Editorials

Some comments on killing go too far

Wednesday’s deadly shooting in AuSable Forks was horrific. It’s easy to understand why some people’s emotions would run high. But we ask people to do their best to keep anger contained until more information is revealed. Witnesses described seeing David Bova fire multiple rounds at ...

A transparency backslide continues

Last September, we editorialized about a practice that was growing in New York state government, in which official spokespeople for agencies won’t let us quote them by name. Instead, they insist that their remarks are “on background,” which is journalism jargon meaning we can use their ...

Reject shady environmental funding trick

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants more money for a particular state agency, then he should put more money for it in his budget proposal. It’s really that simple. There’s no need for cloak-and-dagger games. We have often urged state leaders to spend more money on staffing for the state ...

Saints go marching into national tournament

Many of us have, at some point or other, moved to a new town with a job to do: maybe as a worker, a student or a member of the military. In such a situation, one puts one’s head down and focuses on the task at hand — without, perhaps engaging with too many people in that new place. But if ...

Web Poll results, March 4-11

This week’s Web Poll: It’s high school musical season. Do you like musical theater? Always, Mostly, Occasionally, Never, Undecided These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Wolves with sheep’s phone numbers

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Fix military’s sexual assault problem

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated in a ...

Medicaid savings won’t come easily

Staring at a $2.4 billion shortfall in state revenues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is casting an eye toward Medicaid in his search for savings. But savings will not come easily. The governor wants the state Department of Health to reconvene the Medicaid Redesign Team to conduct a comprehensive ...

A time to reflect

Yesterday, you may have seen people walking around with black smudges on their foreheads. That’s because it was Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent observed by many Christian churches. Lent spans 40 days leading up to Easter. A certain degree of fasting is expected, and many ...

Study may confirm NY split is bad idea

Once again there’s talk of divorcing upstate New York from the New York City area and Long Island. The upstate-downstate divide is nothing new, but it seemed to get wider when the state Legislature began passing a raft of progressive-backed legislation that irked many people in the more ...

Web Poll results, Feb. 25 to March 4

This week’s Web Poll: Do you prefer a school spring break with two weeks back-to-back or split up between February and April? Two weeks together, Split up, undecided These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Trump handles North Korean leader well

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump —trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Mountains

MOUNTAIN — to a massively successful Brew-ski in Tupper Lake, which was attended by nearly 500 people. The event is a perfect combination of great local things: breweries, Nordic ski and snowshoe trails, and golf. The event drew great crowds even amid rain and mud the last two years, but this ...

Looking for that dream job? Come to Tri-Lakes Job Fair

The economy is changing, and we need to adapt with it. In the 1970s there was high unemployment, and seasonal work was the norm. Today, however, we have had four years with the lowest unemployment in decades. It is now the best time to find your dream job, with all the aspects you are ...

Cemetery cross isn’t a threat to liberty

If the Bladensburg cross has to go, what’s next? If U.S. Supreme Court justices rule a cross erected to honor a group of men who gave their lives for our country cannot be on public land, what about similar situations? What about the small crosses in national cemeteries, marking the graves of ...

Don’t just pass new laws; uphold existing ones

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. On Feb. 15, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled out a gun ...

Web Poll results, Feb. 18-25

This week’s Web Poll: Should New York be divided into two states, upstate and downstate? Yes, No, Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Auto tariffs would do more harm than good

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. Perhaps the president thinks tariffs would help ...

Welcome home a prodigal daughter

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A ...

More transparency needed in economic development aid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s irresponsible for political opposition to stop Amazon from locating a headquarters in Long Island City. The project, which Amazon pulled out of last week, would have brought 25,000 jobs to the New York City area. Isn’t it also irresponsible to spend $3 ...