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Guest Commentary

A world of urban deserts 

Between 1964 and 2019, global population more than doubled from 3.26 billion to 7.7 billion. Worldwide water consumption also more than doubled during this time frame. According to the World Resources Institute, 17 countries are designated “extremely high” water risk — that is, they are ...

Rep. Stefanik continues to put party before country

It is clear there are two different sets of facts being presented to the American public when it comes to impeachment. Truth is on trial, and I fear the public will be a hung jury. I was struck by a comment from one reader on our website Tuesday: “We are way past educating voters. ...

Ripping up tracks makes no sense

To: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Re: Future of the Adirondack Railroad between Remsen and Lake Placid, and changes to unit management plan - The DEC and state of New York are still itching to tear up the rails between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. I have ...

Gov. Cuomo’s golden opportunity to safeguard the Adirondack Park

Hats off to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for moving New York state to the forefront in the fight against climate change with his goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050. The governor has gone all out to put New York state on a carbon-neutral path while we still have a chance to save our planet. ...

Bogus claims cloud rail-trail debate

Dear Gov. Cuomo: New York state has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to prop up Adirondack Scenic Railroad operations along the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor — for example, recently providing $791,000 for ASR’s new maintenance facility in north Utica. However, ASR President Bill ...

Down memory lane

As the Trump impeachment inquiry has unfolded, I’ve been musing over memories of the Senate Watergate committee, whose meetings we watched on our small black-and-white TV back in 1974. I particularly remember how two of the three Republican members of that committee, only slightly ...

It’s time for Rep. Elise Stefanik to choose a side in climate crisis

The time has come for Rep. Elise Stefanik to choose a side in the climate change crisis. She must decide if she values the lives of the North Country’s youth or money. Since she has taken office, Rep. Stefanik has taken over $100,000 from fossil fuel giants like Koch Industries and ...

Mayor’s project gets favored treatment

I was pleased to see in a recent edition of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that a local business had cleared an important site plan review hurdle with the Development Board. What does not please me is the apparent uneven approval process that seems to favor certain projects. The Dew Drop Inn ...

Many have died due to transphobia

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on Nov. 20. It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia, (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people). We also remember those who died as a result of suicide. This ...

The Maternal, Infant and Child Health Program is a good use of resources

The Post Journal, Jamestown, Nov. 8 The havoc drugs and poverty can wreak on a child’s life are well documented. It’s refreshing to see, then, the effectiveness of the Nurse Family Partnership, a Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services program that works with ...

DOT, ASR let corridor crumble

It’s been said that it is hard to imagine a worse or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. The current management of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is proof of this remark. Anyone that has ...

North Elba is a wonderful community — if we can keep it

Thank you to all who supported, in ways large and small, my campaign for North Elba town supervisor. Special thanks to Cathy LaMare, to my family, to the friends and volunteers who went above and beyond, and of course to the 318 voters who put their trust in me. Your time, belief and ...

I miss the old Veterans Days

I surely do miss the old Veterans Days. The pre-2016 ones. Back in the day when Americans agreed on what a hero is. Back when, say, a man who flew 23 missions over enemy territory and was shot down, captured, clubbed, bayoneted, denied medical care, horribly tortured to exact a phony ...

Stefanik seems to be saying lying is freedom of speech

Twitter recently banned political ads. But what it really did was rid itself of lying politicians. That is the real problem facing social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. So Twitter got out of the business. Good for them. Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, said at the time ...

Weasels trample elephant

With the ascendancy of Donald Trump, the servile obedience of Republican U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives, the Republican Party at the national level is dead. It’s time to replace the Republican elephant with a symbol of the Trump Party. I suggest Trump’s head on ...

Understanding needs experience

I have just finished the first draft of another book, tentatively entitled “Truths About Education,” that addresses my views of education that began in our North Country. The book has three interrelated parts. The first centers around my experiences growing up on a nearly self-sufficient ...

Principles to guide Adirondack Forest Preserve protection, stewardship

The Adirondacks are a national ecological treasure and a world-class destination that offer some of the most incredible wildland recreational opportunities found anywhere. The Adirondack Park also preserves the East’s greatest wilderness and is within a day’s drive of almost 80 million ...

The importance of the neighborhood restaurant

Working in and with restaurants has been at the center of my universe for five decades. I have been involved with every type from simple diner to fine-dining resorts, and from thematic restaurants to culinary schools training tomorrow’s cooks and chefs — I have a deep appreciation for the ...

Another alternative

With the recent proposals and comment regarding the River Walk, Bruce and I would like to address our position. As far as I can tell, Bruce and I are the only two residents of the village of Saranac Lake who are being asked to contribute a portion of their private residence to the River ...

It’s time Americans stepped up and learned about the First Amendment

The First Amendment isn’t getting the appreciation and respect it deserves. Increasingly battered and misunderstood, it needs all the support it can get as divisive politics and advancing technologies drag us in new directions. Many Americans don’t even know the basics. Of the five ...