Guest Commentary

Prospects are good for Saranac Lake

Our village has an exciting future. As we look ahead to the new year and chart our community’s course, we start from a solid foundation of progress because, on any measure, the village is in a much better place than it was in 2010. Since that time, our tax rate went up only 2.5 percent, ...

President John F. Kennedy

Newly released CIA memo suggests foreknowledge of the JFK assassination

Despite shell-shocking disclosures about false-flag operations in Cuba, Lee Harvey Oswald’s career as an intelligence agent, J. Edgar Hoover’s hair-trigger efforts to corrupt a professional criminal investigation, mob ties to the CIA and much more than that, the mainstream media has ...

A young girl rides a bike on the Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia. (Photo provided — Richard Smith)

2018 resolutions for Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done much to promote the tourist economy of the Adirondacks. In furtherance of his good work, we urge the governor to adopt the following new year’s resolutions and, in so doing, make the Adirondack Park an even better place to live and visit. - 1. Adirondack Rail ...

Denise Sheaks Burke, center, poses with her daughter Taylor and son Austin.
(Photo provided — Denise Sheaks Burke)

Ready to lose a limb

How can I begin to express how I feel about losing a limb? I have had months to process that I will be losing my right foot in a below-the-knee amputation on Jan. 9. How does one wrap their head around that? This journey, like most crisis we all face in life, comes with loss, change and new ...

Enterprise, Alabama, has a mural of a boll weevil, an insect that devastated the dominant cotton crop and prompted farmers to diversify to other crops such as peanuts. 
(Photo provided — Larry Roth)

Looking back, looking forward

The Cuomo administration’s decision to appeal the ruling that threw out the rail-trail plan is not a surprise; the governor does not handle disappointment well. The Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Transportation and Adirondack Park Agency followed marching orders ...

Matt Theis (wearing the No. 9 jersey), his 8-year-old twin sons Ryan (27) and Brandon (61), and others watch the New York Rangers hockey team practice at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center in October.
(Photo provided — Elise Ruocco, Olympic Regional Development Authority)

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

I have been a New York Rangers fan my entire life. When I heard that the team was coming to Lake Placid in early October for a pre-season practice, I could hardly contain my excitement. So I did what everyone does today, go to Facebook to figure out how I could see the team. I had no idea ...

Why followers of Jesus cannot support Trump

The archbishop of Canterbury was recently asked about Christians — primarily white evangelicals — who support President Trump. “No I do not understand it. I really, genuinely do not understand it,” he replied. The archbishop’s confusion is shared by millions of other ...

In defense of victims and the justice system

As someone who practices law here in the Adirondacks, I have made a conscious decision to work on cases and the area of law of my choosing. As a former prosecutor and defense attorney in Essex County, I have seen both sides of our legal process. I can tell you from my experience that the legal ...

Medical Associates give thanks as they join Adirondack Health

We would like to take this opportunity to inform the community that Medical Associates of Saranac Lake will be joining Adirondack Health on Jan. 1, 2018. We are excited to join this well-established team and continue to serve the healthcare needs of our community by partnering together. As ...

Think of it as an investment

(The following is an imagined dialogue between Gov. Cuomo and a representative of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.) — Hello, I’m Governor Andrew Cuomo. What can I do for you today? — My name is Larry Locomotive, and I represent the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. I’m requesting $15 ...

Mass incarceration and your local prosecutor

For the first time since 1972, the number of people behind bars in American prisons and jails in 2015 declined slightly to 2.2 million, down from 2.4 million in 2010. That’s the good news. Fordham Law School professor John F. Pfaff, however, warns in his new book, “Locked In: The True ...

True-false quiz on tax bills

My fellow citizens, The House of Representatives has now passed its version of the so-called tax-reform bill. The Senate has a different bill, but both bills will get conformed soon. We voters should know how the proposed tax reform will affect each of us. Here are some true and false ...

Giving thanks for the 99%

Nowadays it is far too easy to be consumed by the negative. I find it hard sometimes to turn on the news for fear of what else will eat away at our peace of mind. These are unprecedented times with politicians who lie, environmental warnings ignored, the threat of war, terrorist activity, mass ...

Three missions of education

Author and teacher David Masciotra wrote recently “the most consequential offenders in the dissemination, and success, of fake news are not the Russians or social media company executives, but the American education system, and the parents who are content with raising children who know ...

North Country Community College's original faculty, 1968, Saranac Lake

Revisiting NCCC’s philosophy and purpose

As the college’s recently completed strategic plan launches it into the next 50 years as the public institution serving the Adirondack region, and as we celebrate the successes of the college over the last 50 years, we give pause to reflect back 49 years ago to the words of Dr. George ...

A college wake-up call

Over the last decade, 8 million new jobs have been created in the U.S., almost every one high-paying and requiring a college education. (1) Today a young person with a bachelor’s degree earns 50 percent more, on average, than a peer with just a high school diploma. (2) So why did ...

Faith, not fear

I wish to thank the editorial board for bringing insights on the Protestant Reformation. To most it might appear that what occurred 500 years ago is no longer of consequence, as Lutherans and Catholics are now in closer dialogue than ever. We have been blessed by thoughtful minds of late. I ...

What to say

On Nov. 30, 2010, my daughter June was stillborn. I had just entered my ninth month of pregnancy, and every appointment had shown a healthy, growing baby. We were given no explanation for her death other than the startling statistic that in the United States, 1 in 160 pregnancies ends in ...

Keep and upgrade the railroad

We need to keep the Adirondack Scenic Railroad! We need to restore service on it between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake! Having this tourist attraction in our area is so beneficial to our local economy. It would be a travesty to destroy this unique local attraction. We have the one railroad ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on Nov. 20. It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people). We also remember those who died as a result of suicide. This ...