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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.

COLUMN: Banned Books

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read during Banned Book Week. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year marks BBW's 31st anniversary (Sept. 22 to 28). Exercise your freedom to read (and not just during Banned Book Week) with these historic and recently banned books.

‘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.

EDITORIAL: Fayetteville Friendly’s: lost but never forgotten

The Friendly’s in Fayetteville has always been a special place for me. Growing up two blocks away, I spent many late nights and hot summer afternoons waiting in line for an oreo cyclone (or maybe an M&M cyclone, depending on my mood). Long before we could drive, my brothers and I would walk over to the store with a $20 bill from our parents (provided we had eaten our dinner, of course) knowing we could buy whatever our hearts desired. It was a great feeling.

Hello from your new editor

If you saw my picture and information on page 4, you may have noticed that I am indeed, not Ned Campbell. My name is Allie Wenner and I am ecstatic to take on the responsibility as the new editor of the Eagle Bulletin! You may recognize my name as I have been writing some freelance stories in the paper for the past few months.

EDITORIAL: In Manlius, let the pond ripple on

You can’t throw a rock in a pond and not expect there to be a ripple effect. In a swan pond, you might even ruffle some feathers.

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.

Fayetteville's animal law is more bark than bite

Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson says he doesn’t want to punish responsible pet owners. But the village board’s recent amendment to the animal law says otherwise.

EDITORIAL: It's time to get educated

The East Syracuse Village Board is moving forward with plans to put the fate of the police department in the hands of the voting community.

EDITORIAL: Do your part to keep the birds at bay

We do our best to make sure the news we bring you is not “for the birds.” But lately there’s been an influx — a migration even — of stories on the subject.

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: Swan Pond trust shattered by heinous act

In Manlius, Earth Day 2012 will forever be remembered as the day we learned of a most heinous crime against nature — the destruction of seven out of eight eggs laid by Faye, the Swan Pond’s prized female swan.

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?

EDITORIAL: F-M students beat the odds

When Fayetteville-Manlius High School students announced their ambitious fundraising goal for this year’s Dance Marathon at a pep rally back in January, we were, at first, skeptical.

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