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Editorials

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. ...

Shop locally this holiday season

We have a global economy, and we can’t buy everything we need in the Tri-Lakes region, but as much as you can this holiday season, please shop locally. Here are the reasons that benefit YOU: 1. You get to talk to a real person who can help you with your questions. 2. You save money ...

Continually thankful

Whether it’s a religious observance or the traditional American one, at its very core, Thanksgiving has always been about counting your blessings. When the times are great — everyone’s healthy, no financial worries, careers are on target, loads of family and friends — counting your ...

Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation

(The following is President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation from Oct. 3, 1863.) The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget ...

#ShopADK toolkit, new ‘Politely Adirondack’ posters are helpful

The holiday edition of the #ShopADK toolkit is now available from the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. We’ve found it to be a helpful way for local businesses to attract more local customers, which has become even more important during the coronavirus pandemic. “Through the ...

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 ...

True patriots stay in America after election

To flee the United States when your political candidate doesn’t win the presidential election doesn’t make any sense. Some Americans actually packed up and left the country — moving to places such as Canada and Europe — after Donald Trump won the election against Hillary Clinton in ...

The bigger test is beyond Election Day

The upcoming election is a major crossroads for this nation. The two paths before us are perhaps more widely divergent than at any time in recent memory. And the number of political campaign signs we’ve seen while driving around the North Country is more than we ever remember seeing ...

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 ...