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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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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.

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EDITORIAL: Protect dementia patients who wander away from home

Six out of every 10 dementia or Alzheimer’s patients wander. They may not remember their name or address and can become disoriented, even in familiar places, and even in the early stages of the disease.

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EDITORIAL: P.I.G. for adults

Sure, you can read the minutes, catch the meeting on PAC-B a few days later or read the recaps in the Messenger, but there’s no replacement for being present when your elected officials hash out how to spend your tax dollars.

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.

The “buts” do not have it

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The topic of the three teens’ recent arrests for throwing homemade chemical “bombs” at a teacher’s home continues to be part of the Cazenovia community conversation. What interests us is how many people continue to defend the behavior of these boys who allegedly broke the law and could have seriously injured someone. We continue to hear comments in person and see comments online and in social media — such as the letter to the editor in this week’s issue — that say, “I’m not saying the boys did not do wrong, but…” and “I’m not trying to defend the boys’ behavior, but…” Ever and always, there is that “but” — that grammatical coordinating conjunction that people pretend does not mean they are excusing the boys’ behavior, when really that is exactly what they are trying to do.

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EDITORIAL: Opting out sends a strong message -- but will Albany hear it?

You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.