Opinion

The power of prayer … and presence

Columns

The irony of winter sports: When the weather’s great for skiing, it’s lousy for skating, and vice versa. And last week when it rained and then froze, it was great for skating. Which was fine with me since I don’t ski but I do skate — in a manner of speaking. Like everyone ...

Protecting freedoms after the Trump-America wedding

Editorials

I, America, take you, Donald Trump, to be my lawfully wedded president, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until ... Depending on your political views, will a Trump administration be for better or for worse? ...

Advances in batteries make for a bright future

Columns

There has been much talk over the recent decades about renewable energy. Of course this will be important for us one way or another. Whether or not you agree with the scientific consensus on global warming, there is a limited supply of oil and coal, which will eventually render them ...

A cup of amaranth
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Amaranth: Strength of the Aztecs

Columns

Most American cooks are not familiar with amaranth. Centuries ago, this ancient Mexican grain was a staple in the diets of Aztecs and Mayans, who used it to make tortillas before the cultivation of corn. Amaranth has been cultivated in Central America for over 5,000 years. Amaranth ...

In search of democracy in a small New York town

Columns

America’s three-branch government model - Every high school student learns that in America, the powers exercised by federal, state and local officials are to be limited by a system of checks and balances among the branches of government. Here is a passage from a typical high school ...

Social Security, Medicare are also threatened

Letters to the editor

To the editor: A question for those who voted for Trump and Stefanik: Did you expect them to take away the Affordable Care Act, condemning 6,796 people just in Warren County to no health care insurance? Or destroying Social Security and Medicare (called “privatization”)? That is exactly ...

Haves and have-nots of Essex County

Letters to the editor

To the editor: So recently I have seen a clear effort in the old Valley News to sanctify the efforts led by Chris Moran (footnote 1) to rid the countryside of older cars. The only experience I have had with Mr. Moran was in his function on the planning board, and I think I can fairly say ...

VA needs overhaul under new leader

Editorials

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Win-win partnerships — Propelling students to beat the odds

Columns

Last month, a young woman who grew up in a low-income household in rural Kentucky was accepted early decision to Harvard. Katie’s story is compelling. Her father left before she was born, and her mother passed away when she was just a toddler. When her grandmother died from breast cancer, ...

Time to go

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I just met a couple of guys at Larkin’s store who were putting gas in their two sleds on their trailer. They asked where the trailhead was to ride to Lake Placid; they were going to park here. I told them the trail was a block away. Then I had to explain that with the low ...

Shiitake mushrooms
(Photo provided — Cornell Small Farms)

Log-grown shiitake — viability for small farms

Columns

If you go ... What: “Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms” workshop When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 Where: Paul Smith’s College VIC How much: $30/person (includes lunch and handout materials) Register/more info: www.cornellmushrooms.org/viability, Steve ...

Arson and the Affordable Care Act

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Friday, Jan. 13, Rep. Elise Stefanik voted to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). This vote is a precursor to the final vote on the Budget Reconciliation Bill, which will be taken during the next month. It is expected that the Budget Reconciliation ...

A better idea for Pontiac Bay, Lake Flower and Saranac Lake

Columns

In case you missed it, the long-awaited application for the Lake Flower Resort arrived at the Adirondack Park Agency over the holidays, including a plea for a variance to roll back very reasonable shoreline setbacks. The arrival was noticed in the Dec. 23 edition of the Enterprise. And if the ...

Resort is too big for its site

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Re: Lake Flower Resort: The developers of this project are seeking a massive and unprecedented variance from the shoreline setback requirements of the Adirondack Park Agency. The following has been submitted to the APA as part of the public hearing process: The variance ...

Field trip idea

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I recently paid my taxes in Harrietstown Town Hall. While waiting for someone to meet me afterward, I looked down at the steps that lead to the bowels of the building. To my surprise, I saw the fossilized remains of nautilidae. These are precursors of octopuses, cuttle fish, ...

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Great American Eclipse of 2017

Columns

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 will be the biggest astronomical event this year. On Aug. 21, the moon will pass directly between the Earth and Sun and cast its shadow onto Earth in a total eclipse of the Sun. Since the sun is a disk and not a point, there ...

Make right decision on resort, APA

Columns

There is considerable history and documentation of public dissatisfaction with the proposed project in the village, and with the Adirondack Park Agency. It would be unproductive to restate all of those comments here. However, it should be pointed out that the overwhelming majority of speakers ...

Court dinner thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Jan. 9, the Winter Carnival Court held its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Belvedere Restaurant. Profits from this dinner are used to purchase the outfits and other necessities for the court. We are pleased to report that this year’s dinner was a resounding ...

Same old dance for education funding

Editorials

Every year, business officials and the state Board of Regents throw out a ridiculous request for state aid increases across the state. The governor proposes an increase that is nowhere close to the Regents’ number. The state Legislature comes in and “saves the day” with a number ...

Letter to the APA

Guest Commentary

Seven years ago, after many years of vacationing in the Adirondacks, my wife and I decided to move to Saranac Lake. I believe that we are part of a movement, of an influx of former Adirondack guests who now call the Adirondacks home. One thing this group shares in common is a view of the ...