Opinion

More hypocrisy from New York leaders

Editorials

It was a return to the culture that has plagued much of the New York state capital for so long: Do as we say, not what we do. Dangerously, these officials often believe they are above the law. We’ve seen the stunning downfall of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who unlawfully patronized escort ...

Left lane slowpokes fined under new Va. law

Columns

In May of last year I wrote a “Did You Know” article on left lane hoggers frustrating other drivers, and pointed out a particular state highway in Malone where this illegal practice occurs on a regular basis – East Main Street. What happens on this approximately one mile stretch of U.S. ...

After nixing the Iran nuclear deal, is containment our only option?

Columns

WASHINGTON — The path to today’s problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4.5 minutes physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus. Historian Richard ...

Of agents and hostages

Columns

WASHINGTON — There he was, the president of the United States, greeting the three American hostages who had just stepped back on U.S. soil after being released by North Korea, and Donald Trump couldn’t help himself. “It’s very early in the morning,” he noted to reporters. “I ...

APA, DEC skimp on public meetings

Editorials

The state Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Conservation have announced a joint public comment period on major changes to both the High Peaks Wilderness and Vanderwhacker Wild Forest, and while the plans for those two areas put forth by the DEC are generally good, the lack of public ...

Placid village board rescindes parking order

Columns

Anyone who has served as an elected official in local government can tell you that your governing history ought to be examined from time to time ... to wit ... “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” For instance: Saranac Lake Village officials, over the past ...

A wrong of passage

Columns

The word “adulation,” meaning excessive admiration, is fairly common. The word “adultation,” meaning excessive desire to be a grown-up, isn’t just rare — it’s unique. In fact, it’s only been recorded once, in today’s column. Of course, that’s because I just made it ...

Trump is as bad as Cosby

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It’s all about sex. They say that Bill Cosby should be charged with sexual assault against and on women, and should serve time for it. Well, what about your so-called president? Don’t you think he should do the same? To me he’s no better than Bill Cosby. He has ...

Re: Tupper Lake threat

Letters to the editor

To the editor: “Will this be on the news?” A direct quote from the district attorney, words from a troubled soul, thirsting for notoriety by threatening schoolchildren. It’s sad really; serving as a town justice, I’ve felt their pain in empathy. Yes, sad, but what is sadder is ...

5th Quarter Club still going after 33 years

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Saranac Lake 5th Quarter Club is still going strong. The club was established in 1985 by a group of enthusiastic parents. At its conception the club held tailgate parties at Homecoming games. Eventually it turned into what we are today — a group of hometown football ...

Placid village board rescinds parking order

Columns

Anyone who has served as an elected official in local government can tell you that your governing history ought to be examined from time to time ... to wit ... “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” For instance: Saranac Lake Village officials, over the past ...

Government frees financial snakes

Columns

The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Clean the community, now and always

Editorials

Spring cleaning time is here, and tomorrow is village cleanup day in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. We urge you to help out and do your part for your community. Now that the (hopefully) last snow has melted and green vegetation is racing to grow by the hour, we can no longer procrastinate on ...

Get ready, or get left behind

Columns

Twenty-six years ago, I started an organization called CFES Brilliant Pathways that has helped 100,000 students go to college. Since our founding, the world has changed exponentially, and that requires transforming how students become college and career ready. Over the last decade, one of ...

Grateful for oncology unit staff

Letters to the editor

To the editor: During this National Nurses Week, I would like to thank the staff at the Adirondack Medical Center Oncology Unit for the dedication, caring, compassion and comfort that they provide to their patients. As a community, we should feel blessed to have the support of these ...

A unifying experience

Letters to the editor

To the editor: “Why are we clapping for the other team?” my son asked at a recent unified basketball game in Saranac Lake, followed by, “I guess it’s OK since the clapping is louder when our team scores.” Think about that. A 6-year-old is aware enough to find it odd that fans would ...

I shall return

Columns

Six and a half months was the term of exile for Robert Louis Stevenson in America’s version of Siberia which is Saranac Lake, from Oct. 3, 1887 to April 16, 1888. By then, Andrew Baker, his landlord, would have been hauling large canvas tents with ten-foot poles out of storage to set up ...

Why Orville Gibson’s hometown guitar dealer dropped the brand

Columns

As I wrote yesterday, I was not surprised when the Gibson Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 1. For years there had been signs of trouble. A decade ago the company (then known as Gibson Guitar Corp.) issued a Robot Guitar that tunes itself, which was just weird. In 2011 ...