Editorials

A story of beavers and volunteers

We often hear a lot about the integrity, bravery, and commitment of those who serve their communities as volunteer firefighters. What we hear about less often is the dangers of beavers. Yes, beavers. Those two things combined in my life Tuesday night, as unbeknownst to me, a colony of beavers ...

Time to pick up the signs

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just litter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs on Tuesday evening. It is pleasing to ...

Are you paying attention?

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in our area. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not ...

Staggering results

A survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, released earlier this month, produced sobering results: Only 36 percent of Americans would be able to pass the citizenship test that is given to immigrants. Passing, by the way, requires a score of a mere 60 percent. Americans, it ...

A ‘word’ from our president, we wish

By KATHLEEN PARKER Network announcer: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this special message from the president of the United States. My fellow Americans. I want to speak to you tonight as I’ve never spoken before, maybe ever — from my heart. I stand before you both ...

When the roof caves in

Earlier this year President Donald Trump joined both parties in Congress to toss all provisions to restrain deficit spending. They got together and agreed to give big tax cuts and simultaneously to increase spending. “Congress solved their partisan differences by spending other people’s ...

The need for debates

Debate-ducking seems to be the sport of the season here in New York, but it's not a very sporting way to conduct a political campaign. We were disappointed that our incumbent congresswoman, Republican Elise Stefanik, did not agree to attend a debate before a live audience or a public forum ...

Hatred must be confronted

Our country is in a dark place. The rabbit hole of hatred through which we are descending keeps getting deeper. Last week, three Americans targeted three sets of people for death. A Florida man was charged with mailing 14 pipe bombs to Democratic leaders and critics of President Donald Trump. ...

Priorities may steer AG vote

Voters are likely not very familiar with New York’s five candidates for attorney general. The easy part about the choice is that they differ so greatly in what they would confront that your priorities might determine your pick. The three qualified candidates, in our mind, are Letitia James ...

Let’s make Halloween safe for all

It’s “trick or treat” time in our area, with communities throughout the community setting times and dates this week for costumed children to go door-to-door asking for treats. Excited youngsters running to and fro, often ignoring basic safety rules about crossing streets and highways, ...

State debt collection crackdown

Anyone who has ever dealt with the nuisance of bogus debt collection should be pleased by the news of a ban on such practices involving some of the worst purveyors of this form of illegal “business” that the region has ever seen. A court order made public last week detailed the terms of ...

Two bullies in a sandbox

What is happening in Palatine is a microcosm of what is happening in the rest of the country nowadays— it’s my way or no way — and the residents of Palatine are the ones paying the price. Supervisor William MacLauchlin seems to have taken a stubborn pill and refuses to give into ...

Let’s do the right thing

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

A good debate

Tuesday’s congressional debate at the Mountain Lake PBS studio in Plattsburgh was a good one: hard fought without being ugly, absent of blunders and, overall, well played by each of the three candidates. Debating is a strong point for incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik. She was the debate coach ...

A good debate

Tuesday’s congressional debate at the Mountain Lake PBS studio in Plattsburgh was a good one: hard fought without being ugly, absent of blunders and, overall, well played by each of the three candidates. Debating is a strong point for incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik. She was the debate coach ...

Open enrollment

Despite the best and repeated attempts by congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump, the Affordable Care Act is still alive, and soon the open enrollment process will begin in New York. This is big, vital news for millions of New Yorkers who have come to rely on the state’s ...

Protecting our borders

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Letters to the Editor

The letters to the editor in advance of the Nov. 6 election are coming in, and we love it. It’s great to see so many people passionate about having a voice in the direction of our nation, state and county government. A letter to the editor is an excellent, free opportunity to spread the ...

Desperate times

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when it comes to the health of the planet Earth, these are desperate times. [A couple of weekends ago], the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report, saying we are already seeing the consequences of global ...

Nov. 6 is important

In the course of a month, President Donald Trump has gone from calling Christine Blasey Ford a “credible” witness against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to mocking her testimony to calling it a “hoax” to saying the discussion is over because, in his words, “We won.” Call it ...