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Editorials

Straw Poll results, July 6-13

This week’s Straw Poll: Should the NFL’s Washington Redskins change its team name? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Straw Poll results, June 29 to July 6

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you plan to travel outside northern New York this summer? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Nation keeps working for equal rights

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. For nearly a century after our nation’s independence, millions of African Americans remained enslaved. ...

Fireworks warning

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam. So long as no one blows off a ...

A speech we all needed to hear

Saranac Lake High School Valedictorian Francine Newman was brave to use her graduation speech to tell the school community about anti-Asian bullying she endured throughout her school career here. She did it well, too — not angry, not with any expectation of payback, but not fearful, either. ...

Affordable housing is a top local need

The more we talk to people, the more we are convinced that housing is a top public need — perhaps the top public need — in both Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Local and state government bodies are not always treating it that way. In the village of Saranac Lake, an apartment building was ...

Canceling all together was the right call

It’s sad but good that Lake Placid’s big sports events were canceled for this summer: two Ironman triathlons, the Can-Am Rugby Tournament, the Lake Placid Summit lacrosse tournament — although it may salvage part of the tourney in September — and the Lake Placid Marathon and ...

Find out if TSA enabled virus spread

Mistakes made by some public officials in dealing with COVID-19 seem outrageous to us now. That may not have been so obvious when the errors were made — but knowing about them can avoid their repetition. The coronavirus epidemic is much like wartime: Resources must be used effectively. ...

US must spread vaccine worldwide

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

Straw Poll results, June 15-22

This week’s Straw Poll: Are North Country people, on average, too cautious, too careless or about right with regard to the coronavirus? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

SUN shines on local news

During the last three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have felt like they are treading water and on the verge of sinking. Feeling overwhelmed with the sudden changes in our lives has been difficult on most. Whether you’re an essential worker pushed harder than ever, a parent ...

Governor puts bars, restaurants on notice

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was clearly upset during his daily COVID-19 briefing on Sunday, June 14, by “rampant” violations of New York’s pandemic-fighting restrictions, and he threatened to pull liquor licenses from food and drink businesses that violate the laws. “We are not kidding around ...

Let them know you are open for business

Most of us can agree that these are among the most challenging times we’ve experienced. Both the pandemic and the police brutality protests have spread around the world, leaving us all wondering how we will adapt. Like any problems we see, it is easier to tackle challenges starting with ...

Taxpayers deserve to know where federal business aid went

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress last week that recipients of about $600 billion in ...

Thanks, Gen. Milley, for reconsidering

Regardless of how you lean politically, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring.  President Donald Trump has been criticized by many — and, it needs to be noted, praised by others — for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You will ...

Straw Poll results, June 8-15

This week’s Straw Poll: Are you comfortable going out to restaurants and bars again? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Checks and balances for law enforcement and lawmakers

For the first time in many years, the political momentum is not in police’s favor. People are saying it’s time for some extra scrutiny and oversight to nudge the balance of power to a more just midpoint. State lawmakers passed several police reform bills this week, including banning ...

Don’t ‘defund police,’ but keep them accountable

Calls by some protesters to “defund police” have gained traction lately as rallies continue nationwide over the deaths of black people at police’s hands. Such protests often highlight viewpoints held by only a few people. We don’t think most New Yorkers want to eliminate funding for ...

First Amendment protects worship, too

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” — First ...

Preserve history, but in the right place

No one knows with certainty how many human beings — men, women and children — were forced to stand on the 800-pound stone that remained planted in the ground on a street corner in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for 176 years. What we do know is that each and every one of them was treated like an ...