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Guest Commentary

Adirondack free-for-all

The other day two men knocked on the sliding glass bedroom door of my friend’s house. Unbeknownst to her, they’d parked a couple of vehicles in her private driveway along Route 73, between Keene and Lake Placid, and were planning to snowshoe up Brown Mountain from her backyard. There’s no ...

Not so fast on Cuomo accusations

I’m sorry, I’m not buying it. I’ve read a few of the articles, seen Facebook posts. It’s not just politics. This is also about every man and their sometimes awkward, shy, misguided or even cringey attempts at gauging a woman’s interest. A touch on the arm, the back, a kiss walked away ...

If we ever have Vice Presidents’ Day, make it Nixon’s birthday

As birth month to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan, February exhibits the least number of days and greatest number of great presidents. This correlation of presidential preeminence and birthdate makes one wonder what William Henry Harrison (born Feb. 9) might have achieved ...

Washington’s farewell address

On the occasion of George Washington’s birthday, Gillian Brockell published in the Washington Post and on social media a useful and timely commentary regarding the importance of our first president’s farewell address. “The nation’s first president was the only one not to have ...

An open letter to Rupert Murdoch

Any reasonable person who watched the Feb. 10 presentation by the Democratic House impeachment managers was unavoidably struck by then-President Donald Trump’s months-long effort to undermine the U.S. Constitution, culminating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Trump incited the ...

Democratic impeachment team making excellent case

I have been very impressed with the Democratic House impeachment managers thus far in the proceedings against Donald Trump. Of course, I am an easy mark when it comes to that! That said, the most impressive part of their case is how Trump promoted, supported, funded, and incited anarchy ...

The QAnon conspiracy theory

Doomsday cults and peddlers of conspiracy theories can be traced back to the Middle Ages. The most recent “We’re on the eve of destruction” group is QAnon, supposedly from “Q,” an “anonymous” internet poster. QAnon claims there is an international cabal of Satan-worshiping, ...

Public education’s two afflictions: COVID-19 and teachers unions

WASHINGTON — Of course the Chicago Teachers Union blamed “sexism, racism and misogyny” for the pressure to open the nation’s third-largest public school system. The CTU could have added a fourth grievance: anti-Puerto Rican vacationism. On the same day that a CTU board member tweeted ...

Biden moves to end privatization in justice system; so must Saranac Lake

On Tuesday, President Biden called for an end to the use of private prisons in the Department of Justice. I’m glad to hear we’re taking this step as a country because it’s heinous that people profit off of incarceration. But this is also a good time to highlight the growth of ...

What’s the connection between school and the Super Bowl?

What you do outside of school has a direct impact on whether schools can remain open to in-person learning. Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES serves 23 schools across 10 school districts, and it operates two schools itself. Out of all of the students, staff and teachers in all of those schools ...

How crime victims keep their offenders behind bars

Victims’ testimony, a time-honored part of the American criminal prosecution process, has sent thousands of New York offenders to prison. But justice is not advanced when, years later, crime victims are called again to give emotionally charged encores, moments before parole panel members ...

A cold air blast from the past

Take a moment and try to place yourself in the spring of 1976. You might not have known it, and you probably wish you did, but Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne form Apple Computer. Other events include the $2 bill is reintroduced in circulation by the United States Treasury. And, the ...

Camelot we are not

Joe Biden’s inauguration fell on the 60th anniversary of perhaps the most famous presidential inauguration, that of John F. Kennedy on Jan. 20, 1961. With political and cultural divisions roiling the nation, one can be forgiven for nostalgically looking back at the former event. ...

Non-union businesses locked out of bidding to rebuild Olympic oval

(Editor’s note: This is an abridged version of a letter Jeff Luck sent to Matthew Lynch of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and Christian Calabrese of Gilbane, regarding Luck’s construction company’s bid to reconstruct the Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake ...

Let’s Red Ball the vaccines

My father, Capt. George Weber, commanded a field company of what was known as the Red Ball Express in World War II. Formed to sustain continuous supply lines for Gen. Patton’s Third Army and other American forces as they raced across Europe toward Germany, the Red Ball Express took men like ...

Raising honest children

St. Bernard’s School has a prayer service led by one of the kindergarten through fifth grades each Friday to crown the week. The fifth-grade students in Mrs. Danielle Fitzgerald’s class recently focused on the school’s monthly virtue of honesty. In preparation, each student had drawn ...

Listen to Lincoln, still

Abraham Lincoln foresaw many problems we face in America today. Now we use terms such as “racism” instead of slavery, but the ideas are the same. His famous Lyceum speech to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (Jan. 27, 1838), was titled “The Perpetuation of Our ...

We need those Einstein moments

It has been nearly a year since we were able to feel comfortable. Such a challenging year, and it’s not over yet! At some point in time, thoughts of “normal” seemed to fade away. The “new normal” became something to hope for, even though no one can define what that might be. Well, a ...

Capitol assault is not about BLM

In the bloody wake of an insurrection on the Capitol by hordes of armed white supremacists and naive Trump supporters, the president-elect issued the following statement on Twitter: “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they ...