Words can move people.

On January 6, President Donald Trump’s words moved people to violence. 

“We’re gathered together in the heart of our nation’s Capitol for one very, very basic and simple reason, to save our democracy,” Trump said.

The most essential thing to teach our children is how to differentiate facts from falsehoods, truth from propaganda.

It would be a shame if our democracy — our governance on a local level — were to just wither away through neglect.

It is important to both increase the number of voters — personal responsibility is essential but access can ease the way — and to safeguard the sanctity of the ballot box by making it impermeable to fraud.

We believe the state currently needs an advocate to lead the charge in keeping its sunshine laws relevant and the response for requests timely.

In the old westerns, they used to shout: The cavalry’s coming! The cavalry’s coming! But the cavalry’s already here: in all those faces sweating behind a plastic shield to save the life of a soul who refused to wear a mask; in the kid who delivers pizza to the door; and in the guy at the Customer Service desk who still treats you like a person.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” is the lesson taught from Aesop’s fable. But we would argue for kindness even without the payback.

Pyramid is not above the law. And the Guilderland residents who are appointed to serve on the town’s zoning and planning boards need to follow the law as they review plans that affect all of the residents of Guilderland.

The Stonecrop house

 One of the great strengths of the institute has always been the way it has drawn from the community.

What is Thanksgiving about? It’s about pilgrims coming to a new land, a harsh wilderness where many died, and celebrating their survival at harvest time with the natives who made their survival possible. We are now in that wilderness. We need to help each other survive.