Editorials

Poll results, June 17-24

This week’s Web Poll: Should state Adirondack Park Agency commissioners no longer be allowed to keep serving once their terms expire? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Not comfortable with driver’s license bill

We are disappointed the state Legislature passed the “Green Light” bill, letting people in the U.S. illegally get driver’s licenses. What needs to happen is for Congress to reform our immigration mess to give these people pathways to legal residency. What our state is doing instead is ...

Stop the race to war

Rather than marching to war, the Trump administration has been sprinting. A week-and-a-half ago, few Americans would have thought we were on the brink of a full-blown clash with Iran, a nation with some 400,000 troops in its military. Now we may suddenly find ourselves fighting one in the ...

Keegan should be good for NCCC

We really enjoyed getting to know Joe Keegan on Monday, his first official day as president of North Country Community College. Somehow, in all the years we and he have lived in Saranac Lake, we didn’t know him very well before. But loads of other people do, and we hear nothing but praise ...

Art and music free for all for summer

This Thursday marks the start of the Art Walks in downtown Saranac Lake and serves as kind of a kickoff of all the wonderful free things offered during the summer season here. The Art Walks are a self-guided tour exploring the village’s many artists, musicians, performers and businesses. ...

Poll results, June 10-17

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with New York’s decision to eliminate the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren? -- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Thanks, black flies

Black flies are bad this time a year — or, if you look at it another way, they could be good. They were ravenous last weekend on a hike up St. Regis Mountain. We gave them our proverbial pound of flesh, and other hikers did, too. A surprising number of people were hiking with bug nets over ...

How much has Catholic hierarchy helped itself?

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are gathered in Baltimore this week, with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions — assuming they do not already know the answers — about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s ...

Glad to see student hiring celebrated

The BOCES school district in Glens Falls is trying a good idea — a “Signing Day” for high school seniors who accept jobs in their chosen fields to begin after graduation. The signing ceremony is based on what is often done for a top-tier high school athlete when he or she commit to ...

Overpriced and underregulated: the dark side of generic drugs

The attorneys general of 44 states have filed a lawsuit alleging that 20 major pharmaceutical companies conspired to manipulate and inflate the prices of at least 100 generic drugs in this country. The lawsuit states an investigative report found that between July 2013 and July 2014, more ...

Cheers to brewing up new business

The Ray Brook Brewhouse opened last week, further bubbling up the booming craft brewing options in the Tri-Lakes area. Joining the hops masters at Tupper Lake’s Raquette River Brewing and Big Tupper Brewing, Saranac Lake’s Blue Line Brewery, and Lake Placid’s Pub & Brewery, Big ...

Poll results, June 3-10

This week’s Web Poll: Seven of the state Adirondack Park Agency’s eight appointed board seats are about to be up for appointment. What outcome would you prefer?Make the board more focused on environment ¯ Make the board more focused on economy ¯ Balance the board evenly ¯ Let ...

‘Free store’ at transfer station is a great idea

The town of Lake George is trying something new to reuse what is not so new. It would be a good idea for the Tri-Lakes area, too. Lake George is starting a “free store” at its dump — OK, its garbage transfer station and recycling center — where people can leave items they need to get ...

Pass bill to rescue fire departments

It’s hard to find a good reason why volunteer fire departments should not be able to recoup the cost of ambulance services from a patient’s insurance provider, Medicaid or Medicare. New York is the only state in the nation that doesn’t let fire departments bill insurers for the cost ...

Grieving over loss from Wilmington fire

What a horrible tragedy in Wilmington. The family and friends of Brittany Talley-Barney are constantly in our thoughts after a fire Saturday morning took her life and left other residents of the apartment house homeless. Hearts are heavy all over the area. And another family living in that ...

Poll results, May 27 to June 3

This week’s Web Poll: Do you support the state banning roadside parking (not including designated parking areas) on 4 miles of Route 73 from Keene Valley to Chapel Pond? -- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to ...

No-bail reform may have made it harder to help drug addicts

Have legislators in Albany just erected a massive roadblock to treating the opioid scourge by eliminating bail for low-level drug offenses? It is entirely possible. Consider this situation — which isn’t really hypothetical because we have heard of it happening: Someone with an ...

Leaders and citizens

Communities and leadership — that’s what we are thinking about today. Humans are social animals, and our remarkable success on this planet is due to our ability to work together on increasingly larger levels of community — from family to village to tribe to nation to international ...

Local government reduction trend keeps going, slowly

Slowly and surely, residents are chipping away at our burdensome system of too many local governments. In the 15 years between 1994 and 2009, only two New York villages were dissolved, but in the decade since there have been 25, according to New York’s Department of State. Here in the ...

Lawmakers shouldn’t hide from tough lawmaking

A lengthy thumbs down to the state Legislature for punting, again, on hard decisions. First, there is the continuing stalemate on legalizing sports betting in the state. There are very valid concerns raised by Republicans and Democrats about whether sports gambling would hurt the state, and ...