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Opinion

A Dope of the cloth

Columns

I first heard the term “Caveat emptor” when I was in my mid-teens. It’s an ancient Latin phrase that means “Let the buyer beware,” and it seemed a fine rule for the marketplace. That was then. For today’s shopping we need a phrase that’s less exotic but much more appropriate. ...

Why I love those little plastic rectangles

Columns

What’s my favorite way to listen to music? Streaming opens up whole new worlds of sonic discovery, and records have exquisite sound quality, but in all honesty, I prefer cassette tapes. You know, those things teenagers in ’80s movies would make for each other as a sign of ...

People have chosen their local leaders

Editorials

Wednesday after the election seems to come very suddenly. Neighborhood lawn signs start coming down quickly. Winners begin planning. Those defeated wonder what went wrong — and all candidates give thanks to those who supported them. All that work that led to Tuesday’s vote — as well as ...

50 years of Bloomingdale fire auxiliary

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Auxiliary was started in 1969 with six charter members. Shirley O’Neil is the only charter member still active in the Auxiliary, having served many years as president and ...

Don’t let Republicans abolish Social Security

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It takes an awful lot of NERVE for President Trump, the national Republican Party and the national conservative news media to constantly accuse Democrats of having conspiracies against Trump when the actual truth of the matter is that there is a REAL secret conspiracy of ...

‘The Silverado Squatters,’ part II

Columns

“Some of them, too, lived in the country and found their pleasure in the management of their private estate. Such men have had the same aims as kings — to suffer no want, to be subject to no authority, to enjoy their liberty, that is in its essence, to live just as they please.” — ...

Thank you, electrical line crew

Columns

A few years ago, the frost line went so deep that water pipes in homes across the Adirondacks were freezing in the middle of winter. Thankfully my house was without water for only a few days. As soon as our water came back on, we had neighbors showering at our house and taking buckets of water ...

Leeks: the subtle onion

Columns

The trees are bare and snowflakes are blowing in the wind. Winter is on the way. One of the few things left to be harvested before the ground freezes are leeks. These alliums add their distinctive, delicate flavor to all types of culinary delights — soups, stir-fries, salads, and egg ...

Thanks, power line workers

Editorials

We got a new emergency radio scanner in the newsroom a few months ago, to replace a broken one. We asked our resident radio ace, pressman Jesse Phelan, to program the local public service channels back into it, and he added one we hadn’t had in there before — National Grid. Boy, was that ...

Growing berries in the North Country

Columns

On Saturday Nov. 9, you’ll have an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of home garden and small scale berry production, when Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County and Bonesteel’s Gardening Center, in North Bangor welcome retired CCE regional horticulture specialist Amy Ivy ...

Weasels trample elephant

Columns

With the ascendancy of Donald Trump, the servile obedience of Republican U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives, the Republican Party at the national level is dead. It’s time to replace the Republican elephant with a symbol of the Trump Party. I suggest Trump’s head on ...

Toy drive, chili sale Nov. 23

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The holiday season is upon us, and so is our desire to help our community. Holiday Helpers is a great organization that helps families in need by ensuring children have a great holiday and no child goes without presents. We ask any and all who are able to please make a ...

Community Supper thanks Carpenter Foundation

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Once again we are expressing our deep gratitude to the Carpenter Foundation for its grant in support of our Community Supper! This is a labor of love for our church and we are pleased to be able to offer this good, healthy meal and the fellowship that being together and ...

Rare transit of Mercury coming soon

Columns

On Monday, Nov. 11, an event will occur that won’t occur again until 2032 — Mercury will transit the sun. This means that the tiniest, swiftest planet will be seen to cross the face of the sun. The event will begin at 7:36 a.m. EST as the planet appears to touch the southwest edge of ...

Poll results, Oct. 28 to Nov. 4

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Should President Donald Trump be impeached?- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Understanding needs experience

Columns

I have just finished the first draft of another book, tentatively entitled “Truths About Education,” that addresses my views of education that began in our North Country. The book has three interrelated parts. The first centers around my experiences growing up on a nearly self-sufficient ...

Open health plan enrollment — choose wisely

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Open enrollment in the New York State of Health exchange began Nov. 1. I’m writing to let everyone know to choose wisely, as several insurance companies have not contracted with the Fletcher Allen campus of University of Vermont. I found this out this past year after ...

Social identity and Trump’s base

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Building on the pioneering experiments of Henri Tajfel (1919-1982) in the 1970s, U.S. psychologist Michael Hogg (1950-) has found that when picking leaders, group members will choose not the “best and brightest,” but the most average individuals with whom most members ...

Early voting worth it as long as it’s secure

Editorials

Early voting’s New York's debut ended Sunday. It lasted nine days, and next year it’s expected to be three times that long. Is it worthwhile? That was our web poll question this past week. For us, as for many readers, that question gave much food for thought. We absolutely agree ...