Guest Commentary

Light of God’s love needed most when it is darkest

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Debar Lodge should be for veterans

Our country is home to thousands of veterans — the men and women who have given so much to make this country what it is today. Unfortunately, many of them are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition brought on by the suffering, inhumanity and hardship that they had to ...

‘I can relate’

Well, a payday — or should I say, no payday — of the government shutdown has come and gone. I understand that there’s a lot of nervousness about rent, car payments, utility bills and so on. But hey, they’ll adjust; they always do. At least that’s what the Donald says because he ...

Adirondack rescue

To Mayor Clyde Rabideau, village of Saranac Lake: We are both experienced hikers and have climbed the 4,000-footers in New Hampshire (48) and Vermont (five). Beginning in 2017, we have focused on the Adirondacks, climbing 17 of the High Peaks that season and 18 more through August of 2018. On ...

Historic passage of GENDA

History was made in New York state last week when the New York State Senate, after 16 very long and often disappointing years, finally passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act granting basic human and civil rights protections to the Transgender and Non-Binary communities. GENDA had ...

Fun at the International Children’s Games

I was ecstatic when I was told I had been selected for the 2019 Lake Placid International Children’s Winter Games. I had written many essays, had letters of recommendation written about me, had been preparing athletically, and it all paid off. I was proud to be a member of Team Lake ...

Trump’s shutdown is an intentional attack on the federal government

When will the mainstream media start reporting the real story about why Trump is willing to stop the federal government from doing its business? Trump’s intentional assault on federal agencies is a direct result of his promise on the campaign trail to “drain the swamp.” On Dec. 22, ...

End the fantasy of ASR extension

All should applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to construct a 34-mile rail trail connecting Lake Placid with Tupper Lake. This recreational resource will broadly benefit the region by expanding demand for lodging, meals, bicycle and snowmobile rental and service, provisions, entertainment, etc. ...

Toward a real debate

Albert Einstein is reputed to have said that a problem cannot be solved by using the same kind of thinking that created it. This astute observation provides a useful key to resolving the current “debate” over funds for President Trump’s proposed wall project and to ending the disastrous ...

Teach history by researching it

On Jan. 2, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican published a much-needed commentary entitled “An appreciation of history.” This commentary was written by David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Shribman rightly gives voice to the growing concern that a sense of ...

It was a difficult year for journalists

It has been a difficult year. I believe most journalists would agree with that after a year of being called “the enemy of the people,” where our credibility was regularly under attack, where five of us were killed at a newspaper in Maryland and the murder of a fellow journalist was ...

Kudos to Gov. Cuomo for rail trail

Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his environmental agencies (Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation), the long-awaited Adirondack Rail Trail has overcome legal roadblocks and is back on track. This means that Tri-Lakes residents and visitors should soon reap ...

Billy Yank, Johnny Reb and the Godsend brew

In his classic work “The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union,” historian Bell Irvin Wiley states that soldiers “cherished” coffee during the Civil War (1861-65). According to Wiley, the effect this beverage had on troop morale was considerable. “And if it cannot be ...

A community of support

As we enter the winter months, I just want to bring greater awareness as to how important our daily interactions are with one another in our homes, as well as in our community. Saranac Lake has a strong community base. I’m always amazed at the warmth of perfect strangers in our town. It ...

New Adirondack Park popularity is an opportunity for needed changes

Leaders of Adirondack environmental and local government organizations are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has invested aggressively in the Adirondacks. The state’s efforts promoting tourism and protecting natural resources has been good for the nationally significant Adirondack Park and our ...

NCCC pool: A valuable community resource

When I moved to Saranac Lake in 1978 from the Washington, D.C. area, I was delighted to learn there was a pool in the village open to the public. My mid-Atlantic upbringing included swimming in the ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Upon entering fresh water lakes for the first time I found the ...

Where’s my Santa of Color?

With the holiday season slowly coming to an end, malls across America are quickly filling up with shopping procrastinators, storefronts selling last minute deals, and then of course, white men playing Santa Claus for cranky children--with black Santa getting left behind the curtain hidden from ...

The sham of government shutdowns

I’ve been thinking about government shutdowns. The most recent threat to stop public services is about funding the expansion of the border wall with Mexico. But shutting the government down is hardly a new idea. Just 11 months ago, there was a several day shutdown over childhood immigrants ...

Coroner to other coroners: Respond to calls … or leave the job

I haven’t felt compelled to respond to rebuttal commentary regarding the coroner issues because I said what needed to be said during interviews. I had the opportunity to make my comments off the record because it started out as an informal conversation. It was time to say something. Some ...

Why I teach in prison

The first time I taught in prison was 20 years ago. I was a naive, brazen and book-smart college student. I registered for Buzz Alexander’s “Society and Discourse” English 111 course, knowing only that I would co-facilitate a theater workshop with another college student at a nearby ...