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Opinion

Bear lockers

Letters to the editor

To the editor: There was recently another bear killed in the High Peaks. I am wondering if anyone has thought of installing bear lockers at Marcy Dam. They have them in Yosemite. Maybe it would be a good idea for the Department of Environmental Conservation to look into this. They ...

1980s class reunion — save the date

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This year’s annual Saranac Lake High School Redskins 1980s Class Reunion had to be canceled due to the pandemic. Next year’s reunion has been scheduled for Saturday, July 10, 2021, and will again be held at the town hall. Please save the date! Please help us to make it ...

Retire the Redskins

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Washington Redskins National Football League franchise is a disgrace! In the year 2020, Washington team owner Daniel Snyder cannot possibly continue to rationalize keeping his ridiculously racist team name in the face of widespread, righteous public condemnation of ...

Hunting for health

Columns

In the past months, scientists have speculated that the coronavirus may have jumped for bats to humans, and the virus has spread quickly around the globe. The world suddenly seems much smaller. The situation reminds us of our connectedness to the animal world and to each other. Such an ...

Putting law in order, part 2 of 2

Columns

To demonize all law enforcement officers as violence-prone racists is both wrong and absurd. The police have a difficult job made all the more dangerous in a society awash with guns, when every encounter with civilians is a potentially life-threatening situation. While teaching at Florida ...

R.L.S. in Newport

Columns

On the afternoon of Sept. 7, 1887, Robert Louis Stevenson stepped onto American soil for the first time in seven years, which made it his “second coming” in the words of his friend Will Low, an artist living in New York. The scene was a pier on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan. Low ...

Guide goes extra mile for you and your dog

Columns

In full disclosure, I do not own a dog. But as a guide and erstwhile trail worker, I hike for a living and spend a lot of time with guidebooks. Canine companion or not, Alan Via’s new guidebook from SUNY Press is a phenomenal addition to any trail dog’s bookshelf. Via is an ...

Putting law in order, part 1 of 2

Columns

After the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and the ensuing protests that swept the country, President Donald Trump repeatedly mentioned the need for “law and order,” using the well-worn phrase as if it were one word with a single, self-evident ...

A good word

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I couldn’t help but feel a surge of pride for my hometown seeing Lindy Ellis and her masked friend hosting folks going to Riverside Park’s Farmers Market this past Saturday. Both were hitting the street to teach best practices to prevent the spread of COVID as volunteers ...

Lake Placid monthly food drive news

Letters to the editor

To the editor: ¯ Second Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. to noon ¯ Third Thursday, July 16, 5 to 7 p.m. Thanks to all who supported our community’s food needs during the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry’s inaugural food drive on June 13 and 18. Between monetary and food donations we ...

How Democrats win elections

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It is my belief that the reason why Donald Trump focuses so much on the lifestyle, social, identity-politics and cultural-wars issues while focusing much less on the economic, financial, bread-and-butter and kitchen-table issues (which I focus on) is because research clearly ...

Crazy idea, but it might happen

Letters to the editor

To the editor: We’re all distracted, but the world still revolves. The current leader of communist China (Xi Jinping) has amassed more power in one man since Mao. The Communist Party of China (like most socialist systems: Nazis, Maduro, Castro, Assad, North Korea, etc.) is willing ...

Your dog isn’t superhuman

Columns

While heading back down Giant Mountain last Thursday, I came across a family struggling with their ascent. They were about a mile-and-a-quarter into their hike and were definitely having second thoughts about their trail choice. The mother of the family was the first one I encountered. She ...

Straw Poll results, June 29 to July 6

Editorials

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you plan to travel outside northern New York this summer? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

In defense of history

Columns

The attempt to record objective accounts of the past is an important and noble pursuit. That said, it’s a fact that countries typically promote, either explicitly or implicitly, a national mythology that is selective — one that disproportionately emphasizes its positive attributes and is ...

Valedictorian shows there is hope

Columns

At the Saranac Lake High School commencement ceremony last week, Francine Newman, valedictorian, surprised her parents and just about everyone else by speaking about her own experiences with racism while growing up and going to school in the community. Francine’s maternal grandmother was ...

COVID-19 going up in North Country

Letters to the editor

To the editor: COVID 19 cases in the North Country region are getting worse, with 28 positive tests in the last seven days, 10 of which were from Essex and Franklin counties.  Our region had been doing so well, and now we are heading in the wrong direction. Driving and walking through ...

An ugly monument

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Ayo, Mount Rushmore is trash. There are a lot of things wrong with the national monument. It was made on sacred Lakota Sioux land after the U.S. government agreed not to disturb the area. It cost nearly $1 million to create and was funded through the Great Depression. ...

‘All American white people have racism within us’?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Regarding the following statements in recent posted petition, “We’re working to fight racism in our area”: “We are committed to doing the work necessary to dismantle white privilege within ourselves and our society. We are dedicated to liberty and justice for all, ...

No Confederate flags in the Adirondacks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I must have missed the influx of Southerners who moved to the Adirondacks, but there’s no mistaking their displays of the Confederate flag, which usually flies from porches and pickup trucks. These newcomers don’t seem to understand how many Adirondack natives suffered ...