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Opinion

Critical of actions by Elise Stefanik

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Elise Stefanik must face the consequences for taking part in inciting an attempted coup to prevent the peaceful transition of the presidency. She voted to overturn the democratic process of Congressional approval of other states’ certified election results by not accepting ...

Open letter to Elise Stefanik

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To Rep. Elise Stefanik: We are writing to express our profound concern regarding your activities to overturn the will of the people in the recent November election. There seems to be no moral line that you won’t cross in your support of President Trump. Instead of ...

ON THE SCENE: New Year’s hopes for 2021

Columns

Traditionally at this time of year, aside from recovering from being up nearly all night partying and watching college football the next day, people often make new year’s resolutions and articulate their hopes for the coming year. As 2020 was especially brutal for society as a whole and ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘This will be the summer my flower beds will flourish’

Columns

What a way to begin the new year. Political insanity and inanities ride the airwaves, while new, improved (from the virus’ point of view) strains of COVID kill, bereave, sicken, terrify and inconvenience the world’s population. I suppose those of us who are merely inconvenienced should ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Exploring Height of Land Mountain

Columns

The Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park. It extends some 24 miles north and south, 18 miles east and west, and is made up of over 114,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands. During the early 1900s, logging was an important industry in ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Columns

Lake Placid movies More pictures have been made in Lake Placid this year than in any resort in the country, including Miami, according to the report of motion picture men who have been working here for the past two weeks. Nine subjects have already been photographed by representatives of Fox ...

COVID aid not nearly enough for struggling families, businesses

Editorials

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 ...

A successful Holiday Village Stroll in 2020

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Even with navigating the pandemic, the Lake Placid community was able to host a safe and successful Holiday Village “Mini” Stroll in December. 2020’s Holiday Village Stroll included a virtual run, a Main Street scavenger hunt, to-go craft kits, and two virtual ...

‘Everywhere I go I see masks on the ground’

Columns

As I write this column, we are in that strange no-man’s land between Christmas and the New Year. There is always such a terrific buildup to Christmas, and then it is just—gone. We are left standing in a pile of ribbon and debris, tired, a piece of fruitcake in our hand. Come on, fruit cake ...

ON THE SCENE: Staying happier in the new year

Columns

Wishing someone a “happy new year” feels a bit odd, to say the least, during a pandemic and its resulting economic crisis. It’s made worse by a government incapable of providing relief to individuals and state, county and local governments, and, through them, first responders, ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 102 years ago

Columns

Influenza pandemic London, Dec. 19 — The Times medical correspondent says it seems reasonable to believe that throughout the world about 6 million persons perished from influenza and pneumonia during the past three months. It has been estimated that the war caused the death of 20 million ...

Be patient with progress in 2021

Editorials

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 ...

Vilsack should help the cultured-meat industry

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Tom Vilsack, incoming head of the United States Department of Agriculture, should do everything in his power to help the nascent cultured-meat industry. For those who aren’t aware, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering animals. The USDA will share ...

Trump should follow Washington’s example

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our times are different, of course. But it is striking that we Americans revere the first president of the United States for his willingness to give up power. Now our most recent president is doing the exact opposite, and apparently has millions of Americans supporting ...

Thanks from the LPCA

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the board and staff of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, we would like to thank the more than 250 business and individuals who donated to this year’s virtual Joy to the Children event. For the last 33 years, Joy to the Children, graciously hosted by Ed ...

ON THE SCENE: Cat-proofing the Christmas tree and Biden picks

Columns

When I was growing up at our motel on Wilmington Road, having a Christmas tree was a bit of a challenge. We had cats that liked to leap up at low-hanging ornaments, especially the round silver or gold ones, really anything that had a reflective or sparkly surface. Once they were destroyed, ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘For me, Santa Claus was no big deal’

Columns

Hey, did you get my present (Christmas card, cookies)? That time-honored excuse, “It must have gotten lost in the mail!” has taken on new credibility this holiday season, as the United States Postal Service, Fed-Ex and United Parcel Service all founder in a sea of undelivered envelopes ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: My Sharps Ridge romp

Columns

It doesn’t matter where I go in the Adirondack Park, I always feel like home. Do you think it’s the plaid I wear? Maybe it’s my rustic middle-aged charm. Whatever it is, it always whets my taste buds to explore more of the park and spread out a bit. When I took this hike, the trails ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 47 years ago

Columns

Olympic meeting Representatives of the Lake Placid Olympic Committee will meet in Washington with representatives of a congressional study committee on physical fitness to discuss the village’s bid for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. The meeting is a result of a letter sent by the LPOC to ...