Opinion

History seems to be repeating itself

Letters to the Editor

Years ago, the Isrealites were facing a drought in their land. Nothing was growing, they were starving. They applied to Egypt for asylum and were taken in, where they prospered and their population grew. A couple of hundred years later, a new pharaoh became intimidated by the ever-growing ...

Big mistake. Huge! On forgoing regents exams

Letters to the Editor

So the New York State Board of Regents is considering dropping the regents exam requirement in order to increase graduation rates. To quote Pretty Woman, “Big mistake, huge!” To lower standards in order to increase diploma recipients flies in the face of sanity and will do nothing but ...

Gov. Cuomo’s budget trickery is worrisome

Editorials

The Post-Star July 19 The sunshine may be bright right now, but we are wondering if New York state has its raincoat ready. The current economic expansion is the longest in history, the number of private sector jobs in New York is at an all-time high, the unemployment rate is near an ...

Space travel opens our optimism

Editorials

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise July 24 For some Americans, the 1960s was a time when it was easy to worry about both our individual futures and that of our nation. A bloody war in Vietnam dominated headlines. The young president who inspired us to ask what we could do for our country had ...

Streamline the foreclosure process

Editorials

The Post-Journal July 12 New York state needs to make up its mind if it wants foreclosures to proceed quickly or slowly. Twice at the end of the legislative session in June, lawmakers voted on bills that dealt with foreclosures. One of the bills would allow a homeowner to file a defense ...

Streamline the foreclosure process

Editorials

The Post-Journal July 12 New York state needs to make up its mind if it wants foreclosures to proceed quickly or slowly. Twice at the end of the legislative session in June, lawmakers voted on bills that dealt with foreclosures. One of the bills would allow a homeowner to file a defense ...

Be willing to help

Editorials

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Understand the magnitude

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Columnist should look at the entire picture

Letters to the Editor

So now the Democrats are up in arms about President Trump involving the military in the Fourth of July celebration at the Lincoln Memorial at taxpayer expense. Really? At the same time, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is conducting opposition research disguised as an ...

Loss of hedgerows is a loss to the environment

Letters to the Editor

How are your hedgerows? Do you even know what a hedgerow is? It’s the wild trees and bushes etc. that separates your property from your neighbors. A lot of them have been torn out. Very sad. No wonder our birds, butterflies and other wildlife is scarce. I have milk weeds, mullens and bees ...

A change of heart

Editorials

What on earth possessed Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to back declaring each July 13 as “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” in his state? A satisfactory answer to that probably is not on the horizon. Lee faced controversy earlier this summer in saying he had no problem in signing a proclamation ...

Agree to disagree

Editorials

It has been pointed out that President Donald Trump’s attack on four Democratic congresswomen may have been calculated for political reasons. That is, Trump may have hoped outrage over his tweet would show his base that moderate Democrats have more in common with their party’s radicals ...

What happened to #MeToo?

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is among the sleaziest of perverts, if federal authorities are to be believed. Given his 2008 guilty plea to charges he had sex with minors in Florida, there is no reason to discount charges he faces now in New York. Outrage already has been expressed over the ...

‘It is God’s will that everyone repent’

Letters to the Editor

The following article is controversial, however, let me state God loves every man, woman and child on earth, and it is God’s will everyone repent. To begin with, everyone has a physical body. We have blood coursing through our veins and arteries. Our neurological systems have nuerons and ...

It could be ‘fake news’

Editorials

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

Let’s stand up for our community-minded efforts

Letters to the Editor

National Grid is replacing the gas lines in our area, and they left a mess on our street. We talked to the on-site workers and called the “Customer Service” number, but everyone refused to clean up the mess, telling us we just had to live with it. We got results only after we sent an email ...

Cultural differences can be a strength, not a liability

Letters to the Editor

I have seen several letters to this paper written by a gentleman who includes this line “A nation that doesn’t have borders, a common language and a common culture disintegrates.” The writer includes a list of former empires or manufactured nation states to prove his case. The United ...

Finding out the reason

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Help needed for addicts

Editorials

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Creating a level playing field for all

Editorials

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...