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Editorials

Keep Internet fair for all

The Federal Communications Commission is considering new regulations that would allow companies that provide Internet service such as cable giants Time Warner and Comcast to sell faster Internet service to companies such as Google, Facebook or Netflix in exchange for a premium price.The ...

‘Terrorist’ term OK

Boko Haram, in Nigeria, uses tactics such as surrounding churches, then burning them down to kill all inside.Iraq is besieged by an army of Sunni Muslims who favor crucifixion and beheading of those not fanatic enough for them.Taliban forces trying to regain power in Afghanistan kill children ...

Mosquitoes a concern

Summer's here - which means it's time to battle the mosquitoes. Underscoring the point of taking sensible precautions against getting bitten, the presence of West Nile virus has been confirmed in a mosquito pool in Rockland County.This is by no means a downstate issue. There were traces of West ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To saving money. The New York State Association of School Business Officials pointed out the state Legislature passed several cost-saving and mandate-relief measures. The four bills include a Board of Cooperative Educational Services property lease extender that allows longer leases of ...

U.S. policy on Iraq flawed

Americans should be worried about the war in Iraq, for various reasons. One concern is the Sunni army assaulting Iraq's Shiite-controlled government may interrupt oil shipments.It has been said the advice that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" originated in that part of the world. But ...

To earn more, keep learning

Local high school seniors will don caps and gowns Friday and Saturday as they celebrate their graduation with family and friends.Indeed, every time a student graduates from high school, it is a good reason for the community to celebrate. But education shouldn't stop at high school ...

Feds produce longer waits

Try getting an answer to questions about government retirement benefits by calling a Social Security office. Let's hope you have plenty of time to wait ... and wait ... and wait.Perhaps you will be tempted to visit the Social Security office personally. Again, be prepared for long waits and red ...

Let localities make decision

The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, is expected to rule soon on a case that will determine whether local municipalities have the right to ban shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing, a controversial drilling practice often called "fracking."The court will ...

Pullout was ill-advised

Even as President Barack Obama was bragging in December 2011 about withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq, skeptics warned the pullout was ill-advised - and far from complete. Thousands of Americans, including about 5,500 at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, remained in harm's way.Last week, Obama ...

Give casino fair chance

The developers of the proposed casino in Montgomery County were dealt a lousy hand by the state. It includes an unfair license fee.The New York State Gaming Commission should give the county a fair chance at having a casino by lowering the cost of the license fee.A siting board spokesman said ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a good Scout. Broadalbin-Perth 10th-grader Andrew Meashaw, a Boy Scout, spent nearly a thousand hours over the past year planning and building a nature trail on school property. This week, school officials got to see the fruits of Meashaw's labor during a tour of the trail. Meashaw, ...

Keep Iran out of Iraq

History is of full of episodes in which governments unable to cope with violent uprisings asked for military help from their neighbors. Often, such invitations were rued by those who issued them, then found their rescuers were worse than the original problem.Secretary of State John Kerry has ...

State must eye pension costs

New York taxpayers should be gratified that the state's highest appeals court has ruled information in public pension plans should remain public.The state Teachers' Retirement System had, for more than two years, refused to release the names of teachers receiving taxpayer-funded pensions. Court ...

Respond decisively

Iraq, where nearly 4,500 Americans died in what appears to have been a futile attempt to change the very culture of that violence-torn region, may be about to fall to a radically militant Islamic insurgency. At this point, there is virtually nothing the United States can do about that.Let us ...

Make culprits replant trees

Two teenagers, Kurtis Callen and Vincent A. Scott, seniors at Gloversville High School, were charged with crimes related to the cutting down of 17 trees in front of the high school campus last week. Police say they have video-surveillance evidence that shows Callen cutting down the trees and ...

Deal with real threats

President Barack Obama has provided an example of why little meaningful action is being taken to reduce violence such as that at an Oregon school last week.After two juveniles died and a teacher was hurt in a shooting at the high school in Troutdale, Ore., Obama launched into another of his ...

Hands off the cheese

Bureaucratic overreach may take the cheese off your table.Artisanal cheesemakers are alarmed because they may have to stop aging their cheese on wooden shelves due to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA's interpretation of a safety rule says wooden boards or shelves can't be properly ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To faithful walkers. Last week's local Relay for Life events attracted hundreds who showed up to offer support for those affected by cancer, bring awareness to the disease and raise tens of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. In Gloversville, people walked for hours ...

Clinton never really broke

Hillary Clinton whined to an interviewer this week that when she and former President Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, they were "dead broke." She explained they "struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education."She just doesn't ...

Decide what park will be

If a tree falls in the Adirondacks, will anyone be around to hear it? In the future, the answer may be "no."A recent study by the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project noted the population of the Adirondack State Park is aging and falling.This should shock no one. The trend has been ...