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Editorials

Be a wise news reader

“We don’t read the paper.” “There’s too much bad news.” “I read the news online.” Those who aren’t in the news industry may not see these statements as a problem, but it’s actually a big part of why there are so many misinformed or uninformed people out there. And sometimes ...

We’ll miss Baldwin’s commentary

It was with a heavy heart last week that we learned of the death of one of our most active Facebook commenters, Daniel Baldwin. That sentence may sound strange, but in 2019, engaging with our readers on social media sometimes helps us better understand a story, get tips on leads to follow ...

Poll results, July 8-15

This week’s Web Poll: Should the town and village of Tupper Lake consolidate in any way? Yes, dissolve the village ¯ Yes, make the village coterminous with the town ¯ Yes, share more services ¯ No ¯ Undecided This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions ...

Honor, history and Melville Dewey

The argument, “Don’t erase history” doesn’t work in this case, because there’s a difference between history and honors. Melville Dewey cannot help but figure heavily into the recorded history of the American Library Association, which he helped found in 1876 and then served as ...

Rushing through bills leads to sloppy laws

Anyone who has a few hours to kill should really take the time to see how much the state Assembly got done on the final two days of its 2019 legislative session. The video is available on the Assembly’s website. Plan for more than 30 hours of viewing time, though, for just those two days ...

Come to Woodsmen’s

Climbing a pole covered in grease may not sound like your idea of a good time, but this weekend’s Woodsmen’s Days proves that when it comes to competitions, the messier, the muddier, the better. The weekend-long event celebrates Tupper Lake's long history of logging and timber ...

Thanks for bringing baseball back

We were excited to see a great big crowd of more then 300 people at the Saranac Lake Surge’s first home game on the Fourth of July. It’s wonderful to have so many people proud of our new pro baseball team. And even though the team lost that home opener, they swept the rest of this home ...

Poll results, July 1-8

This week’s Web Poll: Should New York state charge some kind of fee to Adirondack hikers, like it charges for fishing and hunting licenses? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Putting in the effort to mitigate tourism

We in the Adirondacks are in an experimental stage of dealing with an increased number of hikers that exceeds the capacity of our infrastructure — roads, parking, trails, etc. — around Lake Placid and Keene. In a small-ish way, it’s part of a global issue of overtourism — tourism ...

We urge you to see the Surge

So far, Saranac Lakers have seemed to be very excited about the Surge, and the Empire Pro Baseball League team hasn’t even played a game in its hometown yet. That changes tomorrow, the Fourth of July, at the Surge’s home opener at 1 p.m. on the baseball field beside the school on Petrova ...

Hope guided our nation from the start

Among the grumbling and grievances that led up to the American Revolution, an idea grew that the colonists shouldn’t just demand respect as British subjects — rather, that they should go it alone as a new nation. It was a radical notion, and yet it spread rapidly. The Brits couldn’t ...

Poll results, June 24 to July 1

This week’s Web Poll: Are New York Health Department rules too strict in restricting people from swimming at municipal beaches without lifeguards present? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

APA imbalance

For years, we’ve heard people from Albany to Ray Brook talk about the importance of balance — between protecting nature and allowing human activity — in managing the Adirondack Park, a unique patchwork of public and private lands. Like governors before him, Andrew Cuomo has paid a lot ...

Still photos can still foster change

A quote in an Associated Press story struck us this week: “Photojournalism is full of images which have illuminated the gravity of a situation, made it less possible to ignore it or spurred both ordinary people and policy makers to action.” This quote by Human Rights Watch Director ...

Legislature’s punt on pay raises now costing taxpayers

A couple of weeks ago in this space we criticized the state Legislature for punting on hard decisions. A court decision by an Albany judge has proved us correct. At issue was a commission to examine legislative pay raises created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the 2018 state budget. The ...

Taking turns

When two kids disagree about how things ought to be, adults try to step in and figure out a compromise. When they can’t come up with a plan both kids agree to, one timeless strategy is to have the children take turns. It isn’t entirely satisfying to either kid, because each has to ...

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 ...