Editorials

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 ...

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 ...