Editorials

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN for fencing coming down at the Superfund cleanup site on Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay. We also appreciate that the state Department of Environmental Conservation has been good at answering questions from our reporters and other people — including a high school class that on a recent ...

Journalism is essential

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, “Journalism matters — now more than ever.” Journalism DOES matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did ...

Time to rush to Florida’s aid

Florida’s panhandle has been hit by what Gov. Rick Scott describes as “an absolute monster” of a hurricane. The full extent of the devastation and loss of life remains to be determined. Our state needs to provide whatever help is within our power. Because Florida is a haven for ...

Get election letters in by Oct. 30

We are flooded with letters to the editor in advance of the Nov. 6 election, and we love it. It’s great to see so many people passionate about having a voice in the direction of our nation, state and county government. A letter to the editor is an excellent, free opportunity to spread the ...

Register to vote this week

You can’t vote if you aren’t registered, and Friday is New York’s registration deadline for the Nov. 6 election. If you recently turned 18 or became a U.S. citizen, or just never registered, you need to register so you can weigh in on local, state and federal government. If you have ...

Web Poll results, Oct. 1-8

This week’s Web Poll: Would you support putting resource officers in local schools? Yes, no, undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This month, we hope to raise awareness about domestic violence, unmask domestic abuse and talk about preventing it. Domestic violence affects more than 12 million people in the United States each year, according to The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Domestic Violence Awareness Month ...

School resource officers are a good idea

Each year it seems that violence in schools becomes less of a shock. School shootings and threats against the safety of our children have forced school boards, even in small towns like ours, to take action. Last week, the Tupper Lake school board discussed the feasibility of a school ...

Wading through FEMA complications

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. Last winter, about 80,000 Americans died of ...

Web Poll results, Sept. 24 to Oct. 1

Should New York legalize marijuana for recreational purposes? Yes, no, undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

A teachable moment on one’s digital record

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior — often long ago — reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be ...

Kavanaugh raised red flags Thursday

The hearing to nominate Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice has been riveting to follow, with more twists and turn than driving through the Cascade lakes. Minutes after the scheduled vote to approve Kavanaugh at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, a voice of reason, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, called ...

Congress, re-up the Land and Water Conservation Fund

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Drug users dying as Congress tweaks bills

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved last Monday, Sept. 17 by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now the two chambers must reconcile ...

State Education Department makes the right move

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote in this space that the state Education Department should, under no circumstances, financially penalize school districts with less than a 95 percent participation rate on state English language arts and math tests. We weren’t the only ones who took issue with ...

Web Poll results, Sept. 17-24

This week’s Web Poll: How do you feel about the new Saranac Lake brand slogan, “Decidedly Different”? --- Definitely delighted, Diffidently indifferent, Wish they’d decided differently --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who ...

Stores start to step up on limiting bags

Plastic bags can be handy, but they are one of the most common pieces of a litter, and they are the kind that is known to choke and kill large animals. Plus, over time they break down into micro-plastic particles that harm smaller animals throughout the ecosystem. Paper bags biodegrade ...

Give judge’s accuser the time she needs

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

Savor the Season by reading this week’s Lake Placid News

If you haven’t yet picked up the latest issue of the Lake Placid News, our weekly sister paper, we strongly urge you to do so. It’s pretty special. It’s the second installment of a quarterly series called Savor the Season: Celebrating Agriculture in Essex County. Once per season, the ...