Editorials

Divert some movie money to care of developmentally disabled

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this editorial used "Arcs" as shorthand for all non-government agencies that care for people with developmental disabilities, but not all such agencies are associated with the Arc label — for instance, Franklin County's Citizen Advocates.) -- Friday’s ...

Reflecting on a plowing problem

Picture in your mind a scene you’ve probably experienced many times: You’re driving or riding in the front seat of a vehicle at night, in the winter, on a two-lane road, and a snowplow truck is coming at you going the other way. The plow truck’s lights show you it’s there, and how ...

City benefits from all New York taxpayers’ film incentives

Taxpayers across New York pay the movie and television industry to operate in our state, but New York City reaps roughly 90 percent of the benefits. That’s one finding in a recent, state-mandated study by Camoin Associates, a Saratoga Springs-based firm led by Rob Camoin, who got his start ...

Pass school bus safety law, with revisions

One would think the flashing red lights on a school bus would be pretty self-explanatory, but that apparently isn’t the case. A recent New York Association for Pupil Transportation survey of 35 school districts found 878 bus drivers reported being passed 727 times in one day in mid-January, ...

Has election commission run its course?

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted last week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election ...

Volunteer firefighters should be covered

State legislators will again discuss legislation to extend health benefits covering cancer care to volunteer firefighters. The case for the bill is clear. Twenty-three types of cancer have been linked to firefighting, while only lung cancer is a presumed cancer benefit for volunteer ...

Fake news of the Emptyprize variety

“Fake news” has been in the news a lot in the last few months. It came to prominence with a wave of made-up stories that fooled some people in the frantic lead-up to November’s presidential election; they tended to favor Donald Trump and trash Hillary Clinton. Now President Donald Trump ...

Culture war should be avoided

Some people believe President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking the refugee program, as well as U.S. entry from seven countries, will make Americans safer. It won’t, as we discussed in yesterday’s editorial, but for many people, especially in rural areas such as the ...

Blocking refugees won’t make U.S. safer

We can appreciate fair, consistent, sensible immigration practices to keep Americans safe, but welcoming people from all over the world is part of what has always built the U.S. up, not what tears it down or holds it back. This is especially true for people seeking refuge from war-torn ...

Be careful on ice, thankful to rescuers

Nine people fell through ice this weekend in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, at least as far as has been reported to us. Seven of those were lucky; the other two didn’t survive. It’s a terrible thing, but we hope Adirondack residents and visitors will take away a couple of lessons from it: ...

Local gov’ts shouldn’t be on the hook for governor’s plans

It is one thing for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to expand spending in the state. It is another thing entirely for the state to create programs when the impact on lower levels of government is unknown. That is likely to happen if Cuomo’s plan to offer tuition-free attendance ...

Royal choices show value of volunteerism

We are excited to congratulate Anita Meserole and John Wamsganz as queen and king of the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Their records of volunteer service work, which you can read elsewhere in today’s paper, are amazing. Since Ms. Meserole moved to this area in the early 1980s, she ...

The best time of year for Saranac Lakers

Tonight begins what is truly the best time of the year for Saranac Lakers. Winter Carnival has long provided a fun break from a long, cabin-fever-inducing winter. Saranac Lake is often the coldest spot in the lower 48 states, and it plays that up in tourism promotion, dubbing itself ...

Here’s to volunteers

On the frozen surface of Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, men and women are cutting and pulling out heavy ice blocks. On the adjacent land along River Street, they’re maneuvering those with heavy machinery into the form of a gigantic Ice Palace, the annual centerpiece of the Saranac Lake Winter ...

Open NY state to ride-booking services

State politicians like to say New York is open for business, but much of the state hasn’t been very open to ride-booking businesses such as Uber and Lyft. It’s time for that to change. These services are legal in New York City through a special agreement with taxi regulators. The state ...

Reasons to like North Hudson ‘Gateway to the Adirondacks’

The “Gateway to the Adirondacks” being proposed at the former Frontier Town theme park shows several signs of being a good project: First off, it’s in North Hudson, a town of fewer than 200 people (U.S. Census Bureau 2015 survey) that has seen almost every business close since Frontier ...

Tourism aid should go beyond Lake Placid

For many New Yorkers, it has long made sense that tourism should be the answer to the economic concerns of the North Country, especially the Adirondacks. The area is famous for its natural beauty and has been a popular getaway destination for well over a century. Why not build on those ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2017-18 Executive Budget to members of the media at the Executive Mansion Jan. 17.
(Photo provided by the governor’s office)

Coaster isn’t a good use of tax money

It’s been hard to keep up as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has bombarded New Yorkers with gifts while unpacking his massive 2017-18 agenda and budget this month. Where to start? We may as well begin with the most local. It’s important to look at the governor’s public spending ...

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the ill are cared for, fires are extinguished, artists’ work is promoted, libraries are maintained, events are planned and the natural environment is curated by volunteers. In March, as usual, ...

Stefanik pays her way on health insurance

We were pleased to hear that our northern New York congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, gets her personal health insurance from the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” Rep. Stefanik said so Friday, Jan. 13 in interviews with North Country Public Radio and the Post-Star of ...