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Opinion

A hero’s farewell

Columns

WASHINGTON — The world seems already a lesser place with the passing of Sen. John McCain. The ensuing deluge of accolades and tributes — notwithstanding the president’s limp and late acknowledgement of McCain’s service to the nation — has revealed a level of reverence we don’t ...

Ellis has a talent for community service

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am writing in support of my friend Lindy Ellis for Franklin County legislator. My personal support of her dates back to a time when she was advocating for the establishment of a skatepark in Saranac Lake. I was curious why Lindy, someone without obvious connections to ...

Ellis is a ‘servant leader’

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It is my privilege to write a letter of support for Lindy Ellis in her bid to return to the Franklin County board for 2019. As a retired superintendent-CEO of a school district, I understand the important and significant role of elected officials, and I believe that Lindy ...

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Stevenson Cottage

Columns

It has been a few years since I’ve been back to the Stevenson Cottage in Saranac Lake. Walking across the front porch and through the front door feels like stepping back in time. The original furniture, wood cuts, and even clothes are still on display as part of the permanent ...

EPA shifts into reverse

Editorials

Here’s the tradeoff: People, fish and forests will die, and it will be expensive to treat the extra asthma attacks and heart attacks. But coal companies and power plants that burn coal will get a boost in profitability. Also, it will officially become acceptable to dump toxic garbage on ...

Advancing a soil health movement

Columns

On July 18, the New York Soil Health Initiative hosted the state’s first Soil Health Summit. The summit provided an opportunity for attending farmers, researchers, agriculture service professionals, government agencies, nonprofits, policy makers interested in advancing soil health efforts, ...

Pathologists served Franklin County well

Letters to the editor

To the editor: For many years, Dr. Francis Varga of Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake and Dr. Leonardo Dishman of Alice Hyde in Malone have been the two pathologists, providing pathology services to the coroners of Franklin County. They have both served with professional ...

‘Colleges defend free speech’ should not be a headline

Columns

As the academic year starts, we can expect to hear new tales of censorship at colleges and persecution of faculty who go astray from prescribed views. Much of the storytelling will take place on Fox News and in other conservative outlets selling the notion that colleges have become islands of ...

Web Poll results, Aug. 20-27

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: How are the Tri-Lakes area’s public schools, on the whole? Excellent, Above average, Average, Below average, Terrible, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Vote against attack on democracy

Columns

It should be obvious by now, at least to all but Trump’s most zealous supporters, that our democracy is suffering death by a thousand cuts, and the midterm elections in November represent the last chance for moderate Americans — left and right — to stop some of the bleeding. Many ...

St. Regis fire tower friends give thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Friends of St Regis Mountain Fire Tower celebrated the tower’s 100th birthday on Sunday, Aug. 5. The Friends group, along with several other organizations, have worked cooperatively and tirelessly over the last several years to restore the tower, which was opened to the ...

Elise for the North Country

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to take some time to discuss a person whom I know very well: Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. I have known her as a person and as a representative for many years. She is honest, caring, kind, and transparent. She does what she days she will do. Always. Congresswoman ...

Not buying Stefanik’s rhetoric

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Elise Stefanik’s latest campaign ad warns NY-21 voters about the comments of her opponent recorded undercover by a teenager who was compensated for his video. The ad then goes on to tout Elise’s transparency and all the good she has done for our district. I guess ...

No burning need for motorless Weller

Editorials

One of the great joys of the Adirondacks — a reason people have come here since the 19th century — is the opportunity to escape the noisy human world and bask in the natural sounds of water, wind and animals. And one of the great joys of Adirondack journalism is reporting from the woods ...

SLWSL Scholarship Tournament

Columns

To the editor: On Aug. 18, the sixth annual Saranac Lake Women’s Softball League Scholarship Tournament took place at the Black Fly Fields with more than 150 participants, volunteers and spectators. The annual event raises money for a local, graduating student-athlete who is pursuing ...

Rescuers showed true public service

Columns

Aug. 21 Commissioner Basil Seggos New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 635 Broadway Albany, NY 12233 Dear Commissioner Seggos, Two days ago (Aug. 19) our son Lecco Morris, 29, went hiking in the Dix Range in the Adirondacks. He did not come home that night as ...

Roundabouts make intersections much safer

Columns

A lot of action occurs at an intersection. Cars and trucks speed in from all directions, stopping, turning, changing lanes. For intersections with a higher-than-expected crash rate, highway engineers consider all alternatives — all-way stop, signalization, and roundabout — and analyze ...

Doctors, patients must realize Lyme is here

Editorials

One thing that became clear from our recent reporting on ticks in the Adirondacks is that local doctors have been a little behind the curve on diagnosing Lyme disease. Lyme is carried by blacklegged (aka deer) ticks, which also bite humans. The disease can have varying and confusing ...

Church scandal happened ‘everywhere’

Columns

The document is remarkable for its humanity. That may sound strange to you. After all, it was a two-year grand jury investigation into the widespread sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. Consider how it begins: “We, the members of this grand jury, need you ...