Opinion

The Jamestown Post-Journal on wage legislation, April 10

Columns

It was good to see that the state Legislature did not approve of a prevailing wage expansion as part of the state budget. The issue flew under the radar for many during budget deliberations, would require contractors to pay the local prevailing wage on any construction project that receives ...

The Niagara-Gazette on pay raises for state politicians, April 4

Columns

Raise your hand if you got a 40% raise this year. Raise both hands if you ever received a 40% pay hike in your entire life. How many struggling New York business owners, homeowners and residents could raise even one hand? Few, if any. Around here, it seems it’s best to work in ...

That infernal vernal …

Columns

When I was in college, all the literature and history majors studied Classical Greece. And there was no debate about it — they were required courses. The thinking behind that was Greece was where it all began, as far as we were concerned — “we” being western civilization. Every ...

Is the U.S. full? Wrong question

Columns

“Our country is full,” President Trump said in regard to the immigration debate. Is this true? That depends. Some parts seem full, and some parts are definitely not. What the United States does need is a smart conversation on population. Nearly every point made in this “America, full ...

God and the Democrats

Columns

For the last 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party’s presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, in 1976. At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, Al Gore gave it a go, but misquoted Scripture. In his acceptance ...

Fine Forgiveness Week

Columns

As part of our 2019 National Library Week celebration, the Saranac Lake Free Library will offer a “Fine Forgiveness” program for the week. No overdue fines will be assessed for any item that is returned during the week of April 7-13, 2019. --- Current Events Cafe Every Monday in ...

Coming together for Aubrey

Columns

Last weekend, the Tupper Lake community raced around town, taking shots of warm maple syrup and team selfies at mystery locations. We jumped rope at the observatory and sang the school’s anthem at our beloved Lumberjack statue. We delivered coffee to policemen and firemen, and sunflowers to ...

Parting

Columns

“All things must pass,” sang George Harrison and one of his friends said that “the only thing that’s permanent is change.” Both observations seem to be correct and for two years, two couples who summered in the quaint French riverside village of Grez-sur-Loing were living it up while ...

Finding eggs and scavenger hunts

Columns

My children are no longer toddlers, but they still get excited for a family egg hunt. There is something so exciting for the chance to find treasure, whether it is buried in the ground or hiding in a tree. Though most egg hunts are for the very small, there are opportunities for everyone to ...

Turmeric: India’s golden spice

Columns

I’ve been hearing a lot about turmeric. There are many reports singing the praises of this yellow spice. Claims say that it’s good for many things that ail us. It’s an anti-inflammatory, and can relieve pain as effectively as ibuprofen. It helps curb excessive immune responses ...

Democrats need to re-focus their priorities

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am SO frustrated with the Congressional Democrats. Now that they weren’t able to nail Trump with the Russia probe, they are moving on to obsess about and fixate on getting Trump’s tax returns. As if he would be the only person in this country who ever fudged on and ...

American robins — harbingers of spring

Columns

“The early bird catches the worm.” It’s an old adage that most likely refers to the American robin (Turdus Migratorius). This year, I first saw robins in late March, right around the time that maple sap started running. As I write this, they’re still showing up, almost daily, apparently ...

Whither the philosopher-president?

Columns

WASHINGTON — In his most famous dialogue, “The Republic,” Plato, via Socrates, explored the idea that a just state would best function under the leadership of a perfectly just philosopher-king. That is, an intellectually curious person who pursues knowledge, is intelligent, reliable ...

Adirondack Diversity

Letters to the editor

Gentlemen: Trying to ensure that all New Yorkers feel welcome in our region is a good and laudable goal. We can, and should, welcome minority visitors, and do our best to see that they can have as relaxed and carefree an experience here as anyone. It is an entirely appropriate objective ...

Thank you to the Blue Moon Cafe

Letters to the editor

To the editor: A huge thank you to the Blue Moon Cafe for hosting an extremely successful percentage sales day, benefiting Northern Lights School. It is always rewarding to attend an event that brings our community together, especially when it is in support of a non-profit that provides a ...

Don’t blame State Ed employees

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The editorial in Friday’s paper, “Is State Education up to the task ...” is unfair to the beleaguered employees of the State Education Department. The truth is that the department has, for years, been the whipping boy for many administrations wishing to cut costs. I ...

U.S. economy: two parts capitalism; one part socialism

Columns

Presidential campaigns have been ramping up. The political rhetoric and nonsense about which candidates are capitalists and which are socialists has also been ramping up. In his 2019 State of the Union address, President Donald Trump remarked, “Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the ...

The Powell Doctrine has been repealed

Columns

Long before he would become America’s 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a ...

Poll results, April 1-8

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with New York state’s decision to no longer have police release booking photos of arrestees, except when there is a specific law enforcement reason to do so? Yes, No, Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the ...