Syracuse, NY – On the sixth floor of Loretto's Cunningham skilled nursing facility in Syracuse, 92-year-old Ben Harkola scoots his feet to wheel himself, and his wife, 88-year-old Margaret, toward the dining room.
"He don't have to," says Margaret Harkola. "I can pump my way wherever the hell I'm going. But he likes to, so, he's a perfect gentleman-- most of the time."
"Most of the time," Ben Harkola laughs, "that would be all of the time!" They laugh.
Oswego, NY – In the aftermath of the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, several of New York's members of Congress give their reaction, and discuss whether the shooting may affect their own security. In this week's edition of The Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with meteorologist Dave Eichorn. We'll also hear from a bird expert about why so many birds around the world seem to be dropping dead out of the sky.
New York, NY – Mayor Stephanie Miner says she knows Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and considers her a friend.
Speaking at an event for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's coalition - Mayors Against Illegal Guns - yesterday, Miner said Syracuse has seen its share of gun violence as well. She said the recent incidents show a need to reflect, and to use the violence for action she calls "a force for good."
Oswego, NY – Longtime Channel 9 Chief Meteorologist Dave Eichorn is now teaching meteorology and pursuing an advanced degree in Environmental Science. He discusses past notable winter storms, climate change and the politics surrounding it, and the challenges to having productive public conversations on the topic. He also describes how climate change is already affecting us locally, and the experience of going back to school after a full career.
Utica, NY – Richard Hanna says he supports his party's plans to call a vote on repealing last year's health care reform law, but he says there are some aspects of the Republican platform towards which he takes a more nuanced approach - like the Bush-era tax cuts extended by congress last year, before he was a member.
Hanna says that aversion to strict party politics is one of the things he hopes to contribute in congress.