Columns

I don’t get it …

There is a very big deal happening in Pontiac Bay at the corner of River Street and Lake Flower Avenue. The big deal is that the environmental cleanup of Pontiac Bay may cost as much $14 million, funded by New York state’s Superfund under the supervision of the state Department of ...

Patience pays in times like these

Judging by the depth of the snowpack remaining in the local woods, it may be a while before anglers have an opportunity to hit the lakes and ponds. I expect the lakes ponds will remain socked in with ice until warm weather and a bright sun combine to finally chase the winter away. As ...

Some piercing insight on tattoos and piercings

Parents have been pinning me down with questions about what to say to their teen who wants a piercing or tattoo. We should no longer associate piercing and tattooing in teens with their being at an increased risk for using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs. Nowadays teenagers see body art such as ...

South Dakota wants to circumvent Congress and the market

WASHINGTON — South Dakota has become what South Carolina once was — stubborn, pugnacious and wrong. In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to vote to secede. In 2016, South Dakota’s legislature picked a fight in the hope that the U.S. Supreme Court would reverse a prior decision, ...

Damn! What a column!

I have always been fascinated by words, in any form: puns, anagrams, palindromes, rhymes, rhythms and especially word origins. The only word activity I don’t like is crossword puzzles, since they’re either too easy or too hard, and each is as frustrating as the other. Lots of people are ...

Library has a new website

Have you seen? Saranac Lake Free Library’s new website was launched at www.slfl.org. We have attempted to make the site user-friendly. It has many tools for library patrons, such as access to the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System catalog, online renewal, interlibrary loan requests and ...

Resist shooting paranoia

The story from reporter Michael Goot now up on our website about South Glens Falls school officials who want guards stationed in the school on Election Day exhibits the futility of using armed officers to protect people from disturbed shooters. Simply, we have too many people gathering in ...

Facebook clearly won’t fix itself

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: “We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.” Zuckerberg in 2010: “Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

Spring fever at Asgaard Farm

Springtime rituals are different for everyone. For us, the maple sap is finally starting to flow. We spend out time outside searching for any tree buds or new wildlife sounds. I usually reach a point where I’m even willing to shovel our backyard just so the snow has a chance to thaw before ...

Great opportunity for student leaders

A letter to Lake Placid area high school student leaders: Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world? April 30 is the deadline for local high school student leaders to apply to attend a free weekend leadership development retreat at St. ...

Mushrooms: More than pizza

What grows in dark, damp caves, has no leaves, roots, flowers or seeds, and is in season all year long? Mushrooms. Although considered a vegetable by most, mushrooms are actually fungi. More than 3,000 varieties can be found growing wild throughout the world. Of these, morels — which ...

Robert Louis Stevenson on his career

George Iles was a Canadian journalist living in Montreal when he received a letter from Robert Louis Stevenson, a resident of Saranac Lake for the time being. It was in the autumn of 1887. Iles had been invited by the famous author to travel south, then west, up into the mountains, to visit him ...

‘Thank you for your service’

“Thank You for Your Service” is the title of a recently released movie chronicling the lives of young American soldiers returning home from the battlefields of Iraq, only to find that they are unable to escape from those traumatic experiences. While it is fitting to thank any veteran for ...

Cornell researchers advance industrial hemp as New York agricultural crop

As farmers across the state get ready for the 2018 growing season, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is preparing to oversee a second year of industrial hemp field trials across New York state. Cornell has been ...

Virtually clear skies — anytime!

Unlike the scholarly and scientific articles that normally appear in this space, my occasional contributions will focus more on the novice astronomer like myself. As a member of the Adirondack Public Observatory, I often assist with stargazing events. I will try to address some of the common ...

Lewis County ATV system facing muddy trail

A report in Friday’s Times on problems with last year’s SNIRT Run has lifted the veil on an event that has grown, over time, to a size that local officials have very little ability to keep under control. The SNIRT Run opens Lewis County’s all-terrain-vehicle trail system to a full ...

GOP and patriotism

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime ...

Address change? Must notify DMV within 10 days

I have been asked a number of times how long do you get to change the address on your license if you move to a new address. The answer is 10 days. This applies not only to your license but also to your vehicle registration. Applicable Vehicle and Traffic Law sections requiring this are ...

What government interest is served by disenfranchising felons?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The bumpy path of Desmond Meade’s life meandered to its current interesting point. He is a graduate of Florida International University law school but cannot vote in his home state because his path went through prison: He committed non-violent felonies concerning drugs ...

The Watertown Daily Times on Amish buggy road rules, April 7

In 2015, state and St. Lawrence county officials met with representatives of the Amish community to discuss how to increase safety when it comes to horse-drawn buggies. The all-black buggies can be difficult to see by drivers at night as well as in poor traveling conditions. Injuries and ...