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Opinion

One senator per county makes sense but isn’t likely

Editorials

Even though it’s unlikely to go anywhere, legislation proposed by state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, to change the way Senate districts are apportioned makes a lot of sense. Griffo wants to reduce the number of Senate districts from 63 to 62 and then give each of New York’s 62 counties ...

The closest call

Columns

Last Saturday My Home Town acquitted itself admirably in the field of ethnic celebration. I am referring, of course, to our St. Patrick’s Day parade. There’d be no doubt I’d be there. When any group of my fellow local yokels decides to organize and execute an activity, and are doing ...

Urge Congress to extend behavioral health program

Letters to the editor

  To the editor: Two years ago, Citizen Advocates was selected by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as one of the original 13 sites in New York state to pilot a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic. This transformational program is designed ...

Thank you to Elks Club

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Saranac Lake High School Music Theatre would like to thank the Saranac Lake Elks Lodge BPOE 1508 for hosting a trivia night to benefit this year’s production of “Urinetown: The Musical.” Trivia master James Carpenter came up with some fun theater questions, and ...

The road goes where the road goes

Columns

People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked. But they have no right to be. After all, the road goes where the road goes. If you travel southbound U.S. 1 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Key West. If you stay on northbound Interstate 5 long enough, you ...

U.S. should help control Ebola

Editorials

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra ...

Providence and the Guitar, part I

Columns

“Earth was his house and heaven his roof; Sun, moon, and stars his light; Voices of wind and wood and wave His music day and night.” — RLS “As summer approached it was always a joy to go back to Grez. How eagerly we looked out the window of the coach for the first glimpse of the ...

A harsh president

Columns

President Trump made a rare appearance at a church last Sunday. It’s a safe bet the sermon was not based on Proverbs 15:1 — “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” If it was, it didn’t appear to have much effect. Before and after church, the president ...

Maple time!

Columns

Yes! Our five maple trees are tapped and we are just waiting for the sap to roll on in. Obviously, we are not in the commercial maple making business, but our two-gallon target has been consistently produced over the years. We’ve annually managed to collect enough maple sap to make enough ...

Talk to children about nicotine addiction

Editorials

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school in Ohio on March 1. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the ...

Thoughts on the landfill

Letters to the editor

To the editor: What is happening at the regional landfill? Are there financial, engineering or environmental problems? Are operations there and at transfer stations transparent? And are local residents and haulers paying a fair price to dump trash? The short answer: I don’t know. In ...

Dems look forward by looking inland

Columns

In Texas, most politicians used to worry only about the primaries. Once they won their party’s endorsement, candidates would coast to victory in November. Journalists still refer to Texas as “ruby red,” meaning Republicans rule the roost. That is no longer reality. Texas is barely red, ...

Web Poll results, Dec. 31 to Jan. 7

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Should New York outlaw hunting tournaments, as a bill in the Assembly and Senate proposes? Yes, No, Undecided This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Adirondack Rail Trail change in the language

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Transportation and the people are waiting for the change in the corridor definition and the results, but that is not the only language that needs to be changed. In articles and comments about the rail trail, you will ...

Memo to Dems: 2020 is not 2018

Columns

Midterm elections have been generally unhelpful to U.S. House candidates of the sitting president’s party. From 1918 to 2016, according to political scientist Jacob Smith’s study for Ballotpedia, the president’s party lost an average of 29 House seats in midterm elections. In 2018, ...

Space Force cost would be astronomical

Editorials

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — that would accomplish. Trump seems to have watered his proposal down just a bit. Now he is willing to have the Space ...

A professional survey can make a big difference

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Many of us make assumptions. We assume our shoe is still tied. We assume that the gas left in our car’s tank will get us home. But whether it’s tripping over your shoelace or getting stranded on the side of the road, through trial and error, we have all probably learned ...

Roundabouts on the rise — intersection of choice

Columns

Numerous local residents winter in Florida, many in The Villages, including some friends of mine. One of them sent me a very interesting article about roundabouts there, and I wanted to share some of the information from that article. Armed with mounting data touting the benefits of ...

Worse living through chemistry

Columns

WASHINGTON — On Feb. 12, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo,” was convicted of multiple crimes related to running the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s largest. Thirteen days before his conviction, authorities seized enough of the synthetic opioid called fentanyl for 100 million lethal ...

Apply for Lake Placid alumni scholarship

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Lake Placid Alumni Association is one of the oldest alumni associations in the country. One of its missions is to assist alumni in continuing their education. In that endeavor, the association is now accepting applications for its alumni scholarship. All recipients must be ...