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Editorials

A grim milestone

Jan. 20 The Washington Post on the U.S. passing the grim milestone of 400,000 COVID-19 deaths: “He’d wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning to get to the hospital for rounds, so he could be at his office when it opened. He never took a break.” That was Dr. Carlos Araujo Preza’s daughter ...

Trump’s successors must do better

Jan. 20 The Los Angeles Times on former President Donald Trump’s last-minute pardons: In one of his last acts as president Donald J. Trump again exercised his constitutional authority to “grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States” in an irresponsible and ...

The Constitution endures

Syracuse Post Standard Jan. 19 Editor’s note: Since this was written prior to the inauguration, it was moderated to reflect the presence. For all of our reverence for the Constitution, the past four years have taught Americans that a great deal of our political stability depends on ...

Too much power

Jan. 12 The Los Angeles Times on President Donald Trump, social media and the open internet: Thanks to the 1st Amendment, government in the United States has little power to stop people from speaking their minds. But the Bill of Rights doesn’t constrain Facebook, Twitter and other Big ...

Hoping for better

Adirondack Daily Enterprise Jan. 9 On Friday we said Donald Trump should not only be removed from office, but also jailed and prosecuted for inciting a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol. But what about the dozens of members of Congress, including the North Country’s own Rep. Elise Stefanik, ...

New York’s chaotic vaccine rollout

Newsday Jan. 12 Error messages and frozen computer screens. Hour-long waits on hold by phone only to be disconnected. Appointments made, only to be oddly canceled moments later. Pharmacies listed as ready-to-go, only to not even be scheduling vaccinations at all. Have you tried to get an ...

Don’t put fuel on the fire

Jan. 11 The Wall Street Journal on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the impeachment President Donald Trump: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is barreling ahead on a vote to impeach President Trump this week—days before a new President takes office, and with the outcome and timing of a Senate trial ...

Big Tech has too much power

Jan. 12 The Los Angeles Times on President Donald Trump, social media and the open internet: Thanks to the 1st Amendment, government in the United States has little power to stop people from speaking their minds. But the Bill of Rights doesn’t constrain Facebook, Twitter and other Big Tech ...

When do blue lives matter?

Jan. 12 The Miami Herald on “blue lives matter” and the deaths of two police officers after the U.S. Capitol riot: Do blue lives only matter when Black lives are perceived as the threat to them? Up until the weekend, when videos began to receive wide circulation, we ...

Time to chill out

Rutland Herald/Times Argus Jan. 6 Editor’s note: The editorial was modified to show New York’s numbers. There have been incidents appearing in articles and police logs in recent weeks that would suggest that we’re not handling our stress very well. In fact, indications are that we ...

We are either the United States or we are not

By DIANE DIMOND It was a desecration of our government’s seat of power. A sacrilege against our democracy. A shameful episode carried out by a relatively small mob of violent criminals who disgraced the otherwise peaceful, lawful assembly of thousands of earnest Americans who had traveled ...

Community’s actions are key

The Auburn Citizen Jan. 3 As hard as local educators and public health officials worked last summer to come up with plans that would allow students to return to classrooms in the 2020-21 school year, there was still plenty of apprehension about how it would go. Would the health and safety ...

Make voting more secure

Editor’s note: This is the last column Mike Myers wrote, Dec. 30. The longtime newspaper man and columnist passed away Wednesday at the age of 69. On Nov. 3 and during the weeks leading up to it, 155,507,248 ballots were cast in the presidential election. And each and every one of them was ...

It’s time to turn the page

Newsday As we prepared to turn the page on 2020, seldom have so many of us done so with the same frame of mind: #goodriddance This was a difficult year, a year filled with loss, on so many levels. We lost a lot of people, some of whom were close to us, and their absence affected our ...

If only we could beat the other disease: Politics

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists ...

Leaders need to get serious

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

In with the New Year

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental - not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

The national debt must be addressed

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Let’s make it truly a happy new year

We are about to enter a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental - not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve ...

Develop effective deterrents

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...