Editorials

Combatting phone scams

“Hello?” “Who is this?” “Please stop calling me.” Versions of this conversation are all-too common these days as people continue to be inundated with bothersome telephone calls from telemarketers, survey takers, bill collectors and, yes, scam artists. While the first three ...

Only a few days to make a difference

Eight years ago, Andrew Cuomo stood on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan - named for the infamous Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall - and vowed to end corruption in Albany if voters elected him governor. Eight years later, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is running for a third term, and Albany is ...

It too, can rest in hallowed ground

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Doing the right thing

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian ...

Money can buy immunity

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again this week. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling ...

The marijuana debate in N.Y.

Under New York state law, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana in a public place is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by 3 months in jail. Public opinion in New York, though, is increasingly leaning toward legalizing possession, as well as the sale of marijuana for recreational ...

Bigotry cannot be tolerated

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career is a ...

The casting couch is no excuse

To hear his lawyer tell it, Harvey Weinstein is in trouble for merely defending one of Hollywood’s longest and best-known traditions. “Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood,” attorney Benjamin Brafman said Friday after the Manhattan district attorney charged his ...

Keeping your teen driver safe

The most dangerous time in a teenager’s life is his or her first 12 months with a driver’s license. The National Safety Council makes that point, supported by some pretty scary statistics from both the council and Centers for Disease Control: ∫ Inexperienced teen drivers are three ...

Far from a sweet deal

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

A dog and pony show

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un probably has never heard the term “dog and pony show.” Nevertheless, he is engaging in one. A group of journalists from several countries, including the United States, has been invited to watch North Korean workers dismantle a nuclear weapons testing ...

A time to remember

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Officials should be listening

Members of Congress made their bipartisan frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs clear this week. The U.S. Senate approved a bill expanding accessibility of veterans to private health care providers as an alternative to the VA system. The vote was 92-5. Previously, the House of ...

It may be a good thing

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to avoid ...

The right thing to do

Exactly what triggered Friday’s murderous rampage by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But this week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...

Look for the bad apples

Some in federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies blame President Donald Trump for raising questions in the public’s mind about whether they can be trusted. Instead, conscientious public servants in agencies such as the FBI and CIA should be blaming the bad apples in their own ...

Don’t let Kim bully U.S.

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. Last week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Unraveling the mystery

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

Don’t be so easily fooled

The scope of the analysis is breathtaking. The findings are alarming. The aftermath must lead to change. USA Today Network reporters — including Amy Wu from the Poughkeepsie Journal — reviewed more than 3,500 Facebook ads created by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency. This is the ...

Preserving our treasures

It’s not so lonely at the top. And when it comes to protecting and preserving one of New York state’s greatest treasures, that’s a problem that must be fixed. A survey done last fall by the Adirondack Council found that people really DO love NY, particularly the Adirondack High Peaks ...