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Rankings have value if kept in perspective

June 3, 2015 State test data is by no means the final word on school quality, but it is worth knowing. more »»

Congress needs courage to agree on road, bridge funding

May 30, 2015 Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue — highway and bridge funding — that lawmakers’ toes must be getting sore. more »»

Bill would help stop FOIL foot-dragging

May 28, 2015 The state Senate can strike a blow for open government by approving Senate Bill 1531, sponsored by Sens. John DeFrancisco and Michael Ranzenhofer. more »»

Wall doesn’t have them all

May 27, 2015 A couple of readers told us we may need to add to our list of local men who died in the Vietnam War. We’re definitely open to tha. more »»

Veterans risk lives for the rest of us

May 25, 2015 Even taking into account the many challenges facing our nation, we Americans enjoy liberties, security, peace and prosperity that is the envy of most other people in the world. more »»

Our Vietnam Wall of Faces is complete

May 23, 2015 A photo has been posted online for the last of eight local soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. Now when people raise a salute, prayer or other tribute to Lance Cpl. more »»

Blame everyone and no one for hectic election

May 21, 2015 Voting yesterday at Saranac Lake High School was a bit of a mess, but school district staff members and volunteer poll workers toughed it out and prevailed at the end of a long day. more »»

Two terms enough for legislative leaders

May 20, 2015 We think the recent arrest of another New York state politician shows how term limits for leadership roles could be helpful in limiting corruption. State Sen. more »»

Inviting nonwhite people to the Adirondacks

May 16, 2015 Last weekend’s John Brown Day celebration of Brother Yusuf Burgess nudged us toward writing about a question that’s been kicking around in our heads for years: People move to the Adirondacks from al... more »»

Best to use public email for public roles

May 15, 2015 An April essay by Saranac Lake native Adam Federman prompted our senior staff writer, Chris Knight, to report Wednesday about local elected leaders using their personal email accounts for public as... more »»

Online tests must wait on broadband

May 14, 2015 Among complaints many educators make about the federally driven Common Core school standards is that administering required tests is an enormous challenge. more »»

Reason to doubt IRS fixed its problem

May 13, 2015 Just one Internal Revenue Service official lost her job over harassment of nonprofit organizations for political reasons, to our knowledge. more »»

Power needs require nuclear waste facility

May 11, 2015 Radioactive waste will not go away, as much as people try to ignore the problem. Nearly one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power plants. more »»

Rethink downtown

May 9, 2015 Many generations ago, North American villages and cities built up their downtowns, often with attractive commercial buildings showing off the beautiful architecture of that time. more »»

Too big a job for someone charged with corruption

May 8, 2015 Dean Skelos, following his arrest on federal corruption charges Monday, should step down as majority leader of the New York state Senate. He insists he’s innocent, and maybe he is. more »»

Why was it so easy for gyrocopter?

May 7, 2015 When Florida mailman Douglas Hughes flew his tiny gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds last month, he did more than make a statement on the need for political campaign finance reform. more »»

A great opportunity for young writers

May 6, 2015 A year ago, we announced the launch of Young Voices of New York, a news website on which writers under the age of 14 try their hands at journalism. Since then we’ve read interesting articles on www. more »»

Glad state will help protect pollinators

May 4, 2015 As spring begins and bugs start to come out again, we’re thinking about bees. Statewide, agriculture is a $5.4 billion industry. more »»

Vote to stop the domestic spying

May 2, 2015 We urge the North Country’s congresswoman to be true to what she said on the campaign trail last year and vote against letting the federal government continue its massive spying operation on its ow... more »»

Yanking a child out of bad behavior

May 1, 2015 Most parents probably would like to think they would behave as Toya Graham did when she saw her son throwing things at police officers during a riot in Baltimore — maybe not in the same style, but... more »»



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