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EDITORIAL: Start small to help end lupus

Besides a collection of radio hits, what do Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, Seal and Toni Braxton have in common? Like 1.5 million of their fellow Americans, they’ve struggled with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that attacks the skin, joints and internal organs.

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

Timeless Christmas letter

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

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.

‘Speed Week’ sends reminder about dangerous driving

Speeding on local roads, or highways, can be dangerous and can out you and loved ones needlessly in harm’s way. As a reminder of this fact, state police will be cracking down on speeders this week, remember not to speed now, rather than after you’ve already been ticketed.

More women must run for office

This election cycle, more women ran for Congressional office than ever before, with 18 running for the Senate and 141 for the House. In New York, both candidates for the Senate race were women; two of the three candidates for the 24th Congressional District race, one of the nation’s most hotly contested seats, were women.

EDITORIAL: Help keep our kids safe this Halloween

With Halloween creeping around the corner, the Camillus Police Department offers the following tips for keeping your kids — and the kids of your neighbors — safe as they trick or treat.

EDITORIAL: Fall fun abounds in the western suburbs

Fall has arrived, and with it, a cornucopia of great community events to choose from.

Raising awareness: a community’s mission


Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States.

EDITORIAL: A trust worth noting

When retired Onondaga County Sheriff’s sergeant Earl Smith was sworn in as School Resource Officer at Marcellus High School, he said he planned to approach the job like a partnership.

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.

EDITORIAL: A legend’s clause

Even as he neared the nation’s all-time wins record of 747, West Genesee lacrosse coach Mike Messere remained grounded.

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.”

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?

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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.