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Opinion

The Box

Columns

We’re still in the middle of the pandemic. Schools are closed. So are summer camps. Restaurants are beginning to re-open with limited capacity — but many people are still avoiding eating out. As a result of the COVID-19 statewide shutdown, farmers were dumping milk and produce because ...

Xenophobic or cautious — where do we draw the line?

Columns

I recently had a conversation with an official after I requested hand sanitizer while volunteering at an event. The official’s response was everyone is xenophobic. I disagreed. Here is the backstory. I was masked as requested and taking precautions, but at all the previous events giant ...

Right turn on red history explained

Columns

There was an interesting question regarding right turn on red from a previous article that gave readers a chance to ask questions about vehicle and traffic law and traffic in general. The specific question posed by the reader was answered in another previous article, but it might be of ...

One size fits none

Editorials

Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t want to give up his emergency powers. An executive action last week suggests maybe he should. The governor took steps to limit bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases climbed in some parts of New York. Those increases haven’t come with as significant an ...

Stop the Adirondack Pregnancy Center

Guest Commentary

The Adirondack Pregnancy Center is a crisis pregnancy center. Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are anti-choice organizations that try to convince women not to have an abortion. Despite presenting themselves as legitimate health care facilities, CPCs do not provide women with “comprehensive, ...

Mayor Rabideau is bad for us

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I’ve often heard it’s difficult to change a man’s mind when his paycheck depends on disagreeing. In his July 16 letter Mr. Rabideau (he needs to own that title because odds of him getting reelected are poor) has again proven that axiom. He denies that hydrogen ...

Elise protects cybersecurity

Letters to the editor

To the editor: While nations such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are working hard to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the Russian government, through private hackers, has been trying to steal our medical researcher’s work. Thankfully, we were able to detect the ...

Public shouldn’t be exiled on Main Street

Editorials

We are disappointed in the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees for not holding a hearing or seeking any other kind of input from the public at large before voting to solicit construction bids for a huge overhaul of Main Street downtown. The $8 million price tag, mostly paid by state ...

Robbery at the Hotel Saranac (December 1975)

Columns

I certainly don’t want to upstage the Roedel family (owners of the hotel) with this 45-year-old story that they may already know. But just imagine if those old walls could talk — right through the beautifully restored hotel that dominates Main Street today. According to the Enterprise, ...

Finding my happy place

Columns

I’m a New Yorker — a Manhattanite. After spending four months in my apartment sheltering in place, then witnessing the looting by opportunist and career criminals of businesses that were barely surviving due to being closed, it was time for me to leave my beloved city and get into ...

On wearing masks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: After reading about the women in Ogdensburg who were protesting wearing a mask, I wanted to make a comparison. You have a right not to wear sunscreen when you go to the beach and risk getting skin cancer, and it will have no effect on the rest of us, so it is your ...

Music festival is off this year

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Northern Current organizing team has made the difficult decision to postpone the event until next year.  As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we had hoped there would be a way to hold the festival in some form by the time September rolled around. But as the day gets closer, ...

Name change

Letters to the editor

To the editor: A suggestion for the Washington Redskins. Keep the name; change the logo, from an Indian to a potato. Who can be offended by a red-skinned potato? Kevin Gillespie Edison, New Jersey

Adult Center thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: In early March, the Saranac Lake Adult Center embarked on a fundraising campaign to help defray the cost of a new roof on the center. We had never done this type of solicitation before, and we did not know of the impending pandemic, so we had no idea of what to expect. We ...

The cold hard truths about hot cars in summer heat

Columns

With summer here, things are heating up, especially cars left out in the sun on a hot day. Let me share some chilling information with you about the dangers of young children being left locked inside them, even for a few minutes. Believe it or not, a car left in the sun can heat up inside by ...

Schlock and roll

Columns

Let’s face it: We all think we are, to use that old saw, smarter than the average bear. And let’s face something else: We all can’t be. Average is average for a good reason — it’s how the numbers shake out. Add ‘em up, divide ‘em by the population, and that’s it. It’s how ...

Racism is a tool of the rich

Columns

I am an anthropologist who studies educational systems and human learning. Those of us in this area of research know that human beings are not born racist. Rather, racism is learned, and racism is learned because it is given power by a status quo that values it. There has been much ...

Milfoil action needed on Lake Flower, Oseetah

Columns

Milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, is growing in abundance in Lake Flower and Oseetah Lake. The milfoil is spreading. Information on milfoil can be found on the New York state invasive species website: http://nyis.info/invasive_species/eurasian-watermilfoil. The following is a quote from ...

Adirondack Diary

Columns

Saw St. Armand town truck circling Moody Pond. North side of pond in St. Armand and south side in North Elba. Maybe getting rid of towns would save money. Tried new body wash whose blue-green color looked like squid ink! Kerflufle in Warren County because sheriff hired son as deputy. ...

Running together

Columns

A winning sports team, like a beautiful ice palace, grows out of a strong community. It’s no surprise that Saranac Lake has a long tradition of athletic achievements. From team sports like bobsledding, baseball, hockey, football and curling to individual competitions like speedskating and ...