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Transparency needn’t be a mixed bag in NY

March 21, 2015 It’s unfortunate open government and freedom of information has to be such a mixed bag in New York state. more »»

Federal gov’t is more secretive than ever

March 21, 2015 Early in his presidency, Barack Obama pledged it would “usher in a new era of open government.” His administration has done just the opposite. Government is more secretive than ever. more »»

Village board risks trust with tavern talk

March 20, 2015 New York’s Open Meetings Law opens by declaring, “It is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that the public business be performed in an open and public manner and that the citizens... more »»

Pack your Enterprise

March 19, 2015 As the cold, stubborn winter refuses to quit, many people are more than ready to get out of town, preferably in a southerly direction. School spring breaks can offer an opportunity for that. more »»

FOIL should apply to lawmakers, too

March 18, 2015 One way New York state legislators could increase the public’s confidence in the chambers in the wake of several ethics scandals is by increasing the number of documents available through the... more »»

Mountains of open government

March 14, 2015 As dawn rises on this year’s Sunshine Week, it’s time to evaluate the current landscape of open government — that is, how much public servants trust the people with public information, and how much... more »»

Assembly majority refuses basic reform

March 12, 2015 Before and after the downfall of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, we advocated on this page for leadership term limits, a small step that could go a long way toward reducing corruption in Ne... more »»

Racism persists

March 11, 2015 A few days ago, Americans had reason to celebrate the destruction of institutionalized racism in our country. more »»

How a proposal gets passed matters

March 9, 2015 Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to reconsider his tactics. We called on him last month to specify how much state aid he was proposing for schools. more »»

Lake Placid could remodel the Winter Olympics

March 7, 2015 Now, suddenly, our elected leaders are talking about making another serious bid for Lake Placid to host a third Winter Olympics — not the Junior Olympics but the real deal, in 2026. more »»

Help turn kids on to reading

March 6, 2015 Like them or not, the new Common Core State Standards require students to be able to read and to analyze informational text. Newspapers are just that, informational texts, and always have been. more »»

Grand jury reforms would improve justice

March 5, 2015 Judge Jonathan Lippman, the chief justice of New York’s highest state court, has proposed reforming the grand jury process in the wake of the controversial decision by a grand jury not to indict... more »»

State still needs to offer mandate relief

March 4, 2015 New York’s towns, villages, cities and counties can be sure of one thing — they will get precious little help from the state in shedding the costs that are choking their budgets. more »»

Have an old truck? Put it to good use

March 2, 2015 Does anyone have an old, beater pickup or sport-utility vehicle that they’d be willing to donate to a good cause? It doesn’t have to pass inspection because it won’t go on the road, but it does... more »»

Too much to ask

February 28, 2015 We have no problem with the concept of a sizable hotel being built on the site of three motels on Saranac Lake’s Lake Flower Avenue, near River Street. more »»

Great buzz for local Olympic venues

February 27, 2015 Thirty-five isn’t a particularly significant number, so we confess we were surprised at how excitement spread nationwide for the 35th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics. more »»

Mountains & Valleys

February 26, 2015 VALLEY — to freezing pipes. Some of that happens every winter, but this year it’s at a new level. more »»

Fire and Ice has bright future

February 25, 2015 As the Fire and Ice Festival came to a close last weekend, a spark of excitement was lit for what its future could be in Tupper Lake. more »»

Military must protect its troops

February 23, 2015 When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, they went in with the most sophisticated technology available. Helicopters, jet fighters, tanks, “smart” bombs, etc. more »»

Eliminate school funding gap

February 21, 2015 Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to increase education funding by $1.1 billion, and we think the place he should start is by eliminating the costly Gap Elimination Adjustment policy enacted in 2010. more »»

 
 
 

 

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