Schools need fresh ideas

While North County school districts received a small degree of relief with last month’s state budget figures that announced a $602 million reinstatement of the state aid that school officials say is crucial to maintaining education programs for their students, and an overall fund increase of $1.1 billion, we feel as if more needs to be done to explore more creative ways of bridging the budget shortfalls that continue to plague districts.

A kinder, gentler time | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

According to a new Rasmussen Survey a mere 9 percent of likely U.S. Voters think it would be better for the country if most of the incumbents were reelected this fall.

Recalls and take downs

Toyota has been through it: lawyers smelling blood in the water, injured consumers, and those going for the gold by signing on to class-action lawsuits.

Kickin’ back | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In the community newspaper business there is never a good time to get away from the office and just kick back and relax.

T.R. and the hyphenated American

During the final three years of his life, former U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (R) gave considerable thought to the waves of European immigrants which were sweeping the nation; they had started in the mid-19th century and continued through the opening decades of the 1900s.

Opinions, freedom, rights and wrongs | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’ve never considered myself an opinionated person. The unfortunate part of drafting an “opinion piece” each week is that you become opinionated or at the very least are labeled as such.

North Country reps need to be mindful of our needs

They may very well have had a point.

Why should we do this? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

By now you may have heard that by September 2015 the United States will turn over its oversight of the Internet to an international stakeholders group.

Affordable? Health Care Act

Big changes are coming to health care in 2014.

Is it a job or a career opportunity? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week, President Obama announced plans to make changes to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.

Strange start to race for Congress

By now, you may be aware of Aaron Woolf. He’s the guy running for Congress to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, a fellow Democrat.

Free Enterprise is Alive and Well | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The business climate in our region, and for that matter, the entire country, has been dismissal for far too long.

518, what’s your emergency? | Editorial

Emergency and fire services in the North County need a jumpstart.

What were they thinking? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Week by week we continue to see and hear more head scratching stories coming out of government.

Not so affordable health care | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The writing has been on the wall for some time. Our great fears are coming to pass and no one is taking the steps to fix what is clearly a bad and ill-conceived law.