D & C prints “It’s up to us all to cure what ails this country”

D & C prints “It’s up to us all to cure what ails this country”

11/14/20, Meadowbrook, Brighton, NY. A Biden household next to a Trump household. [Photo: David Kramer] From Responsibility after Trump

Essayist, poet, photographer, educator and occasional Lower Falls tour guide, George Cassidy Payne is a longstanding and frequent contributor to Talker.

Their final toast. Talker (left) with George Payne [Photo: Danielle]

Their final toast. David Kramer (left) with George Cassidy Payne [Photo: Danielle Sandbrook, Maplewood Rose Festival, 6/18/16 From Celebrating the roses of Maplewood. But like Sam Patch, Talker is Gorged

Recently, George’s essays have been featured in the SPEAKING OUT Guest Column section of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Today, “It’s up to all of us to cure what ails this county” is published, a shortened version of Responsibility after Trump that originated in Talker.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, “It’s up to all of us to cure what ails this county,” SPEAKING OUT, Sunday, 11/22/20. See Responsibility after Trump


Responsibility after Trump


Saying goodbye to the weekday print edition of the Democrat and Chronicle


About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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