Editorials

Leave Underwood as AG for now

When Eric Schneiderman resigned as New York attorney general, his deputy, Barbara Underwood, stepped into the position on an interim basis. She may not keep it for long, though. Members of New York’s Assembly and Senate have the power to appoint someone else to fill the job until the ...

Tent is big; hotel would be bigger

The huge white tent (officially called a “sprung structure”) on the shore of Lake Flower certainly is prominent. It’s 50 feet tall, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which is using it to dewater toxic sludge it dredges up from Pontiac Bay this summer and ...

Stefanik stands up to newsprint tariffs

We’re grateful to North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for co-writing a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and International Trade Commission Rhonda Schmidtlein protesting their proposed tariffs on newsprint imported from Canada. The Trump administration ignored the protests ...

Domestic abusers shouldn’t have guns

Our state Legislature did the right thing earlier this month when it passed a law taking away gun rights from domestic abusers. Some gun-control laws work better than others. With some, it’s hard to see how much good they actually do — for instance, the New York SAFE Act’s reduction of ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — Saranac Lake’s Chris Mazdzer finished a terrific run on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. Sure, it would have been nice to advance once more to the dance competition’s final round of three pairs, but hey, he made it farther than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and he made ...

Web Poll results, May 7-14

This week’s Web Poll: Have you ever personally had to deal with bedbugs?Yes, no, undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

More hypocrisy from New York leaders

It was a return to the culture that has plagued much of the New York state capital for so long: Do as we say, not what we do. Dangerously, these officials often believe they are above the law. We’ve seen the stunning downfall of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who unlawfully patronized escort ...

APA, DEC skimp on public meetings

The state Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Conservation have announced a joint public comment period on major changes to both the High Peaks Wilderness and Vanderwhacker Wild Forest, and while the plans for those two areas put forth by the DEC are generally good, the lack of public ...

Clean the community, now and always

Spring cleaning time is here, and tomorrow is village cleanup day in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. We urge you to help out and do your part for your community. Now that the (hopefully) last snow has melted and green vegetation is racing to grow by the hour, we can no longer procrastinate on ...

Web Poll results, April 30 to May 7

This week’s Web Poll: Should people convicted of domestic violence lose the right to have guns? --- Yes, no, undecided This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Colleges, fans must help if amateur sports are to survive

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

Bill Cosby faces justice

Last week’s conviction of entertainer Bill Cosby on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman was a milestone, in a way. Some people considered Cosby the funniest man they ever heard deliver a monologue. For years, millions of Americans viewed him as a model for fatherhood. And many black ...

Military isn’t fixing sex abuse problem

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. Sadly, no. This has been a publicly known disgrace in the military for years now, but it isn’t ...

CDC head embarrassed by high federal pay

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., the new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will have his pay cut — by request. The fact it was set where it was by the Washington machine speaks volumes. Redfield took office in March, at an annual salary of $375,000. That is at least ...

Web Poll results, April 23-30

This week’s Web Poll: What do you think of “Prehistoric Park” as the theme of the 2019 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Uphold current rules before making new ones

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a record fine of $1 billion to federal regulators to settle a variety of charges of misconduct. The banking giant has been in the news since 2016 for a dizzying variety of misbehavior. It has included requiring car loan borrowers to pay for insurance they did ...

Cuomo oversteps on parolee voting

We are glad New York is not one of those states that takes away voting rights for life from people convicted of felony crimes. That’s wrong as well as puzzling: Correction should include carrots (such as the restoration of a citizen’s rights) as well as sticks. Once these people have paid ...

Pass the Child Victims Act

New York’s current statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases is five years after a victim turns 18 for criminal complaints and three years after a victim turns 18 for civil lawsuits. Studies have shown it typically takes much longer than that for many childhood sex abuse victims to ...

Watch out for flaggers

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. It is true, however. Accidents in work zones claim scores of lives each year. Many of them are the people repaving our roads, repairing ...

How to sum up Saranac Lake?

We had thought last week’s presentation on branding Saranac Lake would unveil a new logo, catchphrase and/or graphic styling, but no — the committee hasn’t gotten to that yet. Instead, the presentation consisted of a great deal of gathered data and some vaguely positive text that might ...