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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

Editorial: DeWitt Community Library relocation is needed to keep the library up-to-date

The idea that a library is a quiet place filled with just books, encyclopedias and a collection of archived magazines and papers is a thing of the past. Technology has grown so much in the past few decades that the needs of modern libraries are evolving. Our local community libraries need to grow to accommodate what the general public wants.

Editorial: Residential chickens cause big problems in a small community

Chicken is a staple in the American diet. Whether it be their meat or their eggs, there are countless ways to cook a chicken and its products. For some people, raising chickens in their yards seems like a cost-effective way to get poultry products, rather than drive to Wegmans or Tops.

Editorial: Fight the burn

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this summer, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

Editorial:Graduates, live a good life

The latest group of high school seniors from our coverage area (Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt, East Syracuse-Minoa) have crossed the stage and become high school graduates, and the recent commencement ceremonies were as well done and moving as ever. It is difficult to know what to say to recent graduates when seeking to give them life advice, especially if one wants to avoid clichés and repetition. We’ve heard various messages given over the years, with some of the most meaningful being to live a life of purpose and responsibility.

Municipal-run green initiatives are important for the future of the global environment

On Monday, June 22, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Minoa wastewater treatment plant to signify the completion of the newest addition to the Cleanwater Environmental Research Facility (CERF) project.

Editorial: Manlius residents need to be involved in planning board reduction decision

Last week, the Manlius Town Board voted 4-3 to draft a local law that would reduce the number of seats on the planning board from seven to five. Before the local law can be adopted, the town board must hold a public hearing for citizens to voice their opinions about the law.

Editorial: Community persistence helped keep cygnets at the Manlius Swan Pond

In early March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ruled that mute swans — a species native to Europe and Asia — were an invasive species and made a plan to eliminate the waterfowl by 2025.

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EDITORIAL: Support Paige’s Butterfly Run to help cure childhood cancer

Worldwide, 250 kids die every day from cancer. One in 330 children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the time they’re 20 years old, meaning the incidence is greater in children and adolescents than any other age group except for those over 65. It’s the leading cause of death by disease in children under 15 in the United States. The average age of diagnosis is just 6. For an adult, it’s 67. While adults lose an average of 15 years of life to cancer, kids lose an average of 71 years.

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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.

EDITORIAL: People need to think about future consequences

Too often, our community is faced with the tragic loss of a life when people don’t think twice about the severity of a situation or the consequences that could come with it.

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EDITORIAL: Think twice before you litter — it’s not about the convenience

With the season of spring finally showing itself in Central New York, this winter’s snow has melted and exposed the litter and debris that was previously kept hidden by the harsh weather. And now that people in the community are looking forward to enjoying the outdoors this season, many are noticing the large amount of accumulated litter and are choosing to take action.

EDITORIAL: OCM BOCES needs to respond to F-M … and the public

Over the past few weeks, the Eagle Bulletin has produced two stories relating to accusations by the F-M school board president that OCM BOCES has been violating a longstanding gentleman’s agreement. This agreement relates to how the 11 member seats on the board of education are split between the 23 component districts, namely, that the top five schools in terms of enrollment get their own seats and the remaining seats are shared by the remaining districts.

EDITORIAL: Town of Manlius is able to address public concerns in senior living center project

Last week, Manlius Town Attorney Tim Frateschi presented a draft resolution for a special use permit for Resort Lifestyle Communities to construct a senior living center on the corner of North Burdick Street and Medical Center Drive.

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.

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