Litter is not just a consumer-created problem; manufacturers need to take responsibility for what they produce. A dog bone, for example, doesn’t need to be packaged in plastic. Recycling programs are essential but more can be done to curb consumerism in our throw-away society.

Jim Ambrose put it succinctly and forcefully: “The healthcare industry needs to come up with a different paradigm,” he said. The industry, he correctly explained, is geared almost entirely toward “short-term traumatic disability: you break your arm, break your leg, and then it goes away.” It’s not geared toward caring for people with any long-term conditions, including paralysis, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy. That needs to change.

We hope others see the value in preserving the sites that hold clues to our past so that future generations will know from whence we came.

Investing in child care is popular, good politics, and good for the economy.

We’re not going to apply a harsh term to the four zoning board members who voted against the halal market. Rather, we would encourage them along with the residents who spoke out against the market to get to know their Muslim neighbors, to sample their food, to understand why halal is important to them, much as keeping kosher is important to some of their Jewish neighbors.

Noah Zweifel’s job is not an easy one. He does it with care and insight, and manages to write with grace.

The retirement of Maria Buhl and Kim LaPlant from their decades of work at the Guilderland Public Library have nothing to do with the controversy caused by the Café con Mel’s accusations of racism.

Sometimes, when swimming in the Sea of Knowledge, it is necessary to tread water. Rather than jumping to conclusions, we need to have more information. 

General Electric should pay for cleaning up the mess it made. The company must be held responsible by our government through the Environmental Protection Agency.

High-priced housing is a bane not just for old New Yorkers but for young ones trying to move out of their parents’ basements, for millennials hoping to start families, for the workforce priced out of homes in the places where they work.

Our local leaders can help us wake up from this nightmare by signing on as pro-housing communities. Each of our towns will be richer if our elders can stay here, if our young residents can live and contribute in the place where they were raised, and if future generations can build on the foundation of home ownership.