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The health care test for Rep. Stefanik: First do no harm

February 14, 2015 Earlier this month, when Republicans prepared to vote yet again on repeal of the Affordable Care Act, New York Congressman John Katko made it clear that, in his view, the ground in the health care... more »»

How trustworthy are small-town planning boards in New York?

February 13, 2015 While New York state has its share of large cities, about 600 of the state’s 931 towns are small, mainly rural, governments with population less than 5,00. more »»

Brian Williams is either lying or unforgivably incompetent

February 12, 2015 There’s been a lot said in recent days about the anger that Iraq veterans feel about Brian Williams account of his experience aboard a helicopter during the war in 2003. more »»

Court actions are a major part of American democracy

February 11, 2015 In their recent Guest Commentary (Jan. more »»

Marina is economically important

February 10, 2015 I’m writing to express my sentiments regarding the Saranac Lake Marina project. more »»

Waterboarding: history, religion and language

February 9, 2015 Waterboarding has been used as a form of torture, a mechanism for extracting information, and a method to coerce individuals accused of committing crimes to confess to these transgressions. more »»

Docks don’t bother fish

February 7, 2015 During these past several months I’ve attended several of the Harrietstown Planning Board meetings regarding the expansion of the marina on Lower Saranac Lake. more »»

People up here care about police

February 6, 2015 I recently read a letter from a Wisconsin police officer entitled “Today I Stopped Caring.” In the letter he talks about how a once-noble profession has become hated and distrusted. more »»

Obama’s speech defects

February 4, 2015 As a young Illinois state senator at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he delivered a memorable keynote address, which, almost overnight, vaulted him into presidential consideration. more »»

Could Elizabeth Warren topple Hillary Clinton? Probably not.

February 3, 2015 In 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton was almost as sure a bet as she is going into 2016. The former first lady, U.S. senator and later secretary of state was beloved among rank-and-file Democrats. more »»

From New York Newspapers

February 2, 2015 The Times Union of Albany on Republican control of Congress, Ja. more »»

Furious at governor’s scorn of community colleges

January 31, 2015 I am writing this letter in response to Gov. Cuomo’s attack on community colleges in his recent State of the State speech. more »»

We could have predicted Cake Wars II

January 30, 2015 We should have seen this one coming. This is America, after all, a country having no shortage of people with, apparently, too much time on their hands. So someone should have predicted Cake Wars I. more »»

Yesterday was my 69th birthday. I’m sorry.

January 29, 2015 Yesterday was my 69th birthday, and I’d like to apologize. Wait, I’m not apologizing for my life or saying I’m sorry I’m alive. Actually, I’m doing OK for an oldish guy. more »»

Free community college is a start

January 28, 2015 It’s good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem. And some are even looking to solutions beyond making the rich richer through tax cuts. more »»

A new Victorian generation?

January 28, 2015 Public policymakers and political pundits tend to focus on problems — understandably, because if things are going right, they aren’t thought to need attention. more »»

Sanders has mountains to climb

January 27, 2015 WASHINGTON — The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on... more »»

Against terrorism — but for what?

January 27, 2015 Following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that France “is at war with terrorism, jihadism and radical Islamism.” This tells us what France is fighting agains. more »»

Governor is wrong about education

January 26, 2015 Teachers and teachers unions were not the only ones unhappy with Gov. Cuomo’s education proposals. more »»

What happens if we lose charitable giving tax incentives?

January 22, 2015 We live in a generous country. Americans gave over $335 billion to charity last year, and the nonprofit sector had more than $3 trillion in asset. more »»

 
 
 

 

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