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Guest Commentary

Adirondack North Country Pride returns Oct. 2

Adirondack North Country Pride returns to Plattsburgh on Saturday Oct. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. in Trinity Park in Plattsburgh. This is the 6th annual pride event held in the Adirondack North Country celebrating diversity, inclusion and respect for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual ...

The good and bad of Ironman Lake Placid

We moved from Brooklyn to Upper Jay in July 2003. We bought an old farmhouse and 5 acres along the AuSable River in a spot we’d been assured had never flooded. We learned that the Ironman cycling route was past our house, and that a seemingly endless stream of cyclists would zoom by up ...

We get vaccines for dormant diseases; why not for an active one?

As I went through the process to attend SUNY Potsdam this fall, in hopes of becoming an English teacher, my registration was held up temporarily because of a question about vaccination — and not for COVID-19. State officials have said SUNY students will have to get COVID shots to attend ...

John Brown’s farm and New York’s voter suppression history

This year we are celebrating New York state’s acquisition of the John Brown farm 125 years ago, and it is good that we are. But let us also recall a 200th anniversary linked to the farm — a connection that has particular importance this year as we witness a voter suppression spree around ...

Keeping up on civics education is important

Americans learned a lot about government — especially that once-obscure process of impeachment — in the past year. But over time we’ve lost ground when it comes to understanding and embracing our democracy’s basic values. That loss goes a long way to explaining our political ...

Celebrating female Adirondack nonprofit community leaders

Many people who follow Adirondack Foundation’s work are generous and committed to giving back. So, you have likely heard about the remarkable philanthropy of MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. The impact of her giving, unrestricted and targeted to the ...