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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.

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

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

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.

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EDITORIAL: Village voter turnout dismal

Last week’s election results were pretty disappointing. We’re certainly not lamenting the candidates who were elected into office. No, we’re more concerned with the dismal voter turnout in both the village of Liverpool and the village of North Syracuse, where less than a fifth of registered voters made their way to the polls.

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.

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EDITORIAL: Avoid the ‘drowning machine’

This weekend’s tragedy on the Seneca River reveals one of the most dangerous aspects of boating in Baldwinsville: the lowhead hydraulic dam, or as it is often called, the “drowning machine.” how can incidents like Saturday’s be prevented? There are steps boaters can take to ensure their safety:

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: Village residents: Don’t forget to vote June 16

This Tuesday, voters in both Liverpool and North Syracuse will head to the polls to select their leadership.

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EDITORIAL: Town had no business writing petition for residents

Residents of the area in favor of the Lamson Road Water District had to draft their own petition, but they didn’t know how to do that. So they went to the town board. They did everything by the book. Unfortunately, the town of Lysander didn’t.

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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.

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EDITORIAL: Better screening is needed for postpartum depression

About 80 percent of new moms experience the so-called "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly. But one in seven women experience symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD).

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Stay safe this prom season

We’re at the height of prom season, and unfortunately, that means our teens can be at risk for dangerous behavior.

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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Onondaga County children need foster homes

Becoming a foster parent isn’t easy. You have to treat the children as your own, care for them, in many cases fall in love with them, only to watch them leave when they return home. But imagine the difference you can make for those children while they’re in your home. To learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, call the Onondaga County Home Finding Unit at 435-3827 or visit giveyourlifeasmile.com.

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