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Opinion

If you want a sure thing, Trump is it

Columns

If you are a political know-it-all, I suggest you put your money where your mouth is, because the one thing there is no shortage of in these divisive times are cable news-watching political experts. They are everywhere. They write me, they comment on our articles and they correct me when ...

From Scotland to Silverado, the journey begins

Columns

The famous telegram mentioned in all the Robert Louis Stevenson biographies found Louis in a receptive mood when it made his day in midsummer, 1879. It had been a full year since his farewell to the sender, his American girlfriend, Mrs. Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne. Their parting at the Chelsea ...

The man of 10,000 lies

Columns

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the referees.” Admittedly, that is not quite how the famous line from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” goes. As you may recall, it was actually the lawyers whose demise was proposed. But though no one is known to have uttered the words above, ...

Tending a village

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Tending to an entire village isn’t easy; I bet that most people don’t/can’t/won’t understand how much goes on, and the timeline in which to get certain goals met. Most jobs have more to them then what appears. Sadly/annoyingly/“understandably,” there are folks ...

Getting proactive about fighting climate change

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Having grown up, worked, and spent time in central and northern New York, I’m not surprised that people are moving toward acceptance of climate change. This isn’t a political issue, as it has been miscast by self-interested politicians across the country. It’s a survival ...

From New York Newspapers

Columns

Newsday on rebuilding the infrastructure of the U.S., April 30 Under President Donald Trump, the United States has added another spring ritual to accompany blooming flowers and the return of baseball: the fresh promise of a grand plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Tuesday, ...

40 Days for Life thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dear vigil participants and prayer volunteers: I want to express my appreciation to all who participated in the 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign. We had a very good turnout; many new people got involved from various Christian denominations. Our campaign began on Ash ...

Connecting communities through trails: The Grand Hike

Columns

Since the inception of the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Grand Hike, my friends and I have enjoyed walking through the interwoven countryside paths of this community 12-mile hike. The terrain is part roadside stroll and wooded walk. The Grand Hike isn’t about summitting mountaintops, ...

Get those vacation photos in

Editorials

All the school spring breaks are now over, even Long Lake’s, which was last week. We know those of you who went away took some great photos of your travels. We saw some of those on Facebook, and they looked very cool — or perhaps we should say warm, compared to April in the ...

Confused thinking led to Kate Smith ban

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I (a cradle Flyers fan) must respectfully disagree with the diversity industry on the need to ban Kate Smith’s glorious “God Bless America” from polite society. These Six Degrees of Separation-type rules that the experts are setting for who or what from our past is ...

Response to Kate Smith articles

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The fastest way to alienate a local is to take them or their history out of context and culture. Is this not the same for those seeking to integrate? We have more in common than most people think. Consider this perspective: Rural mountain people are a global cultural ...

Now is the time for transparency

Letters to the editor

To the editor: In a North Country Public Radio interview with Brian Mann, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik stated, “… the Mueller report was very clear that there was no collusion, no conspiracy.” The redacted report does, however, provide extensive evidence that Trump tried to impede the ...

Poll results, April 22-29

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Is your home prepared for flooding? Yes, No, Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Mueller report vindicates the work of journalists

Columns

There was a time, 15 or so years ago, when I was making several trips a year to Washington, D.C. While killing time before a meeting, I’d often stroll over to the White House grounds and just stare at it. I was in awe, even as an adult, of my country and of the presidency. I can’t ...

Editorial didn’t give full picture on broadband

Columns

To the editor: I am disappointed in your editorial, “Seek broadband funding ASAP” as it does not provide the full picture. While the Trump administration claims to want to expand broadband to rural areas, let’s not forget those very same people are trying to prevent equal access to ...

The coming and going of life

Columns

(Editor’s note: This is a guest astronomy column for “The Wilderness Above” by Aileen O’Donoghue.) --- Mars shines low in the western sky after sunset in May. Earth is moving away from the Red Planet in our annual journey around the sun, and Mars will soon vanish from our sky ...

Australian soldiers in Vietnam

Columns

To the editor: In the spring of 1967, I was fortunate to meet some Aussies stationed at Nui Dat when we were at Vung Tau and was very impressed with their friendliness, to the point that I thought a country where the people were that pleasant must be a place where I could be happy to live. ...

Let ‘Our Kate’ Smith rest in peace

Editorials

The latest hubbub over racism in the United States comes from radio, recording, television and film star Kate Smith, who recorded a version of Irving Berlin’s song “God Bless America” in 1939 and is buried in her adopted Adirondack Mountain home of Lake Placid.  In short, the ...

Speeding: a neglected problem

Columns

Speeding is a factor in the deaths of approximately 10,000 people each year in the U.S., but the problem isn’t being addressed comprehensively. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Governors Highway Safety Association convened a speeding forum in April with a diverse group of ...