Opinion

Immigration reform, yes. Driver’s licenses, no.

Editorials

People call them either “illegal” or “undocumented” immigrants, depending on how much they resent them. Both terms are flawed. “Undocumented” soft-pedals the seriousness of the matter, making it sound like someone just lost their documents. “Illegal” suggests the person could ...

Canoeing/fishing trip to Little Clear and Grass

Columns

Canoeing is not one of those sports where the learning curve is beyond the average recreationist. However, it does take a sort of finesse and, quite honestly, patience with your fellow paddler. Much of what is unnerving to first-time canoegoers is the feeling of instability in the boat. ...

More breaking news from 1933

Columns

This is part two [part one May 11] from a September 1933 Saranac Lake newspaper, The Advertiser, a tabloid-size sheet published by Russell Dawson. --- The National Recovery Administration [NRA] was a very big deal. [See illustration] Merchants were happy to carry the NRA emblem on their ...

Green burial is an option in the North Country

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I hope that your May 15 editorial — “A different way of burying the dead” — leads readers to realize there are already green burial alternatives to expensive cemetery interments and energy-intensive cremation. You don’t have to go as far as Washington state’s ...

Not being politically correct

Letters to the editor

To the editor: What kind of a nation do we live in? One that is very troubled. We have an epidemic of teen suicide, addiction to drugs, pornography, murder. All because mankind has no HOPE! The U.S. Supreme Court issued two bans on prayer in public schools. The first ban came in 1962, ...

Spring cancer screenings

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It’s been a long winter. Happily, the roads are now cleared of ice and snow, and the temperatures are warming. The flowers are even thinking of blooming. Getting around in this nice weather is much easier, so May is a great month to get your breast, cervical and colorectal ...

The plane truth

Editorials

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat this week — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max ...

They who laugh last …

Columns

“I’ve got tomorrow off,” said Jen-Ex. “You wanna go on an adventure?” “An adventure?” I said. “Where to? Deepest, darkest Africa? Kathmandu? Tahiti?” “Nope,” she said. “Somewhere more exotic.” “Oh?” I said. “And where would that be?” “The garden ...

The bar

Columns

“Sunset and evening star, but one clear call for me. Let there be no moaning at the bar when I put out to sea.” So began a new admiralty judge when he first took the bench. The courtroom bar keeps the public outside side the “well” of the courtroom where court business is done. ...

SLVFD Golf Tournament thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On May 11, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department held its seventh annual Golf Tournament fundraiser at the Saranac Inn Golf Club. One hundred thirty-six golfers from all around the area came out to enjoy a cool spring day and to show their support for the fire ...

About Kate Smith

Letters to the editor

To the editor: What on earth were the Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers thinking? Perhaps that people would boycott them, or that they would be seen as racist if they continued placement of the Kate Smith’s statue as well as her voice singing “God Bless America.” During the mid ...

Trump keeps hurting USA

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Hey America, are we still here? Tell me, America, are we still alive, or are we dead? Because of Trump, the USA is nothing, and I mean nothing. China does not want anything more to do with the USA, and we rely on them for certain supplies and materials that they have. Now ...

State’s stance on motorized bikes needs some readjusting

Editorials

Perhaps New York state should rethink its stance that motorized bicycles are not allowed on public highways or sidewalks. One has to think that motorized bicycles are a way to reduce vehicle congestion in bigger cities. The motorized bicycles, which come in gas-powered and electric models, ...

The sacred vs. the propane

Columns

Recently proposed to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board by the Hurley Brothers, a local fuels dealer, is to convert an acre atop Vitvitsky Hill, the highest hill between the AuSable and Chubb rivers on Old Military Road, into a tank farm for LPG, liquefied propane gas, for unloading ...

‘The Amateur Emigrant,’ part II

Columns

From the Clyde to Sandy Hook --- “Naturally his first visit to America, a land without class distinctions, was to him (Robert Louis Stevenson) an event of extraordinary interest. The privations he endured as an amateur emigrant caused him much less suffering than his friends, who could ...

Restaurant Week backs the Back Pack food program

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Central School District would like to thank the entire community for their ongoing and generous support of the students in our district. Recently, Community Bank sponsored a food drive in conjunction with the Eat ADK Restaurant Week committee in an effort to ...

April showers bring … May green!

Columns

Spring has come to the Adirondacks. The lakes are open. Loons, geese, ducks, robins, and songbirds have returned. The snow is gone, and the brown earth and dry winter grass is now a bright spring green. Trees are starting to leaf out. Spring symbolizes new life. After a long, dark winter, the ...

Deer ticks — the bugs that bite

Columns

A few years ago, I was in the Champlain Valley helping to clear a trail. Just to let you know even with huge signs warning me to be careful of ticks, I did everything wrong. I walked through tall grassy areas with dark pants, shirt, and socks. I didn’t check my clothes before getting in the ...

A different way of burying the dead

Editorials

Folks in Washington state are considering what many people out in the hinterlands would consider a strange new law — at least partly on the grounds of protecting the environment. Washington legislators have approved a bill, now awaiting action by the governor, to allow composting of human ...

Sad and absurd

Columns

Surfing radio stations I happened upon Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word,” and two lines jumped out at me: “It’s sad, so sad. And it’s getting more and more absurd.”  These 11 words perfectly capture the Trump presidency and likely caught my attention, as I had ...