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Poverty continues to grow in U.S.

August 6, 2013 “If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” So wrote Charles Darwin in 1839. more »»

In response to ‘What if the right is right about God and gays?’

August 5, 2013 It was with a bit of sadness and great confusion as I read the column on Saturday, June 29, by Mr. more »»

Goodbye, old friend

August 1, 2013 A good friend passed away a couple of months ago and I’ve been thinking about the way he lived as well as how he died. I’ve been hearing his voice in my head, his enthusiastic optimism never burie. more »»

Why GMO labeling matters

July 31, 2013 I admit to being confused about GMOs (genetically modified organisms). more »»

The lottery of life and death

July 30, 2013 The great German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) once stopped performing when a group of military officers in the front row were talking and laughing. more »»

Saranac Lake is looking good

July 29, 2013 The Saranac Lake area represents the best of the Adirondacks and is one of the most special places in the world, thanks to our lakes and thousands of acres of “forever wild” forests and mountains... more »»

Regarding my second home, the Saranac Lake Adult Center

July 26, 2013 In 2010, I moved to Saranac Lake to live with my daughter. Shortly thereafter I joined the Saranac Lake Adult Center and currently go just about every day. It is my life and livelihood. more »»

Celebrating anniversary of ADA

July 22, 2013 We need a new civil rights movement in America. The Trayvon Martin case and the debates over immigration reform show racism still exists. But civil rights are more than racism. more »»

A potentially disastrous day

July 19, 2013 On Monday, July 15, my good friend Jeff Gronauer and I went hiking, taking on Dial, Nippletop, Colvin and Blake. By 8:30 a.m. we arrived at the AuSable Club, ready for a day of climbin. more »»

Disappearance of U.S. exceptionalism

July 18, 2013 The United States reached a pinnacle of exceptionalism during the period from World War II through the mid-1970s. more »»

Standardized tests do not account for individual differences

July 17, 2013 Standardized tests measure pre-determined learning outcomes using the same test for all learners at the same age and grade levels, in spite of the fact that we all know no two people are alike in... more »»

Ex-director shouldn’t be let back in

July 16, 2013 As I prepare to leave the position of director of the Saranac Lake Adult Center, I regret that the efforts of many over the past several months may not have been enough to ensure the long-term... more »»

The suburbs get a makeover

July 11, 2013 These days suburbia is pretty much synonymous with what’s wrong with America: sprawl, obesity, dependence on the car culture. Scratch that. The 21st-century suburbs could be society’s savior. more »»

Victims of climate change, negligence

July 10, 2013 Nineteen courageous firefighters died on Sunday, June 30, in a raging wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz. Officials responded immediately by launching an investigation. more »»

Freight trains won’t work here

July 9, 2013 With interest surging and the debate intensifying, it is good that the state of New York has agreed to study the options and update the management plan for its rail corridor between Remsen (north of... more »»

America’s birth certificate

July 4, 2013 A few years ago, while speaking at a Tea Party rally, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner mistakenly attributed the opening words of the Declaration of Independence to the... more »»

Protect transgendered people’s rights

July 3, 2013 June is traditionally LGBT Pride month, whereby we celebrate the gift of diversity among us all. more »»

Better ways to manage state forests

July 2, 2013 I have seen articles expressing the lack of analysis or study of the impact that development in the Adirondacks will have on wild animal. more »»

Battle of Gettysburg began 150 years ago today

July 1, 2013 Horses’ hooves clattered on a dusty road. High clouds drifted across the July sky. A warm breeze ruffled the horses’ manes and stirred the men’s beards. Sent by Gen. Robert E. more »»

Remember the right to revolution

June 28, 2013 So you say, “It is time for us to … take back the freedoms that make us Americans. more »»



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