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In Our Opinion

City Resident Goes Above And Beyond Creating Permanent Alexis Hughan Memorial

The makeshift memorial that sprung up quickly after 16-year-old Alexis Hughan was killed by a tractor-trailer more than a year ago was a beautifully spontaneous outpouring of support for Hughan’s family. But something more lasting was still needed. Thumbs up, then, to city resident ...

Vietnam Vets Teach A Hard Lesson – Don’t Disrespect Those Who Fought For Us

What a difference 50 years makes. American troops who fought during the Vietnam War era were looked upon by some as the enemy. These individuals, who faced chemical warfare at ground levels, battled on a regular basis in dangerous, jungle-like conditions. Last week, they were saluted during a ...

The Time Is Now To End Closed Political Caucus Meetings At Local, State Levels

The time has long since come to bring an end to closed political caucus meetings — particularly at the local level. The New York Coalition For Open Government this week released its latest study that showed 23 of 27 of county governments for which records could be found hold closed caucus ...

City Council Makes Smart Choice Tabling Climate Pledge Resolution

The City Council has made a good decision holding off approval of the New York State Climate Smart Communities pledge. The pledge was pitched by FEMA as a way to bring more grant dollars into the city. That may be a benefit, but what are the costs and issues that such a pledge could create? ...