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Federal proposal rubs SALT in wound as NY subsidizes other states

Recent statements by federal officials, including Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and House Speaker Ryan, have advocated elimination of the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) by claiming that so-called “high-tax” states like New York, New Jersey and California are being ...

Harrietstown incumbents are doing a good job

Once again it is the “trick or treat” season of political discourse. It is sad that the state of politics is such that no discourse exists at all. I have, unfortunately, seen the process devolve into “us vs. them,” and regardless of starting position, whether left or right, no movement ...

Constitutional convention offers best hope for New York democracy

On Nov. 7, for the first time in 20 years, New Yorkers have the opportunity to break free from the gridlock of Albany and bring about meaningful reforms to state government that have stalled for years under the governor and the state Legislature. This year’s election brings with it the ...

Without maintenance by the Adirondack Railway Presevation Society, the rail corridor is already starting to flood and wash away between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, as seen Oct. 7.
(Photo provided — Doug Vensel)

On the wrong side of the law, the facts and history

That headline is a capsule description of Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and the state following Justice Main’s ruling on the rail trail plan. Let’s start with two items: the corridor classification and the title issue. ARTA claims these are minor and easily fixed. They’re wrong ...

Is ARTA pro-trail or just anti-rail?

As of this writing, it hasn’t even been two full weeks since Judge Main handed down his ruling against the New York state’s “Alternative 7” plan concerning the railroad corridor. I’m seriously wondering if anyone thought that Adirondack Recrerational Trail Advocates would go quietly ...

The cows, pigs and chickens in the room

First came Harvey, with as much as $180 billion in damage to the Houston area. Then came Irma at $100 billion in damages to Florida. Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, and Nate finished off Dominica. And the hurricane season isn’t over. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that global warming ...

Why citizens matter

Given Albany’s reputation for corruption and incompetence, angry citizens in a healthy, self-rule democracy would jump at the chance to outflank their inept state legislators. On Nov. 7, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to do just that — if they approve the creation of a ...

‘Our Wonderful Universe’ and more at the library

There’s something wonderful happening in the Cantwell Room of Saranac Lake’s library over several Tuesday nights (at 7 p.m.). It’s the continuing series, the Enlightenment Lectures, sponsored by Joe Dockery of Dockery Chiropractic. Joe is a curious guy who loves to learn and is known for ...

Questioning judge’s rail-trail ruling

On Sept. 26, Judge Robert G. Main Jr. overruled the entire 2016 unit management plan that would have allowed the construction of a multi-use recreation trail on a 34-mile segment of the Remsen-Lake Placid railroad right of way. In doing so, the judge stopped construction of both the recreation ...

Flag is for unity — stand for it

On Facebook, I like to post photos of landscapes I fly my drone over, and that’s about it. In fact, I normally disagree with expressing any sort of political sentiments or personal opinion using social media for a medium as a rule of thumb. However, I’ll stray from that today. [Editor’s ...

The flag, the national anthem, patriotism and Trump

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t possibly say or do anything more politically divisive than he’s already said and done — he does. He blasted NFL players who supported former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Slipping into his arrogant, scolding, reality TV ...

Christine Reynolds, center, shares a laugh with friends.
(Photo provided)

A great nurse and great mom

Dear editor and Adirondack community: We are writing to you, a place we call home and where our mom has worked as a nurse for over 40 years. Our mom, as some of you may know, is Christine Reynolds. If you don’t know her, you are definitely missing out. She is a charming 5-foot, ...

The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle native to Asia that kills ash trees. 
(Photo provided from Wikimedia Commons)

Stop importing forest pests

Recent news of the discovery of the emerald ash borer in Franklin County and the hemlock woolly adelgid near Lake George crystallizes the threat that imported forest pests pose to the Adirondacks. The emerald ash borer, a small green beetle from Asia, is poised to wipe out all of the ash trees ...

Don’t complain about transplants

I will begin by identifying myself as a proud taxpaying, property-owning citizen of the village of Saranac Lake since September of 1988. I am one of fairly strong opinions, as are we all, and as citizens of these United States, we are guaranteed the right to express our opinions freely. I ...

Steam engine Viscose No. 6 is seen Aug. 12 at Thendara.
(Photo provided by Larry Roth)

How’s summer with quiet rails?

So how was your summer, Tri-Lakes? I hear you had a really wet June and July. Things didn’t start drying out till August, but September has been fairly decent. The leaves are turning, drawing leaf peepers and peak baggers alike. Thoughts are turning to winter months and the big question ...

Exploring an elusive, ancient kingdom

Upon reading my Indiana Jones-esque title, you may have pictured a tan-hatted man wielding a machete through thick vines hanging from the crumbling walls of some archaic ruins, perhaps in search of ancient treasure or forgotten wisdom seared upon an old scroll. Sounds fun, but I can assure you ...

It takes a region for the 90-Miler

The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic was held for the 35th year the weekend of Sept. 8 to 10. Two hundred sixty canoes, guideboats and kayaks started in Old Forge and over three days paddled their way through the Adirondack Forest Preserve to the cedar tree marking the finish line on Lake ...

State tests ignore kids’ various learning levels within each grade

Notably, on the back page of the Sept. 12 edition of the Plattsburgh Press-Republican was a brief Associated Press release in two parts: “New York tweaks, renames Common Core Standards” and “NY approves education plan to submit for federal approval.” While little information was ...

Immigrants: Puritan to Mexican

FDR got in trouble with the Daughters of the American Revolution when he gave an address to them beginning with the salutation: “Fellow immigrants …” The fine ladies were not amused. Some of their ancestors had come over on the Mayflower, and that factoid made them believe that they (and ...

Save Sabattis Adventure Camp

All of the other troops think that Blackfoot is the worst campsite at Sabattis Adventure Camp. That’s because it’s the farthest walk to the center of camp. Troop 77 knows that Blackfoot is the best campsite at Sabattis. We’ve been camping at that campsite every summer for years, far ...