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Riding in a taxi? Start buckling up!

Although not too many residents in Franklin County routinely ride in taxi cabs, you might be so inclined when visiting in other metropolitan areas. Heretofore, drivers of taxis and livery vehicles in New York state have been exempt from the seatbelt laws, and persons 16 years of age and older ...

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Praise for members of the Saranac Lake rescue squad

--- Now how about this? My friend, Saranac Lake/Harrietstown Magistrate Ken McLaughlin, who was recently honored for 50 years of service with the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, pops up in a feature story I had written for the Enterprise 45 years ago. I know his pedigree was well ...

Tried and true: Get out in the woods and stay there

With the conclusion of the annual big game hunting season looming on the near horizon, it’s time for hunters to redouble their efforts. The rut is now in progress, and bucks will continue to travel far and wide looking for love in the old familiar places. As the rut unfolds, hunters ...

Three missions of education

Author and teacher David Masciotra wrote recently “the most consequential offenders in the dissemination, and success, of fake news are not the Russians or social media company executives, but the American education system, and the parents who are content with raising children who know ...

North Country Community College's original faculty, 1968, Saranac Lake

Revisiting NCCC’s philosophy and purpose

As the college’s recently completed strategic plan launches it into the next 50 years as the public institution serving the Adirondack region, and as we celebrate the successes of the college over the last 50 years, we give pause to reflect back 49 years ago to the words of Dr. George ...

Poetic injustice

I always thought I was an open-minded guy, but once I started teaching I had to prove it. A salient example: In an interview, Charles Bukowski, maybe the finest unknown American writer, was asked to name the three worst poets. Without hesitation, he said, “Rod McKuen. Rod McKuen. Rod ...

A college wake-up call

Over the last decade, 8 million new jobs have been created in the U.S., almost every one high-paying and requiring a college education. (1) Today a young person with a bachelor’s degree earns 50 percent more, on average, than a peer with just a high school diploma. (2) So why did ...

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Enter Robert Louis Stevenson

By 1887, Andrew and Mary Baker were blessed with five children but not too blessed after the first two died. Surviving were twin girls, Blanche and Bertha, age 10, and Ralph, 15. In later years, Bertha recalled how that most unusual winter began with an “accidental meeting. Papa was on his ...

Faith, not fear

I wish to thank the editorial board for bringing insights on the Protestant Reformation. To most it might appear that what occurred 500 years ago is no longer of consequence, as Lutherans and Catholics are now in closer dialogue than ever. We have been blessed by thoughtful minds of late. I ...

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Breaking tradition: Alternatives to green bean casserole

It’s that time of year again: time to plan the Thanksgiving menu. It is easy to fall into habits of customary sides to serve with turkey, like corn pudding or green bean casserole. But why not change up the boring, expected fare and try something new and different? Simple, vibrant veggie ...

What to say

On Nov. 30, 2010, my daughter June was stillborn. I had just entered my ninth month of pregnancy, and every appointment had shown a healthy, growing baby. We were given no explanation for her death other than the startling statistic that in the United States, 1 in 160 pregnancies ends in ...

Keep and upgrade the railroad

We need to keep the Adirondack Scenic Railroad! We need to restore service on it between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake! Having this tourist attraction in our area is so beneficial to our local economy. It would be a travesty to destroy this unique local attraction. We have the one railroad ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on Nov. 20. It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people). We also remember those who died as a result of suicide. This ...

Implications of tax reform on charities

Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which proposes sweeping tax reform, including several measures that directly affect the nonprofit sector. As the region’s community foundation, Adirondack Foundation works daily to fight for policies that ...

Red lines and lost credibility

A major goal of this Asia trip, said National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, is to rally allies to achieve the “complete, verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” Yet Kim Jong Un has said he will never give up his nuclear weapons. He believes the survival of ...

Traffic laws most drivers aren’t aware of, part 2

Several weeks ago this weekly article discussed several traffic laws that most drivers aren’t aware of. Some are from decades ago and aren’t as necessary with today’s vehicles as in decades ago – some are just not very applicable in this North Country but nevertheless are still part of ...

Patrolman Byno on his 1948 Indian motorcycle

Bob Byno — combat Marine veteran, WWII

My neighbor Bob Byno lives down the road a piece from me on Split Rock farm where we lived in the 1930s. The summer of 1936 lightning struck the hay barn and attached cow barn and machinery sheds and they burned to the ground barely damaging the corner of the house; but destroying all the ...

GOP tax bill represents a disconcerting raid on university endowments

WASHINGTON — Such is the federal government’s sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents. Mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually momentous provision of the Republicans’ tax bill ...

A doe feeds on low-hanging apples in this trail cam photo.
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Hunters need to think outside the box

Each breath appeared to crystallize in the cold morning air as I trudged across a long, open field on the way to camp. The view was only slightly infringed by the steam of my own breath. The entire landscape was illuminated by a brilliant full moon that hung high in the dark sky. ...