Columns

The Community Lunchbox: a quarter-century of service

The Community Lunchbox is now in its 25th year of continuous operation. The Community Lunchbox provides two hot luncheon meals per week for those in the community in need of the nurturing benefit of food and fellowship. Prior to the beginning of the Community Lunchbox, then-pastor of St ...

System names, instrument cluster play important role

Last week’s article addressed the fact that drivers are not often up to speed on the capabilities and limitations of some of the automation features on today’s cars. Some of the confusion derives from how the manufacturer names the system. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ...

The ‘peculiar institution’ is no artifact of the dead past

Perhaps you’ve heard of white fragility. The term was popularized by sociologist Robin DiAngelo in her 2018 book of the same name that seeks to explain why white people often find it so hard to discuss race, why the subject frequently makes them angry and defensive. Well, a textbook ...

Lake Placid News — Aug. 17, 1972

I know the readers of this column are the brightest in the world; well, maybe right after Henry Kissinger. That is why I will not need to explain that this very day, today, is Aug. 17, 2019 and 47 years ago Lake Placid was cranking; eight years before the 1980 Olympic Winter Games; 40 years ...

Black Mountain Loop highlights the best of Lake George

The Lake George Wild Forest is 71,133 acres in size and is full of excellent opportunities for hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, biking, horseback riding and plenty more. Black Mountain is the highest point in the Lake George Wild Forest and shadows over ...

Open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Save the APA

Dear Gov. Cuomo: The Adirondack Park Agency is weaker today than at any time in its 48-year history. That the fault rests with your office is both unfortunate and surprising: unfortunate because the APA was created to protect the Adirondack Park from damaging use and development but is now ...

Socialism never?

President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may not be at the stage Bernie Sanders ...

Bernie Sanders needs a shot of dignity

I have never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. His authoritarian tendencies and aggressive attacks on any who would disagree have outweighed the good in him. The good is his working-class voice, emphasis on economic issues and some solid ideas. But his recent lashing out at The Washington ...

Monarch envy

It seems that the monarch caterpillars are having a field day at my neighbors’ and friends’ houses. My whole stand of milkweed is full, but my caterpillars are so tiny. I feel quite slighted. It’s as if the monarchs this year are using my yard as their species survival backup. They need ...

Fresh fruit and whole grains make bright, light summer salads

Area farmer’s markets are full of summer fruit: plums, melons, berries, peaches … All are great summer treats, eaten ‘as is.’ They also make great salad fare. Fresh fruit is a wholesome burst of flavor. It is hard to improve on the taste of just-picked berries or a fresh, ripe peach ...

Investigator isn’t credibile

Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide. He was murdered by Hillary and/or Bill Clinton. Or he was assassinated by the Russians. Or Donald Trump killed him. Or he isn’t dead at all, having been spirited into the Witness Protection Program, where he presumably now shares an island mansion ...

It could be a conspiracy

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford’s Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks ...

A small victory for bird conservation

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the use of feathers in women’s hats was all the rage. To meet fashion industry demand for their elegant plumage, several North American bird species (e.g. egrets, herons) were hunted to near-extinction. To safeguard migrating birds from ...

Tigers are wild and shouldn’t be in circus shows

I am submitting this regarding the tiger story and the helpless, defenseless creatures caught in the exploitation for human entertainment in the Ohio circus. My name is Rachel Cohen McDermott. I am a member of the group Coalition of Animal Rights Enthusiasts and a financial professional of ...

Mistakes were made — always in Jeffrey Epstein’s favor

The Jeffrey Epstein case establishes beyond a doubt that if you’re a sexual predator, it pays to be a rich and connected sexual predator. Epstein, now dead of an apparent suicide before his accusers had their day in court, worked the system and benefited from advantages and breaks ...

Life experiences shape, change our beliefs

I’ve lived most of my life in small towns. I’ve never had anyone point a gun at me, or try to rob me. In college, my car was burglarized once and my 8-track player and tapes stolen. I remember feeling angry and violated. Afterward, I took precautions and put my tape player and ...

Automation can be confusing to drivers

If you’re a regular reader of these weekly articles, I have tried to keep you abreast of the automation involved in today’s cars, like lane departure and adaptive cruise control, to name a couple. Vehicles are getting increasingly sophisticated, with more and more of them able to stay in a ...

‘National conservatism’ is ‘Elizabeth Warren conservatism’

WASHINGTON — Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes’ behavior. America’s current administration has “national conservatives.” They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge ...

Woodstock’s 50th anniversary

Teenagers were invented in the late 1950s. If that’s an exaggeration, it’s not as much of one as you may think. While there had — obviously — been teenagers before, it wasn’t until the leading edge of the Baby Boom reached that milestone that the word took on its modern meaning. ...

The SLPD blotters you all love

History is not only inaccurate; the deeper one digs, the more confusing it becomes. So we try to stick to simple local subjects such as the old dump; where the giant incinerator with a giant smokestack burned 24/7 for years and years. The smoke from the stack drifted directly over the Will ...