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Opinion

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Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Essex County Clerk’s Office has a diversified set of responsibilities, including land recording, court filing, pistol permits, title research and records keeping. Central to all of these tasks is you, the customer. It is to your benefit that your county clerk is ...

Provoncha is a valuable asset

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I write this letter in support of Joseph Provoncha for Essex County clerk. I have worked as a title searcher for private abstract companies out of the Essex County Clerk’s Office for almost 35 years. Being in the office every day, I see firsthand how well it is run. ...

Keep wheels straight while waiting to turn left

Columns

Last week’s article was about moving into the intersection on a green light if you are turning left at the intersection, even if there is a string of oncoming traffic. Today’s article deals with a very important consideration all drivers should be aware of whenever they must wait for ...

Hold onto the real River Walk plan

Editorials

It looks like some very good plans for the Saranac Lake River Walk are being swept downstream. Village board members say they’re abandoning, with regret, their preferred option of having the River Walk go along a renovated former Dew Drop Inn and is considering other, much less interesting ...

Apple pickin’ time

Columns

The first thing I noticed was the number of cars. The parking lot at Rulfs Orchard, ten times the size it had been when I was a kid, was packed with cars sporting license plates from as far away as Minnesota. Roaming packs of people, with dozens of small children running between them like ...

Spectacular wilderness crash — with a happy ending

Columns

Last week in this column we covered the story of skiers lost on Mount Marcy for four days: 20 below zero, no extra gear, no compass, and Gary Hodgson and other New York state forest rangers (God bless them for the work they do) called their survival “miraculous.” That was in March ...

Donaldson helped young people in their careers

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It’s that time of year! Election season is in full swing, and before you all cast your votes, I’d like to weigh in on one gentleman whom I feel is most qualified for your vote as Franklin County legislator — Cliff Donaldson. I’ve known Cliff for all 31 years of my ...

Demong, Jarvis for town board

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I support Leo Demong and Dick Jarvis, Democratic candidates for the two positions open for town of Franklin councilmen in this November’s election. The skills they have acquired through working for the state will help them to serve us well at the local level and enable ...

Year of the Woman

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Former Essex County District Attorney Julie Garcia is running for state Supreme Court. There are six vying for four seats. Their area goes from Washington to St. Lawrence counties. Julie is the only one from north of Saratoga County. If you vote for four, you are casting ...

Listening in to treat ear infections

Columns

Recently, parents have been asking me an earful of questions about why their children get so many ear infections. They also ask what can be done, if anything, to prevent them. - Causes of ear infections - The majority of ear infections in children are caused by viral germs. Viral ...

It’s time Americans stepped up and learned about the First Amendment

Columns

The First Amendment isn’t getting the appreciation and respect it deserves. Increasingly battered and misunderstood, it needs all the support it can get as divisive politics and advancing technologies drag us in new directions. Many Americans don’t even know the basics. Of the five ...

Business people speak up about Main St. plans

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Executive Committee of the Lake Placid Business Association met after the plans for Lake Placid’s Main Street redesign were unveiled. The proposed project will have a major impact on businesses and residents in the Main Street corridor. The LPBA represents over 90 ...

Court allows snowmobiling but supports park values

Letters to the editor

To the editor: OK, OK in a 4-3 decision the state’s highest court allowed continued (since the 1920s, it said) motor vehicle use of a mile of the Chain Lakes Road in a Wild River area where motorized use is otherwise prohibited by law. In my humble opinion, the extraordinary lengths to ...

Ellis quietly works hard on our behalf

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Nov. 5 we have a choice. Let’s make the right choice for legislator and reelect Lindy Ellis. I’ve known Lindy for quite a while now and the one quality that stands out, above all of her other wonderful qualities, is her ability to problem solve effectively. As ...

The myth of ‘new and improved’

Columns

I never forgot those little rubber oval coin purses from my Gilded Youth. They took up almost no room in my pocket, held my coins securely and lasted forever. I figured they were as long gone as other ’50s mainstays like church keys, mechanical watches and Prince Albert in the can. So imagine ...

Vote Provoncha for Essex County clerk

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As a private individual conducting business in the Essex County Clerk’s Office for the last 14 years, I have had the pleasure of working directly with Essex County Clerk Joseph Provoncha. I can tell you that Mr. Provoncha is an honest, hard-working man dedicated to the ...

1 eye, 6 toes, 72 days and 10 miles

Columns

On Aug. 8, my one-eyed, six-toed black cat named Angus didn’t come home while staying at my parents’ house.  This wasn’t entirely unusual. In his three years growing up as an indoor/outdoor cat, he would occasionally be naughty and stay out all night.  By the second night, ...

Getting amped up for the Lake Placid Film Festival

Columns

You can’t beat the big screen. Streaming is great in terms of depth and accessibility of shows and movies, but there’s a real disconnect when you’re watching something on a living room TV or a laptop or a smartphone. And because binge-watching is now a thing, it all just starts to ...

The petrified forest

Columns

Calistoga, a town in California, is at the north end of Napa Valley, 68 miles by train from San Francisco. Calistoga, the word, was invented by Samuel Brannan, the town’s founder. Brannan was a wealthy entrepreneur of the pioneer sort, a down-easter from Maine who made his way west via the ...

Fall is the sweetest time of year

Columns

Autumn is sweet. Think pumpkin. Think winter squash. Think apples. Think sweet potatoes. Think carrots and beets. Think Halloween. Yes, temperatures are cooling and leaves are falling. Crisp autumn days give way to stark bare trees, cold, wet, gray days and long, dark nights. The summer's ...