Columns

Why I teach in prison

The first time I taught in prison was 20 years ago. I was a naive, brazen and book-smart college student. I registered for Buzz Alexander’s “Society and Discourse” English 111 course, knowing only that I would co-facilitate a theater workshop with another college student at a nearby ...

History of the town of Franklin

Maybe some of us overlook the importance of the town of Franklin, which is a partner of the Town of Harrietstown forming our Franklin County Legislative District. [It was important to my family when we lived on Norman Ridge in the 1930’s and in the winter even those big Walter plow trucks ...

Take the long way home for added enjoyment

I recently had an opportunity to enjoy a long day of backcountry skiing, covering a route that offered a wide range of terrain and very little human traffic. It was intended to be a leisurely trip over easy terrain, but after my friend bailed out at the last minute, I decided to take on the ...

Coroner insulted his colleagues

I have served as an Essex County coroner and licensed funeral director for the past 29 years. After much deliberation, I decided not to seek re-election this year. During my tenure as a coroner, I responded to thousands of calls all over the county, and even a few outside the county when ...

Cold equations

I was in junior high when I first learned about metaphors. Or more precisely, when I first heard about metaphors, because it took a long time to understand what they were. I think my difficulty was in how they were explained, which was by textbook definiton. A metaphor, we were told, and I ...

From New York newspapers

The Rome Sentinel on the NASA InSight lander, Dec. 6: Let’s take a moment to marvel at what we can do when we are at our best. NASA’s InSight lander successfully touched down on Mars last week, a few minutes before 3 p.m. Eastern time, ending a journey of more than six months and 300 ...

Start the new year at the library with a healing program

Library Lunch Series On Thursday, Jan. 3, Suzanne Weirich and Helene Gibbens will present a program entitled, “Healing Anxiety and Stress through Nature Practices.” This sounds like a wonderful way to start the new year. The program begins at noon in the Cantwell Community Room. ...

The handwritten letter

The passing of our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, is a solemn occasion, as we have not only lost a great American and a loyal, compassionate, kind, honorable and loving human being, but also a symbol of a bygone era marked by civility, ethics, grace, honor, manners and meticulous ...

Stevenson and the muse

I. Will Hickock Low, a former president of the Stevenson Society in Saranac Lake, knew Barbizon best among the English-speaking artists who gravitated to Siron’s Inn at the northern entrance to the French National Forest of Fontainebleau in the summer of 1875. He had been there first, in ...

St. Luke’s — embracing one another

Historically, Saranac Lake has been a community that embraces and cares for one another. While we have our differences, individuals from a broad spectrum of life have consistently banded together to build a healthy community. Together we enjoy many community-wide activities. Alternatively, ...

We have to address climate change

I no longer argue with people about the existence of climate change. The science showing the existence of climate change and its impact is irrefutable. Two recent meta-analyses, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United States’ congressional Fourth ...

Get in the Christmas spirit at Santa’s Workshop, North Pole

I love winter, the winter solstice, and the Christmas holiday. I’m excited to go through all our decorations and have the house smelling like balsam. I discovered long ago that it isn’t about the bins of decorations that don’t go up as quickly as our neighbors or that sometimes cookies ...

The way we live … and a walk in the woods

A walk in the woods can be both exercise and metaphor. That was part of the conversation recently among a group of us hiking leisurely in Wilmington. Discussing whether to take the steeper and shorter trail or the gentler, longer one, one of us recited part of Robert Frost’s “The Road ...

Don’t close college pool

North Country Community College is considering closing the swimming pool and has asked the community for input. The board should be commended for seeking public comment, and I am commenting publicly. I think closing the swimming pool is a terrible idea! I am a local eye doctor who has ...

Early darkness provides more viewing time

The early darkness of December evenings allows us to view a portion of the sky nearly devoid of bright stars. The Milky Way galaxy arcs overhead from Aquila low in the western sky through Cassiopeia near the zenith to Orion rising in the east. Thus when we look to the southern horizon, as ...

Bringing the future back into American politics

An ad on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” A ...

The future of the NCCC pool

As director of Cloudsplitter Foundation and a local mom to a very busy 7-year-old, I write this letter in response to the recent article regarding the future of the North Country Community College community pool. In 2016, Cloudsplitter was approached by NCCC Foundation with a request to ...

Plowing, blowing snow into road is illegal

At the Nov. 28 County Traffic Safety Board meeting, it was brought to the Board’s attention that numerous residents or private snowplow operators in the act of plowing driveways are illegally plowing snow into streets and roads. Not only does this practice cause our state, county, town and ...

Yes, voter fraud is real

Maybe ballot security isn’t such a bad thing after all. Democrats, who the day before yesterday were insisting that voter fraud didn’t exist, now believe that it was used to steal a North Carolina congressional seat from them — and they may well be right. Republican Mark Harris has ...