Thursday, June 30, 2005

Stranded people don't care about looks of 'Frankenpine'

I know the Adirondacks are pristine and all that, and I'm all for preserving the views. But this whole issue over the "Frankenpines" has me disturbed.

True, disguising cell towers like trees seems kind of stupid. But the alternative is either not having the towers disguised, or not having cell towers at all.

Most people who drive to the Adirondacks aren't Grisly Adams. If I run out of gas or get caught in a snowstorm in the middle of the Adirondacks, I'm not going to start a fire with string, eat bark and berries, and wipe my butt with pine needles for a week on the off-chance someone might happen by before a bear or hyphothermia get me. I'm going to want to get on my cell phone and call for help.

I don't care if they disguise the cell tower to look like a 400-foot-tall Little Orphan Annie. If I'm lost and I'm more than 2 miles from a Stewart's, I want to whip out my cell and talk to a human being.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

It takes a serious mistake to make a village

First they want to annex themselves into another town. Now the Pilot Knob folks want to form a village?

Wouldn't it be easier just to move?

I mean, they might like their lives on the lake and stuff. But they're sure going to a whole lot of trouble for the slight chance they might save a few bucks on their taxes. Do they think their taxes are just going to dry up when they're annexed or a part of a village? Suddenly, they're going to become an island unto themselves and no one will bother to tax them anymore? It's silly.

It's an election year. And it takes a village to raise a fuss.

Go to the next town board meeting and raise hell with the people who are running for re-election.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Business owners, step up to the plate

Lake George equals families equals money.

That's the bottom line.

If those business owners in Lake George don't want to hide their offensive T-shirts to help the village's image, then surrounding businesses should rise up and help them change their mind.

Lake George is more than a conglomeration of stores. It's a vision.

Yes, store owners have free-speech rights. But they also have a responsiblity to the community to promote that positive image that brings in tourists from year to year and generation to generation. These nasty T-shirts, prominently displayed, affect the entire village, and businesses shouldn't be allowed to snub their noses at that image. 

All it takes is one upset visitor spreading the word to erode that family image the village wants to project. And there goes the money.

Giuliani cleaned up Time Square. Blais should be able to clean up Canada Street. But business operators are going to have to step up and help him.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

From the "What Were You Thinking" department ...

Top 10 excuses for crashing a boat into an island on Lake George.

10 -- It wasn't on my map. Oh wait, this is a map of the Hiland Park golf course.
9 -- This is what happens when I let grandma play "Master and Commander."
8 -- I was trying to avoid Georgie the Lake George sea monster.
7 -- The lighthouse light must have burned out.
6 -- I thought the boat was on "auto-pilot.
5 -- I was distracted by a cannon blast from Fort William Henry.
4 -- All my friends were worse off than I was, so I took the wheel.
3 -- Someone put their bikini top over the windshield, and I was looking for the owner.
2 -- I actually saw three blurry islands, so I tried to avoid the one in the middle.
1 -- Hey, what's this round thing on the dash with the needle in the middle pointing to the "N"?

Monday, June 13, 2005


I decided to branch out from the editorial page of The Post-Star because I needed some more time to opine.

There's just so much out here to talk about, and so little time and space.

So, just like in the newspaper, I'll be sharp, and maybe a little snarky.

Welcome to the Coyote's den!