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Editorials

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, ...

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 ...