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As long as there is food available, American robins may remain in cold climates.
(Photo provided — Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Chuck Porter via Birdshare)

Robins! In winter?

The American robin, Turdus migratorius, the migratory thrush, is found throughout North America. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin. For many of us, the robins’ returning is heralded as one of the first signs of spring. Yet throughout the winter, starting as early ...

America the exceptional? Hell, yeah!

In the past few years we have heard increasingly strenuous assertions that our country is an absolutely unique place, blessed by God and exhibiting political standards that became the leading light of the world, symbolized by Lady Liberty. Unfortunately, these assertions are not nearly ...

We Americans need to know each other

Let’s admit it: America has become a land of strangers. Even before headphones, PCs and smartphones — all of which were heralded as breakthroughs in human communication but have turned out to be instruments of further isolation — we had begun disconnecting from each other. More and ...

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Late March sky tour

A new moon marks the last week in March which also means it’s a good time to get out and do some observing. Having a new moon means our only natural satellite is on the same side of the Earth as the sun so we will not see it throughout the night. Without that moonlight and minimal light ...

What now for American health care?

Whatever you think of Donald J. Trump or his efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the recent legislative fight and failure exposed a simple truth: Most Americans believe health care to be a fundamental right. We in the North Country discovered that the attempt to replace the ...

Personality and policy

In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong personality and ...

Quiet cars to become noisier

Normally quiet hybrid and electric vehicles will be required to make noise under a new federal rule intended to protect pedestrians. According to an article in the Feb. 1, 2017 issue of “Status Report” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

The Trump ‘faithful’ get the budget cuts they voted for

Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump’s fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, “one of the Trump faithful,” attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of ...

An oasis of liberty in the Arizona sun

PHOENIX — As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father’s house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away. Now 78, he says he could fire in any direction and not endanger “anything but a cactus.” His father, ...

Paul Smith’s College had celebrated its first graduating class in 1948 only 10 years before this 1958 Enterprise, so I am guessing that the sophisticated maple sugaring operation they have today did not yet exist.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise — April 3, 1958

This 59-year-old copy of the Enterprise carried quite a bit of local news on Page One including the lead story with the headline “S.L. Library May Buy Guild House for New Building.” Well, that obviously did not happen since the Guild House stood where the little park is located today ...

The health care albatross

(Editor’s note: This column was written before the withdrawal of the Republican health care bill Friday afternoon, but it is still relevant.) --- Republicans should get used to it. Their agony on health care is just beginning. For the past seven years, the party benefited from its ...

Stream crossings have become more difficult as a result of hidden hazards under the deep snowpack.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Waiting for opening day with skis on

Despite the recent delivery of another batch of snow, it appears the spring season is underway. Although there’s always the likelihood of yet another dumping or two, the birds, the trees and other such natural indicators reveal the new season is ready to be ushered in. While ...

When spring sprang

After the snow from last week’s blizzard had been plowed, shoveled and snowblown away, the denizens of My Home Town breathed a collective sigh of relief. A day or so after that, when we realized that as far as blizzards go, we’d dodged The Big One, a confidence bordering on giddiness ...

Institutions, norms weaken with Trump

Often, we hear the expression from politicians and political commentators that “we are country of laws, not men.” True enough, but true only by half, if that much. Two hundred and forty years of accumulated wisdom have also made us a country of institutions and norms. Institutions — ...

(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Maple beverages

Maple season is here again. Maple weekends invite you to visit many of our local maple producers. This year, February’s warm spell meant that some producers started making syrup early. Sweet maple sugar is produced during photosynthesis the previous summer, and stored in the tree roots ...

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Novella tells of woman’s survival in the woods

“Adirondacks Artemis,” written by D.L. Luke, is a novella set in Clinton County in the Adirondack wilderness. It’s a story about survival and healing. The premise is noted to be autobiographical, but the events are fiction. The main protagonist of the story is named after the ...

AHCA would be devastating

The American Health Care Act, the Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill now before Congress, would have a devastating effect on New York state, health care providers and individuals in our region. It is at our own peril that we ignore the implications that exist for a large number of ...

Reject rushed health care proposal

Rather than providing the American people an opportunity to fully examine proposed legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Washington Republicans are attempting to rush their health care repeal bill through Congress. Now that the Congressional Budget Office has scored the proposal, ...

Snow day

A snow day brings changes in ordinary routines. Some are welcome; just ask a kid who hadn’t quite finished his homework. Some not so much; ask the kid’s mother. (It’s sometimes overlooked that schools have a duty to provide child care.) Here’s a snow-day change that I liked a lot: I ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro
(Photo provided by Rep. Elise Stefanik)

Meeting with Stefanik, a critique

Elise Stefanik, the Republican congresswoman who represents the Adirondack North Country of upper New York, a rural area covering close to one-third of the state, is averse to holding town hall meetings in her district. In fact, she has broadcast questionable reports that her staff members ...