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Wasteful government spending, for many, is an abstract concept: more »

Apr 27, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials

Last week’s column where I suggested that Sanders and Trump might continue their fights to reform the political process by running together on an independent ticket, should their highly popular campaigns be shutdown by the two parties... more »

Apr 27, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This month, New Yorkers experienced a competitive presidential primary race for the first time since the modern system was introduced in 1972. more »

Apr 19, 2016 12:00 PM Editorials

Never happen, you say? Seems like that’s a phrase we’ve all used a lot in this election race. more »

Apr 19, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline 2 Comments

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ELIZABETHTOWN — Last week, Sun Community News debuted its newest innovation with augmented reality. more »

Apr 12, 2016 1:30 PM The Sun

Augmented Reality; Now there’s a phrase I never thought would become part of my everyday vocabulary, but for the last few weeks it has perhaps been my most used phrase. more »

Apr 12, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline 1 Comments

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For the sixth year in a row, state leaders have delivered a timely budget. more »

Apr 6, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials

To what extent are the candidates, the parties, the endorsers and the media willing to go to influence the American electorate in order to achieve their aspirations in the upcoming elections? more »

Apr 5, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

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If the past five years are any indication, state leaders will have submitted a sixth on-time budget by late Thursday. more »

Mar 30, 2016 12:00 PM Editorials

If President Obama and Senator McConnell were sincere public servants, they would be speaking directly to each other, discussing realistic ways they could perform their duties, while remaining loyal to their principle beliefs and the American public. more »

Mar 23, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We’re coming up on an entire year since the earliest contenders declared their presidential campaigns. more »

Mar 23, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials

It was a stunning display of pathos from a man known more for his chest-thumping bravado. more »

Mar 16, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials

At a time when we would all hope the nation would take the up coming elections with a greater degree of importance, it now seems apparent that fighting in the streets, and back rooms, may forever taint the elections of 2016. more »

Mar 16, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Do you think we’ll ever get our house in order? more »

Mar 9, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

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The world can be a dark place. Unless you’ve been living under a rock — which is actually a legitimate excuse here in the Adirondack Park — you’ve likely caught a whiff of the uncertainty that continues to grip the nation. more »

Mar 9, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials 1 Comments

In last week’s Republican Primary Debate I heard one candidate, on one issue, say something that resonated with me and I feel is the single most missing ingredient from politics today. more »

Mar 2, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Call it the Hot Air Express. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo embarked on a statewide bus tour to promote his push for a minimum wage of $15 per hour. more »

Mar 2, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials 1 Comments

The plight facing local ambulance squads is a metaphor for life in the North Country: A slow-motion disaster that has been a long time coming. more »

Feb 24, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials

It’s been nearly 30 year since we laughed at the SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit called Point-Counterpoint. more »

Feb 24, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

New York’s battle against heroin is back in the headlines with a pair of heavy-duty developments in the drug world. more »

Feb 17, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials

Last week’s column where I suggested that Sanders and Trump might continue their fights to reform the political process by running together on an independent ticket, should their highly popular campaigns be shutdown by the two parties... more »

Apr 27, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Never happen, you say? Seems like that’s a phrase we’ve all used a lot in this election race. more »

Apr 19, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline 2 Comments

Augmented Reality; Now there’s a phrase I never thought would become part of my everyday vocabulary, but for the last few weeks it has perhaps been my most used phrase. more »

Apr 12, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline 1 Comments

To what extent are the candidates, the parties, the endorsers and the media willing to go to influence the American electorate in order to achieve their aspirations in the upcoming elections? more »

Apr 5, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

If President Obama and Senator McConnell were sincere public servants, they would be speaking directly to each other, discussing realistic ways they could perform their duties, while remaining loyal to their principle beliefs and the American public. more »

Mar 23, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

At a time when we would all hope the nation would take the up coming elections with a greater degree of importance, it now seems apparent that fighting in the streets, and back rooms, may forever taint the elections of 2016. more »

Mar 16, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Do you think we’ll ever get our house in order? more »

Mar 9, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In last week’s Republican Primary Debate I heard one candidate, on one issue, say something that resonated with me and I feel is the single most missing ingredient from politics today. more »

Mar 2, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s been nearly 30 year since we laughed at the SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit called Point-Counterpoint. more »

Feb 24, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Someone told me long ago that a good trial lawyer never asks a witness on the stand a question in which he or she does not already know the answer to. more »

Feb 17, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

How are we doing? Someone told me long ago that a good trial lawyer never asks a witness on the stand a question in which he or she does not already know the answer to. more »

Feb 16, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There really should be a law against such behavior and such price gouging. more »

Feb 10, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week while struggling to find a topic for this column my wife shared a passage she found recently in a book authored by Paul Ryan, titled “How We Got Here.” more »

Feb 3, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline 1 Comments

Last month the Fiscal Times reported that the same office in the Defense Department that spent $43 million to build a luxury gas station that was slated to cost $3 million has now spent nearly $150 million of taxpayer money on private villas in Afgha more »

Jan 27, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline 1 Comments

As kids we would ask mom, dad or a grand parent for a coin to throw in the wishing well. more »

Jan 20, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There has to be a first time for everything. It’s not often an arm of the federal government actually listens to the public’s concerns and chooses to drop their previously announced plans. more »

Jan 13, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

As we move into the new year and have settled into the new brand, it’s time for the next phase of growth for your weekly newspaper. more »

Jan 6, 2016 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

2016 Is here already? I can’t believe how fast the years seem to fly by. more »

Dec 30, 2015 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This time of year we all think about others and putting a smile on the faces of those we love. Many feel even happier when they can create that smile for a perfect stranger. more »

Dec 23, 2015 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline 1 Comments

Our nation is severely polarized. That’s certainly nothing new. I've written many columns on various aspects of the political polarization over the years that stalls progress and creates great frustration. more »

Dec 2, 2015 6:00 AM Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

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