Columns

DMV report required upon accident

Recently a friend of mine’s car was hit while parked in a shopping center parking lot. An announcement in the store alerted her to the problem. Since the other person admitted to hitting her vehicle, and both were insured by the same insurance company, the only action taken by both drivers ...

Remembering St. Joseph’s founder

In February of 1971, Fr. Carmen Giuliano, SA, received the assignment from the Friars of the Atonement of creating St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake, “to serve God by promoting healing and recovery for all persons who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and chemical ...

Wes “Slugger” Moody

History of the Saranac Lake Speedway

The Saranac Lake Speedway was created, owned and operated by Aaron and Pearl Hoyt in a field on their farm on the Trudeau in a picturesque setting in the Adirondacks. Patricia Neff sent me a massive file of pictures, rules of the track, statistics and Enterprise clippings complied by her ...

Paddlers make their way across Rollins Pond last summer.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Is it time to extend PFD requirement?

Eight years ago, New York became the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring that life jackets be worn on all small boats from Nov. 1 to May 1 each year. The law was spawned after a series of cold water-related deaths around the state in the mid-2000s. And while many Adirondack ...

Underwater ‘land’ scheme is legally questionable

The latest sorry chapter in the saga of the proposed Lake Flower Resort hotel is now unfolding at considerable speed, with little discussion. The village board now plans to “amend” the Lake Flower Planned Unit Development District it created two years ago to allow this otherwise disruptive ...

Ken Seymour has been visiting this same fishing hole for more than 70 years, and the little brook continues to provide enough fish for a regular meal.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

We are all equal in the eyes of a fish

The burgeoning spring season has rapidly reclaimed the local landscape, bringing blooming wildflowers, fresh fish and a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Although the mountain trails remain muddy and the waters remain dangerously cold, trout, salmon, pike, bass and ...

Road to single-payer could go through Medicare Part C

Rep. Todd Akin was wrong, wrong, wrong when he said that “America is threatened with a stage 3 cancer of socialism, and Obamacare is Exhibit 1.” Actually, Medicare is Exhibit 1. Far more socialistic than the Affordable Care Act, Medicare requires a major transfer of wealth from ...

Hack exposes another weakness of single-payer health care

GLASGOW, Scotland — The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the UK’s National Health Service, as if it weren’t vulnerable enough. Hospital systems in England and Scotland were taken offline. Major operations ...

Seaman Recruit Dope learns the ropes

Forty-eight years ago today, I’d finished my second week of boot camp. I was still in shock, and it was a good thing. The enormity of a four years in This Man’s Navy hadn’t dawned on me. Instead, from minute to minute I struggled, just to figure out what was going on. I was ...

Jeff Dora, superintendent of the Saranac Lake Village Department of Public Works, smiles Tuesday morning as DPW workers dig up Elm Street to replace underground pipes. Jon Keith is in the hole, Nick Pelletieri is beside it and Jason Rupp is operating the excavator.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Busy time of year for Saranac Lake DPW

Because I enjoy watching big machines dig holes as much as the next guy, I stopped Tuesday morning to take a few photos of the Saranac Lake Village Department of Public Works replacing pipes under Elm Street. Just at that moment, DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora pulled up, and as we stood and ...

Watching rhythmic gymnastics

There is something so beautiful about watching athletes strive to be their very best. On the surface, the focus around Lake Placid seems to surround those winter Olympic sports. There are hockey camps and pond hockey events. There are national and international alpine ski races. Lake Placid ...

(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Asparagus: a spring treat

Earlier in the season, stores were full of pencil-thin asparagus spears. Now, thick stalks of asparagus are popping up in our garden. Fresh asparagus is a delectable spring treat. If, like my friend Theresa, you’ve only had the canned variety, there is no comparison. The crisp, tender ...

Donald Trump is stupid

Dear Republicans: So how much more will it take? What else do you need to see? Seriously: What Rubicon must yet be crossed, what crisis must be borne, what tragedy must befall, before you stop smiling queasy, nothing-to-see-here smiles, stand like grown-up women and men and say, finally, ...

Fiction entries for the Adirondack Center for Writing contest are diverse

Literary Contest fiction submissions - “Lay Down Your Weary Tune,” by W.B. Belcher “Strange Appetites,” by Lale Davidson “Freight Car and Other Stories,” by Jeff Kelly “God Made Us Monsters,” by Bill Neary “Leaves Torn Asunder,” by Glenn L. Pearsall “Rooster,” by ...

Mr. President, please stop the insults

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the ...

Coping with fear in the time of Trump

Reportedly, some Americans are not concerned about President Trump’s firing of F.B.I. Director Comey. Hard-core Trump supporters even applaud the move. Not me. It scares me. Makes me fear what could come next. One widely believed speculation about Trump’s motivation is that Comey was ...

Three memorable American presidents and the truth

There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to his ...

‘Bro culture’ companies

What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn’t own its cars or employ drivers. It’s basically a smartphone app that connects passengers to drivers using their own vehicles. Rival apps now do much the same thing. Uber rightly sees the ...

Student awareness of driving dangers significant

On May 3, the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board held its enforcement recognition breakfast at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg. The purpose of this annual event is to recognize two officers from each enforcement agency in the county for their contribution to traffic safety through ...

What is America’s goal in the world?

For the World War II generation there was clarity. The attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941, united the nation as it had never been before — in the conviction that Japan must be smashed, no matter how long it took or how many lives it cost. After the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945, ...