Opinion

Traffic management needs improvement in Saranac Lake

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Winter Carnival parade day I spent 20 minutes trying to get from the public parking lot behind the Blue Line to the area by the college. To avoid the mess at the Ice Palace, I climbed over French Hill to cross at the Ampersand light, go up Park, down Catherine, and then along ...

Web Poll results, Feb. 5-12

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Should Saranac Lake host curling in the 2023 Winter World University Games, and if so, where should the rink go? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Miner should run

Editorials

For the sake of New York’s political health, more candidates are needed to take on Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year. So far from the Republicans, we have state Sen. John DeFrancisco and former Erie County executive Joel Giambra; Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb just dropped out. Larry Sharpe ...

Road safety assessment — could it help Main Street Malone?

Columns

For years Malone residents have discussed how to “take back” their Main Street, which happens to be U.S. Route 11, connecting Rouses Point with New Orleans, Louisiana. Route 11 in the village of Malone (Main Street) is primarily a four-lane highway, maintained by the state Department of ...

Yes, throw a parade

Columns

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue — one of President Donald Trump’s fondest desires. Trump was, understandably, impressed in a visit to France last July by the pageantry of the Bastille Day parade. The ...

In Trump they trust

Columns

So apparently this is now Republican Party doctrine: You can’t trust the news media. They’re biased. You can’t trust the CIA. They’re hacks. You can’t trust the Justice Department. It’s unfair. You can’t trust the FBI. It’s disgraceful. But you can trust Donald ...

Proud of our Olympic home teams

Editorials

Over the last two weeks, our front pages have been filled with profiles of our local Olympians. We are rooting hard for them these winter Olympics, but we’re also rooting for everyone else on our home teams. Those are biathlon, luge, bobsled and skeleton. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton ...

Become a high school sports official

Letters to the editor

To the editor: They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores, and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials. These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no ...

President Harrison connection was VP Morton

Columns

The column in this space of Jan. 27, told about the president of the United States coming to Saranac Lake with the official role of dedicating the new high school. It was located where the beautiful, restored Hotel Saranac stands today. Of course, I wondered aloud, eh, I mean in print, ...

Moved by United Way generosity

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Being the 2018 United Way Campaign chair has been one of the most gratifying experiences I have ever been a part of. The word “generosity” has a new meaning for me as well. Since the very first meeting I had with the campaign team, every meeting or presentation since then ...

Carrying our flag

Editorials

Curlers slid rocks over perfect ice to launch competition in the 23rd Winter Olympics Thursday, and the opening ceremonies followed today — at night in South Korea but morning for us, 14 hours back. At the head of the procession of U.S. athletes entering the stadium, carrying our ...

The challenge for Saranac Lake’s next generation

Columns

Twenty years ago in 1998, volunteers, businesses and community leaders came together and worked tirelessly to make Saranac Lake an All-America City. This prestigious award is bestowed upon 10 U.S. communities each year by the National Civic League and recognizes places “whose citizens work ...

Iced out

Columns

Last Saturday and Sunday if you saw a bunch of folks milling about in Prescott Park, you might’ve wondered what was going on. Well, I can tell you – they were either building the Arctic Golf course or playing on it. And what, pray tell, is Arctic Golf? Essentially, it’s ...

Winter Carnival Book Sale today and Saturday

Columns

The 29th annual Winter Carnival Book Sale continues today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room at the library, 109 Main Street. Find hundreds of hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles and games. A large section ...

Fake news inside

Editorials

“Fake news” has been in the news a lot in the last year-and-a-half. It came to prominence with a wave of made-up stories that fooled some people in the frantic lead-up to the 2016 presidential election; the false stories tended to favor Donald Trump and trash Hillary Clinton. Then President ...

New York taxpayers subsidize TV ads

Editorials

We have complained several times about the tax money New York gives the film industry to subsidize movies and television shows shot or edited in this state. But if you agree with us that this is a waste of public funds, it gets worse. We subsidize commercials shot here as well. Yes, part of ...

Thanks for listening on single-payer health care

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Many thanks to the Adirondack Voters for Change for inviting us (New York Assemblyman Phil Steck, single-payer activist Ting Barrow and George Jolly, MD) to the Jan. 18 informational night concerning the New York Health Act. The New York Health Act is a “single-payer” ...

An abandoned career, part 2

Columns

Robert Louis Stevenson, the 17-year-old apprentice engineer, was sent to Wick by the sea in the north of Scotland for his second assignment in the late summer of 1868. He didn’t remember the place too fondly if you take him at his word in The Education of an Engineer, an essay first ...

Amtrak booking is tricky

Letters to the editor

To the editor: So once again, I write about being confounded by Amtrak. Amtrak gets a lot of money from New York State Department of Transportation to run the train. There is even an I Love NY discount, and they put that on outside billboards in Peru, New York. Well, try and get it. You ...