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Guest Commentary

Why we may remember April Fool’s Day, 2024, forever

On April 1—the same day that seven international aid workers with celebrity chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen were killed by the Israeli military—the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria was obliterated by a bomb dropped from an Israeli F-35 fighter jet (supplied by the U.S.), ...

New York: Help us before it’s too late

Two years ago, when I was 15, four of my friends attempted suicide. They were of various socioeconomic statuses, of different genders and sexualities, from different schools and family structures, and yet they all felt their only option was to take their own lives. That was the year I lost the ...

Thank you, Saranac Lake

Thank you, people of Saranac Lake, for allowing me to serve as your trustee on the Saranac Lake Village Board for the past eight years. I will always appreciate having worked for you, doing my very best day-in and day-out. Fall down a few times? Yes, I did. I am human. I am sorry for those ...

Bureaucrats and ballots: We need both

We are all familiar with the constitutional provision for three coequal branches of government. But over 250 years of population growth and dynamic economic change, the country faced new challenges requiring government action. Congress responded with new legislation which created new executive ...

Why Adirondackers should care about Palestine

I was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Maryland, and lived in the Adirondacks for almost a decade. None of these places are “homeland” to me, and the concept of a “homeland” has always felt uneasy — loaded with assumptions about belonging and ownership over the Earth. While living in ...

The frontline workers who give their all

In January 2016, I received a call from my niece Kristy that my mother, Dolores Catherine Newman, was not doing well. My then-86-year-old mom had lived independently for several years in Hermet, California. Kristy was the only remaining relative residing in southern California and visited her ...