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Monday, January 28, 2019

Kelly Metzgar On Historic GENDA Legislation

History was made in New York State recently when the New York State Senate – after 16 very long and often disappointing years – finally passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) granting basic human and civil rights protections to the Transgender and Non-Binary communities. GENDA had previously passed the NYS Democratic majority Assembly 11 years in a row. Also signed into law was the ban on LGBTQ Conversion Therapy, a controversial practice that attempted to change a child or youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity through highly discredited therapeutic means. GENDA now codifies into law, explicit legal rights and >>More

Saturday, January 26, 2019

That So-Called Adirondack Hall of Fame

I’ve made it a point of personal honor not to engage in arguments over lists, a lesson learned in high school when the radio stations would play their obligatory end-of-year “100 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time” segments. And you’d sit around with a bunch of people in your friend’s basement having a meltdown that Stairway to Heaven placed ahead of Satisfaction. The capper was when stations, looking to reintroduce some buzz into a growingly tired feature, would pick something like Rubberband Man by the Spinners as the No. 1 Rock and Roll Song of All Time, spurring >>More

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Poetry: Ordinary Like Our Sun

  Ordinary Like Our Sun There are many kinds of deserts, but they all reject the notion that life should flourish. That’s gravity. A grim background disturbing the atmosphere. But it can’t make you fall in love, or at least that’s what Einstein said. With an exquisite fussiness, it intones mystical equations and leaks blood in -alabaster basins. Gravity is a creature of two nights; it feels a certain kind of anxiety in the litany, so it shakes the earth from the flesh, as if the beast itself might sabotage the magic trick. Like jumbled chunks of sea ice, always >>More

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

John W. Taylor: New York’s (Almost Only) Speaker of the House

The title Speaker of the House of Representatives has received lots of attention during the past few years. It’s hard to believe that the nation’s fourth-most-populous state (New York—nearly always number one, and in the top five since 1790) has only one native who served in that position. Well, technically, there are two, but one of them served 99.82 percent of the pair’s total time in office—to be explained later. If you’re from Northern New York and dislike the idea of people owning people, you’ll be pleased at his strong stance for freedom during one of our nation’s most turbulent >>More

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Adirondack Regional Economic Analysis Released

What’s growing? Where should we invest? The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and regional partners set out to answer these and other questions facing North Country communities by completing an economic analysis of the entire 14-county Adirondack North Country region. Findings from the research are now publicly available. ANCA and collaborators recently released the report, Regional Economic Analysis for the Adirondack North Country, which documents economic trends in the region and opportunities for local investment, as well as county-level demographic and economic data. The full report is available on ANCA’s website at www.adirondack.org/RegionalEconomicAnalysis. “Many of us whose work focuses on >>More

Sunday, January 20, 2019

When The 1918 Influenza Pandemic Reached Keene

Local historian and author Margaret Bartley is set to give a talk on the impact the 1918 Influenza Pandemic had in the Town of Keene at the Keene Valley Library. Bartley has collected individual stories and photos that help convey the impact the public health crisis had on the relatively isolated community. She will detail the devastating flu’s impact on Keene and the surrounding Adirondack region. Bartley estimates 90% of the hamlet’s population was infected. At one point in 1919, there were so many deaths town officials struggled to bury the bodies.   Worldwide, an estimated half a billion people >>More

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Poetry: When I Look Up

  When I Look Up When I look up I see the quiet survival of the solar system. I see the outbursts of constellations and the disturbing meaning of the Milky Way. When I look up I see the penetration of the corona, a universe of stars, the way Galileo saw it, all ionized and catastrophic. View original post.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Murder in Troy: The Welshman And William Wesson (Conclusion)

What follows is the conclusion of the murder story that was begun here last week, ending with testimony from several witnesses, including the defendant. This picks up in the trial’s final phase. During closing statements, defense attorney Jeremiah K. Long pleaded for his client’s life: “The charge of murder in the first degree is a fearful one. To condemn this aged man to death will be a fearful responsibility for every individual juror. The facts did not warrant a conclusion of deliberate killing. The ends of justice might be satisfied by the infliction of a lighter penalty than death…. None >>More

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Don Wynn: Not The Times To Be Painting Only Trees

I’ve been taking some time away from trying to capture the elusive painted equivalents of things primarily Adirondack in origin, which in many instances are so very positive in character. In times of great sociopolitical upheaval, as is the case in our nation today, events occurring beyond our personal sphere of activity will have a profound and sometimes immediate effect on our own environment. There is a strong historical tradition of commentary by artists in many disciplines responding to such a situation via their medium of choice. Living or working in a place such as the » Continue Reading. View >>More

Thursday, January 17, 2019

MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Revival in Saranac Lake

A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King has been set for Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 7 to 8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Great Hall, 57 Church Street in Saranac Lake. After listening to Dr. King’s words on the need for social and economic justice, Joe Paparone will speak on the revival of Dr. King’s last project, the Poor People’s Campaign, and discuss continuing this legacy today. There will be music and refreshments. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is updating Martin Luther King’s last social action project. Planning began in 2017 >>More


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