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Opt-out movement is messy, but democratic

April 18, 2015 The opt-out thing is going crazy. From Brooklyn to Buffalo to Brushton, many schools report that 40 to 80 percent of their students did not take the state English language arts tests this week. more »»

Local theatrical talent looks good for generations to come

April 17, 2015 When people talk about the importance of “the arts,” they make it sound like one can have them all at once — and to a degree, one can. more »»

VA still in great need of improvement

April 16, 2015 True public servants are frowned upon by some in the federal bureaucracy. Anyone daring to rock the boat by going public with evidence of malfeasance risks retaliation. more »»

Downtown revival is in the works

April 11, 2015 We cheer and support the people who are trying to revive Saranac Lake’s downtown business district: village staff and officials, business owners, people who restore historic downtown buildings, and... more »»

Welfare should help people, not help them drink and smoke

April 10, 2015 What do alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and adult entertainment have in common? These are all things New Yorkers can purchase through the misuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards without... more »»

Mountains & Valleys

April 9, 2015 MOUNTAIN — to skiing and snowboarding, which continue with excellent conditions at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington — but only through April 15, so get your final runs in before then. more »»

Good news from Afghanistan? Yes

April 6, 2015 Too often, American service men and women make great sacrifices for seemingly unappreciative people in foreign countries. more »»

Grown in the dark

April 4, 2015 New York has an on-time state budget, but on the day the spending plan was to take effect, we didn’t know if it was worth the paper on which it was printed. more »»

National parks should be properly funded

April 3, 2015 When Americans want to impress foreign guests, we sometimes take them to national park. more »»

New businesses bloom for spring

April 2, 2015 Spring usually isn’t pretty around here with mud puddles and the lack of foliage on the trees, and sidewalks void of shopper. more »»

Do what’s necessary to keep food pantry open

April 1, 2015 Red tape should never get in the way of solving America’s hunger problem, but it seems some local families could see a disruption in their meals if a local food pantry is forced to move from a... more »»

Time to create a Lake Placid Ambassador program

March 28, 2015 Over the years, there have been many groups promoting and marketing Lake Placid in the hope of creating a common identity to improve tourism and economic development. more »»

Obama’s pick shows his loyalty, faith in Secret Service

March 26, 2015 After a string of scandals and failures involving the agency’s key duty of protecting the president and first family, President Barack Obama was urged to appoint an outsider to head the Secret... more »»

More to be done on combating corruption

March 25, 2015 This time of year is always stressful in Albany as lawmakers and the governor work out the state budget. This year the tension seems to be higher than usual, and for good reaso. more »»

Mountains & Valleys

March 23, 2015 VALLEYS of disappointment as we experience subzero temperatures in March when spring officially started on Friday, March 20. more »»

Transparency needn’t be a mixed bag in NY

March 21, 2015 It’s unfortunate open government and freedom of information has to be such a mixed bag in New York state. more »»

Federal gov’t is more secretive than ever

March 21, 2015 Early in his presidency, Barack Obama pledged it would “usher in a new era of open government.” His administration has done just the opposite. Government is more secretive than ever. more »»

Village board risks trust with tavern talk

March 20, 2015 New York’s Open Meetings Law opens by declaring, “It is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that the public business be performed in an open and public manner and that the citizens... more »»

Pack your Enterprise

March 19, 2015 As the cold, stubborn winter refuses to quit, many people are more than ready to get out of town, preferably in a southerly direction. School spring breaks can offer an opportunity for that. more »»

FOIL should apply to lawmakers, too

March 18, 2015 One way New York state legislators could increase the public’s confidence in the chambers in the wake of several ethics scandals is by increasing the number of documents available through the... more »»



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