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Editorials

Justice for all

It shouldn’t be that hard. When a person goes above and beyond the call of duty to do admirable work, that person should be rewarded, at least with praise if not anything else. And when a person screws up and does something wrong, that person should face appropriate consequences. That is ...

Let’s be careful; COVID is here

We love to travel and get together with friends — especially in summer. After six months of winter hibernation when we hardly see our neighbors, the warm summer sun compels us to get out, get about and socialize. But right now, sadly, is a time when it’s usually best to resist that ...

Want to return to normal? Wear a mask

It is good news that schools in the North Country should be able to open in September with at least some form of in-person learning. Now, the hard work begins. School districts have until July 31 to submit reopening plans to the state Education Department. There is much yet to be determined ...

Let’s proclaim 2020-21 the ‘Year of Inclusion’

Northwood School officials have tapped into something brilliant with their theme for the 2020-21 school year, and we think the Adirondack region — possibly the entire state — should join them. The theme is “Fighting Inequality. Embracing Inclusion.”  Now that racial injustice and ...

Be careful in bear territory

Humans created a situation in the High Peaks Wilderness that ended Monday with a black bear being euthenized by the state Department of Environmental Conservation because of its “agressive behavior.” This incident shows that no matter how much the DEC tries to educate the public about ...

Canceling big sports events together was the right call

It’s sad but good that Lake Placid’s big sports events were canceled for this summer: two Ironman triathlons, the Can-Am Rugby Tournament, the Lake Placid Summit lacrosse tournament (although it may salvage part of the tourney in September) and the Lake Placid Marathon and Half. These ...

Let them know you are open for business

Most of us can agree that these are among the most challenging times we’ve experienced. Both the pandemic and the police brutality protests have spread around the world, leaving us all wondering how we will adapt. Like any problems we see, it is easier to tackle challenges starting with ...

Governor puts food and drink services on notice

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was clearly upset during his daily COVID-19 briefing on Sunday, June 14, by “rampant” violations of New York’s pandemic-fighting restrictions, and he threatened to pull liquor licenses from food and drink businesses that violate the laws. The governor said there were ...

Keeping the peace requires trust and discipline

We need police officers, but we also need to trust them. Perhaps the violence sweeping America this past week is, to a certain degree, what happens when people lose faith in the police they trust to protect them. Where protests are peaceful, like they have been here in the North Country, ...

It’s in our nature to be ‘Politely Adirondack’

To the visitors and seasonal residents, welcome to the Adirondacks. You and your families have made an investment of time and money to be here — even if it’s only for one day, a weekend, a week, a summer or periodically as your personal and business calendars allow — and we enjoy having ...

Many students will need summer school

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, the Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school — at least we hope ...

Keep the ideas coming

This week, we heard about a radical idea that would change the layout of Main Street this summer if approved by the village of Lake Placid and the state Department of Transportation. Like it or not, we can all agree that the plan to shut down one side of Main Street to create a pedestrian space ...

Don’t fear government videoconferencing

Local government boards have been meeting by videoconference these days, and we have been covering many of them, enough to notice some things that work and some that don’t. The biggest problem we have seen so far comes from boards that are choosing to block members of the public out of the ...

Brace yourself for reopening

Thank you, thank you, thank you — to all the front-line workers, residents, businesses and organizations assisting people who need it the most during this pandemic, volunteers cleaning up roadsides, our advertisers and readers — everyone who is making a difference these days. We know the ...

Every graduate has a story

The COVID-19 quarantine is especially tough on students set to graduate this spring.  For high school seniors, it has taken away prom, their last chance at sports, concerts and musicals, and senior traditions unique to each school. As they wait to hear whether they’ll have an in-person ...

Put some thought into giving to food pantries

It’s usually an afterthought. Walking out the door at the grocery store, you see a cardboard box serving as a catch-all for donations to the local food pantry. You throw in whatever non-perishable food items you have in your cart, without thinking about whether your donation is helping or ...

Calling all athletes, we want your sports news

After a four-week hiatus, the sports pages in the Lake Placid News are back this week — well, at least one page. Since the schools closed on March 16 and students are now distance learning from home, putting the spring sports season on hold, there hasn’t been any sports news we could ...

Stay safe, informed

The world has changed since COVID-19 grew into a pandemic. At breakneck speed, we watched the numbers of cases spread, threatening all who ventured out. As everyone was glued to the TV, they also grabbed our newspapers to find out the numbers here in the Tri-Lakes area. The novel coronavirus ...

Main Street needs a hand from Albany

By the New York Press Association COVID-19 has completely changed the way we all live. But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, thousands of small business owners across New York state are losing sleep over how to keep this virus from killing the ...

We’re here to inform and support

We are grateful for the hard-working local businesses that are supported by our community and are struggling during these times with the COVID-19 virus. We will try whatever we can to help them stay viable and in business. It is important that our local businesses succeed — to us as a ...