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Editorials

Opting out of marijuana sales would be a wasted opportunity

For local town and village officials wringing their hands, trying to decide whether to opt out of issuing licenses for marijuana sales and on-site consumption in their municipalities, we have three words. Take the money. It’s not dirty money. As of March 31, recreational marijuana is ...

Not the time to burn

It’s pretty dry out there — so dry that a forecast of rain early this week dried up. National Weather Service meteorologists in Burlington, Vermont, still say our area might get rain Wednesday through Friday — possibly mixed with snow Friday — but in a tweet Monday they said it probably ...

Who are we?

When writing the headline for Naj Wikoff’s column this week, our editor was faced with writing a shortened title for “Keene residents.” Based on what residents are called in the communities of Keene, New Hampshire and Keene, Texas, we settled on “Keenites.” But is that right? Could ...

Congratulations to the Volunteer of the Year

Inside last week’s Lake Placid News, we included the 2021 edition of the Community Resource Directory. You can also find it on the Adirondack Daily Enterprise website under “Guides” in the top menu or pick up a free copy in the front vestibule of our office (54 Broadway, Saranac ...

Big summer sporting events are a big risk

In candidate forums we hosted on March 7, we asked everyone running for the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees if they would say no to big Lake Placid summer events if there is no major improvement in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what conditions would have to be met for them to say yes. Art ...

Lake Placid had solid choices for election

We are happy to add our congratulations to Tuesday’s village election winners and our thanks to all the candidates who put themselves out there to serve their neighbors. Lake Placid had the only competitive village election in our readership area this year, and it was a big one. As Craig ...

Save the date, March 16, for a better Lake Placid

Will the new mayor and trustees lead to a better Lake Placid? That’s up to you. It’s almost time to vote on Tuesday, March 16 to replace outgoing Mayor Craig Randall and elect two village trustees. There are people with experience in government and business running. There are more mature ...

It’s about trust in government

It comes down to this: In a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, people rely on government more than usual — and they expect government leaders to be worthy of that increased trust. That doesn’t mean those leaders need to be perfect. It’s nice to have brilliant people solving difficult ...

COVID pandemic robs Lake Placid of historic bobsled moment

U.S. bobsled pilot Kaillie Humphries earned a gold medal in the two-woman event with Lolo Jones on Feb. 6 during the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s World Championships at Altenberg, Germany. That win was supposed to happen on the home track in Lake Placid. The 2021 ...

Don’t forget the great hockey we saw during the NWHL’s failed bubble

Two weeks ago, we said the National Women’s Hockey League season in Lake Placid gave us hope for the future while we slogged through the coronavirus pandemic. Little did we know that — at the same time we were putting those words on the page — things were unraveling fast at the ...

Public needed to know about COVID deaths in NY’s nursing homes

The state’s decision to classify COVID-19 deaths nursing home by the hospital where a person passed away, rather than the nursing home where they contracted the virus, is a big deal, despite what you hear from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Howard Zucker, state health commissioner. For months, ...

NWHL a brief relief from COVID burnout

Hosting the National Women’s Hockey League during their “bubble” season from Jan. 23 to Feb. 5 is a needed relief from the very real affliction of COVID-19 burnout — even though spectators are not allowed to watch the games in the Olympic Center. More than a brief distraction from ...

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the ill and injured are cared for, fires are extinguished, artists’ work is promoted, libraries are maintained, events are planned and the natural environment is curated by volunteers. In March, ...

Swift justice needed to save America

If there are no consequences for the Jan. 6 mob raid on the U.S. Capitol, we are in real trouble, because this was just a dress rehearsal for what could come in the future. Inaction would signal it is OK for armed rebels to assault the seat of our national government in an attempt to stop ...

Lies are making America a dangerous place

When was the last time you trusted a politician to tell the truth? Republican or Democrat? Independent or Socialist? We’ve been living with lies from American politicians — or simple stretched truths — since America was founded. It’s when those lies become dangerous that we have to perk ...

COVID aid not nearly enough for struggling families, businesses

Americans are already starting to see the $600 from the federal government as direct deposits in their bank accounts — a result of the $900 billion pandemic relief bill that Congress passed weeks ago and President Donald Trump eventually signed after complaining about certain parts of ...

Be patient with progress in 2021

Looking through the archives of the Lake Placid News and our sister newspaper, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, it’s easy to find times when life was tough in America. It’s just a hunch, but the year 2020 was probably among the top five worst in modern history — not just for the United ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

(Editor’s note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper ...

Amazon doesn’t need you; local sellers do

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas. Bezos did not bring the virus to us. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do so. Still, the coronavirus has increased Bezos’ ...

State action on road salt reduction is long overdue in the Adirondacks

We are glad the Adirondack Park’s elected representatives — Republican and Democratic alike — and advocacy groups prevailed over the state Department of Transportation and convinced the governor to sign a road salt reduction bill the Legislature had passed almost unanimously in July. ...