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Guest Commentary

Dangerous omissions in COVID-19 prevention advice from Stefanik

On June 5, Elise Stefanik sent an email to her constituents that included information on the prevention of COVID-19 that was outdated and incomplete. The newsletter reproduced a flyer from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dated February 2020 that listed steps the public ...

SL weekly Fun Run series canceled

We have all experienced the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in great and small ways. At this time, it seems like things are beginning to “look up” while the state and country begin to reopen and our summer is slowly and cautiously regaining the shape we so quickly lost in March of this ...

Epoch Times

A few weeks ago, we received in the mail an unsolicited sample copy of a newspaper called The Epoch Times, subtitled “Truth and Tradition” and billing itself as “A Factual and Honest Newspaper” that is “dedicated to seeking the truth through insightful and independent journalism.” ...

Get outside. It does a mind and body good

Whether it’s hiking Bald Mountain, kayaking on First Lake or just relaxing by the fire at my Old Forge camp, I have found that being outdoors in nature does my mind and body good. Just a walk, a hike or snowshoeing at a leisurely pace is amazing exercise and, because it’s so beautiful and ...

Standing together, learning together

The Adirondack North Country Association stands with our black sisters and brothers in this time of nationwide grief and protest that have resulted from the murders of George Floyd and so many others. We stand with our black sisters and brothers in declaring that Black Lives Matter. We stand ...

Flights of fancy: hummingbirds in folklore

Found only in the Western Hemisphere, 330 to 350 types or species of hummingbirds feed, breed and nest in a band between Costa Rica in the northern hemisphere and an imaginary line running through the middle of Peru and the middle of Brazil in the Southern Hemisphere. Of this number, 12 to 15 ...

Unfit for office

Six years ago, I wrote a blog for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in which I maintained that Elise Stefanik was unqualified when she ran for the seat in Congress for the 21st District. I believed it then, and I believe it now. But now I’m going further, as we now have lots of info since ...

A lesson in race, for those who need it

This past semester I had the privilege of being an adjunct lecturer for a college-level general biology course. In my unit on human evolution, I taught about human diversity and skin color. At first I was intimidated; how was I going to talk about this incredibly complex topic with a class of ...

Reopening, welcoming, staying healthy

The 10 weeks of staying home has rubbed our nerves raw, made us anxious to get back to work and to welcoming people to our area. Some of us worry about getting our businesses open and being welcoming. Some worry that folks coming up will carry the disease with them. We recognize that we have ...

Unprecedented attacks on journalists

Within the journalism community, there’s outrage over the assaults our fellow journalists have endured covering the unrest in America sparked by the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis. We recognize that those reporters are bearing witness to the events ...

The Moody Pond Challenge

I have always lived close to the water. My wife Margaret and I moved to Saranac Lake 10 years ago, and we have lived in the Moody Pond neighborhood ever since. For the 20 years before that, I lived on Lake Chautauqua in Western New York, a much larger lake, surrounded by homes, orchards ...

We versus they

Even in our community, which I love, I am an outlier. Thanks to history, luck and having chosen the right parents, I ended up white, American and educated. Thanks to all three, I have made a good income, and at 79 I am still working, but only because I love it and can give away most of what I ...

Vice President Whitmer

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president in 2020. Whitmer gives Democrats their best chance of winning nationally on Nov. 3. Personally, I’m partial to Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, but I would honestly prefer to have Sen. Warren ...

Blood chokes are dangerous; Floyd shouldn’t have been proof

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin wasn’t just pinning George Floyd to the ground. This wasn’t simply restraining a person. This was incapacitation with intent to harm. Autopsy results are still pending as of this writing, but what I see in the video, is an officer with his knee on ...

Lake Placid Business Association divided over Main Street proposal

Several weeks ago, the leadership of the Lake Placid Business Association became aware of the initiative to close one lane of Main Street for the months of July and August to allow for expanded dining and retail in an effort to help our local businesses. During these unprecedented times, we ...

America hits rock bottom with President Donald Trump

America is like an alcoholic waking up face-down in the gutter. We wonder how we became a fearful nation with 100,000 dead from COVID-19 as the disease spreads from big cities into small towns. Major corporations are going bankrupt right and left, while a third of small businesses are at risk ...

Brown University of Northern New York

Bob Brown always had a story. If you are lucky, you have a few Bob stories yourself. In tribute to my neighbor, professor and friend Robert Emmett Brown, here are a few of my own. Many residents of the Adirondack Park love the woods and wildlife; Bob Brown was leader of the club. Bob and ...

‘Leave No Trace’ in the wilderness

“Leave No Trace” is an ancient concept that our ancestors lived by thousands of years ago. Any group of people living in close contact with the forest and waterways had to care for their environment in order to make it sustainable. In our country, Native Americans are best known for ...

50 local women, almost 3,000 masks

On March 20, my eldest son Spencer was taken by ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn. He was a victim of COVID-19. As a mother, so far from him here in Saranac Lake, I cried a lot. I found comfort in the trees and in the forest, like I always do. But I had no way to help the health ...

The bottle bill is a drag on recycling

In mid-March, several states gave redemption centers and retailers the option to temporarily stop accepting bottles and cans. They advised households to stockpile their water bottles and soda cans for several weeks, or to simply toss them in their curbside recycling bins. While it is ...