Something Else"

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New York’s Opioid Crisis doesn’t just live in the big city. This insidious epidemic has crawled into the corners of every small town and village in the state. Chatham is no exception. What's different is the way they're dealing with it.

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How To Have An Impact

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Want to help make the world a better place for everyone? You have the power. This #citizenactive post is about the power of the citizen lobbyist; one who knows how to get things done because she understands how government works.

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Civics Education

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Want to know more about your government? I know I do. The League of Women Voters of New York State worked with a team of teachers to create a Civics Education course for students around the state. It's also a pretty handy guide for anyone who wants to know more about why things are the way they are.

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