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Daniel E. Alexander

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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.

Holy Days still relevant

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There seems to be so much head shaking craziness all around us these days.

Optimism is a gift

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I worry at times about using this column too often to complain about a variety of topics that, seem to me, have our country going in the wrong direction.

Leadership starts at the top

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’m not a CPA, accountant or lawyer. I have no degree in political science or economics. I’m a high school grad with a couple years of college.

Service above self

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Is it a phrase that just sounds good, or is it how we live our lives?

The Sequester Quest

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s appropriate that I draft this column flying at 10,000 feet while crossing this beautiful country of ours, on a quick overnight trip to Las Vegas for a publishers’ meeting.

Get serious ... please!

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week we witnessed the annual drawing of the battle lines during the State of the Union address presented by President Obama with rebuttals from senators Rubio and Paul.

Stand up and speak out

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I am fortunate to be able to have and use this venue to voice my concerns about the direction of our country.

America: Land of mediocrity

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Newly proposed legislation pending in Congress touted as giving women a new weapon in the battle for equal pay as well as protecting workers from retaliation could just be the final straw that breaks the American competitive sprit, if passed.

Politically correct or bust?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s a term we hear bantered about in so many of the everyday things we think and do.

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Under pressure from state, L.G. recreation program evolves

Lake George leaders were aghast when state officials in August classified the town's summer recreation program as a "summer camp" and imposed a set of onerous restrictions that threatened the program's existence. Now, the town board, local citizens and public school officials are working together to restructure and relocate the program to meet the mandates.

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Lake Geo. Village amending sign regulations to boost off-season commerce

In recent decades, Lake George citizens have envisioned their village recapturing its character of many decades ago -- a community with year-round commercial vitality. Now, village officials say they are going to amend sign regulations to help achieve that vision.

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The Delta Blue is bringing ‘smokey tastes’ and blues to Lake Placid

With the smell of barbecue in the air, fall off the bone smokey ribs on your plate and the smooth bass and drums pumping in your ears: it’s a melody for the senses. This is Wednesday night at Delta Blue. The Delta Blue, 2520 Main Street, was born from a style straight from the Mississipi Delta. It has brought some “Southern Hospitality” to the Adirondacks and hosts one of the only year-round venues for music in Lake Placid.

Are kids pointed in the right direction?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One thing we never seem to be short of are studies in human behavior.

More violence is not the answer

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The recent increase in highly visible shootings around the country has many talking about guns and legislations.

What does $6 billion buy?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The financial results are now in from the recent 2012 federal election.

Ring in the New Year 2013

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be happy to turn the page on 2012 and look forward to the optimism 2013 will ring in, a few hours from now.

We must turn tragedy into hope

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This is normally the time of year when our thoughts turn to family, joy and the Christmas miracle, born in a manger some 2,000 years ago.

Don’t worry, be happy

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I come from a long line of worriers. As a youngster and even as an adult I found it difficult to understand why mom would worry about the smallest of things.

The reoccurring nightmare

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Our nation is severely polarized. That’s certainly nothing new.

It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In the most recent flare up an atheist group is accusing an Arkansas grade school of violating the constitutional rights of students by inviting them to a performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at a local church.

Let’s count our many blessings

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

On behalf of everyone here at New Market Press & Denton Publications, let me wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

Our Nation is at a Crossroads

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

With the election now behind us our nation is either poised to move forward or is stuck fast in the mess that has plagued us over the past four years.

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It’s time to get back to work

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Our production deadlines have me drafting this column prior to the outcome of the 2012 elections.

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It’s time to get out and vote

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

During the last week I had the privilege of sitting in with our Editorial Board as they interviewed candidates for contested seats for the New York State Assembly and U.S. Congress.

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Lets keep the debates going

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The recent presidential and vice presidential debates have been closely watched by the American Public.

We live in a dangerous world

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

When the Cold War ended and the Iron Curtain was torn down, we thought the world was moving toward a more peaceful existence.

The U.S. debt remains our darkest cloud

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In the next month as the election nears we’ll continue to hear a great deal about the U.S. debt now over $16 trillion and climbing.

Will we ever see a return to civility?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Has today’s society lost all concern for civility?

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With stingy defense, Warriors overturn Burghers

The Warrensburg High School football team's potent offense was contained Saturday Sept. 29 by their Lake George counterparts, as the Warriors held back the Burghers' concluding drive and won the divisional victory 20-14.

Accountability check up

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

A few weeks ago I suggested readers continue to check out sites like Factcheck.org and OpenSecrets.org so they could balance out the facts from the over-exaggerated spin that all political candidates seem compelled to use.

The value of Liberty and Life

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Some days it’s hard to be optimistic and positive about the future.

Just the facts ... please

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Now that we’ve put the two national political party’s conventions behind us, we can focus on the next big events — the upcoming debates.

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Warren Co. pending grants represent record sum

Planners praised for achievement

County planners have worked long days — and on their own time — to try to bring state and federal money to northern Warren County communities, and their work is paying off.

Another one bites the dust

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Back in June I used this column to question if there will be a daily newspaper in our future. Last week, our neighbors in Syracuse learned the answer to that question the hard way concerning the future of The Post-Standard.

Who do we fear most?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Over the next two weeks we’ll have the opportunity to hear the plans both presidential nominees and their respective parties have for our nation.

We must make an impact

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Since last week’s column I’ve heard from many readers representing both parties who agree something must be done to get our elected officials and their respective parties to work together to address the issues facing the nation and spend less time focused on campaign elections and catering to vocal minority groups

Four more years of gridlock

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Gridlock, and the continued widening of the gap between the two political parties on the federal level, leaves most Americans questioning how we will ever resolve the many problems facing the nation.

One nation under God

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

No other country in the world enjoys the freedoms and the prosperity that we do in the United States.

Which came first—government or the egg?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Recently President Obama made some disturbing remarks in a Roanoke speech in which he tied the infrastructure of government to individual business success.

The benefits of hindsight

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Like you, I can’t help but read and listen to the political posturing taking place these days as we head in to this year’s pivotal elections.

Jobs hang in the balance

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week the Labor Department released its June report and the numbers were well below expectations.

You can’t make this stuff up

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

For someone who still considers himself a novice at writing a weekly commentary, I struggle coming up with a topic each week, frequently agonizing throughout the weekend, trying to play out some outlines in my head before sitting down in front of the computer Sunday evening to work up the first draft.

Say what you mean; Mean what you say!

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

With the primary season now behind us and a pre-commencement of political head bashing just getting warmed up, we now prepare for the next big thing in the election cycle, the conventions.

Will there be a daily newspaper in your future?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

That question has been asked, not only in this country, but around the world, in the past few years.

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