Opinion

Mountains & Valleys

Editorials

MOUNTAIN to the Hotel Saranac finally reopening, four-and-a-half years after Roedel Companies bought it. It’s certainly been a long and winding road, but we also expect that this landmark downtown business has a long road ahead of it, too. --- MOUNTAIN to Gov. Andrew Cuomo putting $62.5 ...

Grateful to serve Harrietstown residents

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The start of 2018 is also the start of my service to the residents of Harrietstown, and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your vote of confidence at the polls this past November. I promise to be thoughtful and thorough and make decisions based on facts, not ...

Wrap artists

Columns

The Scandinavians have an expression, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Supposedly, in Scandinavian languages, it rhymes. But rhyme, shmyme, all that matters is if it’s true – which it is. And it was just this that Jane Mandeville and I were talking about in Aldi’s ...

Tough road ahead for Trump in year 2

Columns

As we reach, gingerly, the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, none of the disasters feared by critics has come to pass. The economy has turned at least mildly upward rather than plummet to depression. The executive branch has obeyed court orders. No military disaster ...

Cuomo’s criminal justice reforms are worth discussing

Editorials

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to reform the use of bail in New York state and to improve access to a speedy trial are good ideas. They deserve their day in court, so to speak. Cuomo proposed new legislation that will eliminate monetary bail for people facing misdemeanor and nonviolent ...

Don’t fall for phone scams

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This is the time of year when telephone scammers seem to be flourishing. Please be extremely cautious about giving any information out over the phone and especially anything financial. Legitimate charities do not usually do phone solicitation. If you are asked for donations, ...

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Life at Baker’s: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson

Columns

To Henry James (expatriate American author): “... Our house — emphatically Baker’s — is on a hill and has a sight of a stream turning a corner in the valley — bless the face of running water! And sees some hills too, and the paganly prosaic roofs of Saranac itself: the Lake, it ...

Journalism holds power accountable

Columns

I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation’s drift toward “factish” and “truthy” logic. What was needed, I’d reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for ...

Winter Carnival Court thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Jan. 8, the Winter Carnival Court held its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Belvedere Restaurant. Profits from this dinner are used to purchase the outfits and other necessities for the Court. We are pleased to report that this year’s dinner was a resounding ...

Winter salads

Columns

Ah, summer. It is gone – but it will come again, bringing fresh greens and sun-ripened, garden fresh, juicy tomatoes ... I shun store-bought tomatoes that have traveled in refrigerated trucks across the continent. They don’t even come close in flavor to our summer garden gems. Fresh ...

The 2018 Winter Carnival poster was designed by Doonebury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who grew up in Saranac Lake.

Carnival freed from thematic constraints

Editorials

It’s not so bad having a Winter Carnival-themed Winter Carnival. That may be how Saranac Lakers interpret this year’s vague Carnival theme, “Adirondack Festival.” And that’s fine with us. We still see plenty of locals roll their eyes about changing the theme from “Fiesta” ...

Why not more immigrants from nations such as Norway?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Why would people from one of the healthy and happiest nations on earth want to come to our armed, angry, divided and fear-driven land? Norway has universal health care, guaranteed education through college (an investment in its nation’s future), assured minimum-income and ...

Will the extreme winter cold wipe out ticks?

Columns

I’ve been asked on four different occasions recently, how tick populations will be impacted by the December/January below-zero cold. Some of those asking had heard reports, apparently claiming that tick populations would be decimated, if not eradicated, by the prolonged period of ...

Stop ingesting the right’s propaganda

Columns

Donald Trump is fabulously adept at taking credit for and exaggerating every bit of good news, especially good economic news. When the news is bad, he changes the subject. Trump is the master, but Republicans generally are skilled at fine-tailoring reality for their benefit. Democrats are ...

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Web Poll results, Jan. 8-15

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Do you expect 2018 to be better or worse than 2017? Better, Worse, About the same, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Stefanik shows leadership on climate and security

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Climate change is not just an environmental or economic issue — it is also creating major threats to our national security. Unless we commit to doing our part as a country, global warming will both make serious reductions in our national military capacity, and multiply the ...

The periodic table of the elements is pictured with shading indicating  our current understanding of their cosmic origins. Only hydrogen, helium and a trace of lithium were created in the big bang. All other elements were forged in stellar interiors or stellar explosions. 
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Origins of the elements

Columns

In my Jan. 2 column, I wrote of the detection of the kilonova by both gravitational and electromagnetic waves in August of 2017. The detections, themselves, were remarkable and ushered in the completely new era of Multi Messenger Astronomy. But the data from the event also gave evidence ...

‘Always proud he was my president’

Columns

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Come and talk about New York State Health Act

Letters to the editor

To the editor: A bill entitled the New York State Health Act, currently pending in the legislature, would provide no-cost coverage for every New Yorker with no out-of-pocket costs and no network restrictions. It is to be paid for through a progressive payroll tax and levies on non-earned ...