Opinion

Good intentions but bad policy on bereavement leave

Editorials

Quietly, with little fanfare, legislation made its way through both houses of the state Legislature to include bereavement leave as part of the state’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Encouraging bereavement leave is important; few will argue that we all need time to grieve the loss of a ...

Rear-facing or front-facing car seat — when to switch

Columns

One of the most confusing subjects, triggering numerous inquiries from new parents, is how long their baby should stay in a rear-facing car seat. Although there’s not an exact timeline, the rule of thumb now is that babies should be in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible, to the ...

Dereliction of political duty in a tweet

Columns

It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that ...

Has Trump delivered on economic promises?

Columns

Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump’s promises? You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and widely unexpected economic developments. Vice President Mike Pence, writing in the Des Moines Register, put it succinctly: “The evidence is clear: America is back.” ...

Tale of two hikes

Columns

BRANT LAKE — On an overcast morning, as my family slept, I snuck away for a quick hike out to Sand Lake, near the town of Speculator. Since we were visiting family in the area, I figured why not take advantage and check out a place I’ve never been to. I pulled up to the trailhead on ...

‘If you want peace, work for justice’

Editorials

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

U.S. imprisons too many people

Guest Commentary

I am responding to a recent editorial in the Enterprise along with an opinion piece about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) recent comments about the American penal system. Although her remarks appear controversial to many, they have unfortunately detracted from a major and very real issue ...

Gabriels power line operations by National Grid

Letters to the editor

To the editor: While attending the monarch program at the Wild Center recently I mentioned the devastation visited on substantial stands of milkweed and nectar plants growing on the Gabriels power line right of way. We had observed National Grid’s contractors applying herbicides, ...

Bloomingdale history — the Enterprise, 1970

Columns

There were two articles published in the Enterprise in July 1970 by Dorothy White and Paul Shene. Dorothy was a regular columnist for the newspaper on Bloomingdale news. It was a two-part series, but unfortunately I have only part one. But at least it is a glimpse into the past, and it ...

Preparing for a healthy return to school

Columns

Parents have been testing me on how their children can get a healthy start as they head back to school. Let me take on that assignment and provide some information on this topic. First, be sure your child is in good health. Make sure they have an annual checkup, including that their ...

Solutions to lacrosse tourney rowdiness will take some time

Editorials

While Lake Placid is a resort town — a proud one that has hosted millions of visitors from around the world for almost 200 years — this is not Las Vegas. What happens here does not always stay here. Such was the case when two Texas men in their 20s, staying here to participate in the ...

Door jam

Columns

For the past half-century I’ve owned cars, all of them used, some of them very used. As a result, I’ve learned two things. One is patience. Used cars are not new cars. As a result, things will go wrong with them, if not off the bat then a lot sooner than with a new car (unless the new ...

A civics quiz

Columns

What do the following events have in common? ¯ The Great Depression that started in 1929 ¯ The disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 ¯ The Vietnam War from 1964 ¯ The Iraqi invasion in 2003 I could add a further hint: roll-back of environmental protections, imposition of ...

Stefanik hasn’t stuck up for Canada against Saudis

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has launched a series of attacks on Canada in recent days, but Congresswoman Stefanik has been silent in the defense of our northern ally. The attack was prompted by a tweet on Aug. 3 by the Foreign Ministry of Canada expressing grave concern ...

We don’t make this stuff up, Mr. President

Editorials

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates our ...

Dr. Trudeau, lantern bearer, part 1

Columns

“The ideal is the beautiful in life; the facts are hideous.” — Dr. E.L. Trudeau - Robert Louis Stevenson and Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau were two men only two years apart in age, and each had reached a notable degree of success in his chosen sphere of influence — literature ...

Single-payer for upstate hospitals? Depends on the payer

Columns

As election season heats up, so are conversations about single-payer health care. Is it appropriate for New York? Is it appropriate for upstate New York? What about hospitals? Upstate New York hospitals have their own unique geographic, economic and patient-mix factors; there are 54 ...

It’s a dog-eat-dog White House

Columns

WASHINGTON — No sooner had I ordered the 2011 book “Less Than Human” for a late-summer read than President Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” and a “lowlife.” Those two slurs fit nicely into author David Livingstone Smith’s philosophical study of man’s capacity to ...

Natural wonders at High Falls Gorge

Columns

There are many reasons for making High Falls Gorge, one of New York’s natural wonders, a must-see stop. Our visitors and friends are always such a range of ages and abilities, High Falls Gorge makes it easy for everyone to get close to nature. We can always go our separate ways for other ...