04/15/17 6:00am
04/15/2017 6:00 AM

It was a big week for community journalism.

The Storm Lake Times, a 3,000-circulation, twice-weekly newspaper in rural Iowa, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Art Cullen, editor and co-owner of the family-owned paper with a staff of 10, was honored for his “editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa,” according to the Pulitzer board. Those corporate interests include Monsanto and Koch Industries, which the paper revealed as secretly funding the defense of high-profile environmental lawsuits in the state.

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01/27/17 5:50am
01/27/2017 5:50 AM

Two years ago, the editors of this newspaper began to reconsider the number of political offices for which we issue endorsements. We ultimately decided not to modify our existing practice because most of that year’s candidates hadn’t yet been announced — and we didn’t want readers to think the policy change reflected our opinion of any of them.

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10/30/16 8:15am
10/30/2016 8:15 AM

Essential to the argument for extending the Riverhead Town supervisor term from two years to four is the notion that it’s not in the best interest of the public for a supervisor to be constantly running for office.

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10/28/16 5:55am
10/28/2016 5:55 AM

You don’t get to spend a lifetime in office without being an effective legislator.

Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), senior member in the New York State Senate, was first elected in 1976. In 40 years, he’s proven his ability to bring home the bacon for his district. He’s remained mostly scandal-free and has run for re-election without much of a fight from Democrats for decades.

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10/27/16 9:59am
10/27/2016 9:59 AM

After a challenging campaign in a 2013 special election and in his first re-election bid the following year, Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) is getting a virtual free pass this time around. His opponent this year has been so inactive, we won’t even bother to mention his name.

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