Opinion

Don’t think cathedral can be rebuilt quickly

Editorials

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine ...

Exploring hemp production in New York

Columns

“American farmers are promised a new cash crop ... that will not compete with other American products ... (and) will provide thousands of jobs for American workers ...” “Hemp ... has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ...

A different glimpse into Anzac Day

Columns

Anzac Day is Australia’s and New Zealand’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day all rolled up into one. Usually such occasions mark the end of a war or a great victory. Down Under, April 25 commemorates the first day of a battle which, eight months later, would become a terrible defeat. On ...

Poll results, April 15-22

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Did you go on a vacation or have a staycation over spring break? Vacation, Staycation, Neither --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Take a hard line vs. ATVs in the wilderness

Columns

It is ironic that all-terrain vehicles are not welcome on many terrains. Although some towns in the area have passed local laws that allow ATVs on certain local roads, they are usually banned from public roads, for good reason. ATVs don’t mix well with regular vehicular traffic, and they ...

Calling all SLHS graduates from the ’80s

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The first annual Saranac Lake High School Redskins 1980s Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Harrietstown Town Hall. This event will include graduates from all classes from 1980 through 1989. We have a Facebook group (SLHS Classes of the 1980s) and event, ...

The unaffordable $400 emergency

Columns

Over the last few months or so, you might have heard of the unaffordable, $400 emergency, especially from politicians and the media. The source of that information is the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed). According to their Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. ...

Bloomingdale Egg Hunt was a success

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The fourth annual Bloomingdale Egg Hunt took place April 20 at the Bloomingdale Ball Field. Over 65 children enjoyed the various scavenger hunts, loose change drop, Golden Egg Hunt, and egg scramble. Many Saranac Lake High School student volunteers, Key Club members ...

New drivers need experience for proficiency

Columns

Every driver starts off as a beginner. Over time, and through driving experience, one learns to be a better driver. But from the day one gets one’s driving permit to when one has the confidence and experience to be considered a proficient driver, there is much learning to be ...

Is Bernie stealing Trump’s ‘no more wars’ issue?

Columns

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars... I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie ...

Be kind. Pass it on.

Columns

The world can seem like a pretty scary place sometimes. It’s easy to get discouraged with constant scenes of violence, destruction, political disarray and poverty. Many of us are looking for any small way to make a difference. Turns out a small act of kindness can have ripple effects far ...

Learn about climate change

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I have been reading a NT Times best seller, “Drawdown; the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” It is a concise and thorough analysis of the quantitative impacts of 80 solutions in areas such as energy, food, transportation, city planning and ...

Thank you for the free spring break art classes

Letters to the editor

To the editor: We wanted to thank BluSeed Studios for the free art classes offered over the Saranac Lake Central School spring break. The carving class that we attended was really fun. Mr. Paul did a great job teaching beginners how to carve a bear. We appreciate all that BluSeed did ...

We get our kicks on Route 86

Columns

Our home is located on state Route 86, just past the famous Donnelly’s Ice Cream stand as one heads toward Gabriels. It was originally a school house and has undergone a number of renovations by a number of owners. When we bought the place in 2002, we built an addition off the main ...

Changes to health care coming

Columns

It’s a solid bet that our health care future won’t look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election. If Donald Trump is reelected, we know where health coverage for ...

Stooges abound in president’s cabinet

Letters to the editor

To the editor: STOOGE. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines a stooge as “a person who is forced or paid by someone in authority to do an unpleasant or secret job for them.” Baby Prince Donald has a whole cabinet full of them and his latest addition is William Barr. The new attorney ...

Profile of tragedy: Veterinarians and Suicide

Columns

Consider what professions have a well-above average suicide rate and you are unlikely to include veterinarians. However, individuals who care for our pets and farm animals are significantly more likely to take their lives than members of other professions and occupations. A 2014 study by the ...

Keys to success … and failure

Columns

Half-kidding, I often say I’m a 20th century guy trapped in the 21st century. As I said, half-kidding. Anyone who’d want to go to a mid-20th century dentist would need his head examined more than his teeth. I recall those dentists — and not all that fondly — a bunch of dour ...

Propane tank is no small potatoes

Columns

I read with interest in Monday’s paper the article about Hurley Brothers application to install a 36,000-gallon propane storage tank at 132 Old Military Road. The article ends with Mr. Hurley quoted as saying, “This is small potatoes.” I assure you it is not. I was one of the small ...