Editorials

Stick to facts on case of Indian snowshoer

Let’s make sure we all understand the facts, such as they are publicly known, in the case of a snowshoe racer from India’s Kashmir region who is set to stand trial for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old Saranac Lake girl. The reason we write this is that many of ...

Slow down, be careful on busy streets

“Stop and smell the roses,” as the old saying goes, instead of running them over by rushing around. It can be pretty risky just walking across the road on the crosswalk, or walking on a sidewalk with distracted people moving at a fast clip in cars, or on bicycles or skateboards. Just ...

President made valid point about upstate

It is no surprise that some New Yorkers are upset with the way President Donald Trump spoke about New York state recently. They may be even more upset when they realize the state’s population trends prove Trump’s message was on point. Last week, Wisconsin beat out Oneida County in New ...

Cameras and trails would both help

Joyriders on all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes can’t be left to run rampant and damage public and private property in Tupper Lake simply because police officers have trouble catching them. Cameras, which village officials are considering, are a legitimate tool for fighting vandalism and ...

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Web Poll results, July 24-31

This week’s Web Poll: Should the village of Tupper Lake use surveillance cameras to catch joyriders on ATVs or dirt bikes? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik improves record on pollution

We’re glad the North Country’s congressional representative, Elise Stefanik, voted to retain clean air rules — one of only two Republicans from New York and 11 nationwide to do so. They didn’t prevail, though. The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to stall Obama-era ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — We’re glad to see that the truly excellent Wild Center is such a huge draw, and that Tupper Lake businesses are benefitting from the nature museum’s popularity. The large crowds at the Wild Center, even on weekdays, prompted us to have our new reporter Aaron Cerbone talk to ...

Roedels were right to drop lawsuit

We’re glad Roedel Companies dropped its lawsuits against the village of Saranac Lake and the developers who plan to build the Lake Flower Resort and Spa. We did not like to see the company rehabilitating the beautiful Hotel Saranac pick this fight. By backing down on its own, the Roedel ...

Keep voter data safe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, are right to take firm stances on one of their responsibilities, protecting voters’ privacy. Members of a federal commission have sent state election officers letters seeking both input on the voting process and data ...

Only seize assets of convicted criminals

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses, ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

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Web Poll results, July 17-24

This week’s Web Poll: Do you hope the Adirondack Experience wins a lawsuit against the village of Lake Placid over taking land by eminent domain for a parking garage? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to ...

Don’t just repeal health care plan

If you have a private health insurance policy, would you call your agent and cancel it just because there is a small chance you might find something better? Of course not. That would be crazy. At some point after your policy lapsed, you would be prey for anyone eager to sell you any coverage ...

Silver conviction reversal proves state law needs changing

The recent reversal of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction is just the latest reason why New York state needs tougher ethics laws. Silver had been convicted, in short, for his role in a three-part scheme that used his position as Assembly Speaker to make millions ...

Get Medicaid right before talking tax

Three audits released last week by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli should give even the most ardent Democrat reason pause regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threatened Faso-Collins Medicaid tax. Cuomo has threatened the tax in retaliation for legislation introduced by Republican Congressmen ...

Prayers for McCain

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Dirty military dealing costs taxpayers

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

National debt is a serious threat

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Adirondack Calendar Photo Contest

We’re calling everyone with a good eye and a camera to submit your favorite photo(s) for the 2018 Adirondack Calendar Photo Contest. It can be of a scenic view, a big event, or your family or pet having a good time in the Adirondacks. This is different than most calendars because it has ...

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Web Poll results, July 10-17

This week’s Web Poll: Overall, do you think Donald Trump is doing a satisfactory job as president? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN —to Saranac Lake adding the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League team to its Walk of Fame. The Eagles’ three years of training here in the late 1940s is a fascinating nugget of local history, especially how easily they engaged with local children and veterans. We look ...