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Editorials

Budget proves Cuomo’s loss of clout

Dunkirk Evening Observer The biggest takeaway from this year’s state budget isn’t the record spending, the legalization of mobile sports betting or the $2.1 billion the state will spend for those who weren’t eligible for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. What should be ...

Cuomo’s latest abuse

Albany Times Union The issue: Staffers for Gov. Andrew Cuomo worked on a private poll conducted for a super PAC. The stakes: No public official, no matter how powerful, should use public resources for personal or political gain. Staffers in the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo worked on a ...

Not the time to burn

Adirondack Daily Enterprise It’s pretty dry out there — so dry that a forecast of rain early this week dried up. National Weather Service meteorologists in Burlington, Vermont, still say our area might get rain Wednesday through Friday — possibly mixed with snow Friday — but in a ...

Government bans on eviction, foreclosure

The Wall Street Journal One problem with government emergency actions is that the political class never wants them to end. Witness the Biden Administration’s extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, which by now are creating more trouble than they’re worth. The Consumer ...

Vaccine passports

The Boston Globe A traveler shows up at an airline gate, claiming that she’s been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and thus can fly safely to a country that requires that visitors be inoculated. How, exactly, can an airline — or hotel, or any number of other businesses that need to ...

Be smart, patient a little longer

Plattsburg Press Republican People may have their differences with Gov. Andrew Cuomo these days, but they should at least be grateful he hasn’t removed the mandate requiring that masks be worn in public places. The stories we’re all hearing about altercations over masks around the ...

The Capitol riot trials

The Wall Street Journal The Justice Department wants to make a firm statement about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which was a national disgrace. But as the criminal cases make their way through the courts, there are signs of prosecutorial overreach. Last week District Judge Amit Mehta threatened ...

Floyd is not on trial

The Washington Post The first witness the prosecution called in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd was a 911 dispatcher who watched the arrest unfold in real time on a surveillance camera. So long did the restraint go on that she wondered ...

Voting reform

The Miami Herald Florida Republicans’ tactics ahead of the 2022 elections are clear and simple: Make it hard for citizens to vote by mail. When they go to the polls in the Florida heat, make standing in line more miserable by making it illegal to hand them water. In Republicans’ fantasy ...

How to get it back

By NEIL PATEL President Joe Biden began his presidency with an inaugural call for national unity. Since that time, his greatest legislative achievement is a COVID-19 relief package that passed without a single Republican vote. Given the disagreement and disarray among Republicans today, ...

The GOP clings to Trump

By Jules Witcover As former President Donald Trump struggles to remain politically relevant, his access to social-media megaphones has dwindled, most notably with Twitter banning Trump from its popular outlet. But some cable TV news outlets are continuing to offer his fact-sparse rants to a ...

Hello from Alaska

By CONNIE SCHULTZ This week, I had an email exchange with a person who had every reason to be disappointed in me. Instead, he insisted his faith in me was steadfast, and I’m not the least bit embarrassed to tell you I wept in the way I’ve always imagined people do after Superman sweeps ...

Sign bill to end long-term solitary confinement

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Long-term solitary confinement is torture. That was the first sentence of a D&C editorial two years ago calling for New York state to end an inhumane and counter-productive practice in New York state prisons. It is also the first sentence of today’s ...

Enough to impeach

Advance Media New York The Assembly Judiciary Committee conducted its first hearing Tuesday into the impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo over allegations of sexual harassment and the cover-up of nursing home deaths. The hearing confirmed our worst fears. The investigation is going to last ...

JCOPE’s corrupting power

Albany Times-Union It was always a reasonable guess that appointees of various top politicians on the state’s ultra-secretive Joint Commission of Public Ethics were protecting their patrons and their patrons’ cronies from investigations. Now the speculation is over. The public got a ...

We are not out of the woods yet

The Washington Post Spring [is here], 121 million doses of vaccine have been administered, and Americans are eager to get back to normal after a year of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. President Biden recently raised the prospect of a festive Independence Day. What could go ...

We must be prepared

The Denver Post The grocery store shooting that killed 10 people in Boulder [March 22] has driven home what we’ve long suspected: Today America is a country where every resident must be prepared at all times for a deadly assault. Americans once enjoyed domestic peace. The Columbine High ...

Yes to pot on one condition

Newsday It’s time for New York to legalize adult use of marijuana, but only if safeguards about driving while impaired are incorporated into the legislation. Some of the reasons why this change is needed have been true for many years: The substance can be less addictive or harmful than ...

Find the balance, New York

Albany Times Union The Issue: With a budget due soon, New York faces a deficit and hard choices about how to close it. The Stakes Passing the buck could harm communities, schools, and entities that help the needy. As the state’s April 1 budget deadline approaches, here’s a word ...

Stefanik is embarrassing herself

Glen Falls Post-Star By selling anti-Andrew Cuomo T-shirts, can coolers, lapel stickers, bumper stickers, posters and hats on her congressional campaign website, Elise Stefanik has entered a new realm of partisanship. Browsing the cheap products in her online “store,” dominated by ...