Editorials

More transparency needed in economic development aid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s irresponsible for political opposition to stop Amazon from locating a headquarters in Long Island City. The project, which Amazon pulled out of last week, would have brought 25,000 jobs to the New York City area. Isn’t it also irresponsible to spend $3 ...

Time to get the band back together

Whether you consider it a mission from God — as the Blues Brothers did in the 1980 movie with actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd — or a way to relive the glory days, it’s time to get the band back together. What we mean is Lake Placid needs to rebuild its community — not the ...

Mountains

MOUNTAIN — Thanks and praise are due to the volunteers who make the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival such a marvelous event. They work diligently and tirelessly through freezing temperatures, bitterly cold wind, pouring rain and sleet. These strong and spirited people should be on a float ...

Web Poll results, Feb. 11-18

This week’s Web Poll: Did you do volunteer work in the last three months, and if so, how much? Yes, more than 40 hours’ worth; Yes, 20 to 40 hours’ worth; Yes, less than 20 hours’ worth; No; Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of ...

Cuomo wants to make counties pay for his cuts

Don’t believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s crocodile tears over towns and villages that would be hurt by his budget proposal to eliminate their state aid. After acknowledging their pain, he said he would reverse course and “keep them whole” — but what he didn’t say is that he would make ...

Tide starts to turn on Amazon

Count us among those who are happy Amazon bailed on its plan to build a new headquarters in New York City. But that is only the beginning of the people’s fight to rein in this juggernaut. While Amazon’s $3 billion tax break in New York got a lot of attention, most people do not know that ...

Conservation consensus

Bipartisan cooperation is still possible on some things in Congress, thank goodness — such as the Republican-majority Senate voting 92-8 Tuesday to pass a multifaceted conservation bill. The legislation still needs to pass the Democratic-majority House of Representatives and get the ...

Thanks, plow drivers

This Valentine’s Day, we’re sending a little love out to those who clear our roads and sidewalks. This week’s storm didn’t drop anywhere near as much snow on the Tri-Lakes area as had been forecast, but local highway crews did a great job anyway. They have done that over and over ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — Tuesday in downtown Lake Placid was quiet — a calm before the storm, and not just a snowstorm. The snow will provide a winter wonderland setting for a huge weekend in this village. President’s Day weekend is generally the biggest ski weekend of the year, and Whiteface ...

Web Poll results, Feb. 4-11

This week’s Web Poll: Are you OK with the Boy Scouts of America allowing girls to join? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

New York needs to learn gambling’s cost

At the urging of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York has vastly expanded legal gambling options. The state government bet that the benefits — tax revenue and boosting the economies of struggling upstate areas — would be huge and that the costs ... well, the Cuomo administration didn’t talk about ...

Calgary shows how hard it is to stay in winter sports circle

We were shocked this week to read in Canadian news media that the bobsled-luge-skeleton track outside Calgary, Alberta, will close after it hosts a World Cup competition three weeks from now — unless someone puts up the money to save it. Meanwhile, Calgary’s ski jumps are also set to close: ...

Be wary in dealing with Kim Jong-un

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting later this month in Vietnam. The exact location isn’t certain, but the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s militarism? North Korea ...

No need to drill for oil in precious lands

The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures that, ...

Web Poll results, Jan. 28 to Feb. 4

This week’s Web Poll: Should the Lake Flower Resort project get a federal Community Development Block Grant worth up to $750,000? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Agreement is close on vacation rental rules

Lake Placid village and North Elba town officials should drop a proposed three-night minimum for vacation rentals. We are hearing a consensus on that, at least. This consensus is not unanimous consensus, but it appears to be broad and solid. Even Sarah Galvin, speaking for residents worried ...

What a wonderful king and queen

Like many Saranac Lakers, our faces lit up and we laughed out loud when we found out who the king and queen were for this year’s Winter Carnival. RoseAnn Hickey and Phil “Bunk” Griffin! That’s brilliant! Not only have these two served this community well over many years, they are ...

The best time of year for Saranac Lakers

Tonight begins the best time of the year for Saranac Lakers. Winter Carnival has long provided a fun break from a long, cabin-fever-inducing winter. Coronation, which launches the carnival tonight, is almost surreal in its small-town-ness. Saturday’s fun events include the Ladies Fry Pan ...

Slow down; upcoming bills need discussion

The state Legislature has been prodigiously busy since the state legislative session began. Some of the legislation that was passed makes sense. As we wrote recently in this space, election reform and making it easier for people to vote is something we can all get behind. It was no surprise ...

Gillibrand fails a trust test

The notion had been floated years ago that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand might run for president in 2020. So in that light, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when the upstate New York Democrat launched her exploratory campaign earlier this month. Except that she had deceived New Yorkers about ...