Guest Commentary

Separating families is inhuman

In 2015 I went to Auschwitz. I did not look forward to going. I don’t think anyone would, but as a Jewish kid growing up in and around New York City in the 1970s and ’80s, I learned so much about the Holocaust that I had wanted to stop up my ears. It happened so long ago, I remember ...

Fascism arrives in America

First he ridiculed the disabled, and I did not stop him — because I was not disabled. Then he ridiculed the journalists, and I did not stop him — because I was not a journalist. And now he is kidnapping young immigrant children from their parents, and I did not stop him — because I ...

A snowmobile club rebuilds

Adirondack snowmobilers, how many times have you ridden a popular snowmobile trail on your way home from a beautiful day of riding, only to have that wonderful memory erased by having to ride miles through 2-foot moguls that Whiteface would be proud to call their own? Everyone has asked the ...

Help reverse stigma of addiction

Until fairly recently, a diagnosis of cancer carried with it an undefinable stigma. The patient had some failing that many in their communities didn’t understand and were reluctant to discuss. As a result, recovery was often a lonely process made yet more challenging society’s ...

An open letter to Canada

To our Canadian friends: Here in the North Country, we have a strong and unshakable bond and affection with the people of Canada. Most of us were appalled at our president’s callous and unforgivable words and actions at last week’s G7 conference. Especially at the harsh words he directed ...

A charming Supreme Courtship

My first visit to the Supreme Court of the United States was in summer 1977. I was an intern in the General Counsel’s Office at the United States Department of Transportation. The court’s dining room was rumored to be a good place to eat and was open to the public after 1 p.m., and the ...

A manosphere of fear and hate

In 2009, George Sodini walked into a women’s aerobic class in suburban Pittsburgh and started shooting. He killed three women and wounded nine others before taking his own life. Investigators concluded that Sodini didn’t know any of the victims, choosing the site simply because it was a ...

Politics is alive and well and residing in the Franklin County Legislature

(This letter is my personal opinion and not the opinion of town boards of Harrietstown or Franklin.) With the resignation of Barb Rice in District 7, comprising the towns of Harrietstown and Franklin, I sent an email to all six remaining legislators requesting input into the selection of a ...

The NFL’s new rule aims to silence voices of dissent

Would women have the right to vote today if they were told by men to only protest inside their homes? Would African-Americans have equal protection under the law if the Civil Rights Movement was confined to the churches? Would farmers and migrant workers have just working conditions in the ...

Still no decision on LP sign code?

The Lake Placid Business Association is happy to see that the village board has taken some steps to move our proposed sign ordinance forward. We are, however, profoundly disappointed in their position that changes may not be made prior to the critical summer season. As you know, small ...

Prayers of a gun owner

Santa Fe, Parkland, the deaths roll on. We must do something, and now. Before the NRA attacks me, I am a gun owner. I have hunted animals for food, was on my high-school rifle team and once broke 99 straight skeet birds with a 20-guage field gun unsuited for that purpose. I am a former NRA ...

Matches

I was probably about 6-and-a-half years of age when I discovered stove matches and what they could do. With a few of them in my pocket, I wandered down the street to Doug’s house. On lush green grass in the backyard, we performed a series of somersaults. It was great fun until a nearby ...

Get ready, or get left behind

Twenty-six years ago, I started an organization called CFES Brilliant Pathways that has helped 100,000 students go to college. Since our founding, the world has changed exponentially, and that requires transforming how students become college and career ready. Over the last decade, one of ...

Faiths of our fathers

Most people take it for granted the founding fathers were Christians and, therefore, this country was established exclusively on Christian values. Historian David Holmes states most of the founders were Protestants and the majority were raised in one of three faiths: Anglicanism (the Church of ...

It’s OK to hate the Corporate State

Why do corporations hate and abuse the U.S. Constitution? Why do they keep trying to alter or abolish the protections the Founders and subsequent legislators enacted? Most Americans believe that our Constitution is sacred and express truly patriotic sentiments about democratic self-governance ...

APA travel corridor amendment is a bad idea. Here’s why

Let me state this up front: Alternative 1, keeping the 1996 definition of travel corridors, is the best choice for now. The Adirondack Park Agency’s preferred choice, Alternative 6, will create more problems than it solves, and the reasons given to support it don’t add up. While the ...

Can’t take it anymore

As most are now aware, our garage at 242 McLaughlin Ave. in Tupper Lake was hit again by a drunk driver on late Wednesday night, April 25. I can’t take it anymore, and I am serious. I don’t sleep at night when we are in Tupper and now will not be able to sleep at all until something is ...

Release last remaining JFK files

“I am afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of National Security.” — Jim Garrison - After a decade or so of looking into the JFK assassination, I finally decided to visit my favorite used bookstore and grab a copy of Jim Garrison’s book, ...

Debt bomb

In “The Pink Panther,” clueless Inspector Clouseau says, “There’s a bum in my rum.” We have a bum, err bomb, in our room folks. At the start of 2008, our national debt stood a little over $9 trillion. Then to counter the Great Recession, Congress authorized stimulus spending, and ...