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Daniel E. Alexander

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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.

The times they are changing | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There are so many things one can observe and experience the longer you have the opportunity to hang around in this world.

Time to reform election law | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Now is the time to encourage changes in the election laws that have put a strangle hold on the election process in this country.

I’ve been hacked! | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We read about it in the newspapers and hear about it on the evening news all the time.

More of the same, but different

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

More snow and bitter cold lies in our future. Another major retail chain, Michael’s, has announced the hacking of their customer’s credit card files.

Three more years in neutral

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

While discussing job creation and training at a recent regional workforce investment board meeting, we were told not to expect much changing over the next few years until the nation undergoes an administrative change in 2017.

It’s just business as usual

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s so hard to know who and what to believe any more. Our political system has played the spin card so often on the American public, they may have spun themselves completely out of sight.

The other side of minimum wage

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In last week’s paper, our editorial board took a stand on increasing the minimum wage.

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Local residents discover wintry wonders at Stone Bridge & Caves

Although Natural Stone Bridge & Caves is considered a premier fair-weather attraction in the Adirondacks, people are now discovering that it offers a remarkable experience in the winter, too.

Small change, long-term improvements

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Over the next two weeks, we will be working with the US Postal Service throughout Northern New York and Vermont to further improve the delivery of your free community newspaper.

Ring in the New Year 2014 | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The year 2013 seemed to flash by in the blink of eye.

My Christmas wish list

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This time of year family members are always asking for clues on possible Christmas gifts.

Give yourself the best gift of all

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Living in our free society has many perks and benefits.

The season of traditions

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One of the joys in living life to the fullest is the opportunity each year to renew and celebrate certain traditions.

Count your blessings this Thanksgiving

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

On behalf of all of us here at Denton Publications, let me wish you a happy, safe and thankful Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Reflections from the past

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Over the last few weeks when channel surfing on the television, nearly every network has been featuring documentaries on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the assignation of President John F. Kennedy.

Fool me again, please

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s hard to read a paper, find any news channel, open a page on social media or the Internet without a full blown diatribe on the problems with the Affordable Care Act website.

Time to make some changes

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

With the 2013 elections now behind us we need to muster up some courage and commit ourselves to regaining control over our government.

Frustration reaching new low

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

According to Gallup America has been growing increasingly dissatisfied since 2004, when national satisfaction slipped below 50 percent it went below 40 percent in 2005, and 30 percent in 2009.

Together is the only way out

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This country needs to get its act together. Our Founding Fathers created a system with checks and balances.

Thoughts on the shutdown

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I didn’t think the politicians would let it go this far.

Share and share alike

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’m not sure the phrase “share and share alike” makes much sense but it was an old saying and its meaning was simple; quit fighting and share the things you have with those who don’t.

Unique Navy Yard perspective

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week I found myself near the site of the nation’s most recent mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.

Response to a letter writer

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I ended last week’s column with the thought that it is a sad day in America and in the North Country when anyone is ridiculed for publicly sharing their opinion.

September’s fresh start

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I can’t exactly put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s just a holdover from childhood school days, or maybe it’s just a more normal structure of life, but September always seems to bring a fresh start to so many things.

Stop and think

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I keep coming back to two key words: blame and responsibility.

Hazy, lazy days of summer

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

As another summer draws to an end and the days grow shorter you can see people scurrying about trying to squeeze in those summer time activities before the season changes.

Hard to imagine anything will change

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It only seems to be getting worse.

Keeping our eye on the ball

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week President Obama lamented that Congress has taken its eye off the ball. In my opinion the President is both right and wrong.

How long until we are color blind?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

How significant to our country is the outcome of the Zimmerman trial?

Real life versus virtual reality

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

By the time you read this column, the jury may have ruled on the highly publicized and racially charged George Zimmerman trial currently under way.

Independence Day celebration

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This past week, we celebrated our nation’s independence and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

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Denton Publications adds new advertising opportunity

Last week you no doubt noticed a new feature sticking on the front of your North Countryman.

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Free Community Newspaper

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Those are much more than three common everyday words. Behind those words is a powerful resource that delivers true value each week to thousands of communities around the U.S.

American: The only label that counts

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week our Editorial Board wrote an excellent editorial about the passing of the Greatest Generation and the efforts of the Honor Flight to transport WWII Vets to Washington DC to visit the memorial erected in their honor.

Public or private career?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In a recent conversation with my predecessor, former Denton Publications’ Publisher Bill Denton, we compared the differences of operating a private sector company in his era (1960 through the late ’80s) compared to today.

Put politics aside and govern

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One of the great benefits of putting my thoughts in print for more than 100,000 readers each week is the response I get.

‘I am not a crook’

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Perception, intention, power, arrogance, authority and many other character qualities become a part of actions that, to one person, cross the line yet to another do not.

Second terms and three strikes

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Is it just that the lure of a second presidential term is so unlike anything else that administrations will do anything to secure it?

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Taste of Home coming to Ti E.M.A.

All of the excitement of the Taste of Home Cooking School is coming to the Employees Mutual Association in Ticonderoga on Saturday, June 1.

Truth or consequences

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Back in the 1950s, “Truth or Consequences” was a popular television show where contestants received roughly two seconds to answer a trivia question correctly before “Beulah the Buzzer” sounded.

The era of rage

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We see it on the highways. It’s becoming more apparent in politics these days.

Common sense, political convenience

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It almost boggles the mind how quickly our elected officials can move when properly motivated and when, in their collective judgment, know they must act.

Life in a dangerous world

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

While the events of last week continue to unfold it reminds us how fragile life is and how quickly our lives can be turned upside down in the mere blink of eye.

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Imaginarium launches “Blast Boredom” Campaign for area families

“We want to blast boredom from our children and give them outlets to learn on their own terms in a creative and fun way,” said Imaginarium President Jennifer Meschinelli. “So, we ask our community to help us on this mission to blast boredom.”

The pettiness of politics

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

United States politics is one of the biggest money businesses in the world.

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Supers Debate alcohol hours

Essex County Lawmakers have come up with a compromise when it comes to the matter of when “closing time” will be here. Members of the Public Safety Committee voted April 8 to turn back the clock on the time bars and restaurants can serve alcohol — from 4 a.m. until 3 a.m. Last month, the committee tabled a resolution that would have moved last call up to 2 a.m.

Real life and sports

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week the news was a buzz with the now-disgraced basketball coach at Rutgers University, Mike Rice, who was fired for physically assaulting and verbally abusing his players

The price of free speech

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This country, once called the melting pot of the world, was known for taking in immigrants from all corners of the Earth and merging their cultures into ours to create a patchwork democracy.

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