Opinion

Supply drive thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Nov. 11, Adirondack Health hosted the North Country Medical Supply Drive for the second year. Again, it was a big success, and North Country Mission of Hope was able to collect much-needed durable medical supplies that would otherwise sit in basements or sent to the dump. ...

(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Breaking tradition: Alternatives to green bean casserole

Columns

It’s that time of year again: time to plan the Thanksgiving menu. It is easy to fall into habits of customary sides to serve with turkey, like corn pudding or green bean casserole. But why not change up the boring, expected fare and try something new and different? Simple, vibrant veggie ...

It’s not just rangers DEC needs more of

Editorials

Forest rangers, through their union, are starting a campaign they hope will sway state leaders into hiring more of them. Starting in the Adirondacks, the rangers are asking town boards to approve a resolution asking the state to hire more rangers. Last week in Paul Smiths, the Brighton Town ...

What to say

Columns

On Nov. 30, 2010, my daughter June was stillborn. I had just entered my ninth month of pregnancy, and every appointment had shown a healthy, growing baby. We were given no explanation for her death other than the startling statistic that in the United States, 1 in 160 pregnancies ends in ...

Detox center needed in every hospital

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Attention all hospitals! We have a national and statewide health care emergency. It is an addiction epidemic, primarily an opiate crisis. We need you to take action. We need you to admit and treat, not discharge, the willing patients who present to your emergency rooms and ...

Coughing up a solution: flu vaccinations needed

Letters to the editor

To the editor: 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu, an epidemic which wiped out 5 percent of the world’s population and infected nearly half a billion people. As the 2017-18 flu season is upon us, officials are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. Last year, less than 50 ...

Starter

Web Poll results, Nov. 6-13

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Did you vote in last week’s election? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Keep and upgrade the railroad

Columns

We need to keep the Adirondack Scenic Railroad! We need to restore service on it between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake! Having this tourist attraction in our area is so beneficial to our local economy. It would be a travesty to destroy this unique local attraction. We have the one railroad ...

Hotel Saranac shouldn’t compete

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Like everyone else, I am thrilled the Hotel Saranac will be reopening. However, some of their success should not be on the backs of other stores already in town. It has already been pledged $5 million in state economic funding. My specific concern is its retail store ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Columns

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on Nov. 20. It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people). We also remember those who died as a result of suicide. This ...

Thanks for featuring Van Nortwicks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Thank you for publishing the story of the three Van Nortwick brothers who served in the Army Air Corps, Army and Navy during World War II. Miles was known by the name Miles around Saranac Lake and surrounding areas, not Robert. His mother was Edna, and it is her father Peter ...

Foundation helps Adult Center

Letters to the editor

To the editor: We at the Saranac Lake Adult Center woud like to thank the Frances L. Carpenter Foundation for the generous grant it has awarded us. This grant will be used to provide transportation to and from the center for seniors to be able to enjoy a hot meal with friends and the ...

Manafort charges are of great concern

Editorials

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly ...

Implications of tax reform on charities

Columns

Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which proposes sweeping tax reform, including several measures that directly affect the nonprofit sector. As the region’s community foundation, Adirondack Foundation works daily to fight for policies that ...

Red lines and lost credibility

Columns

A major goal of this Asia trip, said National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, is to rally allies to achieve the “complete, verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” Yet Kim Jong Un has said he will never give up his nuclear weapons. He believes the survival of ...

Traffic laws most drivers aren’t aware of, part 2

Columns

Several weeks ago this weekly article discussed several traffic laws that most drivers aren’t aware of. Some are from decades ago and aren’t as necessary with today’s vehicles as in decades ago – some are just not very applicable in this North Country but nevertheless are still part of ...

Are voters tired of nasty elections?

Editorials

It is interesting to see how last year’s bitterly divisive presidential election informed this year’s local elections. Overall, the biggest trend we noticed was politeness. There were exceptions, but for the most part, people managed to get through the campaign season without saying ...

Thank you to voters for re-election

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the voters of North Elba. I am honored and humbled at your overwhelming response and the landslide victory. It has truly been a gratifying experience to have represented the Lake Placid, Ray Brook and Saranac Lake ...

Patrolman Byno on his 1948 Indian motorcycle

Bob Byno — combat Marine veteran, WWII

Columns

My neighbor Bob Byno lives down the road a piece from me on Split Rock farm where we lived in the 1930s. The summer of 1936 lightning struck the hay barn and attached cow barn and machinery sheds and they burned to the ground barely damaging the corner of the house; but destroying all the ...