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Opinion

Please give to United Way

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This is a challenging year for us all, but it will be especially hard on the agencies who step forward in tough times, to make certain there is a helping hand for those whose circumstances leave them even more vulnerable. Many of those agencies depend on support from the ...

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Good riddance to 2019 because the lunacy was staggering. We endured (transgender) reading hours, the firing of distinguished faculty who insist that reality means two sexes, the New York Times’ “1619 Project” which purports to rewrite U.S. history as entirely inspired ...

Sports safety tips

Columns

With so many children playing so many sports nowadays, parents have been competing to ask me questions about what they can do to make sure their child is as safe as possible when practicing or playing a particular sport. Let me see if I am game enough to offer some tips on this ...

World dynamics are about more than Trump

Editorials

If you doubt that too many Americans have become preoccupied with President Donald Trump, either favorably or unfavorably, consider a news report this week. It involved Russian computer hackers and Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company. “A cybersecurity company says Russian military ...

Trail has been great for Damascus, Va.

Columns

Re: “Correcting the rail-trail record”: I would like to provide a bit of information regarding Bill Branson of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s “Correcting the rail-trail record” column from Jan 7. I think that his using a 20-year-old study is a bit misleading in his ...

Keep Main Street as a great business district

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Let’s let Main Street be Main Street. At the south end of Main Street is a lovely park, which includes the village beach and playground. The middle of Main Street at Mid’s Park is a beautiful open space with a superb view of the lake with surrounding mountains and ...

Advantages of a roundabout

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I favor the roundabout solution for the River Street, Lake Flower Avenue, Brandy Brook Avenue intersection because all cars have to slow down, but few have to stop except in heavy traffic. The throughput is greater than other solutions, and is supported by increased adoption ...

Don’t go to war, Trump

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Alright, Trump, you have done it now. You put the last nail in your coffin! Forget about becoming president again. You have committed a war crime against the world. If we go to war, forget presidency; you would be in prison instead, or better yet, we should sacrifice or give ...

Wheel of misfortune

Columns

The one, and perhaps only, vice I never indulged in is gambling. On the simplest level, I just don’t understand games of chance. And when I say I don’t understand them, I mean I don’t understand them at all. And it’s not like I haven’t tried. Take cards, for example. At various ...

Winter Carnival book sale and more

Columns

The Saranac Lake Free Library’s Winter Carnival Book Sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 and 8. There will be great deals on books, gently used puzzles and games, DVDs and audio and music CDs. --- Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Winter is prime time for your favorite soups

Columns

The soup cauldron simmers, steams, shimmers warming soul, spirit, flesh. Winter is time for hot, steamy, flavorful soup. There are probably thousands of different soups, because you can make soup from almost anything. There are broth-based soups and chunky chowders, as well as vegetarian and ...

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

Editorials

Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the ill and injured are cared for, fires are extinguished, artists’ work is promoted, libraries are maintained, events are planned and the natural environment is curated by volunteers. In March, ...

Three ways to really improve education

Columns

Despite Common Core and more testing, reading and math scores haven’t budged in a decade” (National Assessment of Educational Progress). “Specifically, 35% of fourth graders were proficient in reading in 2019, slightly down from 37% in 2017 and barely up from 33% of such students ...

Consider giving to United Way

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Being the 2020 United Way Campaign chair for Clinton County has been one of the most gratifying experiences I have ever been a part of. The word “generosity” has a new meaning for me as well. Since the very first meeting I had with the campaign team, and every meeting or ...

The Sea Cook, part III

Columns

Thomas Stevenson died in Edinburgh, Scotland, in May 1887. That event precipitated the chain of events that would see his 36-year-old son, Robert Louis Stevenson, and his family getting stuck in Saranac Lake for the winter of 1887-88. A portion of the time in between had been devoted by RLS ...

Seeing it to the end

Columns

This past weekend I started and finished “The Witcher” on Netflix. I had never read any of the books nor have I played the highly popular video game series, but for some reason, the show intrigued me. The story follows this beefy, white-haired mutant brother who slays both men and monsters ...

The Wild Center Wild Walk is open for Winter

Columns

The Wild Center is one of our favorite places to visit. It houses all the essentials for a multigenerational family: coffee, animals, coffee, interactive activities, coffee and wonderful trails to work off all the caffeine consumed. I enjoy the exhibits and am constantly amazed at how this ...

Don’t be a chicken; give blood

Editorials

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Rep. Stefanik needs to watch her step

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Our congresswoman was very vocal about the legislative branch of our government being bypassed by decisions of the executive branch when Obama was president, but now she is opposed to the House’s impeachment of Donald Trump for his executive overreach in withholding funds ...

Beekeeping workshop in Bloomingdale

Columns

Whether you’re considering starting your own apiary, need to brush up on your bee and beekeeping knowledge, or just curious about what’s involved, join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Hex and Hop Brewery for an “Improve your Beekeeping Knowledge” Workshop. The workshop, which is ...