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Editorials

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 ...

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 ...