Editorials

A time to remember veterans of all wars

With the passing of time, new generations of Americans have to be reminded of the personal sacrifices their forefathers made in the armed services, whether those soldiers served stateside or abroad, and whether they survived or made the ultimate sacrifice — dying for their ...

Unforced error by election commissioners

Maybe all voters should have to show proof of identification at the polls; maybe not. But regardless of your opinion on this, it is not the policy of New York state for poll workers to ask voters to show ID. Franklin County’s election commissioners apologized Thursday for telling poll ...

Respect elected leaders

Tuesday was a big day for incumbents. Congratulations to Rep. Elise Stefanik, New York Sen. Betty Little, Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, Franklin County Legislator Lindy Ellis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and U.S. Sen. Kisten Gillibrand. Voters re-elected all ...

Watch out for kids

School bus drivers must watch in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignore flashing red lights and extended stop sign arms to pass buses. It happens frequently, despite law enforcement agencies’ focused attempts to stop it. That puts children at great risk as they cross streets and ...

Web Poll results, Oct. 29 to Nov. 5

This week’s Web Poll: Have you already started wearing long johns for the winter? Yes, no, undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Think for yourself this Election Day

One big shift in the U.S. in recent years has come to our sense of community. These days, with social media and internet news, people have become more likely to feel a sense of community with those who share the same political views or other interests, and less likely to feel bonded with those ...

Cobb better reflects the North Country

Northern New York is blessed to have three remarkable women as candidates to represent us in Congress for the next two years. Whoever wins, we want her to know we will respect her and want to converse with her regularly, on behalf of our thousands of readers. But for now, voters must choose. ...

Re-elect Sen. Little

We support state Sen. Betty Little for re-election in New York’s largest Senate district, the 45th, which covers the northeastern portion of the state: Essex, Franklin, Clinton, Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington counties. Little is always reasonable and a great listener. She ...

Re-elect Sen. Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand has been a good senator for our area, frequently visiting the Tri-Lakes and other parts of the North Country, paying attention to issues large and small that affect us. She is, of course, a Democrat representing the state with a strong Democratic majority, but beyond that ...

Re-elect the comptroller

Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has served New York state and Adirondack residents very well. We back him for another four-year term in his race against Republican Jonathan Trichter, Mark Dunlea of the Green Party and Libertarian Cruger Gallaudet. DiNapoli, through ...

Web Poll results, Oct. 22-29

This week’s Web Poll: Whom do you support for state senator? Betty Little (R), Emily Martz (D), Undecided This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Priorities may steer your vote for AG

Voters are likely not very familiar with New York’s five candidates for attorney general. The easy part about the choice is that they differ so greatly in what they would confront that your priorities might determine your pick. The three qualified candidates, in our mind, are Letitia James ...

Miner for governor

Stephanie Miner has gotten little statewide attention in this year’s New York governor race. She just doesn’t have the money, widespread party machinery and aggressiveness to break through. And that’s too bad, because we are convinced that she is the best candidate for the job this ...

Good first debate

Tuesday’s congressional debate at the Mountain Lake PBS studio in Plattsburgh was a good one: hard fought without being ugly, absent of blunders and, overall, well played by each of the three candidates. Debating is a strong point for incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik. She was the debate coach ...

Town Christmas fund needs your help

It may only be October, but organizers of the North Elba Christmas Fund are already busy working to make sure some of the neediest families in town have a Christmas meal, toys under the tree and extra winter clothing for children. Now, more than ever, they need your help. Town employees ...

Web Poll results, Oct. 15-22

This week’s Web Poll: Whom do you prefer for Congress? Tedra Cobb, Lynn Kahn, Elise Stefanik --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Sports must adapt as numbers shrink

School enrollment has been dropping in this part of the state for a while now, and at some point high school sports offerings must inevitably be reduced as well. Some schools have dropped some sports in recent years, and now Saranac Lake High School is starting to feel the pinch. This week ...

Web Poll results, Oct. 8-15

This week’s Web Poll: 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.

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 ...