Morning folks. Gorgeous weekend down in the Champlain Valley. Hope you’ve had some spring wherever you are.
Here’s a survey of weekend opinions across the North Country. A lot of interesting stuff out there.
The Plattsburgh Press-Republican gives a tentative thumbs-up to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plan passed past year.
The AARP survey shows how important health-care reform is to a strong national economy. Obama’s controversial health law may not be the final answer, but it is a step in the right direction.
The American people could not carry on securely without some kind of change to the health-insurance system. It was destroying too many American dreams.
The Glens Falls Post Star continues its criticism of the Adirondack Park Agency and urges Governor Andrew Cuomo to choose wisely the five new commissioners he’ll name over the next few months.
In a nutshell, the APA has a well-earned reputation for being overreaching, inflexible, unresponsive to citizens, and in some cases abusive.
We’ve done articles on some of the more egregious cases. Environmentalists have been allowed to dominate the APA board, contributing to the park’s hostile economic environment for residents trying to make a living.
What’s needed isn’t really a balance of pro-environment and pro-development members, but a willingness by all members of the APA board to see how conservation and economic growth have to go hand in hand in order for people to be able to live and thrive in the park.
The Watertown Daily Times, which serves Fort Drum, urges a continued engagement in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” continues.
These events — occurring on one day in a few countries — reflect the larger struggle for political and social reform playing out throughout the region. As the so-called Arab Spring continues, the United States must monitor the developments and do what it can to help the cause of freedom.
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise wrestles this week with a hyper-local issue, but one that will resonate for many communities: government support for the local chamber of commerce, and the problem of “double taxation” in areas that have multiple layers of government.
The village board members are not only wondering whether taxpayers are getting their money’s worth; they’re also deciding whether this should be one of many things that has to go in these tight times – especially since two of the three towns that divide the village already pay the chamber, meaning most villagers are paying twice.
The Burlington Free Press has a fierce essay by Deborah Caldbeck, who opposes large scale wind far development.
Caldbeck describes looking across Lake Champlain toward New York and seeing…
…a number of eerie, intermittently blinking, red lights from the wind towers from the Ellensburg wind “farm” in Clinton County, N.Y. A communion with the wonders of nature violently broken by another reminder of man’s inhumanity to nature…
Finally, last week there were some complaints about my picks for the Sunday Opinion discussion.
So this week, I want to urge you not only to leave comments, but also to leave suggestions (with links, if possible) about other opinion writing out there that you found interesting.
This will share those ideas and sources with readers, and give me some fresh ideas of places to look for smart, thought-provoking essays about the North Country.