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Letter to my friend

America is a great nation — that’s why everyone is knocking at our door. Diversity is one of the glories of our country, which was founded on ideals of liberty and justice, and has always been welcoming and inclusive. Americans rub elbows with folks from various cultures, ethnicities, ...

Top 10 reasons to shop local

As someone who moved to town 11 years ago, one holiday tradition I truly enjoy is shopping at Saranac Lake’s downtown stores. It is the downtown area that initially drew me to stay here. Our downtown area, with many unique businesses, has a different, awesome feel compared to many towns. As I ...

Colored, flashing lights have restricted use

During the large snowstorm of Nov. 20 and 21, I saw a pickup truck with a trailer containing a snowblower parked on the side of the road while the driver was snowblowing a customer’s driveway. The vehicle was parked on the wrong side of the road, which is a violation of Vehicle and Traffic ...

Marines invade Washington

Every year, when he was commandant of the Marine Corps between 1995 and 1999, Gen. Charles Krulak and his wife would spend the week before Christmas baking hundreds of cookies, which they wrapped in small packages. At 4 a.m. on Christmas Day, Gen. Krulak would begin driving himself to every ...

Partisan lines redrawn

Would any Republican besides Donald Trump have beaten Hillary Clinton and been elected the 45th president? It’s an interesting question, not susceptible to a definitive answer but with consequences for politics going forward. Last fall, I shared the widespread view that Clinton was the ...

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SLPD blotter, November 1940

Here is a glimpse of what was happening here 76 years ago when Saranac Lake had more people, fewer cars and lots of dogs running loose ... no mention of drugs in the blotter entries but a lot of calls about drunks causing trouble ... and kids “raising hell” which was usually the description ...

For secretary of state: John Bolton

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering seriously at least two men for the critical position of secretary of state. One, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Romney’s severe criticism ...

Only Stardust in the wind

Earlier this week I had a chat with Ralphie Stardust. Actually, I had a listen to with Ralphie, since he himself never listens. Or more exactly he never listens to anything concerning what we fondly call “the material world.” Ralphie’s not rude or inconsiderate — quite the ...

Snow lovers celebrate fresh season

Skiers, boarders, snowshoers, sledders and hunters celebrated as the first major winter storm of the season delivered more than a foot of fresh powder just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The winter season offers some of the most satisfying outdoor experiences available in the ...

Newspapers, the answer to fake news

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson There is good news on fake news. As you doubtless know, the proliferation thereof has people fretting. President Obama has dubbed it a threat to democracy. And ...

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Brussels sprouts are trendy

Thanksgiving has passed. The ground is covered with a blanket of crusty snow. Local farmers’ markets have moved indoors. Late November’s chilly weather is peak season for Brussels sprouts, which will disappear from area farmers’ markets in a month or so. These small green balls ...

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Fidel Castro and dead utopianism

WASHINGTON — With the end of Fidel Castro’s nasty life Friday night, we can hope, if not reasonably expect, to have seen the last of charismatic totalitarians worshiped by political pilgrims from open societies. Experience suggests there will always be tyranny tourists in flight from what ...

Thank you, Mr. Trump

Initially, the result of the election scared me. A lot. I was shaken to my core by the possibility that Trump’s racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic statements and actions during the campaign might actually find their way into the laws and regulations of this good country. But ...

Men working with their hands

A best-selling sports book, “The Boys in the Boat,” describes the unlikely path of working-class blokes to gold-medal glory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. There’s lots about rowing, but what struck this reader most was author Daniel James Brown’s account of the tough lot of laborers in ...

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Hawkeye’s open barn

On a blindingly sunny weekend day in September 2010, I was driving north from Saranac Lake for a reason I can’t remember when I saw classic cars lining the side of state Route 86 near Darwin Brown Road. They were so beautiful I had to pull over. They were in front of a house ...

Zipper merge better than early merge

You’re driving along at 70 mph on an interstate highway and you see a sign stating that the right lane is closed ahead for construction. With traffic relatively heavy in both lanes, and knowing the two lanes will be reduced to only the left lane within the next couple of miles, when do ...

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The Red and White school newspaper, November 1934

How did they do it? Every month for 10 months each year the students of the Saranac Lake High School on Petrova Avenue published a six-page newspaper on big, tabloid size (17 inches by 12 inches) pages every month of the school year. The yearly subscription rate for the ...

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‘Hamilton,’ Trump and diversity

President-elect Donald Trump says Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who currently plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” should apologize for his tacky lecturing of Vice-President-elect Mike Pence about diversity and the “fear” of people like himself, an African-American, ...

We can attack climate change without Trump

It would be nice if President-elect Donald Trump took one of the most serious threats to life on earth seriously, but he does not. Trump called global warming a Chinese “hoax” during the campaign, and he’s assigned a science dunce to lead the transition at the Environmental Protection ...

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No pique at Eye Peek

Last week I wrote about an epic shopping misadventure of mine. I bought a pair of expensive sunglasses that delaminated (through no fault of yours truly) but the company wouldn’t make good on their guarantee to replace them. In case you didn’t read the column (and ...