Columns

Separating families is inhuman

In 2015 I went to Auschwitz. I did not look forward to going. I don’t think anyone would, but as a Jewish kid growing up in and around New York City in the 1970s and ’80s, I learned so much about the Holocaust that I had wanted to stop up my ears. It happened so long ago, I remember ...

Bloopers, tweets and trade wars

Radio announcer Harry von Zell made one of radio’s all-time biggest bloopers when he referred to President Herbert Hoover as “HoobertHeever.” According to Snopes.com, a fact checking website, and contrary to popular myth, “the occasion for Harry von Zell’s immortal flub was not a ...

Fascism arrives in America

First he ridiculed the disabled, and I did not stop him — because I was not disabled. Then he ridiculed the journalists, and I did not stop him — because I was not a journalist. And now he is kidnapping young immigrant children from their parents, and I did not stop him — because I ...

Rear autobrake shows benefits

A very recent “Did You Know” article reviewed the dangers of backing crashes and strongly suggested that reverse parking, where you back into a parking space or into your driveway is safer than driving in and backing out later. In spite of this advice, I doubt if many will change their ...

The Post-Star of Glens Falls on state corruption, June 15

After listening to the evidence in the Joseph Percoco corruption trial earlier this year, it was obvious that Albany’s “pay to play” culture is alive and well. Percoco, who has close personal ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ran his re-election campaign in 2014, was found guilty of three ...

Time for Pruitt to go

It’s time to test the proposition whether it’s possible to roll back the Obama regulatory agenda without using government employees as glorified personal assistants. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt long ago acquired the moniker “scandal plagued” in the ...

Joe ‘Shorty’ McCormick — Mr. Republican

Although I believe the term is sometimes used too commonly, Joseph “Shorty” McCormick was a real, honest-to-goodness, Saranac Lake legend. A friendly, outgoing, bundle of energy wrapped into a stocky frame just over 5 feet tall. He talked a mile-a-minute, knew everybody, would help ...

Risk-taking clearly has its limitations

As youngster, l was an avid risk-taker. I rarely turned down an opportunity to take on a dare. I viewed the outdoors as one big, wild obstacle course, where the waters were always deeper, the mountains always steeper, the ice thinner and my mind forever filled with thoughts of what was going on ...

What if God were one of us?

What if God were one of us? Singer Joan Osborne famously asked that question in 1995. In her Grammy-nominated hit, “One of Us,” she envisions the author of all creation as “a slob like one of us, just a stranger on a bus trying to make his way home.” The idea of eternity ...

A fond farewell

When I drove to Pisgah last Thursday for Jack Lawless’s celebration of life, I did so with trepidation. It had nothing to do with Jack himself. He’d led a long fruitful life, died at the tender age of 85, and as far as I knew, never had an enemy to his name. So what was the ...

A snowmobile club rebuilds

Adirondack snowmobilers, how many times have you ridden a popular snowmobile trail on your way home from a beautiful day of riding, only to have that wonderful memory erased by having to ride miles through 2-foot moguls that Whiteface would be proud to call their own? Everyone has asked the ...

Nukes for condos in North Korea?

WASHINGTON — Well, it happened: The president and the dictator met, shook hands, looked each other in the eye, smiled for the cameras — and lied through their teeth. The visuals, we witnessed; the lies we infer — from experience, history and redundant prescience. But the summit ...

RLS and Saranac Lake

The revered penny whistle had arrived at its final resting place under that little southern gable via the United States Postal Service in the fall of 1916. A few months later, the donors, Lloyd Osbourne and Mrs. Isobel Field, came in person but by train. For Lloyd, the experience would be ...

Celebrating Father’s Day

My husband and I were recently at a festival where a group offered a “mining” activity. For a certain fee, the child could dig around searching for gemstones. (We used to do something similar and bury treasure in our sandbox for our kids to find.) Later we saw the same family getting into ...

Parsnips for dessert?

Long before potatoes made their journey from the New World to the old, parsnips were Europe’s ‘go-to’ veggie. At a time when the process for refining sugar from cane and beets was still unknown and honey was an expensive luxury, parsnips were often on the dessert menu. Sweet, starchy and ...

While gross, leeches aren’t actually dangerous

SARANAC LAKE — Perhaps the best way not to find leeches is to go looking for them. There are some 700 species of leeches in the world, and about 500 of them live in freshwater. Not all of them have been catalogued, but as far as we know, Macrobdella decora is the only hematophagic, or ...

Nonfiction contest offers good reading opportunities

Each spring, Bibi Wein and I judge general nonfiction and memoir entries in the Adirondack Center for Writing’s literary contest. This year’s general nonfiction entries, many of which have already been reviewed in the Enterprise, were especially strong, evidencing research, ...

Help reverse stigma of addiction

Until fairly recently, a diagnosis of cancer carried with it an undefinable stigma. The patient had some failing that many in their communities didn’t understand and were reluctant to discuss. As a result, recovery was often a lonely process made yet more challenging society’s ...

An open letter to Canada

To our Canadian friends: Here in the North Country, we have a strong and unshakable bond and affection with the people of Canada. Most of us were appalled at our president’s callous and unforgivable words and actions at last week’s G7 conference. Especially at the harsh words he directed ...

Study: Speeders are most likely texters

SmartDrive Systems, which completed a video analysis of fleet drivers, reports that drivers who speed are more than twice as likely to text when they drive. Other distractions such as speaking on handheld phones, accessing apps, eating and grooming were all greatly increased by drivers who were ...