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Lake Placid news — Feb. 29, 1968

Lake Placid landed on the big map after hosting the 1932 Olympic Winter Games, the first held in North America; then Lake Placid was vaulted into world-wide winter sports prominence as host to the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. If you don’t believe me, then just try walking down the crowded ...

Facts of abortion aren’t so simple

When I saw the news about this new law in New York state, being a bit disturbed, I looked up the law because I wanted to know the facts. In a recent interview, CNN spoke with two ob-gyns: Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president of health policy at the American College of Obstetricians and ...

Time for Dem pushback on radicals

Outsize attention has been paid to outlier Democrats making outrageous remarks. They are a small handful of House Democrats, though you’d never know it, given all their headlines. The dominant names — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Ilhan Omar of ...

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s time for ... sweet chocolate indulgence! On Valentine’s Day, we all love chocolate! Whether you’re cooking at home or going out on a special date, a kid in school or an office employee, chocolate will probably be part of your day. Yes, Valentines is a romantic holiday for lovers. ...

‘The Sire De Maletroit’s Door,’ part 2

“It was like Louis to have turned that half hour of waiting by the fire with me into one of the red-letter memories of my life. He made the finding of pictures in the coals a thrilling adventure — pointing out odd and amazing combinations that formed castles and clouds and animals. Then ...

Vacation rentals pushing me out

It has been with great interest reading articles in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise about the hearing on short-term vacation rental regulations in Lake Placid. Affordable housing has been talked about and reported on for years, yet few concrete steps have been taken to resolve concerns. ...

Missing piece in Trump’s wall is GOP support

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress never really wanted to build the wall. It wasn’t a priority like tax cuts, which are a raison d’etre of Republican domestic policy. And it wasn’t their own campaign pledge to voters, like the vow to repeal and replace Obamacare that became hard ...

Coming to terms with solar energy development

Perhaps the most significant energy question in the North Country in the coming year will be the potential long-term advantages and/or disadvantages of advancing industrial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project development in the region. Solar power represents a significant opportunity for ...

Medicare for all or just a political free-for-all

Politicians of every stripe have recently turned up the rhetoric on proposals to revamp our health care system, especially potential contenders for the 2020 presidential race. Some, including Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand, have ...

Rental owners unfairly blamed

In the discussion surrounding regulation of home sharing in Lake Placid and North Elba, one notion is clear and unambiguous: People love and treasure this area. As the Daily Enterprise has reported, there also is widespread agreement that some regulations of short-term rentals are ...

Fixing gov’t seems simple in H.R. 1

The idealist in me regularly engages in internal combat with the pragmatist. It can be ugly. Changing the world and making our country better by taking on the big issues is often seen as the silly endeavor of dreamers, and when you review Washington politics, idealism is almost never an ...

Speeding needs a cultural change

All through our driving lives we have heard that speed kills but we all still speed — some drivers sometimes, others most of the time. We know that speeding is a persistent factor in nearly one-third of crash-related deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group ...

Limited government requires a limited president

WASHINGTON — Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that today barely exists but that could, if the judicial branch will resuscitate it, begin to rectify the imbalance between the legislative and executive branches. It ...

The bonfire of the Democrats

All statewide officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia should resign if Democrats are held to their own standards. Even if Gov. Ralph Northam didn’t appear in blackface in an image in his medical-school yearbook, he confessed to once darkening his face as part of a Michael Jackson ...

Play it safe during the Adirondack deep freeze

Although the winter season officially arrived back in December, the new season wasn’t confirmed until a recent cold snap, packing gale force winds and sub-zero temperatures settled over the region for a few days. The deep freeze could be heard from deep in the woods, where the crack, ...

Warm temps, warmer memories

No two Winter Carnivals are ever the same. There’s always a new theme, new king, queen and court, new folks in town, and the list goes on. But two things almost always happen, from year to year, decade to decade. One happens when Carnival’s over, the dust has settled, and the last ...

Yearbook politics

WASHINGTON — In 1983, just before winning a third term as Louisiana’s governor, Edwin Edwards famously said the only way he could lose the race was “if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.” Presumably, no one checked his yearbook. Given today’s mounting ...

‘Prophet of Freedom’

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) is one of the towering figures in American history. In his masterful biography of Douglass, Yale University historian David Blight states the former slave was an intellectual, the author of hundreds of speeches and editorials, a political philosopher and activist, ...

The Sire De Maletroit’s Door, part one

What was it like to know Robert Louis Stevenson and how did he come up with his stories? Sooner or later, everybody asks themselves these questions. When they do, those in the know, like BDO, go to the Stevenson Society of America in Saranac Lake, N.Y., for assistance. It has been said that ...

Winter mix challenges new toboggan chute

We have been waiting for the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute to open. It’s a winter highlight for my family and must for visiting family and friends. Sliding down an icy ramp onto a frozen Mirror Lake is simple fun at its best. The weather has been a bit uncooperative so the Toboggan Chute ...