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Daniel E. Alexander

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Develop your own sense of direction

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Over the last year our politicians, major news outlets, union leaders and powerful lobbyists have been waging war in Wisconsin.

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Rain doesn’t dampen spirits at Americade

Motorcycle riders arriving at Americade motorcycle rally in Lake George — from near and far — talk about what draws them to the worlds foremost two-wheeled touring rally.

Warning: Danger ahead

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

What are we to make of the current economic conditions facing our country and possibly the world?

Have we lost a strong sense of community?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Community newspapers are not mass media.

Is health care moving in the right direction?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I think we could all agree that as a country America would like to see affordable health care for all its citizens.

It is time for citizen legislators, term limits

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I receive a lot of emails from North Country readers and even a few from folks around the country who find the column online.

A House Divided or United?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’m sure we are getting more mail and electronic messages of a political nature than anytime I can remember in the past.

Is the sky falling?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I really hate to be pessimistic. I also want to avoid being politically slanted.

Change demands we speak out

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

If we hope to make our world a better place for our children we must begin changing some of the recent behavior and not allow opportunities to make change pass without speaking out.

Defining our traditional core values

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

What are the traditional core values I keep referring to as the critical building blocks of our society?

A return to our traditional core values

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In previous weeks this column has addressed concerns with the breakdown of certain values in our society.

Layoffs at corporately owned daily newspapers nothing but greed

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’ve been accused over time of not liking daily newspapers and being overly bias toward weekly newspapers.

The nation’s moral compass is off

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week I wrote about the course adjustment that, in my opinion, our nation must take.

We need a course adjustment

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There was a time in this land when people worked hard, sacrificed and set things aside to make life better for the next generation.

The really important things in life

It’s not very hard to find issues to complain about when writing a weekly column or for that matter sharing a comment or two at the water cooler. The state of our political system, financial markets, economy, weather, society inequities, education, entitlements, employment, health insurance, regional and state issues, corporate greed, sporting events, addictions, and the list goes on and on. Any one can look around and see things that needs to be addressed and highlighted if we are ever to generate enough public outcry to bring about change.

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United Way celebrates a successful year

United Way of the Adirondacks officials awarded Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas the Dorothy and Alan Booth Distinguished Citizen Award at their annual dinner Saturday, March 3 at the American Legion Post in Plattsburgh.

Super PACs harm the political process

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas for the Community Newspaper Publisher’s Summit.

Living without a mobile device

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There is a divide among people and it’s becoming larger everyday — those who can’t live without a mobile device and those who do not own one.

Whitney Houston: A tragic ending to a shining star

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The death of singer Whitney Houston and the outpouring of sadness remind us all how one life can touch so many people and how the influence of fame, power and riches can become so very destructive.

We need to stand up for our First Amendment rights

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One of the major issues with the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform legislation known as Obama Care, is that it is still a work in progress with much of its finer points still being defined and created.

Will we be able to see past the political attacks and mud slinging?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This week I traveled to Orlando, where I was privileged to participate in the strategic planning session for the PaperChain group.

Life or death .. what would you do?

Thoughts from the Pressline

The wreck of the Costa Concordia off the shores of Giglio Island once again reminds us of how life can change in the blink of eye.

God does not take sides

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

For a country that was founded based on the principle of religious freedom, religion seems to be under fire or at the very least in question these days.

Political Action Committees drag down the entire election process

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I don’t know how you feel about how Super Political Action Committees (PACs) will influence the presidential election, but I can see nothing but trouble coming from them.

Let the political maneuvering being

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

American political theater made its first curtain call this week with the Iowa Caucuses.

Reflecting on another year past

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Well it’s that time of year when we reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and set our goals for the coming New Year.

Christmas wishes 2011

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This time of year my family is always asking for clues on possible Christmas gifts.

Regional Economic Development Council grant money a home run for the region

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It was no easy task. Certainly not a slam dunk. But neither was it sheer luck that the North Country Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $103.2 million dollars, second highest amount awarded, for the Best Plan among the 10 regions vying for state support.

Does a flawless candidate really exist?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One has to wonder, with Herman Cain now withdrawn from the presidential race due to his drop in the polls and the excessive media coverage over several sexual allegations and scandals, can any of the prominent figures in government stand up to the trust and expectations of the American public?

The true meaning of the season

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I recently ran across this Ben Stein commentary from CBS Sunday.

Taking time to give thanks

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

First, on behalf of everyone here at Denton Publications, let me wish you a happy and thankful Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

We need vigilence here as well

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s been both disturbing and shocking the news coming out of Happy Valley, Pa this last week with the child sexual abuse revelations.

Bridging the future

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It’s been called a miracle. Others call it a necessity. And yet by some it’s a matter of historic proportion.

Opportunity is knocking

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I recently attended two very informative meetings, that could provide a peek into the future of the Park’s economy.

Local papers are here to stay

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Operating a business today, in this economic environment is truly a challenge. And while many businesses and workers await a return to the good days, they need to realize that those days have past.

Campaign reform is a must

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Until we get the nation pointed in the right direction, what we do on the local level will never get things back on the right track toward correcting the financial mess we currently find ourselves.

Perhaps we have more in common than one might think

In the beginning I had mixed feelings regarding the recent protests against Wall Street, banks and the extremely rich Americans.

Do not take your right to vote lightly

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The election cycle is now in prime time, both on the local scene as well as nationally with next year’s presidential campaigning in full swing.

Find a way to help United Way

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’ve been very fortunate in my lifetime. I feel I’ve been blessed with good health, a strong, loving family who not only supported me but passed along many valuable life lessons including a strong religious faith and a solid work ethic. I was fortunate enough to parlay those gifts into a pretty good life… not perfect, but certainly better than many.

The future of print is print

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

As large daily newspapers struggle, folks are quick to paint community weeklies as second-class media wannabes.

New websites add choices, content

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Despite earning a first place award earlier this year from the Free Community Papers of New York for our website, www.denpubs.com we made the decision back in May to move forward with a major overhaul of the site.

Faith, family, small business

While our government and its elected officials scramble to solve our economic woes and put America back to work, I thought I would take a stab at introducing my own plan.

Lessons from Irene

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Tropical Storm Irene dealt our region a serious blow.

Let’s find our moral compass

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Americans are crankier than ever.

We need leadership, confidence

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Leadership and confidence are two key intangibles that have a major effect on human behavior. Our nation is in desperate need of both right now.

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