Opinion

National debt keeps getting worse

Editorials

If you are like many Americans, you spent part of this week finishing your income tax returns for 2017. The deadline to file them was Tuesday, unless you got an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for ... Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 ...

The Watertown Daily Times on winter weather, April 18

Guest Commentary

Despite the fact that spring is nearly a month old, the winter weather has refused to give up the ghost for the year. One upstate municipality has taken action — sort of! The Depew Police Department announced that winter has run afoul of the law. On April 6, police representatives posted ...

‘An American Tragedy’ is ‘detailed, epic’

Columns

“An American Tragedy” by Theodore Dreiser --- For several years, “An American Tragedy” by Theodore Dreiser has been on my bucket list of books to read. But at almost 900 pages and with a beginning that depicts a family of intolerant religious mission workers, I started and stopped ...

The dogs of war are howling

Columns

WASHINGTON — As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump’s words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: “I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” he said. “Without a major event where people ...

Social media spreads fake bodies, as well as fake news

Columns

Phony “news” stories aren’t the only toxic content being spread on social media these days. Bad people are pitching digitally touched-up rear ends and modified thighs as real, dismaying teens and young women unable to attain what’s being sold as perfection. Public anger at the ills ...

Web Poll results, April 9-16

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Where does upstate begin, as one heads north from New York City? As soon as you leave the Bronx, Around Westchester County, Around Poughkeepsie, Around Albany, Somewhere else, undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of ...

Happy return to the Hotel Saranac

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Last week I returned to Saranac Lake for a short visit and had the pleasure of touring the newly restored Hotel Saranac. As 40-plus-year residents of Saranac Lake, my late husband Ross and I created numerous Hotel Saranac memories, from the weekly buffets to Honor Society ...

Don’t be fooled by balanced budget amendment proposals

Columns

Last Thursday, Congress voted on a balanced budget amendment. This sham legislation is a phony attempt by members of the House to show they are fiscally responsible. Coming on the heels of recent budget-busting tax cuts and spending increases, the proposed balanced budget amendment could not ...

No glamour in war, or its aftermath

Columns

When the bombs started falling Friday night, I thought of two things. The first was my 22-year-old son tucked safely in his dorm room in western Pennsylvania. I was glad he was there and glad he did not take a different path four years ago, but more about that later. The second was ...

Thanks, Tom Catillaz

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Tom has been active in Saranac Lake village government over three decades. I served with him on the village board between 1997 and 2001. After serving as mayor, he returned to the board, where he served until this year. A lot of good stuff happened on his watch: mental ...

Democracy in action

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I had the opportunity to attend Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s recent town hall at the Moriah Volunteer Fire Department. This event was an open forum for constituents, and approximately 60 people came out to ask questions of the congresswoman. Congresswoman Stefanik gave her ...

Feds are getting around to opioid crisis

Editorials

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money ...

Part 1 of 2: Teen drivers need more driving, not instruction

Columns

As our teenagers approach 16 years old and express the desire to drive, it poses a dilemma for their parents: Namely, how can we keep our kids safe as they’re learning to drive? Some think the main problem is teenage irresponsibility, said Robert D. Foss, the director emeritus of the ...

Ryan follows the lead of Reed

Columns

One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning from Congress. Reed had been one of the most effective speakers ever. Barbara Tuchman’s account, in “The Proud Tower,” of how he neutered the minority party has ...

Can’t Dems do better than Cynthia Nixon?

Editorials

Much is being made of Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex in the City” actress who is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary in September. Her campaign machine has ramped up big-time while his hasn’t, despite his $30 million campaign war chest. Her entry has already ...

I don’t get it …

Columns

There is a very big deal happening in Pontiac Bay at the corner of River Street and Lake Flower Avenue. The big deal is that the environmental cleanup of Pontiac Bay may cost as much $14 million, funded by New York state’s Superfund under the supervision of the state Department of ...

It’s hard get out of Essex County with no car

Letters to the editor

To the editor: So once again, I am beset with what you might call the Amtrak Blues. I need to go to Boston, and all my cars are off the road. Nothing connects with nothing. I can fly to Boston from Saranac Lake airport, but just try to get there. Both Ground Force 1 travels between the ...

Some piercing insight on tattoos and piercings

Columns

Parents have been pinning me down with questions about what to say to their teen who wants a piercing or tattoo. We should no longer associate piercing and tattooing in teens with their being at an increased risk for using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs. Nowadays teenagers see body art such as ...

South Dakota wants to circumvent Congress and the market

Columns

WASHINGTON — South Dakota has become what South Carolina once was — stubborn, pugnacious and wrong. In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to vote to secede. In 2016, South Dakota’s legislature picked a fight in the hope that the U.S. Supreme Court would reverse a prior decision, ...