Columns

Rear-facing or front-facing car seat — when to switch

One of the most confusing subjects, triggering numerous inquiries from new parents, is how long their baby should stay in a rear-facing car seat. Although there’s not an exact timeline, the rule of thumb now is that babies should be in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible, to the ...

Dereliction of political duty in a tweet

It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that ...

Has Trump delivered on economic promises?

Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump’s promises? You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and widely unexpected economic developments. Vice President Mike Pence, writing in the Des Moines Register, put it succinctly: “The evidence is clear: America is back.” ...

Tale of two hikes

BRANT LAKE — On an overcast morning, as my family slept, I snuck away for a quick hike out to Sand Lake, near the town of Speculator. Since we were visiting family in the area, I figured why not take advantage and check out a place I’ve never been to. I pulled up to the trailhead on ...

Revamping old connector routes could thin the crowds

Following another full week of outstanding weather, the summer season continues to provide visitors and locals alike with an unending list of recreational options. Although the local hiking trails continue to attract a lot of traffic, they have been holding up quite well so far. Of course, ...

Bloomingdale history — the Enterprise, 1970

There were two articles published in the Enterprise in July 1970 by Dorothy White and Paul Shene. Dorothy was a regular columnist for the newspaper on Bloomingdale news. It was a two-part series, but unfortunately I have only part one. But at least it is a glimpse into the past, and it ...

Preparing for a healthy return to school

Parents have been testing me on how their children can get a healthy start as they head back to school. Let me take on that assignment and provide some information on this topic. First, be sure your child is in good health. Make sure they have an annual checkup, including that their ...

Door jam

For the past half-century I’ve owned cars, all of them used, some of them very used. As a result, I’ve learned two things. One is patience. Used cars are not new cars. As a result, things will go wrong with them, if not off the bat then a lot sooner than with a new car (unless the new ...

A civics quiz

What do the following events have in common? ¯ The Great Depression that started in 1929 ¯ The disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 ¯ The Vietnam War from 1964 ¯ The Iraqi invasion in 2003 I could add a further hint: roll-back of environmental protections, imposition of ...

Dr. Trudeau, lantern bearer, part 1

“The ideal is the beautiful in life; the facts are hideous.” — Dr. E.L. Trudeau - Robert Louis Stevenson and Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau were two men only two years apart in age, and each had reached a notable degree of success in his chosen sphere of influence — literature ...

Single-payer for upstate hospitals? Depends on the payer

As election season heats up, so are conversations about single-payer health care. Is it appropriate for New York? Is it appropriate for upstate New York? What about hospitals? Upstate New York hospitals have their own unique geographic, economic and patient-mix factors; there are 54 ...

It’s a dog-eat-dog White House

WASHINGTON — No sooner had I ordered the 2011 book “Less Than Human” for a late-summer read than President Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” and a “lowlife.” Those two slurs fit nicely into author David Livingstone Smith’s philosophical study of man’s capacity to ...

Natural wonders at High Falls Gorge

There are many reasons for making High Falls Gorge, one of New York’s natural wonders, a must-see stop. Our visitors and friends are always such a range of ages and abilities, High Falls Gorge makes it easy for everyone to get close to nature. We can always go our separate ways for other ...

Cucumbers or zucchini?

Mid-August is the time of year when our garden produces an over-abundance of zucchini and cucumbers. In fact, these plants are so prolific that Aug. 8 has been dubbed Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Day. Dave Barry writes, “The trouble is, you cannot grow just one ...

Examining potential threats to monarch butterfly migration

The monarch butterfly may be the most recognized butterfly in the world. With the exception of the polar regions, the medium-size butterflies can be found on every continent on Earth. Their spectacular migration in eastern North America, from breeding locations in Canada and the United ...

Weller motorless? That would be illogical, impractical and selfish

I am a lifelong resident of the Adirondack Park, and I am both a motorboat and paddle enthusiast! I grew up camping in the Middle Saranac Lake and Weller Pond area and have continued to do so for over 40 years now. We’ve camped in this area twice already this summer and have two more trips ...

My friend Cole

The fawn did not startle. She was curled up on a bed of ferns under a canopy of cedars and, even though wary, did not move as I approached. I was new to this parcel of land and sensed there was something wrong and wondered if there was something I should do. So I hiked back up the trail to the ...

Presidential visit expensive but important

Representatives of Fort Drum have once again confronted the enormous challenge of having their boss drop by for a few hours. President Donald Trump visited the U.S. Army post in the North Country Monday afternoon. He was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and greeted by military and ...

Dog in front seat blamed in local crash

I have on several occasions written one of these articles on the dangers of having a dog (or any pet) on the driver’s lap or anywhere in the front seat, where the animal could interfere with the driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. Even if the pet doesn’t come into contact with ...

Elizabeth Warren’s lie

Elizabeth Warren is branching out. The Massachusetts senator, who has made a career of unfairly maligning bankers and other alleged capitalist malefactors, is now smearing the criminal justice system, too. In a speech at a historically black college in New Orleans, she declared that ...