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We want winter

February 3, 2016 Spring weather in midwinter can feel nice when you’re only going to and from your car, but it’s bad for healthy outdoor activities, bad for special seasonal events and bad for our economy. more »»

Higher education: a need or an option?

February 1, 2016 U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has launched an online support group of sorts for those struggling to pay off student loans. more »»

Many left out of SUNY minimum wage hike

January 30, 2016 The minimum wage is rising on State University of New York campuses all across the state, hitting $15 in 2021, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the SUNY Board of Trustees. more »»

Why the U.S. should phase out Pell Grants for private colleges

January 29, 2016 Federal student loan and grant programs have not made college more affordable. They have merely provided billions of dollars in taxpayer money to help pay for i. more »»

‘Spotlight’ can inspire courage in tight-knit communities

January 28, 2016 “Spotlight” opened nationally in November, but it only came here this past week and tonight is local residents’ last chance to see it on the big screen — “big,” in this case, being the modest but... more »»

Tight tax cap is a good fit

January 27, 2016 We are sure many local school district officials think the tax-levy cap will be too snug for their 2016-17 budgets, but we encourage them to keep their spending plans within its limits. more »»

Albany, stop pillaging school budgets

January 25, 2016 One way New York state lawmakers can help our local school districts is to end what’s called the Gap Elimination Adjustment. more »»

Living and dying with each other

January 23, 2016 Things got tense at times during Wednesday night’s public discussion of a bill that would add New York to the list of states that allow aid-in-dying, otherwise known as physician-assisted suicide o... more »»

Justice Center has much to prove

January 22, 2016 The Justice Center, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo established in 2012 to investigate abuse of people with developmental disabilities and others in state care, doesn’t seem to be working very well. more »»

Lake Placid gets an A for holiday plan B

January 21, 2016 With the lack of snow and ice, the community of Lake Placid came together during the holiday season in a way we haven’t seen for a long time. more »»

Lawmakers resist ethics reform

January 20, 2016 Do New York state lawmakers not understand that their constituents are demanding to be able to trust them? Many do, but their leaders either do not get it or have something to hid. more »»

Mountains & Valleys of Cuomo’s agenda

January 18, 2016 New York’s current governor, Andrew Cuomo, is not a typical party-line guy, and we are not a party-line editorial boar. more »»

Not the right way to raise minimum wage

January 16, 2016 We’re not in favor of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to raise the minimum wage to $15 statewide by 2021. For a 40-hour-a-week job, that’s $31,200, more than many college-educated professionals make no. more »»

Could prisoners be educated without taxpayer expense?

January 15, 2016 Here in New York’s northern reaches, people tend to have a knee-jerk reaction in favor of prisons as major employers — and so they are. more »»

Government must secure the power grid

January 14, 2016 What if you flipped the switch some evening and the lights did not come on? Worse, what if the temperature outside was below zero and the boiler would not work? It happens. more »»

Round up homeless people at 31 degrees?

January 13, 2016 We’re disappointed in Gov. more »»


January 11, 2016 MOUNTAIN to a Texas couple for trying to buy and revive the Dew Drop Inn building on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake, and to Ed Dukett for being willing to sell the long-vacant former restaurant... more »»

Children’s Games are great all around

January 9, 2016 We’re thrilled for local young student-athletes leaving this weekend for Austria to participate in the International Children’s Game. more »»

Congress should secure Social Security

January 8, 2016 Another year has come and gone with neither Congress nor the White House doing anything to ensure Social Security is viable for future generations. more »»

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

January 7, 2016 Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteeris. more »»



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