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Editorials

Straw Poll results, April 27 to May 4

This week’s Straw Poll: How has your physical and mental health fared amid the COVID-19 lockdown? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — to local hospitals being allowed to do some elective surgeries and other procedures again. It’s for outpatients only, for now, but at least they’ll be able to make a little bit of money, and patients can get some health needs taken care of. Even combined with millions of ...

Fill out census form

Shockingly few people in the Adirondacks have been filling out their census forms. We need to do much better. On the U.S. Census Bureau’s interactive data map at 2020census.gov/response-rates, places with high response rates are shown in blue and those with low rates in brown. On a ...

College graduates, share your stories

In Wednesday’s editorial, we introduced a project we are undertaking to publish a short, 150-word story on every local member of the high school and college Class of 2020. Local high schools are sending their seniors a letter from us, explaining how it all works, and Paul Smith’s College ...

Every graduate has a story

The COVID-19 quarantine is especially tough on students set to graduate this spring.  For high school seniors, it has taken away prom, their last chance at sports, concerts and musicals, and senior traditions unique to each school. As they wait to hear whether they’ll have an in-person ...

Straw Poll results, April 20-27

This week’s Straw Poll: When do you estimate Adirondack businesses should be reopened? Now ¯ Before Memorial Day ¯ Sometime this summer ¯ Later than summer ¯ Undecided - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to ...

New York’s nursing home mistake

All in all, most people we hear from seem to think the New York state government has done a pretty good job in managing the coronavirus pandemic, but of course, some mistakes were inevitable. Any of us would’ve made some, too, if we had been in charge. One of those mistakes was when, on ...

We get it, but please hang tight

It is easy to dismiss those protesting COVID-19 stay-in-place policies as wing nuts, whackadoodles or conspiracy theorists who don’t understand the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. And surely there are many who fit those descriptions among those who are flooding big cities and state ...

COVID can teach us to face climate change 

The COVID-19 crisis is helping us face ugly realities head-on and realize that sometimes, giant threats require a bigger-than-average responses from all of us as a whole. And climate change is a giant threat. There are people who argue that the coronavirus is a hoax, or that it’s no ...

Straw Poll results, April 13-20

This week’s Straw Poll: Are you wearing face covering when you go out in busy public places? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Home coronavirus tests are coming, but buyer beware

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat certain ...

Governor should revisit pay freeze

We agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s logic in freezing scheduled 2% pay raises for a majority of the state’s workforce. Cuomo knows the state’s revenues are going to be unreliable for the rest of the year, if not longer, as the state’s taxpayers dig their way out of the financial holes ...

Straw Poll results, April 6-13

This week’s Straw Poll: Is President Donald Trump doing a good job? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Stay safe, and stay informed

The world has changed since the word of COVID-19 grew into a pandemic. At breakneck speed, we watched the numbers of cases spread, threatening all who ventured out. As everyone was glued to the TV, they also grabbed our newspaper to find out the numbers here in the Tri-Lakes area. The ...

Straw Poll results, March 30 to April 6

This week’s Web Poll: Has your income changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Main Street needs a hand from Albany

COVID-19 has completely changed the way we all live. But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, thousands of small business owners across New York state are losing sleep over how to keep this virus from killing the businesses they have worked so hard to ...

School food service — another priority for when we get more tests

The severe shortage of tests is arguably the greatest weakness in the United States’ response to the new coronavirus. The backstory, in brief, goes something like this, according to articles in Time and the Washington Post: In January when the world became fully aware of the virus, ...

Nursing homes need extra protection

Elderly people with underlying medical conditions are the most at risk of dying from COVID-19. They also are the men and women most likely to be residents of nursing homes. Experience during the past couple of weeks has demonstrated that outbreaks in nursing homes can serve as beach heads ...

Straw Poll results, March 23-30

This week’s Straw Poll: Should the state of New York buy and reopen Big Tupper Ski Area? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Submit sermons

Churches and synagogues are closed by state order amid the COVID-19 outbreak, but we want to help local pastors, rabbis, priests and other ministers address their congregations — and not just them, but the entire congregated readership of this newspaper. In this time of quarantine — the ...