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Blame everyone and no one for hectic election

May 21, 2015 Voting yesterday at Saranac Lake High School was a bit of a mess, but school district staff members and volunteer poll workers toughed it out and prevailed at the end of a long day. more »»

Two terms enough for legislative leaders

May 20, 2015 We think the recent arrest of another New York state politician shows how term limits for leadership roles could be helpful in limiting corruption. State Sen. more »»

Inviting nonwhite people to the Adirondacks

May 16, 2015 Last weekend’s John Brown Day celebration of Brother Yusuf Burgess nudged us toward writing about a question that’s been kicking around in our heads for years: People move to the Adirondacks from al... more »»

Best to use public email for public roles

May 15, 2015 An April essay by Saranac Lake native Adam Federman prompted our senior staff writer, Chris Knight, to report Wednesday about local elected leaders using their personal email accounts for public as... more »»

Online tests must wait on broadband

May 14, 2015 Among complaints many educators make about the federally driven Common Core school standards is that administering required tests is an enormous challenge. more »»

Reason to doubt IRS fixed its problem

May 13, 2015 Just one Internal Revenue Service official lost her job over harassment of nonprofit organizations for political reasons, to our knowledge. more »»

Power needs require nuclear waste facility

May 11, 2015 Radioactive waste will not go away, as much as people try to ignore the problem. Nearly one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power plants. more »»

Rethink downtown

May 9, 2015 Many generations ago, North American villages and cities built up their downtowns, often with attractive commercial buildings showing off the beautiful architecture of that time. more »»

Too big a job for someone charged with corruption

May 8, 2015 Dean Skelos, following his arrest on federal corruption charges Monday, should step down as majority leader of the New York state Senate. He insists he’s innocent, and maybe he is. more »»

Why was it so easy for gyrocopter?

May 7, 2015 When Florida mailman Douglas Hughes flew his tiny gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds last month, he did more than make a statement on the need for political campaign finance reform. more »»

A great opportunity for young writers

May 6, 2015 A year ago, we announced the launch of Young Voices of New York, a news website on which writers under the age of 14 try their hands at journalism. Since then we’ve read interesting articles on www. more »»

Glad state will help protect pollinators

May 4, 2015 As spring begins and bugs start to come out again, we’re thinking about bees. Statewide, agriculture is a $5.4 billion industry. more »»

Vote to stop the domestic spying

May 2, 2015 We urge the North Country’s congresswoman to be true to what she said on the campaign trail last year and vote against letting the federal government continue its massive spying operation on its ow... more »»

Yanking a child out of bad behavior

May 1, 2015 Most parents probably would like to think they would behave as Toya Graham did when she saw her son throwing things at police officers during a riot in Baltimore — maybe not in the same style, but... more »»

Piling up more national debt

April 30, 2015 Within a decade, the U.S. national debt, now $18.2 trillion, will soar to $27 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office predicts. more »»

Digging into Sunmount’s volatility

April 29, 2015 Amid ongoing tension, Sunmount is becoming more volatile, with new violent incidents taking place at this important but troubled facility for developmentally disabled people. more »»

Microbeads should be thoroughly banned

April 25, 2015 Who comes up with things like microbeads? If only someone in a lab or board room had vetoed the idea of adding tiny plastic granules to make skin products and toothpaste more abrasive. more »»

Stop Start-Up NY

April 24, 2015 When Start-Up NY was created in 2013, we warned there was no way to guarantee that the economic payoff would equal the size of the tax giveaway. more »»

Bad crime lab analysts squander public trust

April 23, 2015 Fairness and impartiality are at the foundation of the American concept of justice. It has been eroded to an alarming extent. more »»



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