The monarch massacre — the billion butterflies that made the epic flight from the eastern United States to Mexico each fall has fallen to only about 33 million — should served to warn us like the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

As modern medical practices extend lifetimes, patients who are terminally ill should have the right to chose when and how they die.

We blushed with shame as we leafed through crumbling copies of our newspaper to illustrate our article on the KKK; in the 1920s, we carried notices of Klan meetings without any hint of criticism. How far have we come?

We are gratified to be recognized by our peers in an annual state press contest, but the best recognition is in the sincere responses of our readers who enliven our pages each week.

Frozen water pipes in Altamont have inconvenienced us but made us keenly aware of the worth of water, and the need for preservation and equity worldwide.

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