Columns

Who doesn’t want to be stronger?

Once upon a time, I was a gym rat. Seriously. It was eons ago, but I was totally into it for about six years. Yeah, the glory days of youth, right?I had an elaborate workout plan. A three-day split. I did it twice a week, religiously.In the years after my gym rat days, I remained fairly active. ...

Land rights history in New York is complex

'A History Of Native American Land Rights In Upstate New York' by Cindy Amrhein---A newly-published book entitled, "A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York," by Cindy Amrhein, addresses age-old issues about claims made by modern Native American groups to their ancestral ...

Holding back the river

In my last column, "New York values," I wrote that trying to stop change is a fool's errand. It can't be done. Never mind what I said then; today I'm going to do my bit to stop a kind of change that bothers me a lot.In an earlier life, I was a professor of linguistics. Among other subjects, I ...

American fascism?

As Donald Trump gets closer to capturing the Republican presidential nomination, the success of his candidacy has revealed the ugly underbelly of intolerance and hate in this country. Theologian Jim Wallis states that Trump "is clearly appealing to racial politics in this election. He is the ...

Clinton will almost certainly win

Last week's primary results couldn't have been scripted more perfectly for former first lady, former New York senator and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton. After drawing fire for arranging a coronation in the Democratic primary, Clinton instead faced a ferocious challenge from ...

Speed cameras used in Quebec

Do you drive much in Quebec? If you do, be advised that this province is rapidly expanding the use of speed cameras to get drivers to slow down.I frequently travel to Montreal and pass through at least two corridors where speed cameras are used: one along Route 138 between Ormstown and Ste. ...

Waiting for the turn of seasons

Although the mountaintops are still snow-capped and ice still secures the lakes and ponds, there are already numerous signs that indicate the spring season will soon be underway.Despite the ice jams that continue to obstruct many local rivers, there has already been been a lot of activity in ...

Adirondack Record, Friday, March 17, 1911

I missed the St. Patrick's deadline by a couple of days but I could not resist using the above March 17 issue of the Adirondack Record published a short 105 years ago. Editor was L. E. Shattuck and the Business Manager was R. P. McKee. There was not much in that issue about St. Patrick but ...

Job well done

Once again, Saranac Lake's nexus of music, theater, education and down-to-earth realism stunned me Thursday night.It was the opening of "Working," this year's high school musical, which closes with tonight's 7:30 p.m. performance. It's great material, but it's also astoundingly well executed by ...

To help democracy, we need to shed light on major donors

It was a close election year in 2002 in Wisconsin. A late barrage of commercials may have made the difference for the party that won the governor's office and control of the legislature.Within months, the donors who gave at least $725,000 used to buy airtime for those commercials were rewarded ...

The mein course

Because my family came from New York City, every year we went there three or four times.Frankly, being 100 percent country, I never cared much for the place. As its denizens brag, everything there is larger than life: the buildings, the crowds, the noise, the lights. To me, however, it was just ...

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

Twangy Telecasters drenched in reverb. Soulful vocals pleading for a second chance. A horn section that knocks you into next week. Simply put, the self-titled debut from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats has it all.A few weeks ago, a buddy of mine posted a link to "Howling at ...

Drastic change in federal culture needed to end suppression of information

Last year, when Environmental Protection Agency staff members knew there were bigger problems with the Flint, Michigan, water supply than the agency was saying, they were under orders not to communicate with reporters without oversight by the agency.EPA has for years made it very hard for ...

Massive supernovae

Recently, astronomers have come to realize that they needed a new class of supernovae. This class is called superluminous supernovae. The reason for this new class is that astronomers have noticed some supernovae that shine much more brightly than others, sometimes by as much as 100 times more ...

Take a sugarbush tour during Maple Weekend

It's mud season, although I prefer to think of the time of transition from winter to spring as maple syrup season.This is sap producing weather, and experienced maple producers, as well as beginners, are busy making maple syrup. Sap buckets can be seen hanging on aging roadside sugar maples, ...

True disclosure demands full accountability

With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly articulated the value of disclosure and transparency to the health of our democracy. After all, transparency is the best disinfectant, to paraphrase Justice Louis Brandeis' famous quote.Sadly, the type of ...

The significance of a great coffee shop and the rebirth of downtown

The impact of coffee on people of all cultures is well documented. It is estimated that nearly 25 million people worldwide make their living off of coffee as growers, processors, distributors, brewers and retailers. It is big business. What is less known is the real impact that coffee ...

Poof — and it’s gone!

What if you send a selfie and add some scribbled text, and find out later that it was a mistake and got into the wrong hands? What if a government official wants to send an important message, maybe an embarrassing, intimate or politically charged message, but he wants to make sure that the ...

Spring sky, the Bard and Bacon

This week, we mark the Ides of March: the halfway point of our trek through this month. The most famous reference to this date is, of course, the assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 B.C. at the hands of Roman patriots attempting to prevent the ambitious Caesar from transforming the ...

Ten Commandments for Open Meetings

"I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air."The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman's "Song of the Open Road" - a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the great outdoors.Hopefully, Mr. Whitman would have approved use of his prose to promote open, well-aired government. ...