Editorials

Mountains & Valleys

VALLEY — to a ridiculous 63-percent pay raise over three years that a quietly appointed panel approved for state legislators. Not only does New York have arguably the most corrupt state government in the nation — measuring by the number of convictions — it will also, by 2021, have the ...

Come on down to local holiday events

Boost your spirits today and in the days to come by turning out for local Christmas events. Tonight’s the night for Santa’s Lighted Fire Truck Parade in Saranac Lake. Fire trucks from various departments around the region are expected to take part. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on upper ...

Bush’s Clean Air Act is a brilliant legacy

George H.W. Bush never visited the Adirondacks as president, as far as we know, but perhaps no other president had as much of a positive impact on the Adirondack Park, from the White House. Theodore Roosevelt comes to mind, of course. As New York’s governor, he helped shape the park in its ...

Essex County must fix coroner problem

Some decisions should be easy. The Essex County Board of Supervisors has one of those, regarding some coroners who refuse to do the job they are paid for, and which voters elected them to do. But taking advantage of the taxpayers is the smallest consequence of their laziness; they also ...

Web Poll results, Nov. 26 to Dec. 3

This week’s Web Poll: Do you send cards and/or or other greetings to friends and family this time of year? No ¯ Cards only; Cards with photos; Newsletter, too; I do it electronically; Undecided if I will --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions ...

Rental shift adds to Lake Placid commutes

Work, and getting there, affects everyone in some way, so we encourage you to pick up this week’s Lake Placid News. We think you’ll be interested in the lead story on page A1, about Lake Placid workers who commute long distances — many from Malone, which is more than an hour away by car ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — to the various people who arranged for John Wheeler’s intricate scale models of historic Saranac Lake buildings, lost to time, to be displayed in the window of the former Wholesale Furniture-Sears-Newberry’s store in the heart of downtown Saranac Lake. It’s a wonderful use of ...

Passing School Bus Camera Act could be olive branch by Dems

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, recently told the Buffalo News that Senate Democrats are “committed to breaking the Albany mold” and plan to be “sensitive to regional needs” when they take control of the state Senate in January. If that’s really true, then Democrats in the ...

Support your hometown; buy locally

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

Retracting an editorial

It is our sad duty to say Saturday’s editorial was based on incorrect information and should not have been published. The editorial, titled “Public disclosure for public grants,” said the state of New York “doesn’t even make grant applicants tell the public who they are or what they ...

Authorities must be subject to justice, too

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men — Laurese Glover, Eugene ...

Do your gift shopping locally

We know we say this every year around this time, but it’s important and is worth repeating. If you want to crank up your stress level for the holidays, you can drive a long way to shop in congested malls and big-box shopping centers. If you don’t mind being cold and impersonal, you can ...

Thanksgiving thoughts

What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving? A few things spring to mind: ¯ We’re thankful to live here, in the Tri-Lakes communities of the Adirondacks, small towns filled with our kind of people and surrounded by natural beauty. There’s no place we’d rather be. ¯ We’re glad ...

Web Poll results, Nov. 12-19

This week’s Web Poll: Are you traveling for the November and/or December holidays? Yes, No, Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Recognizing young leaders

Do you know anyone under 30 years of age who shows initiative in serving others in one of our local communities? You might know someone right off the bat who has been taking up the charge by volunteering, leading a group or doing a valuable service at school, church, civic organization, ...

Great job, runners and coaches

Snow ended the season suddenly for the Saranac Lake High School’s boys cross country team. The Federation meet in Wappingers Falls this weekend was canceled due to a snowstorm, denying the Class C state champions a chance to test their mettle against the biggest schools in the state — ...

We’re not smiling over Amazon giveaway

Amazon selected Long Island City in Queens and National Landing in Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its new headquarters (HQ2). Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are touting it as the biggest economic development initiative in the history of New York state, with more than ...

Smokers and vapers, keep trying to quit

Addiction — the more we learn about it, the more reason we find to fear it. And the more we warn young people never to become addicted to anything if they can help it. The topic is drawing the nation’s attention big-time due to the opioid drug epidemic, but it’s worth looking beyond ...

Web Poll results, Nov. 5-12

This week’s Web Poll: Where does winter rank among your favorite seasons?First ¯ Second ¯ Third ¯ Last ¯ Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Thanks for cleaning up campaign signs

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting political candidates have demonstrated the vigor of our system of government. Now they are almost all gone, as they should be. Some candidates and their supporters started picking up their signs immediately after Tuesday’s election. It is ...