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The best year ever in human history

January 2, 2014 A week ago, I listened with fascination to Uri Berliner’s report on NPR about the good news of 201. more »»

The art of the escape

December 31, 2013 In the great tradition of American civil disobedience, President Barack Obama is defying a law. It’s just one that he himself lobbied for, signed and lost a house of Congress over. more »»

Illuminating lessons of 2013

December 30, 2013 WASHINGTON — This report on the State of Conservatism comes at the end of an annus mirabilis (year of miracles) for conservative. more »»

New opium II: giving up on reality

December 27, 2013 Mr. Bryjak documents the loss of church affiliation (one-fifth of the U.S. public, according to a Pew study) and the weakening of its social control functio. more »»

Another trip for the black backpack

December 23, 2013 The tales of the black backpack start in 1998. The president of the U.S. is fighting a sex scandal. The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, pleads guilty and is sentenced to life in prison. more »»

Adirondack nursing homes collaborate

December 19, 2013 “Park residents average just under 43 years of age, older than any state for median age. By 2020, only the west coast of Florida will exceed the Adirondacks as the oldest region in America. more »»

Living to oneself in the age of Twitter

December 19, 2013 Let us repair to the wild English hearth of 1821, where William Hazlitt is contemplating contemplation. more »»

Culture of death

December 18, 2013 During the Christmas season, when many celebrate a unique and miraculous birth, what the late Pope John Paul II called “a culture of death” continues its march. more »»

A holiday wish: more wild tigers

December 17, 2013 Tigers are in trouble. The largest of the world’s cats, a species that’s existed for 2 million years, is slipping away before our eyes. Few realize that just 3,000 tigers remain in the wild. more »»

Are the Senkakus worth a war?

December 16, 2013 “The U.S. more »»

The left’s reality problem

December 16, 2013 The “reality-based community” isn’t what it used to be. Progressives spent much of the George W. more »»

The importance of persistence

December 14, 2013 When you get in your 60s, deer hunting requires a little more praying and planning, a degree of Yankee ingenuity and a lot of humor. more »»

How we really feel about economic inequality

December 13, 2013 Americans don’t care much about rising economic inequality, recent surveys suggest. But that’s not quite right. more »»

State of the chamber

December 12, 2013 As president of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to provide you with a 2013 year-end review and highlight some of the benefits that you can expect from your chamber as a... more »»

The new opium of the people?

December 11, 2013 The trashing of Thanksgiving (now just another shopping day) via crass material consumption got me thinking about religion in society. more »»

ARTA directors absent in condemning locomotive vandalism

December 10, 2013 The opening sentence of the Guest Commentary by David Banks on Nov. 7 (“Train advocates, stop the attacks”) is both interesting and ironic. Mr. more »»

A closer look at standardized testing

December 7, 2013 There is little opportunity to seriously debate the efficacy of the standardization movement or the implications of using standardized tests as the measure of learning outcomes. more »»

Another big year for Adirondack Rail Trail

December 6, 2013 As we approach the end of the third year in the Great Adirondack Debate over the best use of our historic rail corridor, it’s encouraging to see how far we’ve come in a relatively short time. more »»

Food stamps and turkey tales

December 3, 2013 WASHINGTON — If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare... more »»



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