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Guest Commentary

Good projects, if done right

I read John Salamy’s letter in the Tupper Lake Free Press on Dec. 29. John’s letter was well written and raised some good concerns as regards the proposal here in Tupper Lake by a group of businessmen and community members. The plan comes in four phases, focus is on the first phase for ...

LS Marina LLC held up again

Response to Thomas Jorling’s restraining order against the Adirondack Park Agency and LS Marina LLC: Lower Saranac Lake encompasses 2,285 acres with one marina and about 30 boathouses along the shoreline. Its neighbor Lake Placid encompasses 2,173 acres with three marinas, over 150 ...

When rights go wrong

The first medical system to care for soldiers wounded in battle was created by Dominque-Jean Larrey (1766-1842), a surgeon in Napoleon’s Grand Army. Larrey saw that men were dying of treatable wounds because there was no mechanism for retrieving them until the fighting was over. He organized ...

The future of rural

Over the past year, I’ve heard two very different narratives about rural America. The first is that rural people face enormous economic and social challenges and the federal government does little to help them. The second is that the coronavirus pandemic has turned rural places into refuges ...

COVID-19 vaccine and ongoing pandemic

There is a great deal of hype about the coronavirus vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine) which on Friday, Dec. 11 received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration allowing the vaccine to be administered in the United States. This news is welcome but it is ...

My neighbor Natalie

In the Christmas of ’95, Santa brought 3-year-old me my first pair of boots and bindings. That winter I met Natalie Leduc at Pisgah, who taught me to “make pizza and French fries” with my skis down the Buttermilk trail. Every year after, Nat and I entered the Top of the Mountain Ski Race ...

Election results were consistent with polls

In the final election results, Biden won 51.3% to 46.8%, by +4.5% with 7 million votes. The polling averages had Biden around +7% or +8% nationally the night before Election Day. With a historically normal sized polling error of 3% to 4%, you would expect Biden between +4% and +11%. The ...

Pendragon takes an intermission

For over 40 years, Pendragon has been the backbone of theater in the Adirondacks. We have created and nourished a family dedicated to providing creative and excellent theater for you, our audience, through performance and educational programs. This past January, we opened Act I of the 2020 ...

Pied pipers of darkness 

As COVID-19 cases were rising dramatically the week before Thanksgiving, a teacher who tested positive for the virus continued to work — with no mask — at the Little Lambs Christian Dayschool in Radford, Virginia. Staff members were not required to wear masks as they cared for toddlers and ...

Nativism rears its head again

I am writing to respond to the recent (Dec. 3) opinion piece by Rich Lowry of King Features Syndicate, entitled “Biden ready to lose control of immigration.” It is an article filled with underlying hatred and lack of compassion for immigrants living in the United States. We have long ...

COVID-19 hits home up north

It is not a hoax. COVID-19 is real, and it is here. Almost half the village of Saranac Lake employees have tested positive or are quarantined. Our North Country region has more cases than at any other time during this pandemic. We also have a higher level of percent positives than any ...

Stefanik’s lack of logical thinking

The article entitled “Stefanik backs Trump fight,” appearing in the Dec. 4 issue of the Press-Republican, raises some interesting questions about logic and logical thinking. For instance, if as Rep. Elise Stefanik states, “she has seen numerous examples of dead people voting,” not ...

Rapid tests great for assisted living — but only if accessible and affordable

During the first wave of COVID-19 in the spring of this year, assisted living communities across New York state reacted swiftly and comprehensively to minimize the spread of the virus within. Adult care facilities (ACFs) were mandated to test all staff every week, and this will likely remain ...

Life under the blades

In 2019 Gov. Andrew Como unveiled his “Green New Deal” that set a goal of 75% all-renewable electrical energy for New York state by 2030. This “vision” included nuclear as well as hydroelectric power, which together contribute about 50% of the state’s electrical energy. Wind farms, ...

Vaccines are not quite ready for use

Last Monday’s editorial (“FDA must get it right, and fast with vaccines,” Nov. 30) injects a note of caution into the news that two companies are applying to Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) so they can make their vaccines available to the public. As ...

Hospice provides ‘dignity, comfort and peace at the end of life’

November is National Hospice Awareness Month. Our High Peaks Hospice began in the Tri-Lakes almost 40 years ago with the vision and hard work of the late Dr. David Merkel. Yes, hospice is about dying — that scary, not-to-be-thought-of-but-inevitable event. Facing our death or the death of a ...

Positively hopeful

Throughout the year at St. Bernard’s School, we hold positivity as a light by which we are guided in our words, actions and decisions. Hope is both a result and a cause of positivity. During the month of November, we are focusing on the virtue of hope. We teach the children that to offer ...

Messner’s latest is a #MeToo book for the younger crowd

“Chirp,” the latest work by North Country author Kate Messner, is a children’s chapter book that explores the topic of sexual harassment in an age-appropriate way. It’s relatively short, yet packed with timely themes layered within engaging story lines. The main character, Mia, ...

Protect our community to keep kids in schools

Please, help protect our community so our kids can get back to school. In-person learning is important to our local children getting the education they need to prepare them for the world. That’s especially true of students in our BOCES programs, which put an emphasis on hands-on, ...