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Principal owes an explanation

December 19, 2014 Many people have asked us why Petrova Elementary School Principal Chad McCarthy suddenly gave less than two weeks’ notice, telling the Saranac Lake school board he’ll resign at Christmas break. more »»

Federal government should open up

December 18, 2014 With all the worry over a “government shutdown” predominating news from Capitol Hill last week, one failure by Congress passed almost unnoticed. more »»

Heed McCain on immorality of torture

December 17, 2014 Many voices have chimed in during the past week in regard to the release of the U.S. more »»

Replica guns deserve national discussion

December 15, 2014 No matter what you think about the Second Amendment to the Constitution, a new debate about gun control is needed in America — about “toy” guns that look so real they sometimes cause needless deaths... more »»

Shop locally rather than online

December 13, 2014 As Christmas draws nearer, many of us cast nervous looks at our shopping lists and wonder how we will get it all don. more »»

Bad police work teaches a sad lesson

December 11, 2014 It is difficult to watch the video of the July 17 arrest and death of 43-year-old Eric Garner without being stunned and horrified. more »»

Governor’s Santa act needs some work

December 10, 2014 Christmas comes early with Santa Cuomo. more »»

Mountains & Valleys

December 6, 2014 MOUNTAIN — Tupper Lake has some big plans, and therefore some big fundraisers. To help the community volunteer-run Big Tupper Ski Area stay open, the Snow Ball gala is Dec. 1. more »»

Governor’s weather plan is overkill

December 5, 2014 In the wake of the historic 7-foot snowfall in Buffalo last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized the federally funded National Weather Service for not doing enough to predict the damaging storm. more »»

Close call with carbon monoxide

December 4, 2014 Emergency volunteers have gotten a workout so far this winter, at least in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. We’re deeply grateful for their efforts, and so are the people they’ve helped. St. more »»

Realistic ‘toy’ guns lead to another death

December 3, 2014 Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland probably would be alive today had he not brandished a realistic-looking gun when challenged by a police officer. more »»

Rioters shouldn’t be seen as representative

December 1, 2014 Rioters in Ferguson, Missouri held the attention of most in the media and the public last Monday night. more »»

Time to re-evaluate public pensions

November 28, 2014 Local lawmakers would be wise not to stop the drumbeat for pension reform at the state level. more »»

Things we’re thankful for

November 26, 2014 What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving? A few things spring to mind. more »»

Do your Christmas shopping locally

November 24, 2014 Small Business Saturday is coming this weekend. The campaign encourages people to take advantage of local, independent shops, showing that a concerted effort to do so boosts each community’s econom. more »»

Mountains & Valleys

November 22, 2014 MOUNTAIN — to local emergency service agencies sending personnel to help western New Yorkers dig out of an abominable snowfall. more »»

Sewage threat stinks

November 21, 2014 When we flush our toilets, we expect the dirty stuff to go away, especially if we’ve paid our water-sewer bills and are on top of all our plumbing maintenance. more »»

Sunmount’s communications problem

November 20, 2014 In a period of less than six weeks in October and November, two Sunmount residents slipped out of windows of their state-sponsored residences and went on walkabouts in Tupper Lake. more »»

VA makes it simple: Serve veterans

November 19, 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs officials have come up with a novel concept for better serving the heroes who depend on them — make things simpler. more »»


November 17, 2014 Economist Jonathan Gruber, who helped write the Affordable Care Act — known by most as Obamacare — has admitted Americans were deceived about the measure. more »»



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