Saturday’s front page contained the best and worst of our communities in adjacent stories.

In the wake of the double homicide in Glens Falls, two little boys sat across the street from where the murders occurred holding a cardboard sign that read “free hugs.”

The 9-year-old who had come up with the idea had told his mother he wanted to give hugs to strangers to make them feel better. The mother, at first, resisted, but then relented when the boy insisted.

The 9-year-old recruited a neighborhood friend and the two of them sat across the street from the makeshift memorial to the victims.

And then people started stopping and getting out of their cars to get their hugs.

Several people called us here at the newspaper to tell us about it. Reporter Bill Toscano rushed over to get a photo and the story.

It was a great “feel-good” story, except for one thing – the story directly above it on the front page.

In South Glens Falls, someone had painted the words in black letters “Whites only” on the porch of a disabled African-American resident.

I found that chilling.

Maybe the little boys should set up shop in South Glens Falls next.

Ken Tingley is the editor of The Post-Star and may be reached via email at You can read his blog, “The Front Page,” daily at or his updates on Twitter at



Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

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