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Opinion

Franklin County landfill remains in good hands

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I was a board member of the County of Franklin Solid Waste Authority for eight years. During that time George Eades, a Canadian with an agricultural engineering degree from McGill University, was its executive director. During that time Eades took the landfill from red to ...

Thanks for helping those in need

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Unit for the Salvation Army is proud to announce it raised $10,385.95 from the Red Kettle Campaign. This is thanks to over 50 wonderful dedicated volunteers who rang the bell at Kinney Drugs, the Saranac Lake Post Office, and Coakley Home and Hardware on very ...

Christmas dinner thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Adirondack Community Church, the Christmas Dinner Committee and volunteers would like to thank Dave Nicola of Mr. Mike’s Pizza Restaurant for once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. Each year members of the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake ...

Thanks for helping get gifts to troops

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I want to thank everyone for the gifts for the nursing homes and the troops. I also want to thank the Leathernecks who brought me down to Fort Drum to send the packages. The packages went out to the Mountain Goat Troops overseas on Oct. 5 and 15, just in time for ...

Our top 5 most read stories of 2018

Editorials

Looking back at 2018, it’s hard to draw conclusions, but it’s still interesting to see which of this area’s news articles people read the most. We have no way of knowing how many people read each article in print, but for our website we have metrics. Therefore, the top-five list below ...

New Adirondack Park popularity is an opportunity for needed changes

Columns

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 ...

Saranac Lakers keep losing out

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I can’t believe North Country Community College President Tyrell is considering closing the pool at the college! Your article on Dec. 6 gave many excellent reasons to keep the pool open. A number of families through the years have put their children in the Red Cross swim ...

‘An Inland Voyage’

Columns

“The story of the rediscovery of the village of Grez-sur-Loing by Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Enfield, Walter Simpson, Will H. Low and Frank O’Meara in August 1875 is well-rehearsed. The rain poured down; it was, according to Robert Louis Stevenson ‘a ...

Don’t be a socialist

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I happen to agree with The New York Times when it warned Nancy Pelosi not to give too much power to the newly elected House Democrats who call themselves “democratic socialists.” They will be a minority of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. I don’t enjoy ...

Thanks for helping Cristie Heath

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the benefit for Cristie Heath a success and to thank all the local businesses who gave so generously toward our silent auction. To our little town of Bloomingdale, where neighbors become more like family in a time of need, I ...

Socializing the animals

Columns

My children have finally given up asking for a kitten, cat, panther, lion, or other feline. Since I’m allergic they depend on their friends or the Tri-Lakes Humane Society to provide the source of entertainment that our dog just doesn’t have. Though my daughter swears she will have cats one ...

Begin the year on a sweet note … with honey!

Columns

“When the leaves are off the trees and the honey from the bees sweetens up your morning cup of tea. You watch its steam arise like the fog into the skies. Grab your hat and coat and walk with me ...” — Dan Bergren, “Mountain Air” --- Pure, unadulterated honey is a real treat. ...

Web Poll results, Dec. 24-31

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Would you contribute to the GoFundMe to fund President Trump’s border wall? --- Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Be thankful for service workers

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This time of the year it is helpful to slow down and realize all that there is to be thankful for. I would like to take a few minutes to express my gratitude to countless, often underappreciated people, without whom many things that we take for granted would disappear. ...

2020: Year of the Democrats? Maybe not

Columns

If Democrats are optimistic as 2019 begins, it is understandable. Their victory on Nov. 6, adding 40 seats and taking control of the House of Representatives, was impressive. And with the party’s total vote far exceeding the GOP total, in places it became a rout. In the six New England ...

After a lifetime of service, Rick LeVitre is retiring from Extension

Columns

After seven years of executive directorship at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County and two years of double-duty as executive director at CCE of both Franklin and Essex counties, Rick LeVitre is retiring. I remember the apprehension I felt when Rick arrived at Franklin County ...

Please keep the NCCC pool open

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The North Country Community College pool makes it possible for me to swim year round. I felt so lucky to have this option, as do other swimmers that I meet at the pool. Swimming is one of the healthiest sports there is. Just Google “value of swimming as exercise” and ...

IHS study: Legalizing pot increases crashes

Columns

Legalizing marijuana for all uses is having a negative impact on the safety of U.S. roads according to new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute. States exploring legalization should consider this effect on highway safety when deciding on ...

Amid 2018’s tragedies were moments of compassion and duty

Columns

Deadliest shooting at an American high school: Parkland, Florida. Deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century: Paradise, California. Deadliest attack on Jews in American history: Pittsburgh. The cities of Parkland, Paradise and Pittsburgh became synonymous with tragedy in 2018, a year when ...

Newsday on President Donald Trump, Dec. 22

Columns

For a nation to be great, it must be stable. For its people to be content, they must believe that their institutions are trustworthy and competent. But the events of this week exposed the nation’s growing instability under the increasingly incompetent and untrustworthy President Donald Trump ...