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If the state can ban plastic bags, why can’t it ban plastic bottles? People for generations carried canteens or used public water fountains when they were thirsty. There is no human need to have water in plastic bottles.

In the last half century, North America has lost 29 percent of its birds, according to a recent, stunning report that estimates a net loss approaching 3 billion birds.

If our elected boards develop meaningful codes of ethics and set up ethics boards to guide them, the character of our communities will be sterling.

We strongly advise all of the Westerlo Town Board members to read the Civil Service Law before breaking the law and hiring someone else for the assessor’s job. If the board still wants to remove Peter Hotaling, it must go through the state-required hearing process.

As we approach budget-drafting season in our towns, we urge our municipal leaders to set aside some funds for their town historians to carry on worthwhile work.