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Editorials

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 ...

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 ...