Editorials

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 ...

Former New York state Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver slumps in the back seat of a car outside a federal courthouse in January 2015, while facing bribery charges. (AP photo)

Courts let corrupt politicians off the hook

It’s horrifying to watch federal courts institutionalize corruption, redefining it so narrowly that many of the schemes crooked politicians cook up to enrich themselves are now considered legal — or even forgiven after the fact. It started, arguably, in 2010, when the U.S. Supreme Court ...

Statute of limitations on child abuse cases should be longer

Far too often, newspapers have to publish a police or court report involving someone who has sexually violated another person. The hardest stories to read are when the victim is a child. Even scarier is the unknown but certainly vast number of abusers who are not arrested, who quietly get ...

Faso-Collins plan is bad for state, needed by counties

New York’s Medicaid program is wonderful — until the time comes to pay the bill. When Medicaid was created in 1966, the federal government said it would pay 50 percent of the program’s cost with the other 50 percent paid by the states. New York made the decision to be one of nine ...

Food pantry closure is a hard lesson

It’s sad that the St. Paul’s/Assumption Food Pantry in Gabriels is now closed, but it was also necessary, given how things went after cancer forced longtime leader and guardian angel Barbara Marshall to step down. Marshall turned leadership of the pantry over to Monroe “Moe” Gladd, ...

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Web Poll results, July 3-10

This week’s Web Poll: Do you think swimming should be prohibited at the Wilmington Flume? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Enjoy summer swimming, but be safe

A few days of sunny weather helped dry out wet basements, gardens and hiking trails, but hasn’t helped the dangers of being in the water. Such was the case for the 31-year-old Ithaca man who drowned a week ago, July 3, at the Wilmington Flume when caught up in a rushing current. Our ...

Oxbow donation adds to museum appeal

On Monday, the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake announced that the developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort kept their word to donate 34 acres of the Raquette River’s unique Oxbow to the museum. The donation increases the size of the museum’s acreage from 81 to 115 acres and ...

Hoping for sunshine for Woodsmen’s Days

Organizers of the annual Woodmen’s Days in Tupper Lake are hoping rain doesn’t dampen this year’s event like it did last year. The event kicks off Friday night with a barbecue chicken dinner provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the park pavilion, and continues Saturday and ...

Peace, acceptance starts at home

‘The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds,” was quoted by the historic figure and first Prime Minister Jawaharial Nehru of India. Unfortunately, the mirrored minds we have recently witnessed, reflect a disturbing darkness. This darkness has spread throughout our country, planting ...

Hope guided our nation from the start

Among the grumbling and grievances that led up to the American Revolution, an idea grew that the colonists shouldn’t just demand respect, as British subjects — rather, that they should go it alone as a new nation. The radical notion spread rapidly, and soon it took hold so tightly the ...

Fireworks aren’t always a cause for celebration

The Fourth of July should be festive — not frightning. And with America’s Independence Day approaching, and the anticipation of colorful sparks filling the sky, it’s important to remember that the explosive noise of fireworks can be traumatic for some people and animals alike. The ...

Thankful for the sacrifices made

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the ...

Head to the Horse Shows

The horse shows in Lake Placid are reportedly the largest they’ve been in a decade, an organizer confirmed this week. Noting that the shows now coincide with other events like CAN/AM hockey, the increase in numbers was a welcome suprise for organizers this year. That’s great news ...

Tastes in Tupper

Tupper Lake sure has a lot to be proud of in welcoming tourists to its eateries this summer. With more food choices, great beer and even organic options — things are tasting good in the Crossroads of the Adirondacks. Both breweries — Big Tupper Brewing uptown and Raquette River Brewing ...

Trump may need retreat more than he thinks

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Know the difference

We support Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw’s campaign to show students in local schools the brutal reality of what hard drugs lead to — death, and worse. The death part is not pretty, and before that, drug users suffer physical and mental torture from the chemicals ravaging and ...