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Our View: Citizen feedback is crucial for Consensus government consolidation decisions

Last week, an independent commission to study the local governmental entities in Onondaga County, called Consensus, released its initial report and recommendations for potential consolidation. The commission stated that local governments are spending more than $100 million on redundant services and there is an opportunity to reduce government spending by nearly $20 million if services were consolidated at the county, city, town and village levels.

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Our view: Sharpshooter program will be worth the expense

Last week, the Fayetteville Village Board voted to take on a white-tailed deer management program that would include the baiting and culling of deer by sharpshooters with silenced rifles, a change from the originally proposed program that would have used volunteer bowhunters.

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Our view: East Syracuse police union settlement hurts taxpayers

Outcome indicative of bigger consolidation opportunities

As was reported in this week’s issue, the village of East Syracuse reached a settlement to pay out more than $418,000 to the 13 former police officers of the East Syracuse Police Department, five full-time and eight-part time, relating to a grievance filed after the union contract was broken by the abolition of the village police department in 2015.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus


Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun newspaper, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials and on posters and stamps.

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Our view: The spirit of Christmas

It is a magical time of year, the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Editorial: Give a gift to local charities

Whether you’re scouring the aisles of a brick-and-mortar store or clicking through online sales for your nearest and dearest, there’s one more recipient you should add to your holiday shopping list: local charitable organizations.

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Editorial: CNY residents have to be open to the idea of an inland port

The Panama Canal in Central America is currently finishing up an expansion project that would allow for larger cargo ships to pass through, which will greatly affect the global trade industry.

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EDITORIAL: On National Adoption Day, remember the kids without homes

Babe Ruth. Jesse Jackson. Steve Jobs. Faith Hill. Nelson Mandela. These people might not seem like they have much in common, but there is one thing they share: all were adopted.

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EDITORIAL: Local officials should attend Freeman visit

Freeman will speak beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 141 of Newhouse III at Syracuse University.

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Editorial: Stay spooky and safe this Halloween

Halloween is a great time for all of the ghouls and goblins to come out and enjoy the fun of dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating. It can be a fun time for the whole community to get together and enjoy a longstanding fall tradition. But as with any activity, there are also risks involved.

Editorial: Community is about helping one another

The scary part about tragedies is that they can happen to anyone at any time. You never know when you might be handed a tough situation and brought to a low point in your life. Recently, Fayetteville and Manlius community members showed through their actions that they are ready to help elevate their neighbors in a time of need.

Editorial: F-M needs to makes plans for an aging Wellwood

Students and teachers should not have to be displaced from their classrooms because of mold issues but, unfortunately, this has been the case at Fayetteville-Manlius’ Wellwood Middle School for the past few years — has, in fact, been only one of multiple infrastructure issues at the school.

Editorial: Community input is key to find deer management program suitable for Fayetteville

The overpopulation of white-tailed deer in the village of Fayetteville has become a problem that needs to be solved. The village cannot turn a blind eye to the increase of Lyme disease found in people and pets, the increase in vehicular accidents caused by deer and the damage to property and vegetation caused by clusters of deer settlements in the village.

Our View: Upcoming events help keep community close

This Saturday, Sept 19, the villages of Minoa and Fayetteville will be hosting two separate community day celebrations that are free and open to the public.

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EDITORIAL: Easing into the back-to-school routine

Getting back into the swing of the school year can be quite an adjustment for parents and children alike. Luckily, we have a few tips on how to ease your family into the back-to-school routine.