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Opinion

A European Delight: Gnocchi

Columns

Gnocchi. These delicate, fluffy Italian dumplings probably originated in Italy’s Veneto region, but they’re traditional throughout Europe. In Germany and Poland, they’re known as kopytka (little hooves). The Italian word gnocchi translates as “small lumps” and originates from the ...

Defining ‘no stopping, standing, parking’ terms

Columns

I had a recent inquiry to explain again the difference in the terms “no stopping,” “no standing” and “no parking,” and just what they mean. So let’s review exactly how Vehicle and Traffic Law views these definitions. The term “park” or “parking” is pretty basic — we ...

A big problem

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Congressional testimony recently established that big tech made good money fostering wild conspiracy theories and enabling the Jan. 6 insurrection. News flash: Corporate America is hard at work in many other areas using price-fixing, intimidation and social chaos, all for ...

Lindbergh baby kidnapping, part 2

Columns

Those nasty gremlins infiltrated my computer and removed the “part 2” mention at the end of last week’s column. My dear readers, I am sure, have been stressed, flabbergasted and frantic all week, waiting for the end of that terrible story retold from my copy of the Malone Evening Telegram ...

False shepherds, lost sheep

Columns

In his response to my March 11 commentary “God and fools,” Joseph Kimpflen stated “pro-life crusaders, overall, are among the least violent people you will ever find passionately advocating a cause.” Perhaps the qualifying “overall” is meant to minimize or dismiss the not-so-few ...

Theater is weathering the storm

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Open letter to the Saranac Lake community: Over the past several years Pendragon Theatre has committed to an exciting and expanded vision for its role in the Saranac Lake community. It is our goal to become a more professional destination theater, which adds to the ...

Buying bags helps history

Letters to the editor

To the editor: We are so excited to share the news that Digital Abraham has been selected to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community and nonprofits while supporting the environment. For ...

SLK: gem of the Tri-Lakes

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Harrietstown airport (SLK) is the crown jewel for the Capitol of the Adirondacks. Being able to balance the amenities and features you would find at a large urban airport with the quaint, hometown feel of a small regional airport is a contradiction in terms, but SLK does ...

A note on Kismet

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Growing up in India, one gets introduced to the concept of “Kismet” (Hindi) or “Naseeb” (Urdu) — destiny or fate. This concept is often a consolation for the vast masses of the unfortunate folk of the poor nation. This concept irked me at times. I viewed it as an ...

The unkindest cuts

Columns

In mid-November 1971 I was in the Navy, doing what I did most of the time — taking Morse code — when my friend Frank walked over. “Hey,” he said, “you went to Paul Smith’s College, right?” “Yeah,” I said. “Why?” “’Cause there’s something about it in today’s ...

Information on the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021

Columns

I have recently been amazed by the lack of information in press reports as well as the amazingly inaccurate and thoroughly anti-immigrant (if not anti-American) propaganda emanating from conservatives across the country whose only intent appears to be to make America a worse place for anyone ...

Loving our incarcerated neighbor

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The fact that inmates are being included in the next round of stimulus checks makes me happy. Treating inmates with dignity, respect and kindness in general makes me happy as a public theologian and Christian. I do not presume that everybody has the same faith system as ...

Police reform is not just about racism

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I hope that the community will consider the broader implications of the first-proposed Malone police reform plan that was allowed to be presented to the public. The author chosen states that Malone has seen its long decline after manufacturing was moved abroad, leading to ...

Government targets guns again

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This is my personal opinion. Once again the Second Amendment is in the bull’s-eye of the socialist-minded people in our government. Is it a coincidence, America, that we are seeing a new surge of tragic shootings rising also? Don’t be beguiled by those who are bent on ...

No, Stefanik is wrong

Letters to the editor

To the editor: In Mr. Ward’s (March 25) letter “Read the bill; Stefanik is right,” he was angry that I “besmirched” Rep. Stefanik and he attacked me personally. Maybe it made him feel better to do that. But it doesn’t change the facts that support my criticism of Rep. Stefanik ...

Suddenly, marijuana is legal

Editorials

Marijuana legalization in New York creeped up slowly for many years, but it still felt distant. In the end, though, it happened very quickly. Despite this news coming out in print on April 1, it is not an April Fool’s joke, even though it might feel like one. Suddenly on Wednesday it ...

‘Encounter’ with Dave Barry

Columns

What began as a simple story assignment for a school newspaper ended up a trigger for parental hysteria and a brush with comic genius. It involved an “encounter session” guidance counselor Marjory Volk had conducted in four sociology classes at the high school in Downingtown, ...

‘Velvet Coat’

Columns

“Behind glass in the Stevenson museum at Saranac Lake, New York, is preserved a black velveteen jacket, the sprig of heather in its upper pocket annually renewed by admirers of its long dead owner.” — “Voyage to Windward: The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson,” J.C. Furnas - In his ...

Child care crisis

Letters to the editor

To the editor: One does not have to look far to understand the cultural importance of family values in the North Country. North Country families are tightly knit, many having lived here for several generations. Families, especially those with young children, are struggling to make ...

Stefanik needs to vote for nature

Letters to the editor

To the editor: We in the North Country have been gifted with mountains, streams and a gorgeous lake. They are sources of recreation and spiritual sustenance — providing space to breathe, grow and honor nature. They fill us with awe and are vital to many livelihoods. Congresswoman ...