A third way on marijuana legalization

New York should fix the problematic effects stemming from current laws—including the disparate effects of arrests on minority communities—by effectively decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot and expunging old convictions.

AIM’s unlevel field for upstate cities

Reducing the large disparity in tax rates among cities, towns and villages with high property taxes and those with lower tax rates should be a priority for reform of the state’s Aid and Incentives for Municipalities revenue-sharing program.

A tale of two Nunes

Local attorney and musician Paul Nunes disdains the politics of Devin Nunes, the California Republican who is one of Donald Trump’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill. What truly rankles him, though, is how the congressman pronounces their shared patronymic.

Making the case for change

The reinvigorated Democratic Lawyers Committee is targeting the 2019 election in a bid to increase racial and gender diversity on the bench and push for criminal justice reform.

Driven to make a difference

As a student in the Rochester city schools, Rachel Barnhart saw firsthand the “incredible waste of human potential” that resulted from poverty, crime and educational inequality. The journalist and political activist spoke with Beacon publisher Alex Zapesochny about journalism, politics and her motivation to hold government accountable. Listen to their conversation.