Opinion

Don’t forget others in Christmas prep

Editorials

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

History of the town of Franklin

Columns

Maybe some of us overlook the importance of the town of Franklin, which is a partner of the Town of Harrietstown forming our Franklin County Legislative District. [It was important to my family when we lived on Norman Ridge in the 1930’s and in the winter even those big Walter plow trucks ...

Coroner insulted his colleagues

Columns

I have served as an Essex County coroner and licensed funeral director for the past 29 years. After much deliberation, I decided not to seek re-election this year. During my tenure as a coroner, I responded to thousands of calls all over the county, and even a few outside the county when ...

Youth center thankful for community connection

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As we are in the season of Thanksgiving, I would like to take this time to say thank you to all who supported the Saranac Lake Youth Center in 2018!  2018 was a year of CONNECTION for us. What does connection mean? Instead of going to the dictionary, I went to ...

Cold equations

Columns

I was in junior high when I first learned about metaphors. Or more precisely, when I first heard about metaphors, because it took a long time to understand what they were. I think my difficulty was in how they were explained, which was by textbook definiton. A metaphor, we were told, and I ...

From New York newspapers

Columns

The Rome Sentinel on the NASA InSight lander, Dec. 6: Let’s take a moment to marvel at what we can do when we are at our best. NASA’s InSight lander successfully touched down on Mars last week, a few minutes before 3 p.m. Eastern time, ending a journey of more than six months and 300 ...

Start the new year at the library with a healing program

Columns

Library Lunch Series On Thursday, Jan. 3, Suzanne Weirich and Helene Gibbens will present a program entitled, “Healing Anxiety and Stress through Nature Practices.” This sounds like a wonderful way to start the new year. The program begins at noon in the Cantwell Community Room. ...

The handwritten letter

Columns

The passing of our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, is a solemn occasion, as we have not only lost a great American and a loyal, compassionate, kind, honorable and loving human being, but also a symbol of a bygone era marked by civility, ethics, grace, honor, manners and meticulous ...

Vt. school merger law is worth watching

Editorials

Proponents and opponents of school consolidation should pay attention to what’s happening right now in Vermont. A few years ago, Vermont state legislators approved Act 46, a school district consolidation law that gave schools within the state three years to consolidate voluntarily. Voters ...

St. Luke’s — embracing one another

Columns

Historically, Saranac Lake has been a community that embraces and cares for one another. While we have our differences, individuals from a broad spectrum of life have consistently banded together to build a healthy community. Together we enjoy many community-wide activities. Alternatively, ...

Stevenson and the muse

Columns

I. Will Hickock Low, a former president of the Stevenson Society in Saranac Lake, knew Barbizon best among the English-speaking artists who gravitated to Siron’s Inn at the northern entrance to the French National Forest of Fontainebleau in the summer of 1875. He had been there first, in ...

We have to address climate change

Columns

I no longer argue with people about the existence of climate change. The science showing the existence of climate change and its impact is irrefutable. Two recent meta-analyses, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United States’ congressional Fourth ...

Why so long to address vacation rentals in Lake Placid?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I have been reading with great interest that the Lake Placid village board and the North Elba town board are meeting to discuss the vacation rental situation in Lake Placid. Well, I liken this to closing the barn door after the horse got out. I was a trustee on the village ...

Get in the Christmas spirit at Santa’s Workshop, North Pole

Columns

I love winter, the winter solstice, and the Christmas holiday. I’m excited to go through all our decorations and have the house smelling like balsam. I discovered long ago that it isn’t about the bins of decorations that don’t go up as quickly as our neighbors or that sometimes cookies ...

Cranberries and oranges bring in holiday cheer

Columns

Will Santa leave an orange in your stocking this Christmas? This simple tradition seems strange in our modern, busy, techno-geek world. But once upon a time, for those living in cold northern climates, oranges were rare, delectable treats. In The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder writes about ...

‘Red,’ ‘blue’ states aren’t set in stone

Editorials

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Don’t close college pool

Columns

North Country Community College is considering closing the swimming pool and has asked the community for input. The board should be commended for seeking public comment, and I am commenting publicly. I think closing the swimming pool is a terrible idea! I am a local eye doctor who has ...

The way we live … and a walk in the woods

Columns

A walk in the woods can be both exercise and metaphor. That was part of the conversation recently among a group of us hiking leisurely in Wilmington. Discussing whether to take the steeper and shorter trail or the gentler, longer one, one of us recited part of Robert Frost’s “The Road ...

Web Poll results, Dec. 3-10

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com Should New York state lawmakers’ base salary of $79,500 be raised to $110,000 in 2019, $120,000 in 2020 and $130,000 in 2021, as an appointed panel recently decided? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its ...