Opinion

Kudos to Gov. Cuomo for rail trail

Columns

Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his environmental agencies (Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation), the long-awaited Adirondack Rail Trail has overcome legal roadblocks and is back on track. This means that Tri-Lakes residents and visitors should soon reap ...

Thrilled to welcome young athletes

Editorials

What a joy — hundreds of young people from all over the planet are coming to Lake Placid this weekend to compete in the winter version of the International Children’s Games. We welcome them to the Adirondacks and hope they and their families have a great time here, not only competing but in ...

Billy Yank, Johnny Reb and the Godsend brew

Columns

In his classic work “The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union,” historian Bell Irvin Wiley states that soldiers “cherished” coffee during the Civil War (1861-65). According to Wiley, the effect this beverage had on troop morale was considerable. “And if it cannot be ...

A real, honest-to-goodness picture page

Columns

I often say to family and friends that I wish there was a video of Saranac Lake from the 1940s and ’50s to show what a bustling community existed with hardly an empty storefront and 10,000 interesting residents — 7,000 population by census, but thousands more living here as TB patients ...

Parole reform should include jail expenses

Editorials

Proposed changes to the state’s parole system aren’t a bad idea as long as state legislators remember a couple of things. Legislators want to shift the parole system’s emphasis from technical violations to a series of incentives to reward good behavior. The legislation, as written, ...

A community of support

Columns

As we enter the winter months, I just want to bring greater awareness as to how important our daily interactions are with one another in our homes, as well as in our community. Saranac Lake has a strong community base. I’m always amazed at the warmth of perfect strangers in our town. It ...

Missing on New Year’s Eve

Letters to the editor

To the editor: What happened to the “New Years resolution”? Somehow in the world of cellphones and computers we lost an important idea. The idea that each of us could be a better person. A couple of generations ago, on New Year’s Eve, families would sit around the dinner table and ...

The imperfect patsy

Columns

This Nov. 22 came and went as it has for quite a while — without any fanfare, much less even any mention of the JFK assassination. It always takes me aback. What was probably the focal event of my youth has been relegated to the dustbin of history, which of course is what happens to all of ...

Franklin County landfill remains in good hands

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I was a board member of the County of Franklin Solid Waste Authority for eight years. During that time George Eades, a Canadian with an agricultural engineering degree from McGill University, was its executive director. During that time Eades took the landfill from red to ...

Thanks for helping those in need

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Unit for the Salvation Army is proud to announce it raised $10,385.95 from the Red Kettle Campaign. This is thanks to over 50 wonderful dedicated volunteers who rang the bell at Kinney Drugs, the Saranac Lake Post Office, and Coakley Home and Hardware on very ...

Christmas dinner thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Adirondack Community Church, the Christmas Dinner Committee and volunteers would like to thank Dave Nicola of Mr. Mike’s Pizza Restaurant for once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. Each year members of the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake ...

Thanks for helping get gifts to troops

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I want to thank everyone for the gifts for the nursing homes and the troops. I also want to thank the Leathernecks who brought me down to Fort Drum to send the packages. The packages went out to the Mountain Goat Troops overseas on Oct. 5 and 15, just in time for ...

Our top 5 most read stories of 2018

Editorials

Looking back at 2018, it’s hard to draw conclusions, but it’s still interesting to see which of this area’s news articles people read the most. We have no way of knowing how many people read each article in print, but for our website we have metrics. Therefore, the top-five list below ...

New Adirondack Park popularity is an opportunity for needed changes

Columns

Leaders of Adirondack environmental and local government organizations are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has invested aggressively in the Adirondacks. The state’s efforts promoting tourism and protecting natural resources has been good for the nationally significant Adirondack Park and our ...

Saranac Lakers keep losing out

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I can’t believe North Country Community College President Tyrell is considering closing the pool at the college! Your article on Dec. 6 gave many excellent reasons to keep the pool open. A number of families through the years have put their children in the Red Cross swim ...

‘An Inland Voyage’

Columns

“The story of the rediscovery of the village of Grez-sur-Loing by Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Enfield, Walter Simpson, Will H. Low and Frank O’Meara in August 1875 is well-rehearsed. The rain poured down; it was, according to Robert Louis Stevenson ‘a ...

Don’t be a socialist

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I happen to agree with The New York Times when it warned Nancy Pelosi not to give too much power to the newly elected House Democrats who call themselves “democratic socialists.” They will be a minority of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. I don’t enjoy ...

Thanks for helping Cristie Heath

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the benefit for Cristie Heath a success and to thank all the local businesses who gave so generously toward our silent auction. To our little town of Bloomingdale, where neighbors become more like family in a time of need, I ...

Socializing the animals

Columns

My children have finally given up asking for a kitten, cat, panther, lion, or other feline. Since I’m allergic they depend on their friends or the Tri-Lakes Humane Society to provide the source of entertainment that our dog just doesn’t have. Though my daughter swears she will have cats one ...

Begin the year on a sweet note … with honey!

Columns

“When the leaves are off the trees and the honey from the bees sweetens up your morning cup of tea. You watch its steam arise like the fog into the skies. Grab your hat and coat and walk with me ...” — Dan Bergren, “Mountain Air” --- Pure, unadulterated honey is a real treat. ...