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Editorials

Mountain coaster shows progress in ORDA’s venue improvements

More than five years ago, we toured the Olympic venues with the state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Community Advisory Panel, and we saw firsthand what improvements needed to be done in order to bring in more revenue, attract more visitors to the year-round facilities and host more ...

Gov. Cuomo, please open the movie theaters

(UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Oct. 8, after this editorial was printed, the Palace Theatre posted a photo of its marquee lit up during the evening on Facebook with the following message: "Did you notice something last night?!? The marquee will stay illuminated thanks to Regional Office of ...

We should all be afraid of the new coronavirus

Mr. President, Americans should be afraid of the coronavirus. We should all be very afraid, even here in the Adirondacks. Taking his mask off Monday evening after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — where he was treated for COVID-19 for three ...

Send us your news

For a variety of reasons, U.S. citizens are slowly losing their sense of community, yet we have hope that community newspapers such as the Lake Placid News can play a vital role in reversing that trend. More than ever, there is a need for community groups to get their news to the public and ...

Local agriculture industry will survive the pandemic

We continue our Savor the Season series this week in the Lake Placid News— as we have at the beginning of every season since the summer solstice of 2018 — and if there’s one word to describe agriculture in Essex County during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s “resilience.” When a ...

Time to show we care

There isn’t much local people can do to prevent things like the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Essex Center in Elizabethtown, other than expressing horror — and maybe calling on state and federal leaders to do more to protect nursing homes. But there is something we all can do for the people ...

No permits for High Peaks trails

Let’s say the state of New York decides to institute a permit system for hikers and backcountry campers to gain access to the most popular trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area, with the goal of protecting the resource — the woods, waters and wildlife. Yes, it would limit the number of ...

Pick 1 of 3 ways to vote this year

As an American citizen, you are being asked to make one of the most important decisions of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Should you vote or not vote on Election Day? That’s really the question. It’s not about WHO you will be voting for in the local, state and federal elections, but the ...

Will COVID vaccine be rationed?

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

Cathy Moore will be missed in many ways

I wrote a note to my boss, Publisher Cathy Moore, on her last day before retiring on Friday, Aug. 14. In the note card — featuring a fall foliage image of Mirror Lake and the beach house on Columbus Day 2015 — I said there is special place in Heaven for people like her — the VIP ...

State should not buy Whitney Park

By all accounts, Whitney Park is a treasure — a 36,000-acre tract full of 22 connected lakes and ponds. The few human impacts — 80 miles of roads, 20 miles of trails, a logging operation, a great camp complex and a few other structures — practically melt into the vastness of its mostly ...

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, ...