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Letter from Kimber Home: Supreme Court Limit?
Letter from Kimber Home

Supreme Court Limit?

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that we have to have 9 Supreme Court Justices. Nor would it require a Constitutional amendment to add more seats. In fact, Congress has expanded the Supreme Court five times throughout American history.

NORTHRUP: A constitutional right to abort

Letter from Chip Northrup

A constitutional right to abort

Justice Alito’s opinion is based on the fact that the right to abort is not mentioned in the Constitution. Guess what, no womens’ rights, either natural, such as the right to abort, or political, such as the right to vote, are mentioned in the Constitution. But every state that ratified the Constitution allowed a woman the right to abort — as a natural right.

In Memoriam Joseph P. Doherty Sept. 8, 1945 – Jan. 20, 2022

In Memoriam

J. Peter Doherty

Sept. 8, 1945 – Jan. 20, 2022

Virginia Beach, VA – Joseph Peter Doherty passed away January 20, 2022 in Virginia Beach, VA. He was born September 8, 1945 in Hartford, CT, to parents Gerald H. and Nancy Shepard Doherty and attended the Loomis School in 1963, Yale University in 1967, and the University of Virginia Law School in 1971.

Peter was an East Coast collegiate sailing champion and, as a member of the U.S. Sailing Team, he competed internationally in the Finn class sailboat. Offshore big boat racing included the Marblehead to Halifax race and the SORC (Southern Ocean Racing Circuit). He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Coast Guard (Lieutenant JG). While at the Coast Guard Academy, he taught a variety of courses and coached football and sailing.

Among his roles as an attorney, he was Assistant Attorney General for Rhode Island. He argued a case before the United States Supreme Court concerning jurisdiction of the waters surrounding Block Island. Additionally, he served as counsel for Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


Freedom, Justice,

And Thurgood Marshall


FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. The Freedom and Justice Series continues with a film charting the early legal career of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice on the US Supreme Court. Free, open to the public. Fellowship Hall, The First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9371 or visit

ENGINEERING – Noon – 4 p.m. Kids explore a wide collection of engineering kits, activities, plus a thematic challenge. Admission, $5. Oneonta World of Learning, 167 Youngs Rd., Oneonta. Call 607-431-8543 or visit

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