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Opinion

First choice, best choice

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Elise Stefanik is our champion and our fighter for the North Country. Too often, the challenges and concerns we face here are ignored in Albany and in Washington. Downstate interests are prioritized in New York, so New York City’s elite issues get all the attention in D.C. ...

Three for the North Country

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I have worked on many local campaigns, congressional campaigns and have enjoyed several successful New York State Assembly campaigns as a former chief of staff for our former assemblywoman and former campaign manager for our current assemblyman. I have interviewed countless ...

Champion of the North Country

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am thrilled that Joe Biden has endorsed Tedra Cobb for Congress in NY-21. Praising her service, Joe said, “When Tedra saw a gap in the health care system in her community, she started a community health agency. When the fire department had a volunteer shortage, Tedra ...

Democracy on suicide watch

Letters to the editor

To the editor: In their book “Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers,” psychologist Robert Altmeyer and attorney John Dean (of Watergate infamy) chronicle their attempt to determine how “authoritarian” Trump supporters are, according to Altmeyer’s “right-wing ...

Savoring autumn

Columns

The last ear of summer corn ... the last zucchini ... the last beautiful red pepper… the last summer cucumber ... the last tomato... Through modern transportation, we have these veggies year-round, shipped from farms in California. But they don’t taste the same. They’re not picked ...

My walk to Plattsburgh

Guest Commentary

A little over two weeks ago, I was lying wide awake in my sleeping bag in the middle of the Debar Mountain Wild Forest, flinching at every snapping twig and raindrop that fell on my tent in the night. It was a far cry from my warm bed back in Saranac Lake, but I tried to remember the reason ...

Evelyn Wood for Assembly

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Evelyn Wood is the best choice for state Assembly in the 114th District. Many voters will vote a strict party line, but for those of us who will look at the candidate — the actual person running — we have a chance to make a difference. Evelyn Wood is running under the ...

Teddy Roosevelt quote

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As Americans prepare to vote on Nov. 3, here is a quote from Teddy Roosevelt worth thinking about: “The president is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the same degree which is warranted by his ...

Claudia Braymer for NY state Assembly

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Claudia Braymer has my vote to represent our 114th District at the New York State Assembly. Why Claudia, you ask? As a Warren County resident and member of the Queensbury Climate Smart Communities Committee, I appreciate the work that Claudia has accomplished as an ...

Stefanik helping veterans

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I can attest to Elise Stefanik helping vets as she and her staff helped me get a letter to Congress about how the vets are really treated, and why do we have to prove through 50-plus years and never really get anywhere? We need to change the way we vets get appointments, ...

End the party divide

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It’s time we end the political party divide in the United States, and even more so in our region. Republicans, Democrats, independents, all of us have become so entrenched in our views of policy and action that we have forgotten who we really are. Before ever being ...

Candidate facts

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Here’s a fun fact: Tedra Cobb was a volunteer firefighter. As a first responder, she has a deep understanding of the need for community involvement in public safety. She has also worked shoulder to shoulder with prison guards as a bilingual educator in the prison ...

Granddaddy of all problems

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Recently I watched David Attenborough’s documentary, “A Life on Our Planet.” Traditionally, wildlife documentaries focus on the beauty and splendour of nature and inform the viewers gently about the current challenges the planet faces, hoping that the viewers would ...

The GOP’s fraudulent foundation

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Regardless of how irresponsible the modern Republican Party might be, they consistently claim to be “fiscally conservative” — defined by Wikipedia as “prudent in government spending and debt.” In other words, Republicans claim to be the “adults in the room” ...

Stefanik’s weak support for military

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As a United States Army veteran, I’m embarrassed being represented by Elise Stefanik in Congress. She shows a lack of concern about the military. She was with President Trump at Fort Drum when he was signing the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Neither she ...

The truth about Tedra

Letters to the editor

To the edtor: The truth is, Tedra Cobb is the right person to represent NY-21 in Congress.  The truth is, Tedra is smart, professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. When we needed help in Albany for school funding, she was here for us. She lead us with strength, smarts, ...

The bigger test is beyond Election Day

Editorials

The upcoming election is a major crossroads for this nation. The two paths before us are perhaps more widely divergent than at any time in recent memory. And the number of political campaign signs we’ve seen while driving around the North Country is more than we ever remember seeing ...

Highway departments are not liable for mailbox damage

Columns

As winter approaches, and if you are among the many residents in Franklin County with a rural mailbox along the side of the road, pay attention to the rest of this article, as fixing your box in the middle of the winter is not much fun. If a property owner places his or her mailbox in the ...

Socializing in the new world

Columns

A few weeks or months ago, since I no longer can keep track of time, I had connected briefly with the parent of one of my children’s friends. It was brief and conversational, a reconnecting of acquaintances. As parents, we had never socialized, but our children had been friendly. We hadn’t ...

From masks to mittens

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I moved to Saranac Lake in 2003 and never looked back. It was the best place ever to raise two sons and build a network of deep friendships. I love this decidedly different place to live. Nothing endears Saranac Lake to me more than the amazing people who live here. They ...