While the COVID-19 vaccination rollout gives hope that there’s a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, it also seems like the “pandemic fatigue” that was a buzzword over the summer has settled into full blown malaise.
This week, the news from Washington, D.C. shook many of us out of the shut-in induced doldrums. In the Adirondack Almanack, two of our contributors put their thoughts into commentary pieces. The first, by Peter Bauer, is critical of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who represents the majority of Adirondack North Country residents in Congress. The second piece, posted Tuesday, is by Vanessa Banti. She wonders how we can begin to heal as a nation, in the midst of so much hate-filled rhetoric and symbols.
While Peter’s piece has garnered a lot of discussion (231 comments and counting), some readers voiced their displeasure at seeing political content in the Almanack. As many noted, they enjoy coming to the Almanack to get away from the headlines. Turns out they may have a point, as both Peter and Vanessa’s commentary pieces were edged out of the running for most-read story of the week (keep scrolling to see which one earned the title).
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Top stories of the week
ARMY DRILLS: In a story that’s running in the Jan/Feb issue of Adirondack Explorer, Gwen Craig takes an in-depth look at Fort Drum’s plans for increased training drills in the Adirondack region. READ MORE
ALL ABOUT BOBCATS: Did you know that the average home range of a male American bobcat (Lynx rufus) in the Adirondacks is 136 square miles? Learn more in this piece by Richard Gast that was widely shared this week. READ MORE
- Finally, a solution for Debar Lodge
- Adirondack Council’s Diane Fish to retire
- Pandemic leads Cuomo’s State of the State, but climate remains a priority
- When it comes to giant hornets, there is great news about bad news
- Local power: Paul Smith’s electricity now 100% from nearby sources
- Judge penalizes state for salt pollution
- Saranac Lake Marina project back in court
This is a look at some of the week’s top news, on our two websites: AdirondackExplorer.org and AdirondackAlmanack.com.
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