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Get rid of the GEA now

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.

EDITORIAL: Let bikers bike

On a warm, sunny day, we’re told being on a motorcycle is practically perfect. It’s the ultimate freedom. If only bikers were able to ride in peace.

OUR VIEW: The fight against blight

Urban blight is, without a doubt, one of the biggest road blocks in the city’s path to self improvement. The numbers are staggering.

OUR VIEW: A new Susman

“So long, honey babe. Where I’m bound, I can’t tell.” – A line from Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”

EDITORIAL: Volunteer firefighters 'still stand for some good in the world'

There aren’t words we can put together that would sum up fire service any better than what former Camillus Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief and current Assistant Chief Scott Binns told us last week. “It’s a noble calling and that’s what I think it should be,” he said. “Something that still stands for some good in the world.”

OUR VIEW: Right on, Syracuse

Things are looking up for the city and surrounding areas, if you ask us.

Let the sun shine in

“Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants.” United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote those words in a 1913 Harper’s Weekly article entitled “What Publicity Can Do” to emphasize the importance of government openness and transparency. Nearly a century later, how far have we come?

OUR VIEW: To combat violence among Syracuse teens, community must coordinate

Violent criminal activity among city of Syracuse teenagers is on the rise — a tragedy Syracuse Police say is connected to the teens’ increasing involvement with gangs.

EDITORIAL: DA Fitzpatrick showcases law and disorder

Grandstanding is not becoming of any political power, especially not in a position that was created to bring justice and fairness — which is why Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick’s behavior over the past few months is so troubling. This isn’t to say Fitzpatrick hasn’t helped victims of crimes — in recent years he helped to bring justice to Jenni-Lyn Watson’s family, he helped bring Stacey Castor to justice. There’s no doubt Fitzpatrick has been an effective district attorney in thousands of cases.

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EDITORIAL: A state budget well-fit for CNY

The state budget process has long been marred by an overwhelming amount of politicking and grandstanding. An on-time budget was rarely heard of until 2011, the first budget season of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tenure at the helm of the state.

EDITORIAL: 'Anonymous' hack wasted police time

Instead of staging a local protest, demanding answers or working with the police department, they released a list of usernames and passwords associated with syracusepolice.org. Showcasing nominally embarrassing passwords of public officials did not, in fact, solve the Bernie Fine case.

EDITORIAL: Grounding Air-1

Helicopters are, apparently, a hard habit to quit. The county legislators voted to defund the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office aviation unit, commonly known as Air One. But the helicopter will still fly as Sheriff Kevin Walsh takes aim at corporations, surrounding counties, private donations and any other willing entity to raise $595,000 to pay for fuel, pilots and operating costs of the helicopter.

EDITORIAL: Help save the Drug Quiz

The Drug Quiz Show is struggling for funds and the community can help. Saving the program is a personal appeal from at least three of our staff members who participated through two different schools in the early 2000s.

EDITORIAL: County should amend law allowing officials to hold two positions

For all intents and purposes, if elected, you’re allowed to be a county legislator and a mayor. You’re allowed, and capable, of holding two positions at the same time. State law says that. Numerous attorneys agree. The law is the law. But is the law what’s best for the community?

Drone protesters missed their mark

Civil disobedience is a powerful tool, and when used appropriately, can change history. The 31 drone protesters who were arrested and found guilty for disorderly conduct for a staged ‘die-in’ at the main entrance of the Hancock Air Base in Syracuse missed their mark.

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