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Opinion

The Community Lunchbox: a quarter-century of service

Columns

The Community Lunchbox is now in its 25th year of continuous operation. The Community Lunchbox provides two hot luncheon meals per week for those in the community in need of the nurturing benefit of food and fellowship. Prior to the beginning of the Community Lunchbox, then-pastor of St ...

System names, instrument cluster play important role

Columns

Last week’s article addressed the fact that drivers are not often up to speed on the capabilities and limitations of some of the automation features on today’s cars. Some of the confusion derives from how the manufacturer names the system. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ...

The ‘peculiar institution’ is no artifact of the dead past

Columns

Perhaps you’ve heard of white fragility. The term was popularized by sociologist Robin DiAngelo in her 2018 book of the same name that seeks to explain why white people often find it so hard to discuss race, why the subject frequently makes them angry and defensive. Well, a textbook ...

Board of Regents should take its time on this decision

Editorials

The discussion over whether or not New York state should continue requiring its students to pass five Regents examinations before graduating from high school misses a larger point. For too many students, the work they do from kindergarten through 12th grade isn’t preparing them for life ...

Lake Placid News — Aug. 17, 1972

Columns

I know the readers of this column are the brightest in the world; well, maybe right after Henry Kissinger. That is why I will not need to explain that this very day, today, is Aug. 17, 2019 and 47 years ago Lake Placid was cranking; eight years before the 1980 Olympic Winter Games; 40 years ...

Open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Save the APA

Columns

Dear Gov. Cuomo: The Adirondack Park Agency is weaker today than at any time in its 48-year history. That the fault rests with your office is both unfortunate and surprising: unfortunate because the APA was created to protect the Adirondack Park from damaging use and development but is now ...

Black Mountain Loop highlights the best of Lake George

Columns

The Lake George Wild Forest is 71,133 acres in size and is full of excellent opportunities for hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, biking, horseback riding and plenty more. Black Mountain is the highest point in the Lake George Wild Forest and shadows over ...

The truth about rugby

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I was never too good in history, but I am willing to bet the American Revolution was caused by a dispute between two rugby teams. With players such as hookers and scrum halfs, it only stands to reason there would be violence, and along with drinking and swearing, what ...

Save the rails to save the climate

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Missed the Aug. 10 comment deadline on the latest plans to turn the rail line between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid into a trail? Don’t worry. The only comments that matter are made behind closed doors in Albany. The stage is being set for a giant economic and environmental ...

Democratic Party should be banned

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Wikoff is another fool who still believes the party of slavers, KKKers, racists and criminals represents Americans. The Democratic Party should have been banned and abolished at the end of the Civil War. Today’s Democrats are still just the dregs of humanity out to destroy ...

Socialism never?

Columns

President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may not be at the stage Bernie Sanders ...

Bernie Sanders needs a shot of dignity

Columns

I have never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. His authoritarian tendencies and aggressive attacks on any who would disagree have outweighed the good in him. The good is his working-class voice, emphasis on economic issues and some solid ideas. But his recent lashing out at The Washington ...

Public lands, public roads, public interest

Editorials

Hikers coming to the Adirondacks in larger numbers, and the insufficiency of the park’s resources and infrastructure to properly handle the wave — that’s been one of the biggest news stories of the last few years. This summer, the problem has largely flared up along state Route 73, where ...

Don’t resort to name calling

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am very upset that Congresswoman Stefanik has reverted to name calling and describing Democrats as socialists, as described on North Country Public Radio and in the Glens Falls Post-Star.   We in the North Country have worked hard to reduce such divisive language and ...

Monarch envy

Columns

It seems that the monarch caterpillars are having a field day at my neighbors’ and friends’ houses. My whole stand of milkweed is full, but my caterpillars are so tiny. I feel quite slighted. It’s as if the monarchs this year are using my yard as their species survival backup. They need ...

Investigator isn’t credibile

Columns

Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide. He was murdered by Hillary and/or Bill Clinton. Or he was assassinated by the Russians. Or Donald Trump killed him. Or he isn’t dead at all, having been spirited into the Witness Protection Program, where he presumably now shares an island mansion ...

It could be a conspiracy

Columns

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford’s Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks ...

$100M sticker shock

Editorials

To a lot of people, it’s baffling that the state Olympic Regional Development Authority is proposing to spend $100 million on an overhaul of a single winter sports venue, the Lake Placid Olympic Center. That’s after an overhaul of the Nordic-biathlon-bobsled-luge-skeleton complex at ...

A small victory for bird conservation

Columns

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the use of feathers in women’s hats was all the rage. To meet fashion industry demand for their elegant plumage, several North American bird species (e.g. egrets, herons) were hunted to near-extinction. To safeguard migrating birds from ...

Tigers are wild and shouldn’t be in circus shows

Columns

I am submitting this regarding the tiger story and the helpless, defenseless creatures caught in the exploitation for human entertainment in the Ohio circus. My name is Rachel Cohen McDermott. I am a member of the group Coalition of Animal Rights Enthusiasts and a financial professional of ...