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Trail access logistics and liability

January 20, 2016 Nearly all the rail trails in my area prohibit motorized use of any kind. Trail managers here strive to avoid mixing motorized off-highway vehicles, biking and pedestrian use of the trail. more »»

Death with dignity

January 19, 2016 I am writing this commentary because my sister would want me to. She died this past summer using the Vermont Death with Dignity Act following a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. This Wednesday, Ja. more »»

A mother’s rage over Flint

January 19, 2016 There are three things every human requires to survive: food to eat, water to drink and air to breathe. more »»

Time’s up

January 16, 2016 I’m frustrated and perplexed by the extraordinary lack of intestinal fortitude and leadership of our elected officials. more »»

Dream it

January 16, 2016 I am writing to encourage the public and government officials to support the preservation and continued operation of the north end of the Adirondack Scenic Railroa. more »»

Trump card

January 15, 2016 Along with ISIS, the biggest news story of 2015 was the ascendence of Donald Trump in the Republican race for the party’s presidential nomination. more »»

What were they thinking?

January 13, 2016 In a stunning reversal, the town board of Harrietstown has voted for keeping the rails in place on the sadly underutilized travel corridor that runs through the Tri-Lakes are. more »»

Bicyclists = wallets on wheels

January 12, 2016 I have yet to hear an argument that gives me any hope that many people will actually travel to Tupper Lake from Utica on the proposed extension of the tourist train from the sout. more »»

Why Americans really feel politically powerless

January 11, 2016 Robert Reich, Berkeley professor and chairman of Common Cause, explains why Americans feel politically powerless this way: Elected officials have grown less accountable and less responsive to the... more »»

Stand on the side of love

January 9, 2016 We’re living in what feels to be the most dangerous of times. more »»

Questions for Gov. Cuomo in the rail vs. trail debate

January 8, 2016 “I love the train!” We’ve all heard it. Most Tri-Lakes residents ride the tourist train rarely, if at all, but many still like the IDEA of a train. more »»

Building bridges

January 7, 2016 “When Brooklyn was the World” is a book I gave to my grandmother years ago for Christmas. more »»

9 new year’s resolutions for Cuomo

January 6, 2016 Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been a leader in supporting the tourist economy of the Adirondacks. With this in mind, here are some new year’s resolutions we hope the governor will adopt for 2016. more »»

Expand the High Peaks Wilderness

January 5, 2016 If all goes as expected, sometime in the next three months New York state will complete an historic improvement to the Adirondack Park. more »»

From New York Newspapers

January 4, 2016 The Utica Observer-Dispatch on allowing mothers to breastfeed in public, Dec. more »»

Louis Marshall, the Adirondacks’ indispensable man

December 31, 2015 It is the fervent wish of fathers to be outshone by their son. more »»

Taking stock

December 31, 2015 Taking stock is a tradition observed by Jews at Yom Kippur and others who examine their lives at the end of a year and vow to improve in the new yea. more »»

Sleepless in Saranac Lake

December 30, 2015 My name is Elizabeth Kochar and I have lived in the Village of Saranac Lake for 25 years. Fifteen of those years I worked at the Adult Center as its Director. more »»

Change at the heart of politicians challenging for influence over others

December 29, 2015 “Flexibility in the application of values” is a frame of mind, a personal orientation that can facilitate reconciliation and peaceful co-existence among fellow human beings; it is a significant... more »»



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