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Opinion

Rethinking meat — from farm to table

Columns

The food supply chain system is vulnerable. America’s meatpacking plants endure some of the highest rates of workplace injury of any U.S. job sector, and COVID-19 has introduced yet another occupational hazard. These crowded facilities have become frighteningly successful vectors for COVID-19 ...

Reopening, welcoming, staying healthy

Columns

The 10 weeks of staying home has rubbed our nerves raw, made us anxious to get back to work and to welcoming people to our area. Some of us worry about getting our businesses open and being welcoming. Some worry that folks coming up will carry the disease with them. We recognize that we have ...

Unprecedented attacks on journalists

Columns

Within the journalism community, there’s outrage over the assaults our fellow journalists have endured covering the unrest in America sparked by the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis. We recognize that those reporters are bearing witness to the events ...

Still stargazing at Adirondack Sky Center

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Adirondack Sky Center has not given up on public and private stargazing this summer. Our commitment to open the observatory in a safe and healthy manner remains our highest priority. We have requested remote live video cameras to attach to our telescopes that would ...

Blood drive in Bloomingdale

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Canceled blood drives, due to COVID-19, are causing a decrease in donations that has affected the local blood supply. Of course, the need for blood has not decreased, so I was happy to see an event hosted by the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department scheduled for May 26. ...

Thanks for all the art

Letters to the editor

To the editor: So I recently got word that I won the award for best arts reporting from the New York News Publishers Association. I would love to gloat, but ya’ll don’t want to hear that. Instead I’ll skip right to showing my appreciation for arts. This pandemic sucks, and it has ...

The traces we leave

Columns

If you live in the Adirondacks, or anywhere with nearby wilderness, hopefully you’ve heard of “Leave No Trace.” If you haven’t, the term refers to the set of 7 Principles created by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. In their language, these “provide an easily understood ...

The Moody Pond Challenge

Columns

I have always lived close to the water. My wife Margaret and I moved to Saranac Lake 10 years ago, and we have lived in the Moody Pond neighborhood ever since. For the 20 years before that, I lived on Lake Chautauqua in Western New York, a much larger lake, surrounded by homes, orchards ...

Straw Poll results, May 25 to June 1

Editorials

This week’s Straw Poll: Are you OK with people calling the Adirondacks the “Dacks”? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

We versus they

Columns

Even in our community, which I love, I am an outlier. Thanks to history, luck and having chosen the right parents, I ended up white, American and educated. Thanks to all three, I have made a good income, and at 79 I am still working, but only because I love it and can give away most of what I ...

Hospitals are struggling

Letters to the editor

To the editor: In these unprecedented times, we are all struggling with some form of loss: a loved one, a job, our former daily routines. This pandemic has also expanded the definition of loss exponentially. In health care, and in New York state alone, the loss has been unimaginable. Our ...

Being color blind

Columns

With riots and protests against the deaths/kill-ings of numerous black Americans, I feel compelled to join the voices of common people from around the world. My family may not be multiracial, but I am a mother. I don’t need to be exactly like someone to be able to find common ground with ...

The Farmers Market is back!

Columns

The unofficial start of summer at the end of May marks the beginning of the summer Farmers Market, with local produce and other local products. Never has it been more welcome than this year, amid the covid pandemic. 2020 was the first year we had a winter market — with fewer vendors than ...

Vice President Whitmer

Guest Commentary

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president in 2020. Whitmer gives Democrats their best chance of winning nationally on Nov. 3. Personally, I’m partial to Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, but I would honestly prefer to have Sen. Warren ...

Expand the bottle bill

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The opinion piece, “The bottle bill is a drag on recycling,” authored by a representative of Casella, a company that operates numerous landfills across the state and country, is an egregious misrepresentation of New York’s bottle deposit law, commonly known as the ...

10 reasons Trump should wear a mask

Letters to the editor

To the editor:   1. To symbolically apologize to every woman who he has demeaned, intimidated, forcibly touched and silenced.  2. To block some of the sound vibrations coming from his mouth, so the world can hear a little less rambling and vitriol. 3. Because migrants — many of ...

Commentary on the APA decision

Columns

The May 14 decision by the Adirondack Park Agency to approve the so-called compromise plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor was not a surprise. This has been the only option allowed on the table since the Cuomo administration decreed it, and everything since has been stacking the ...

Questions on VTL you want answered? Here’s your chance

Columns

The first of these weekly articles on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic safety was published in the last week of January, 2007. At that time I agreed to do an article per week for at least one year and then review the project. Now, after over 13 years and nearly 700 articles, I am now ...

Will colleges cut education or leaders’ pay?

Editorials

Many colleges, especially private ones that aren’t among the nation’s richest, have been in trouble in recent years, and now the COVID-19 pandemic is rocking their worlds. Many schools partially refunded dormitory fees when they sent students home. A few have been sued because they ...

The town of Franklin history, part II

Columns

Franklin is one of the biggest towns in Franklin County, 175 square miles, as described in last week’s column. The Franklin town line is at the top of County Line Hill (as it was always known) as one leaves Bloomingdale, the town of St. Armand and Essex County. The town of Franklin ...