WASHINGTON — It’s hard to hear the truth, especially when it flies in the face of stories you have been told since you were born. The truth can shock a person, usually leaving them with one of two choices — either defend the status quo or be open to additional facts. Read More ⇒

To the residents of Watertown: Do you now realize that you have your own persona of Donald Trump in the person of Mayor Joe Butler? He should be very embarrassed by his abuse of a woman at a recent board meeting. [He told a woman at an Aug. 19 meeting: “If you’re not proud of the city or are… Read More ⇒

According to recent figures, Northern New York has a higher rate of unemployment. The longer heating season here compels north country seniors and low-income residents to spend more of their income to heat older homes, homes in need of energy efficiency investments that reduce heating bills … Read More ⇒

The tourism season in the Thousand Islands area is progressing. With our local economy so dependent on people flying into and out of our local airport for their vacations, I’m glad that U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik secured a grant to improve Watertown International Airport. Read More ⇒

“You say, ‘Away with you Communists.’ We say, ‘Away with you imperialists.’ Sometimes we say things like that. It would not do not to do that.” That was Mao Zedong speaking to Henry Kissinger in 1973. The candid and sweeping admission by Mao, who in President Xi Jinping now has a successor o… Read More ⇒

Several months ago, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley was facing several challenges in billing for our Advanced Illness Management services through Medicare. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and his staff immediately responded to our request for help and were instrumental in assist… Read More ⇒

Paul Tough’s important new book on the broken promises of higher education begins with a chapter that he succeeds in making as suspenseful as the prologue of any serial-killer novel and as heart-rending as the climax of an epic romance. It describes a high school senior who is waiting to hea… Read More ⇒