Time for action on failing schools
October 6, 2014 Just how bad is it? In her excellent recent book, “The Smartest Kids in the World,” Amanda Ripley cites scores from the Program for International Student Assessment: In 2009, the U.S. more »»
Hallelujah! Jesus is a liberal
October 4, 2014 Most people assume that America is a Christian nation because most Americans profess to be Christian, but is it really? Can people truly be Christian when they deliberately ignore the teachings of... more »»
Misconceptions about wasted votes
October 3, 2014 As we move closer to the November election, there is increasing speculation on the impact third-party candidates such as Howie Hawkins (Green Party gubernatorial candidate, New York state) and Matt... more »»
VIS weighs in on Lake Flower hotel
October 2, 2014 As we observe the fast-moving steps by the local boards toward a final decision on a special zoning district for a large new resort hotel 30 feet from Lake Flower, the Village Improvement Society of... more »»
Scots’ vote made waves
September 29, 2014 Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, th... more »»
High stakes in Kansas
September 29, 2014 SHAWNEE, Kan. — Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, “Tragic Prelude,” that hangs in the capitol in Topeka. more »»
Use mercenaries to fight ISIS?
September 27, 2014 On his Fox News show Monday night, Bill O’Reilly suggested using mercenaries to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) instead of U.S. ground forces, which President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deplo. more »»
Like panic on a sinking ship
September 25, 2014 In small towns, such as ours, local politics and government are frought with fears — fears that often pass for legitimate: Someone refrains from speaking his mind and criticizing a village project... more »»
A great recreational opportunity
September 23, 2014 We’ve been following with keen interest the debate in the Adirondacks over the 90-mile rail corridor connecting Lake Placid and Old Forge. more »»
What about transgender equality?
September 22, 2014 Dear Governor Cuomo: I am writing to you, as a transgender woman residing in the Adirondack North Country, to thank you for finally supporting our demand for equality in New York state. On Aug. more »»
Is Matt Funiciello a 9/11 ‘Truther’?
September 20, 2014 Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello has confirmed that he believes that the truth about the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 has been concealed from the public, despite numerous investigations and... more »»
The Lake Flower hotel: cash cow or albatross?
September 19, 2014 While there are a variety of reasons why people are opposed to the Lake Flower hotel, those in favor of the project always cite economics: It will increase tax revenues and be good for business, the... more »»
Rail trails boost property values
September 18, 2014 Some years ago, I was invited to Saranac Lake to speak to public officials and business people about establishing a rail-with-trail along the underutilized corridor that bisects your towns. more »»
Why isn’t common sense common anymore?
September 17, 2014 I remember, as a young girl, sitting at our kitchen table with a bunch of men about to take a gun safety test. My father owned a sporting goods store and was also a gun instructor. more »»
Drought and the future of food
September 17, 2014 The almond harvest is almost complete in California, where a drought that may rank as the harshest in 500 years is pushing the price of one of the world’s favorite snacks to record levels. more »»