Morning, folks. Here’s a survey of the weekend’s opinion pages from around the North Country.
We start with a celebration in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican of Plattsburgh State’s ranking as a top school globally for international students — a much-needed bit of good news for a school beset by budget cuts:
The 2010 International Student Barometer has ranked Plattsburgh State as first in the world — in the world — in terms of making friends and first in the United States for student satisfaction with the overall learning environment. Further, the university ranked third in overall satisfaction among its global competitors and fifth in the world for satisfaction with the overall learning experience.
The Glens Falls Post Star weighs in on the debate over the Adirondack Park’s population, arguing that it’s time for the quibbling to end.
The park is an economic gold mine that continues to go untapped, and reasonable development is possible without destroying the essence of the park.
The Watertown Daily Times celebrates Easter, with an invitation to go out and enjoy the day:
These festivals of faith are rich in meaning and life affirming. They communicate messages of hope, of God’s love for his people, of freedom and renewal. Our faith traditions also teach us to serve and help one another, to extend love and mercy to our fellow travelers on this earth.
In the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, meanwhile, managing editor Peter Crowley thinks out loud the “weird but good” aspects of Good Friday.
It seems like a terrible example of doublespeak to slap the word “good” on the day Christians remember how Jesus was tortured and executed. But it’s even more bizarre to watch a church full of Catholics line up to kiss – or “venerate,” in Catholic jargon – a lifelike statue of Jesus hanging on the instrument of his death.
Would you kiss a vivid image of someone dead in an electric chair? Hanging from the gallows? It wouldn’t be all that different, except crucifixion was a more painful way to die.
And the Utica Observer-Dispatch also celebrates the day.
Those who accept Jesus Christ as savior will joyfully sing alleluia today, restoring the proclamation that was removed from worship during the Lenten period as they strive to better understand God.
There you go. As always, opinions and comments welcome. Those of you who feel inspired to chat about religion and faith, be sure to bring your In Box civility chops.