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Opinion

Poll results, Jan. 13-20

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Which configuration, proposed by a private traffic study, would you prefer for the intersection of Lake Flower Avenue, River Street and Brandy Brook Avenue in Saranac Lake? Mostly as is • T-intersection, adding stop sign from River Street • Roundabout • ...

Proper use of 4-way flashers revisited

Columns

A regular reader of these traffic safety articles recently contacted me to ask about the use of the four-way hazard lights on vehicles when driving in snow and/or fog. His gripe was that a driver he was following was driving with his/her hazard lights flashing — since these lights are quite ...

Sensible idea, a roundabout

Letters to the editor

To the editor: We read with interest the recent article addressing the possible makeover of the “Lake Flower Intersection,” which is comprised of River Street, Brandy Brook and Lake Flower avenues. We agree, a change is needed, especially with the addition of the Saranac Waterfront ...

Necessary but painful job in Lake Placid

Editorials

We were glad to hear Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall tell the Lake Placid Business Association this week that people will, in fact, get to speak publicly at a public information session about the looming Main Street overhaul.  It was a change from the week before, when the mayor and ...

Saving Camp Topridge (The Enterprise, October 1983)

Columns

We covered the news of the big earthquake (5.2 on the Richter scale) in the Adirondack region in this space last week. But there was plenty of other local news. Here are excerpts from a page 1 story by Carol Bruce about the famous camp originally owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post … ...

Firefighters saved home from destruction

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Sunday, Jan. 12, I came home at noon and opened the front door to my house. I was immediately faced with an impenetrable wall of smoke. I quickly went next door to my neighbor’s house and called 911, which dispatched the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department to my ...

Please give to United Way

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This is a challenging year for us all, but it will be especially hard on the agencies who step forward in tough times, to make certain there is a helping hand for those whose circumstances leave them even more vulnerable. Many of those agencies depend on support from the ...

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Good riddance to 2019 because the lunacy was staggering. We endured (transgender) reading hours, the firing of distinguished faculty who insist that reality means two sexes, the New York Times’ “1619 Project” which purports to rewrite U.S. history as entirely inspired ...

Sports safety tips

Columns

With so many children playing so many sports nowadays, parents have been competing to ask me questions about what they can do to make sure their child is as safe as possible when practicing or playing a particular sport. Let me see if I am game enough to offer some tips on this ...

World dynamics are about more than Trump

Editorials

If you doubt that too many Americans have become preoccupied with President Donald Trump, either favorably or unfavorably, consider a news report this week. It involved Russian computer hackers and Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company. “A cybersecurity company says Russian military ...

Trail has been great for Damascus, Va.

Columns

Re: “Correcting the rail-trail record”: I would like to provide a bit of information regarding Bill Branson of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s “Correcting the rail-trail record” column from Jan 7. I think that his using a 20-year-old study is a bit misleading in his ...

Keep Main Street as a great business district

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Let’s let Main Street be Main Street. At the south end of Main Street is a lovely park, which includes the village beach and playground. The middle of Main Street at Mid’s Park is a beautiful open space with a superb view of the lake with surrounding mountains and ...

Advantages of a roundabout

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I favor the roundabout solution for the River Street, Lake Flower Avenue, Brandy Brook Avenue intersection because all cars have to slow down, but few have to stop except in heavy traffic. The throughput is greater than other solutions, and is supported by increased adoption ...

Don’t go to war, Trump

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Alright, Trump, you have done it now. You put the last nail in your coffin! Forget about becoming president again. You have committed a war crime against the world. If we go to war, forget presidency; you would be in prison instead, or better yet, we should sacrifice or give ...

Wheel of misfortune

Columns

The one, and perhaps only, vice I never indulged in is gambling. On the simplest level, I just don’t understand games of chance. And when I say I don’t understand them, I mean I don’t understand them at all. And it’s not like I haven’t tried. Take cards, for example. At various ...

Winter Carnival book sale and more

Columns

The Saranac Lake Free Library’s Winter Carnival Book Sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 and 8. There will be great deals on books, gently used puzzles and games, DVDs and audio and music CDs. --- Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Winter is prime time for your favorite soups

Columns

The soup cauldron simmers, steams, shimmers warming soul, spirit, flesh. Winter is time for hot, steamy, flavorful soup. There are probably thousands of different soups, because you can make soup from almost anything. There are broth-based soups and chunky chowders, as well as vegetarian and ...

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

Editorials

Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the ill and injured are cared for, fires are extinguished, artists’ work is promoted, libraries are maintained, events are planned and the natural environment is curated by volunteers. In March, ...

Three ways to really improve education

Columns

Despite Common Core and more testing, reading and math scores haven’t budged in a decade” (National Assessment of Educational Progress). “Specifically, 35% of fourth graders were proficient in reading in 2019, slightly down from 37% in 2017 and barely up from 33% of such students ...

Consider giving to United Way

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Being the 2020 United Way Campaign chair for Clinton County has been one of the most gratifying experiences I have ever been a part of. The word “generosity” has a new meaning for me as well. Since the very first meeting I had with the campaign team, and every meeting or ...