Guest Commentary

Advice to board candidates

I’d like to take this time to inform the residents of the town of North Elba that I will not be seeking a fourth term as a North Elba town councilman. It has been an honor to serve this community for the last 11 years on the town board, and the Lake Placid school board for four years ...

The color pink

In 2015, when the Supreme Court issued its Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Barack Obama ordered the White House bathed in rainbow colors. This was an immature and inappropriate thing to do considering tens of millions of Americans opposed the decision, but it was ...

The lost cellphone

People have called fire departments for all sorts of stupid reasons: a cat stuck in a tree, a kid stuck in a toilet. I didn’t intend to, but (unintentionally) I called the fire department to find my cellphone. When winter hit in mid-October, it caught us unprepared. We didn’t have any ...

Despite rush to judgment, students at protest bear some responsibility

Despite the media’s initial rush to judgment and willingness to make a particular group represent all white people, black people and Native Americans, leading to an overly simplistic interpretation of what actually happened, I am still unsettled by the actions of the Catholic high school ...

The warm side of the fridge

In 2014, I moved from Redford to Saranac Lake, an hour’s drive from there to here. When I moved, I moved from my friends, an old hand-built house that I called home, my neighbors, everything. Over time I’ve come to accept that I’m going to be in Saranac Lake for a long time. For the ...

Light of God’s love needed most when it is darkest

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Debar Lodge should be for veterans

Our country is home to thousands of veterans — the men and women who have given so much to make this country what it is today. Unfortunately, many of them are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition brought on by the suffering, inhumanity and hardship that they had to ...

‘I can relate’

Well, a payday — or should I say, no payday — of the government shutdown has come and gone. I understand that there’s a lot of nervousness about rent, car payments, utility bills and so on. But hey, they’ll adjust; they always do. At least that’s what the Donald says because he ...

Adirondack rescue

To Mayor Clyde Rabideau, village of Saranac Lake: We are both experienced hikers and have climbed the 4,000-footers in New Hampshire (48) and Vermont (five). Beginning in 2017, we have focused on the Adirondacks, climbing 17 of the High Peaks that season and 18 more through August of 2018. On ...

Historic passage of GENDA

History was made in New York state last week when the New York State Senate, after 16 very long and often disappointing years, finally passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act granting basic human and civil rights protections to the Transgender and Non-Binary communities. GENDA had ...

Fun at the International Children’s Games

I was ecstatic when I was told I had been selected for the 2019 Lake Placid International Children’s Winter Games. I had written many essays, had letters of recommendation written about me, had been preparing athletically, and it all paid off. I was proud to be a member of Team Lake ...

Trump’s shutdown is an intentional attack on the federal government

When will the mainstream media start reporting the real story about why Trump is willing to stop the federal government from doing its business? Trump’s intentional assault on federal agencies is a direct result of his promise on the campaign trail to “drain the swamp.” On Dec. 22, ...

End the fantasy of ASR extension

All should applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to construct a 34-mile rail trail connecting Lake Placid with Tupper Lake. This recreational resource will broadly benefit the region by expanding demand for lodging, meals, bicycle and snowmobile rental and service, provisions, entertainment, etc. ...

Toward a real debate

Albert Einstein is reputed to have said that a problem cannot be solved by using the same kind of thinking that created it. This astute observation provides a useful key to resolving the current “debate” over funds for President Trump’s proposed wall project and to ending the disastrous ...

Teach history by researching it

On Jan. 2, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican published a much-needed commentary entitled “An appreciation of history.” This commentary was written by David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Shribman rightly gives voice to the growing concern that a sense of ...

It was a difficult year for journalists

It has been a difficult year. I believe most journalists would agree with that after a year of being called “the enemy of the people,” where our credibility was regularly under attack, where five of us were killed at a newspaper in Maryland and the murder of a fellow journalist was ...

Kudos to Gov. Cuomo for rail trail

Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his environmental agencies (Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation), the long-awaited Adirondack Rail Trail has overcome legal roadblocks and is back on track. This means that Tri-Lakes residents and visitors should soon reap ...

Billy Yank, Johnny Reb and the Godsend brew

In his classic work “The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union,” historian Bell Irvin Wiley states that soldiers “cherished” coffee during the Civil War (1861-65). According to Wiley, the effect this beverage had on troop morale was considerable. “And if it cannot be ...

A community of support

As we enter the winter months, I just want to bring greater awareness as to how important our daily interactions are with one another in our homes, as well as in our community. Saranac Lake has a strong community base. I’m always amazed at the warmth of perfect strangers in our town. It ...

New Adirondack Park popularity is an opportunity for needed changes

Leaders of Adirondack environmental and local government organizations are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has invested aggressively in the Adirondacks. The state’s efforts promoting tourism and protecting natural resources has been good for the nationally significant Adirondack Park and our ...