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Opinion

Straw Poll, April 12-18

Editorials

This week’s Straw Poll: Do short-term rentals in Saranac Lake need some kind of regulation? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Earth Day resolutions

Columns

It can seem challenging to overcome a pandemic while being environmentally friendly. We’ve been debating which product is safe for the environment while also effective at killing a virus. We’ve narrowed our choices to plain soap and water for washing/cleaning and rubbing alcohol for ...

Pandemic sized

Columns

“Woo hoo, I am below average!” I laughed to a friend, as she informed me that the average pandemic weight gain was 29 pounds. Not much below average, sad to say, and it doesn’t really feel that funny. It’s daunting to think about tackling weight loss. Some friends are in the same boat, ...

Please make village meetings inclusive

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This winter I found out the Saranac Lake Board of Trustees was holding its public meetings online over a videoconferencing service. They weren’t well publicized, and joining them was difficult because the links to the meetings were buried on the village’s website. Still, ...

Save the date for Lake Placid Clean Up Day

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Spring has sprung, and it’s not just crocuses that are springing up from under the snow! The amount of trash that has surfaced seems worse than ever this year as masks litter every street. It’s time for us to come together again to make our town the shining example ...

Thanks to Lake Placid schools

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to take a moment to publicly thank everyone working in the Lake Placid school system for the grace and intelligence with which they handled an impossible task. Doing anything in a pandemic year is a challenge, to say the least. Even something as simple as going ...

Impressed by Lake Placid first responders

Letters to the editor

To the editor: During a recent visit to Lake Placid, I found myself uniquely positioned to play witness to some local heroes responding to a medical emergency. What struck me about the situation was the willingness of both local police officers and volunteer emergency medical personnel to ...

Sexual assault services are available

Letters to the editor

To the editor: April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, defines “sexual violence as any sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent.” Perpetrators use force to violate the victim ...

Soup says farewell to the winter pantry

Columns

It’s April. Loons and robins have returned. A few mornings ago we woke to a couple inches of spring snow, which melted by the end of the day. What’s in your winter pantry? Maybe last year’s carrots, potatoes and onions? What’s stored in your freezer? Cauliflower from the ...

Where can you turn right on red?

Columns

The question of whether a driver can execute a right turn on red (RTOR) from an intersection where the cross street (or streets) don’t line up comes up from time to time. Three intersections that I can think of in Franklin County that have a three-color traffic signal controlling such ...

What the NRA doesn’t like to talk about

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I know that gun owners are adamant about their constitutional right to “bear arms” and they’re quick to recite the Second Amendment. But the NRA, politicians and gun magazines never seem to mention that, as with all rights granted in the Bill of Rights, those freedoms ...

Hunt for man who threatened trappers

Columns

My files have grown thin during the lockdown (wish I could say the same for me), so how fortunate when I found the copy of the Malone Telegram of Friday, March 4, 1932. This is the third story I have taken from that old newspaper. This story, then, is for the woodsmen of the North ...

Easing pandemic fatigue

Columns

Are you experiencing fatigue? I don’t mean feeling tired; I mean feeling fatigued. We’ve all felt tired at times — the result of overextending ourselves physically, emotionally or mentally. Emotionally, maybe we’ve spent countless hours worrying over our job, relationships or ...

A heads-up about fainting spells

Columns

Parents have been anything but faint of heart to ask me about what to do if their child or teenager should experience a fainting episode. Well, let me pass out some information on this particular topic. - What is fainting? - Fainting represents a temporary loss of consciousness as a ...

Neighbors don’t like Rabideau’s townhouse plan

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Probably not a question that most people think about or are even are concerned with. However, this is exactly the question that the village of Saranac Lake Development Board is currently trying to answer. Recently, a local developer, Cedar Ridge Holdings Inc., also ...

Preservation vs. conservation

Letters to the editor

To the editor: New York state “constitutionalized” the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves to protect the Hudson River watershed and the New York City water supply. Logging had threatened both. Smoke from forest fires here could be seen there! Preservationists want the state to ...

Ships of fools

Columns

Discovering whether a rural legend is true or not can take all sorts of time and effort, and even then you might never find it out. First, they’re almost always spread by word of mouth, and rarely in writing. And even if they’re written down, typically it’s long after the event itself ...

Road salt pilot project marks new beginning

Columns

The passage of the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act marks the single greatest opportunity to combat road salt pollution since this problem was first discovered. It could not come at a more important moment. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated the prevalence of road salt ...

The police accountability train wreck

Columns

Since 1871 the Civil Rights Act has held state and local officials — including police officers — legally liable for damages if their actions violate a citizen’s constitutional rights. That’s until the Supreme Court punched a huge hole in the law, making it now nearly impossible to ...