Opinion

Legislature’s punt on pay raises now costing taxpayers

Editorials

A couple of weeks ago in this space we criticized the state Legislature for punting on hard decisions. A court decision by an Albany judge has proved us correct. At issue was a commission to examine legislative pay raises created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the 2018 state budget. The ...

Essex County Board of Supervisors to rest of state: ‘We got this’

Columns

Without much fanfare on Thursday, June 13, the New York State Court of Appeals rendered a decision that received little attention. Given the statewide implications and Essex County’s involvement, it’s a shame. Local leaders, election commissioners and attorneys across this state were ...

Muller Report is readable and available

Letters to the editor

To the editor: People across the political spectrum might conclude that the Mueller Report is not worth reading because (1) it is filled with incomprehensible legal jargon; (2) it is too expensive to purchase and too long to read; (3) the salient parts have been redacted; (4) the report ...

‘Across the Plains,’ part IV

Columns

“At Ogden (Utah) we changed cars from the Union Pacific to the Central Pacific line of railroad. The change was doubly welcome; for, first we had better cars on the new line; and, second, those in which we had been cooped for more than ninety hours had begun to stink abominably...But one ...

Change?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Election season is now upon us, which has caused my reflection on the current state of affairs. I soon realized that we are being governed by a single political party from the top on down. I respectfully suspect that such a state is not in everyone’s interest. I remind your ...

Response to Mr. Miner

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It is unfortunate that Mr. Miner associates suicide with the end-of-life choices made by dying individuals and their families. As an ordained and formerly settled minister of religion, and a mental health professional, I have spent many hours helping individuals choose to ...

Searching for the High Peaks around Mirror Lake

Columns

My go-to walk is to enjoy the 2.7-mile stroll around Mirror Lake. I can easily circumnavigate the lake during my child’s ballet lesson. I can even squeeze in a stop at the bookstore and a grab n’ go from one of the Main Street shops. I usually use headphones and relax, but occasionally my ...

Light pasta dishes kick off the summer season

Columns

It’s summer! Put away heavy, hearty meals for next winter. Summer calls for simple, luscious, fresh, light fare. The days are long and full of outdoor fun. Gardens are beginning to produce fresh veggies. When there’s so much to do, who wants to spend time making dinner? Noodles to the ...

Taking turns

Editorials

When two kids disagree about how things ought to be, adults try to step in and figure out a compromise. When they can’t come up with a plan both kids agree to, one timeless strategy is to have the children take turns. It isn’t entirely satisfying to either kid, because each has to ...

Guideboat book has many uses

Columns

“The Adirondack Guideboat: Its Origins, Its Builders and Their Boats,” a recently published book (Bauhan Publishing, 2018) by Stephen Sulavik on the topic, may prove to be close to the last word on the subject. The book has multiple uses. Everyone interested in Adirondack history ...

Clearing the waters

Columns

We write in response to a few letters and an editorial written recently in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise regarding the proposed whitewater park on the Saranac River downstream of the LaPan bridge in Saranac Lake. We greatly appreciate and value feedback from everyone, including local ...

The FBI is not a separate branch of government

Columns

It’s too early to take away any clear lessons from the Trump era, except one: Whatever you do, never fire the FBI director. Yes, as president, it is fully within your power to cashier inferior executive-branch officers. But if the aftermath of the James Comey firing is any indication, it ...

Conservation failure of epic proportion

Columns

This morning (June 22) I read that the Conservation Fund, which works to conserve working forests around the country, recently put more than 50,000 acres of Adirondack forests under protection so the land can continue to support local jobs and allow recreational access. The nonprofit purchased ...

Adoptees can now get birth certificates

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am thrilled to tell you that the New York state Legislature passed the bill that will make it possible for adoptees to acquire a certified copy of their original birth certificate at age 18. The bill passed by an overwhelming vote of 127 to 2 and 56-6 in Senate. It will ...

‘You’ve come, and we’re delighted!’

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This is the time of year when, as a community and particularly as a business community, we should reflect upon how fortunate we are to have one of the premier horse shows in the world coming to our area. The first week of the show (starting June 25) would be a relatively ...

Boy Scouts give thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Saranac Lake Boy Scout Troop 1 would like to send out our sincere thanks to Coakley Home & Hardware, Hyde Mobil and Kinney Drugs for allowing us to hold bake sales at their businesses last Saturday. In addition, Coakley’s generously donated all the hamburgers, hotdogs, ...

Poll results, June 17-24

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Should state Adirondack Park Agency commissioners no longer be allowed to keep serving once their terms expire? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Not comfortable with driver’s license bill

Editorials

We are disappointed the state Legislature passed the “Green Light” bill, letting people in the U.S. illegally get driver’s licenses. What needs to happen is for Congress to reform our immigration mess to give these people pathways to legal residency. What our state is doing instead is ...

Slow-moving vehicle speed limit raised to 39 mph

Columns

Effective Wednesday, slow-moving vehicles such as farm tractors and other equipment will be able to travel at higher speeds on New York roads. Changes to Subdivision 36 of Section 375 of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law raises the speed at which slow-moving vehicles can travel from 25 ...

Suicide is suicide

Letters to the editor

To the editor:  How unfortunate that a physician in our community has the temerity to attempt to redefine our current language and ethics to achieve an ideological outcome. Dr. Federman’s June 1 letter does exactly that. Regarding suicide — quite simply, to quote a popular movie, “I ...