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Editorials

Straw Poll, Jan. 18-25

This week’s Straw Poll: Should the Senate convict Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” and block him from ever holding public office again? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Biden sends the right message in speech

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy used his inaugural address as a time to ask Americans to look to the greater good. “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” Kennedy said in one of the most often quoted lines from ...

Presidential reliability is a relief

It struck us early Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Joe Biden had been inaugurated as president: Nothing unexpected had happened. That alone qualifies as news in the United States of America these days. For the last four years as president, and for almost two years of campaigning before ...

Straw Poll, Jan. 11-18

This week’s Straw Poll: Which remaining NFL playoff team do you want to win the Super Bowl? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

It wasn’t just what MLK did; it’s how

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” It is worth thinking of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in light of that old saying. He is best remembered for leading the movement for racial justice in the United States, a cause very much “worth doing.” But it is critically important to ...

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the ill and injured are cared for, fires are extinguished, artists’ work is promoted, libraries are maintained, events are planned and the natural environment is curated by volunteers. In March, ...

Straw Poll, Jan. 4 to 11

This week’s Straw Poll: Could Republicans and Democrats possibly agree on election reforms? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Hoping for better

On Friday we said Donald Trump should not only be removed from office, but also jailed and prosecuted for inciting a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol. But what about the dozens of members of Congress, including the North Country’s own Rep. Elise Stefanik, who sacrificed principles and integrity ...

Swift justice needed to save America

If there are no consequences for Wednesday’s mob raid on the U.S. Capitol, we are in real trouble, because this was just a dress rehearsal for what could come. Inaction would signal it is OK for armed rebels to assault the seat of our national government in an attempt to stop Congress ...

State announces right decision wrong way

The news that the state plans to close prisons in Dannemora (the Clinton Annex, not the main Clinton Correctional Facility), Watertown and Gowanda is another shot in the gut to our region economically. It is absolutely understandable that employees at the facilities are upset. State ...

Straw Poll, Dec. 28 to Jan. 4

This week’s Straw Poll: Should Adirondack villages let residents keep hens in their yards? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Be patient with progress in 2021

Looking through our archives, it’s easy to find times when life was tough in America. The year 2020 was probably among the top five worst in modern history — not just for the United States but for the world — due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll leave the task of ranking bad years to ...

Postal workers face tough challenges

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Straw Poll, Dec. 21-28

On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job performance in 2020? --- Total votes: 1,296 1. Poor: 611, 47% 2. Fair: 67, 5% 3. Good: 79, 6% 4. Very good: 228, 18% 5. Excellent: 311, 24%

Be cautious well into the new year

Much of 2020 has been like stopping on the curb before crossing a street, looking carefully both ways, then stepping out — and getting hit by an airplane. That’s how one observer who somehow held onto a sense of humor put it. It hasn’t been a good year for most people. Millions remain ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

(Editor’s note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper ...

COVID aid not nearly enough for struggling families, businesses

It’s great to have some federal relief for Americans dealing with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but the $900 billion relief bill Congress sent to the president to sign this week falls short — too short — of what residents, schools, businesses, and local and state ...

Straw Poll, Dec. 14-21

Do you agree with the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to establish a day-use area at Debar Pond? --- Total votes: 492 Yes: 206, 42% No: 223, 45% Undecided: 63, 13% --- This week’s Straw Poll: --- On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate New York Gov. Andrew ...

Wishing you happy and healthy holidays

People will do what they want for the holidays no matter what we say, but we still feel the need to ask area residents thinking of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 ...

A pet for Christmas is a serious decision

Living with a pet during the coronavirus pandemic makes life more bearable and more fun for the entire family. Living without one, if you’re used to having a pet your whole life, can make the days more mundane and less lively. That makes the decision of whether to get a pet this Christmas ...