Sunday, August 14, 2022

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

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  1. louis curth says:

    So sorry that the Adirondack Almanack chooses not to include today’s Watertown Daily Times editorial titled; “RECKLESS RHETORIC: STEFANIK, TENNEY INVITE VIOLENCE WITH UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS.”

    The editorial goes on to say; “The vitriol directed at federal authorities over a search warrant executed Monday against former President Donald J. Trump is beyond the pale and must stop. Many threats have been made against officials with both the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice as well as law enforcement agents. Tragically, an armed man who made disturbing comments online about the raid was killed Thursday after attempting to force his way into an FBI office in Cincinnati.”

    “U.S. Reps. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, and Claudia L. Tenney, R-New Hartford, have needlessly fanned the flames of unreasonable outrage over an appropriate legal process. We don’t yet have all the details of what the Justice Department sought or what it recovered…..”

    As a long time member of the law enforcement community, I find Ms. Stefanik’s attack on our rule of law, the very moral foundation that distinguishes us us from corrupt authoritarian regimes, to be appalling and dangerous!!

    The Stefanik diatribe simply underscores the urgent need for a community-minded forum like the Explorer/Almanack to present important issues for readers to read, ponder, and discuss – in a moderated venue. If we try to ignore controversial topics, won’t we simply be aiding and abetting those who are seeking to contravene democracy by spreading lies and fomenting hatred for their own self-serving reasons?

    North country people need the Almanack as a marketplace of ideas. In fact , we need many more such places, where fact-based ideas and opinions can be presented on subjects that concern our well being. We must NEVER succumb to the political lies and propaganda that, like Pinocchio’s nose, grows more outlandish and inflammatory the closer we get to elections.

  2. Naj Wikoff says:

    In the Adirondacks, many residents are burdened by the high cost of medical care and prescription drugs, we have an opioid crisis and amongst the highest suicide rates in the state, and veterans suffering from exposure to burn pits and other outcomes of military service. Our forests and the quality of air and water is being damaged by climate change and air and water pollution. The list goes on. All Adirondackers need to know how our elected officials vote on these and other key issues.

    Critical is a willingness to work toward shared goals. We are fortunate to have institutions like the Adk Foundation, the Adk Diversity Initiative, and ANCA working to create opportunities for region wide collaboration. We cannot afford to have this work be damaged by the increasing political polarization and inflammatory language. The ADK Diversity Initiative as an example has been working hard with community, county and state law enforcement agencies and the DEC to make the region safer and more welcoming for all residents and visitors. We cannot afford to have that good work and trust damaged.

    To do that, we need to get out of our comfort zones, discuss the macro issues that are impacting our region and the people who live here, and increase avenues of communication.

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