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Guest Commentary

Suicide loss survivors’ groups

There are two Suicide Loss Survivors’ groups in Franklin County. One is in the north end, in Malone at Community Connections of Franklin County on 7 Pearl St., and the other is in the south end, in Saranac Lake at the Saranac Lake Youth Center on 9 Woodruff St. Both groups meet from 7 to 8 ...

An immediate solution for 50% emissions reduction stands all around us

In the Northeast, where snow regularly falls into late April, heating our homes and buildings accounts for 40.3 million tons a year of carbon dioxide emissions (footnote 1) from more than 3.6 billion gallons of heating oil — not to mention the other fossil fuels used for heat. (2) With ...

Class II is nothing like a hiking trail

In a sweeping and decisive decision last week, New York’s highest court ruled in favor of Protect the Adirondacks that a new type of wide snowmobile trail is unconstitutional. This decision cries out for key reforms in the management of the Forest Preserve. The Cuomo administration had ...

Standardized tests are fundamentally bad

In the May 7 edition of the Press-Republican there appears a Newsday editorial, part of a summary of views from around the state, concerning the need for standardized testing. Their viewpoint is that “testing kids has merit,” and their perceived importance of standardized testing is being ...

‘American Desert’ poet comes north

Many distinguished poets have resided in the Adirondacks, and now the region is lucky to welcome Benjamin Landry as a visiting professor at SUNY Potsdam. Landry’s previous two books (“Particle and Wave” and “Burn Lyrics”) were highly awarded, and this year he’s out with ...

Reasonable rules for short-term rentals

Like many around the world, I’ve taken advantage of short-term vacation rentals for the same reasons as everyone else — the price, the ability to save money and time cooking your own meals, living amongst local people to experience their culture instead of being in a sterile tourist ...

A tragedy of reverse capitalism

In an especially informative and troubling analysis, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (the latter a Nobel Prize recipient), state the United States has been suffering from an epidemic of “deaths of despair.” These fatalities are caused by drug overdose, alcoholic liver ...

I care, a lot

I care about your town. I do. A lot. Especially those cute little shops, can we get a few more of those? And I care about the lakes. My renters need a place to bring their boats, and isn’t it great how I support your local economy with all of these renters? Maybe I should include a boat ...

What is a RINO?

As a wise philosopher once wrote, “If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.” This thought prompts a reflection on the term “RINO.” Understood ...

Mental Health Awareness Month events

Many people suffer from mental health concerns. Many are embarrassed to let others know that they are struggling. According to the 2021 report titled “The State of Mental Health in America,” put out by Mental Health America, the following are facts we should be aware of: ¯ Even before ...

Home-sharing is not a crime

Home-sharing is popular in the Adirondacks. Many visitors to Saranac Lake enjoy staying in historic residential neighborhoods, vacation cabins, downtown apartments and other homey places. They rent these homes through online services such as Airbnb, Vrbo, Adirondack “By Owner,” New York ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Spring is often a time for setting goals and looking toward the future. We are witness to growth and rebirth as the grass turns green, trees bud and daffodils catch the eye under bright blue skies. Yet not everyone sees the world in this way. In the United States, almost half of all adults ...

Five essential ways to safeguard your business against cybersecurity threats

Cybercrime is on the rise, and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has left businesses more vulnerable than ever. In the first nine months of 2020, hackers exposed 36 billion records through methods such as phishing and malware. A big reason businesses don’t prioritize cybersecurity is ...

Vaccines work, so let’s all get them

From the CDC: “Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective. Last week, CDC released data on the number of ‘breakthrough’ infections of people who, despite being vaccinated, still tested positive for COVID-19 more than ...

An Earth Day remembrance: lessons in Adirondack activism

Adirondack wilderness champion, conservationist, author, filmmaker and hunter/fisher Paul Schaefer (1908-1996) was a pied piper for young people in search of a cause, just as John Apperson and Bob Marshall had been for him when Schaefer was in his early 20s. During the 1980s and ’90s, Paul ...

Easing pandemic fatigue

Are you experiencing fatigue? I don’t mean feeling tired; I mean feeling fatigued. We’ve all felt tired at times — the result of overextending ourselves physically, emotionally or mentally. Emotionally, maybe we’ve spent countless hours worrying over our job, relationships or ...

Road salt pilot project marks new beginning

The passage of the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act marks the single greatest opportunity to combat road salt pollution since this problem was first discovered. It could not come at a more important moment. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated the prevalence of road salt ...

The police accountability train wreck

Since 1871 the Civil Rights Act has held state and local officials — including police officers — legally liable for damages if their actions violate a citizen’s constitutional rights. That’s until the Supreme Court punched a huge hole in the law, making it now nearly impossible to ...

Looking forward to the Saranac Lake Commmon Ground Community Garden

Chilly mornings, sunny afternoons, deep puddles of water on Lake Flower Avenue and the honking of geese returning to their summer haven — all signs of spring in the Adirondacks. It is the beginning of the season of rebirth and the beginning of the end to this frightening pandemic — what a ...