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EDITORIAL: February is National Spay and Neuter Month

There’s no excuse to keep your pets unaltered. Unfortunately, according to a survey conducted by PetSmart Charities, nearly half of those who acquired pets last year still haven’t spayed or neutered them.

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EDITORIAL: Wear red for heart health this Friday

Friday, Feb. 5, is National Wear Red Day, an initiative supported by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

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EDITORIAL: Liverpool moving in the right direction on student sleep

The Liverpool Central School District took another step in the right direction last week when the board of education agreed to further examine the possibility of having high school classes start later in the morning.

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EDITORIAL: Beat the winter blues

Whether we like it or not, winter is a fact of life in Central New York. So far, this winter has been fairly mild, even with the recent snow. And while we have made it past the longest night of the year, and hard as it may be to believe, the days are actually get a little longer each day, there are still a lot of cold temperatures and gloomy, dark days to get through.

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EDITORIAL: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"

In September of 1897, Francis Pharcellus Church, a former Civil War correspondent and editor at the New York Sun, received a letter from the then 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon. Virginia’s letter and Church’s response, both reprinted below, have since become the most reprinted newspaper editorial in American history. As is our tradition at Eagle Newspapers, we reprint it here in celebration of the season, and we wish our readers the happiest of holidays.

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EDITORIAL: Keep your family safe from carbon monoxide

As we crank the heat in the colder months, we are at higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of certain fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane and natural gas. Portable generators also produce CO. Because you can’t see, smell or taste it, victims often don’t know they’re being poisoned.

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EDITORIAL: Give a gift to local charities

Whether you’re scouring the aisles of a brick-and-mortar store or clicking through online sales for your nearest and dearest, there’s one more recipient you should add to your holiday shopping list: local charitable organizations.

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EDITORIAL: On National Adoption Day, remember the kids without homes

Babe Ruth. Jesse Jackson. Steve Jobs. Faith Hill. Nelson Mandela. These people might not seem like they have much in common, but there is one thing they share: all were adopted.

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EDITORIAL: Local officials should attend Freeman visit

Freeman will speak beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 141 of Newhouse III at Syracuse University.

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EDITORIAL: In local elections, your voice matters

For last year’s midterm elections, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation found that just 36.3 percent of registered voters headed to the polls. That’s the lowest it’s been since World War II.

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Editorial: Keep your kids safe this Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, now is a good time for parents to discuss safety measures with their children prior to heading out for a night of fun.

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EDITORIAL: Put a smoke alarm in every bedroom

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), half of all home fire deaths in this country occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when people are most likely to be sleeping. Having a working smoke alarm in the home — especially in the bedroom, where it’s easy to hear — cuts the risk of death in half.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER: A new look for a new era

Eagle News redesigns, rebrands

After working throughout the summer on a new look and feel for our newspapers, I’m proud to announce in this week’s edition that the Star-Review and all of Eagle News’ weekly publications are launching redesigned newspapers with a modular advertising grid and expanded space for local content.

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EDITORIAL: Vote ‘yes’ on NSCSD referendum

On Sept. 24, voters in the North Syracuse Central School District will head to the polls to decide on two propositions. Neither will raise taxes, and both will benefit the district and its residents. It’s a win-win situation.

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EDITORIAL: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, when ovarian cancer is found before it has spread beyond the ovaries, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. But because there is no screening method for early detection of ovarian cancer, only one-fifth of all cases are discovered at this stage.