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Opinion

Bad choice to lead our grant requests

Editorials

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s new annual report notes that New York state has set certain priorities it wants regions to address in their grant proposals this year: child care, “placemaking,” environmental justice and workforce development. In recent years ...

Exploring Hamilton County’s wet and wild side

Columns

The Moose River Plains area is by no means a stranger in my life. However, the end of its massive expanse is a bit more on the unfamiliar side, and eventually we found ourselves set back in the secluded realm of the West Canada Lakes Wilderness. The “Wet and Wild” side of Morehouse ...

Dog Day Afternoon, every day

Columns

October 1 —The following all entered on this day: “Fred Bailey made a complaint of several dogs running at large on Riverside Drive without muzzles.” “In the above complaint Mr. Bailey gave several names but only one address — 93 Riverside Drive and they do not own a dog at that ...

Thanks from the rugby community

Columns

The goal posts are long removed, the lines have faded, and most of our bumps and bruises are gone, but rugby is still on our minds. The 46th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament has come and gone, fall rugby seasons have started and the Can-Am board members are on to planning next year’s ...

Lessons from the classroom of life

Columns

As a kid, I knew one thing for sure: All adults were right. If a grown-up said it, they knew it, and it was gospel. By my teens, compulsive reader that I was, I realized that not only were all adults not always right, but a lot of them were poorly informed, and another bunch were total ...

Persuaded

Columns

This impeachment inquiry (which I favor) has occasioned frequent reference to our Constitution, which has set me to thinking about that word. What does it mean to “constitute” something? Why do we say of someone that they have a “strong constitution”? Trump took the most solemn of ...

Stefanik’s closed-off approach does not serve anyone

Columns

Being a reporter has gotten more difficult in this 24-7 news climate with posting updates on stories throughout the day and blogging, posting to social media. We are also taking more of our own photos and video. There is a lot more responsibility. And there are other hindrances. Instead of ...

Why Lindy Ellis?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Why are there so many letters to the editor supporting Lindy Ellis’ run to continue her seat on the Franklin County legislator for the towns of Franklin and Harrietstown? If you have ever had the fortune to be present to observe Lindy when a concern is expressed for a ...

You can block a serious illness

Editorials

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, ...

‘Requiem’

Columns

Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie, Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be, Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill. — ...

Impeachment reveals US priorities

Columns

As reported by the Washington Post, a new Quinnipiac University poll released shows that support for impeaching Trump and removing him from office has grown from 37% of registered voters to 47% in the latest survey. In the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “The polls have changed ...

Hope GOP has a good backup for Trump

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It is my expectation that President Trump is going to do all of us a big favor and decide some time in early to mid 2020 not to run for reelection, partly because of a likely slowdown in the economy. When that happens, I hope that the Republicans will nominate someone of good ...

We must ensure a bright future for teaching

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Education is not static. As the needs of students change, teachers are constantly working to keep up. For those of us who have made education a career, that can be laborious, but it’s a labor of love. On World Teachers’ Day this Oct. 5, we all should take a moment ...

Lindy Ellis for reelection

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am writing to support Lindy Ellis in her reelection as Franklin County legislator. I have come to know Lindy as someone who cares for our community, our children and our families. We have known each other for over nine years, working together on fundraisers and ...

Apples and onions: a favorite early American treat

Columns

The air is chilly, the leaves are turning, the sun is shining, and skies are blue. Frost has visited and that "end of summer" feel is in the air. Apples are in the air too — on trees, on the ground, falling down all around. They're plentiful right now — at the market, at the orchard, in ...

Wish I could vote for Ellis

Letters to the editor

To the editor: With regard to Lindy Ellis, I have only one complaint: I live just across the line in Essex County, so I’m unable to vote for her. However, I want to let everyone in Franklin County know why you should vote for her! I’ve worked with Lindy on various volunteer projects, ...

An easy walk at Tupper Lake Municipal Waterfront Walkway

Columns

I am always grateful for those easy places that allow me to get out of the car and stretch my legs. Even though my plan is usually a quick stop, I always end up staying longer than anticipated. The plus side is once I add these walks to my list, I often make other plans to bring family and ...

Igniting e-cigarette dangers

Columns

Parents have been lighting up with questions about e-cigarettes and what they can say to their teenagers to convince them to stop, or better yet, not even use them. - What are e-cigarettes? - E-cigarettes are battery powered smoking devices that contain cartridges filled with a liquid ...

Sanatorium buyers share community priorities

Editorials

Trudeau Sanatorium is arguably Saranac Lake’s most important piece of property. Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau founded it in the 1880s as the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium, a place for people suffering from tuberculosis to come and be healed. It was renamed for him after his death in ...

Poems of wild imaginings

Columns

In an early poem in this volume, “Queer Fish,” Sarah Giragosian writes: “nothing can be drab so long / as objects hold allure as intimates.” These poems take all manner of creatures great and small as intimates. Giragosian dreams herself inside an anglerfish, gives voice to a spider, ...