Opinion

The Sire De Maletroit’s Door, part one

Columns

What was it like to know Robert Louis Stevenson and how did he come up with his stories? Sooner or later, everybody asks themselves these questions. When they do, those in the know, like BDO, go to the Stevenson Society of America in Saranac Lake, N.Y., for assistance. It has been said that ...

Don’t cut SLHS art faculty in half

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dear Saranac Lake Central School board members: I am strongly opposed to the removal of a full-time art teacher position following Valerie Patterson’s retirement. The benefits to the school, its students and the community as a whole far outweigh the costs to the school ...

Wish list

Letters to the editor

To the editor: 1. New York state armory on New York state Route 3 becomes a community recreation center. 2. New York state takes over Medicaid costs to lower land taxes. 3. U.S. re-arms its Trident submarines with defensive missiles. Paul Herrmann Saranac Lake

Winter mix challenges new toboggan chute

Columns

We have been waiting for the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute to open. It’s a winter highlight for my family and must for visiting family and friends. Sliding down an icy ramp onto a frozen Mirror Lake is simple fun at its best. The weather has been a bit uncooperative so the Toboggan Chute ...

Barley soup

Columns

In winter, we crave comfort food. Hearty, aromatic, nourishing barley soup, loaded with vibrant root vegetables, fits the bill. Most Americans are familiar with beef barley soup. But barley soup can be made with chicken, mushrooms, beans, lentils, or peas, so it can easily be a vegan dish. ...

No need to drill for oil in precious lands

Editorials

The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures that, ...

Local author Clarke writes of the fall of Saigon

Columns

“Honorable Exit” is another important, and very readable, history from Essex County resident Thurston Clarke, scheduled for publication in April. Clarke begins his examination of the time surrounding the fall of Saigon, marking the end of the war in Vietnam, focusing on a photo, which he ...

Dems default to circular firing squad again

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I sure have learned a lot this week. I used to think that, to most Democrats, a person’s record of 35 years of service, integrity, honesty and respect for all people (with a 90 percent African-American vote in favor for governor) would outweigh a racist and unfortunate ...

Slaughter of innocents reaches new depths

Columns

The uproar over New York state’s Reproductive Health Act, which allows late-term abortions performed by “health-care practitioners” when the “patient is within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability or the abortion is necessary to protect ...

Web Poll results, Jan. 28 to Feb. 4

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Should the Lake Flower Resort project get a federal Community Development Block Grant worth up to $750,000? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Cuts to SLCS art program

Columns

To: Diane Fox, superintendent, school board members, and school district residents, The Saranac Lake Central School District has been fortunate to have had talented high school art teachers like Doc Ward and the current teachers, Jennifer Moore and Valerie Patterson. The artistic ...

A view of the Milky Way

Columns

The southern sky visible in the early evening affords us a view out of the plane of our own Milky Way galaxy toward the south galactic pole as shown in Figure 1. There are fewer stars in this region of the sky where the watery constellations of Cetus the sea monster and Eridanus. Cetus is on ...

Tell board to keep art teacher

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It has come to my attention that the school board for Saranac Lake Central School District is considering slashing the position of high school art teacher upon Valerie Patterson’s retirement this June. Many of my friends and, by extension, their friends are bemoaning this ...

Don’t cut an art teaching post

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I just read that the Saranac Lake Board of Education is considering eliminating one of the high school art teacher positions after Valerie Patterson retires this year. This is so troubling on many levels, but the one that hits home for me is what my daughter Lila’s life in ...

Agreement is close on vacation rental rules

Editorials

Lake Placid village and North Elba town officials should drop a proposed three-night minimum for vacation rentals. We are hearing a consensus on that, at least. This consensus is not unanimous consensus, but it appears to be broad and solid. Even Sarah Galvin, speaking for residents worried ...

Advice to board candidates

Columns

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 ...

Test your Vehicle & Traffic Law I.Q. (answers)

Columns

Last week’s article presented 20 questions on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic safety. Hopefully you took the test and keep your answers. This article repeats the questions, gives the correct answers and the authority for the answers. See how you did. True or false 1. A driver ...

The color pink

Columns

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 ...

What a wonderful king and queen

Editorials

Like many Saranac Lakers, our faces lit up and we laughed out loud when we found out who the king and queen were for this year’s Winter Carnival. RoseAnn Hickey and Phil “Bunk” Griffin! That’s brilliant! Not only have these two served this community well over many years, they are ...