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Editorials

School budgets and seniors

GUEST EDITORIAL We can all agree that discrimination against anyone for any reason is unacceptable, yet discrimination still exists. In the past year discrimination against blacks became a siren call for changes to law enforcement. There is a similar problem with how New York funds the ...

Nursing home reform needed

Newsday Over the last year, there have been many stories like Carole Major’s, the former licensed practical nurse from Ronkonkoma who died after contracting COVID-19 in a local nursing home. Except Major, 78, entered the facility for rehab treatment just this January, and died late last ...

Fed money only inspires Legislature to spend, tax

New York Post As we predicted the other day, the Legislature is looking to take advantage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s weakness to push tax hikes that New York can’t afford. Three days after OKing a full impeachment inquiry, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a mind-numbing $208.3 billion ...

Can Cuomo continue to lead?

New York Times The governor has lost his political allies, and the public’s confidence is falling. Few political families have had more of an impact on New York politics than the Cuomos. Father and firstborn son both had public service woven deep in their DNA, and both developed a ...

Uniquely positioned to capitalize

New York state has established ambitious clean energy targets and meeting these goals requires the construction of new sources of power like wind and solar. Communities that take advantage of this new economic development activity will benefit from job creation, new municipal revenue, and ...

It is still racism

The Los Angeles Times It will be a while before we get a full picture of the motives behind the shootings at three spas in the Atlanta area late Tuesday afternoon, which police allege were committed by a 21-year-old white man. But the contours of the violence make one explanation plausible. ...

Calls for resignation not unwarranted

Plattsburg Press-Republican It is no surprise that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he will not be stepping down from office amidst a swirl of scandal, but those calling for his resignation have a legitimate case. It would seem incredibly difficult, if not impossible, for him to effectively ...

Daniel Prude should still be alive

Feb. 24 The Democrat & Chronicle We entrust law enforcement officers to protect the innocent and the vulnerable. We expect they will use their training and their judgment and their humanity to reach the best possible outcomes when called to respond to situations ranging from violent ...

The lessons of the Texas power disaster

New York Times Feb. 19 The entire nation’s energy delivery system needs an overhaul. There is a great deal of nonsense being written and spoken about this week’s power failures in Texas, which left a number of people dead and millions without power or potable water, sometimes for ...

Closing prisons is good business

Glens Falls Post-Star Feb. 23 It’s never good when major upstate employers close, and it’s never bad when reductions in the criminal population allow the state to close prisons. Those competing truths define the debate over the ongoing closure of prisons in New York, where the number ...

Unions run the schools

The Wall Street Journal President Biden made an early pandemic show by promising that a majority of American schools would reopen in his first 100 days in office. But [last week] we learned that this depends on the meaning of the word “reopen.” “His goal that he set is to have the ...

Raising the federal minimum wage

The Los Angeles Times At $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage is appallingly low. It’s so low that a full-time worker making the federal minimum wage qualifies for food stamps, and a single parent working 40 hours a week falls below the poverty line. It’s hard to fathom how an adult ...

Ducking for political cover

The Albany Times-Union Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in a political firestorm entirely of his own making. Had he not been so worried about the political repercussions of transparency, he would not be mired in the repercussions of a political cover-up. But it isn’t the governor’s political woes ...

Enjoy your vacation, but…

Niagara Gazette Coronavirus was just surging across China this time last year — more than 1,770 deaths had been tallied since the outbreak began in December — and was seeping over oceans and across borders into other parts of Asia. Americans exposed while on a cruise ship were being flown ...

More info on nursing home deaths needed

Newsday For 11 months, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials hadn’t answered some of the tough questions about the terrible toll COVID-19 was taking on nursing homes and other adult facilities across the state. On Monday, after enormous pressure, Cuomo finally took responsibility ...

Press for police reform

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle The need for comprehensive police reform across New York — already a priority we have advocated for — was underscored by the horrendous episode in which Rochester police handcuffed and pepper-sprayed a 9-year-old Black girl. Police body-camera footage of ...

A time for learning

Adirondack Daily Enterprise Feb. 8 The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a ...

Proposed stimulus plan

Feb. 7 The Las Vegas Review-Journal In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden said that “unity is the path forward” to overcoming our nation’s challenges. He said it would “restore the soul” and “secure the future” of our country and insisted that “we have never, ever, ...

Unity in the path of forward

Feb. 7 The Las Vegas Review-Journal In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden said that “unity is the path forward” to overcoming our nation’s challenges. He said it would “restore the soul” and “secure the future” of our country and insisted that “we have never, ever, ...

Ending the practice of capital punishment

Feb. 10 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch For the first time in its history, America has a president who is on record favoring complete abolition of the death penalty. President Joe Biden has an opportunity to finally rid America of this barbaric practice by dismantling the federal execution ...