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Editorials

Remember the dead

“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead,” the English writer G.K. Chesterton wrote in his 1908 book “Orthodoxy.” “Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be ...

Government should be in-person, with video

Local governments should absolutely begin reopening meetings to the public. Garnering public opinion is difficult when meetings are held electronically, and the public should be able to more easily participate in local government. That doesn’t mean video streams should go away, however. ...

John Van Anden was all about community

In the interest of fairness, we don’t usually comment much about those who appear in our obituaries. But the death of John Van Anden took the wind out of our sails this week — and yet also filled us with fond memories of him and his wonderful family. People who have only lived in Saranac ...

Power used as a steamroller

In electoral politics, to the victor go the spoils. But some go to unreasonable lengths to enjoy the spoils of their electoral victories. Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, recently exhorted Democrats in the Assembly to include Republicans on a cyberbullying task force. The group would ...

Straw Poll, May 17-23

This week’s Straw Poll: Should New York end the federal $300-a-week unemployment boost, as more than 20 other states have done? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Will federal money upgrade our schools?

It’s no surprise that all local school budgets were approved by voters on Tuesday. Between additional state aid approved by the state Legislature and federal pandemic aid, most of the proposed budgets came with either no tax increase or a nominal increase in local property taxes. Keene was ...