Editorials

Keep voter data safe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, are right to take firm stances on one of their responsibilities, protecting voters’ privacy. Members of a federal commission have sent state election officers letters seeking both input on the voting process and data ...

Only seize assets of convicted criminals

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses, ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

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Web Poll results, July 17-24

This week’s Web Poll: Do you hope the Adirondack Experience wins a lawsuit against the village of Lake Placid over taking land by eminent domain for a parking garage? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to ...

Don’t just repeal health care plan

If you have a private health insurance policy, would you call your agent and cancel it just because there is a small chance you might find something better? Of course not. That would be crazy. At some point after your policy lapsed, you would be prey for anyone eager to sell you any coverage ...

Silver conviction reversal proves state law needs changing

The recent reversal of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction is just the latest reason why New York state needs tougher ethics laws. Silver had been convicted, in short, for his role in a three-part scheme that used his position as Assembly Speaker to make millions ...

Get Medicaid right before talking tax

Three audits released last week by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli should give even the most ardent Democrat reason pause regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threatened Faso-Collins Medicaid tax. Cuomo has threatened the tax in retaliation for legislation introduced by Republican Congressmen ...

Prayers for McCain

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Dirty military dealing costs taxpayers

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

National debt is a serious threat

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Adirondack Calendar Photo Contest

We’re calling everyone with a good eye and a camera to submit your favorite photo(s) for the 2018 Adirondack Calendar Photo Contest. It can be of a scenic view, a big event, or your family or pet having a good time in the Adirondacks. This is different than most calendars because it has ...

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Web Poll results, July 10-17

This week’s Web Poll: Overall, do you think Donald Trump is doing a satisfactory job as president? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN —to Saranac Lake adding the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League team to its Walk of Fame. The Eagles’ three years of training here in the late 1940s is a fascinating nugget of local history, especially how easily they engaged with local children and veterans. We look ...

Former New York state Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver slumps in the back seat of a car outside a federal courthouse in January 2015, while facing bribery charges. (AP photo)

Courts let corrupt politicians off the hook

It’s horrifying to watch federal courts institutionalize corruption, redefining it so narrowly that many of the schemes crooked politicians cook up to enrich themselves are now considered legal — or even forgiven after the fact. It started, arguably, in 2010, when the U.S. Supreme Court ...

Statute of limitations on child abuse cases should be longer

Far too often, newspapers have to publish a police or court report involving someone who has sexually violated another person. The hardest stories to read are when the victim is a child. Even scarier is the unknown but certainly vast number of abusers who are not arrested, who quietly get ...

Faso-Collins plan is bad for state, needed by counties

New York’s Medicaid program is wonderful — until the time comes to pay the bill. When Medicaid was created in 1966, the federal government said it would pay 50 percent of the program’s cost with the other 50 percent paid by the states. New York made the decision to be one of nine ...

Food pantry closure is a hard lesson

It’s sad that the St. Paul’s/Assumption Food Pantry in Gabriels is now closed, but it was also necessary, given how things went after cancer forced longtime leader and guardian angel Barbara Marshall to step down. Marshall turned leadership of the pantry over to Monroe “Moe” Gladd, ...

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Web Poll results, July 3-10

This week’s Web Poll: Do you think swimming should be prohibited at the Wilmington Flume? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Enjoy summer swimming, but be safe

A few days of sunny weather helped dry out wet basements, gardens and hiking trails, but hasn’t helped the dangers of being in the water. Such was the case for the 31-year-old Ithaca man who drowned a week ago, July 3, at the Wilmington Flume when caught up in a rushing current. Our ...

Oxbow donation adds to museum appeal

On Monday, the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake announced that the developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort kept their word to donate 34 acres of the Raquette River’s unique Oxbow to the museum. The donation increases the size of the museum’s acreage from 81 to 115 acres and ...

Hoping for sunshine for Woodsmen’s Days

Organizers of the annual Woodmen’s Days in Tupper Lake are hoping rain doesn’t dampen this year’s event like it did last year. The event kicks off Friday night with a barbecue chicken dinner provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the park pavilion, and continues Saturday and ...