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Opinion

Preparing for a Halloween like no other

Editorials

At least there will be no shortage of masks. So goes one joke about Halloween 2020. It will be upon us in just a few weeks. Halloween rivals Christmas in some ways in popularity among children. Each October, they delight in dressing up and ringing doorbells or knocking on doors, greeting ...

Rockwell Kent’s books complement his paintings

Columns

Like a hiker who returns to familiar, nourishing, trails, I often reread books that pleased me in the past. Rockwell Kent’s adventure memoirs echo the world the AuSable Forks resident put on canvas. He wrote of the beauty and danger he found in the cold wilderness, which we see in so many ...

Stop the stigma; don’t keep quiet about suicide

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As September draws to a close, we should all take time to reflect on the important issue of national suicide prevention and awareness, observed annually during this month. Suicides occur in our small Adirondack communities, leaving in their wake understandable grief and ...

Stefanik’s loyalty to Trump hurts us

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Elise Stefanik’s loyalty to President Trump is strong, unswerving and, to those of us who live in her district, dangerous. Mr. Trump knows that he will not win New York state’s 29 electoral votes, and so he does not hesitate, when it is politically advantageous to ...

Stefanik bipartisan? Effective? Not really

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Rep. Stefanik says she’s an effective, bipartisan legislator for the North Country. This is hardly the case. She rarely gets her own legislation passed, doesn’t like working with Democrats, claims credit for the work of others, fails to help her constituents and ...

Biden treats citizens right

Letters to the editor

To the editor: President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy, you have not protected the United States as commander in chief. Now comes the latest news about your ...

Jeep at Marcy Dam is a stunning violation

Columns

Last Tuesday, on my way down from the summit of Mount Marcy, I came across a sight I hope to never see again. Right next to the trail register at Marcy Dam was a white Jeep Cherokee, parked as if that were a trailhead lot. Perplexed, I assumed that this vehicle belonged to a ranger, though ...

Harrietstown and the DMV

Columns

Since the coronavirus lockdown began last March, the Harrietstown town board has been holding Zoom meetings. The majestic town hall was entirely shut down in the early stages of the pandemic, but now the town offices are all fully staffed and operating by appointment. The merged town and ...

Please don’t geotag your photos

Columns

A million years ago it seems, before quarantine, my husband was asked about guiding a hiking group to a specific spot in the Adirondack Park. The people had noticed a particular view from an Instagram account and only wanted to go to that location to replicate that photo. After numerous ...

Tomatillos can grow in northern gardens, too

Columns

Tomatillos (toe-mah-TEE-ohs) are the lesser known, tangy cousin of the tomato. These small fruits (a little bigger than a cherry tomato) enclosed in loose, papery, brown or green husks are to the tomato what the lime is to the orange. Though a warm-weather crop, they can grow in our ...

Following too closely is a dangerous practice

Columns

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety previously reported that 40% of all automobile crashes involve tailgating — or, more formally, following too closely. What driver hasn’t been annoyed by the driver behind riding right on his/her tail? Answer: no one! But the flip side is how ...

Promote Saranac Lake as #decidedlyarts

Letters to the editor

To the editor: To the Saranac Lake community: We are so lucky in Saranac Lake to have a vast variety of arts and cultural offerings. So many people in this village are creating beautiful, interesting things, and the Village of Saranac Lake’s Arts and Culture Advisory Board wants to ...

Among the American people

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Walking gingerly toward Marine One, President Trump stops briefly to rant at CNN over the deafening roar of the chopper. It’s off to Andrews Air Force Base to board the people’s plane for another hit-and-run stand-up routine while Sleepy Joe Biden hides in his Delaware ...

Straw Poll results, Sept. 21-28

Editorials

This week’s Straw Poll: Whom do you favor for president in the Nov. 3 election? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Importance of everyone’s vote

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Well its almost here, election 2020, a time to reflect on a year that will never be forgotten anytime soon, a year filled with sacrifice, heartache, hope and human kindness. This past year has shown all Americans within every state of our country what happens when people ...

Fix the system that failed Breonna Taylor

Editorials

Breonna Taylor’s family is right: The system failed her. She should be alive today, but she is not. It is too late to save Taylor, who died in a hail of bullets from three police officers in Louisville, Kentucky one night in March. It is not too late for law enforcement officials ...

One negative assumption after another killed Breonna Taylor

Columns

I’m in the middle of reading a great book on the Great Migration of Black Americans out of the South and into the North and West, a movement of about 6 million people that lasted from early in the 20th century, starting during World War I, right up into the 1970s. The book is called “The ...

Ogdensburg fire problems

Letters to the editor

To the editor: There has been an agreement in place between the Ogdensburg Fire Department and Heuvelton FD since March 1, 2017, which states that OFD will respond to incidents in the Heuvelton Fire District that warrant immediate response. The OFD chief at the time hand wrote a message ...

Mountains & Valley

Editorials

MOUNTAIN — to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee for choosing the perfect theme for our frozen festivities in 2021 — “Mask-erade.” Remember, our Winter Carnival was started in the 1890s by tuberculosis patients. This one is going to be different, and it’s going to be fantastic ...