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A hero among us

(Editor's note: This article about Robert Byno of Gabriels was written by his great-granddaughter to celebrate a recent Honor Flight trip he was given to see war memorials in Washington, D.C.)---The year was 1942. The world was in the midst of the Second World War, and it had only been a year ...

Who’s the conservative heretic?

In his coquettish refusal to accept the Donald, Paul Ryan says he cannot betray the conservative "principles" of the party of Abraham Lincoln, high among which is a devotion to free trade.But when did free trade become dogma in the Party of Lincoln?As early as 1832, young Abe declared, "My ...

Legally driving left of the road centerline clarified

Vehicles normally shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, as mandated by Section 1120(a) of the New York state Vehicle and Traffic Law. However, there are several exceptions to this requirement.A common one we are all aware of is when overtaking and passing another vehicle ...

Wild Bill connects fishing legend to descendant

Rueben Woods, a portly, old sporting goods salesman from Syracuse, had bested the finest European and British fly casters at the World Casting Championships.His accomplishments at the 1898 World Championships that were hosted in London, was a political/sporting feat comparable to the Miracle on ...

Lt. Richard Talbert — Korean War hero

Today is Armed Forces Day (May 21), and I have in my possession a copy of the Enterprise carrying a story from December 1950.It is an Associated Press (AP) story about a Saranac Lake soldier by the name of Lt. Richard Talbert. The Korean War lasted from June 1950 to July 1953.His parents were ...

Sanders deserves space and respect

You're Bernie Sanders, and you'll turn 75 on Sept. 8. You are gruff and, even your greatest admirers concede, no charmer. The Wise Guys sneered when, barely 12 months ago, you began your long-shot presidential campaign. The polls were discouraging. Hillary Clinton was the preferred candidate of ...

Some will be bluebirds … others will be vultures

The question of the day: What does it take to become proficient in an art?Well, that depends of course on which art and what degree of proficiency we're talking about. Generally, I think we're all capable of far more artistic skill than we believe we are - at least in all arts except one.Of ...

A cold can of ‘America’

WASHINGTON - Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America's psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From May 23 through the presidential election, Budweiser beer will bear a different name. Eager to do its bit to make America great again, the ...

Newest ‘Captain America’ lives up to expectations

Great expectations can be difficult to fulfill, especially if you're making a comic book movie - just ask Zack Snyder. And yet, Anthony and Joe Russo, the brothers who directed "Captain America: Civil War" and its predecessor, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," make it look easy.How do they ...

Mountain Jam Festival June 2-5

If you're looking for a good summer music festival, but don't want to travel too far, the Mountain Jam Music Festival is definitely worth checking out.The 12th annual Mountain Jam will be held at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort in Catskill from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, and this year's ...

Go wild with ramps

Yes, it snowed last week. But daffodils are blooming. The grass is green; the trees are leafing out, shadbush is in bloom and flowers adorn gardens. Spring is in full swing even in the North Country. Walking through open woods at this time of year, you may see patches of wild leeks pushing up ...

Lessons from Hamilton: the man and musical

The popularity of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" offers us all an opportunity to consider the wisdom of one of our most prolific Founding Fathers - while we wait in line for tickets.Alexander Hamilton, like the rest of our Founders, provided the solution to dysfunctional, overreaching and ...

It’s not you; it’s me

Really, Facebook. I remember when I was first hearing about it. Some MySpace sort of thing, mainly for college kids posting party pictures, was my thinking. In 2008, my cool uncle sent a couple emails inviting me to join. I ignored the first invite, and the next one, too.What was he into now? I ...

A look into the life of Grenville Clark

Early in the introduction to Nancy Peterson Hill's "A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark" (University of Missouri Press, 2014), the author writes: "It is not too big a statement to say that Grenville Clark remains one of the most important Americans that most Americans ...

Hymns of a promised land

"Procession of the Pines" was where it really hooked me.Up to that point, the "Adirondack Folk Opera" had been excellent, and the people who filled the vast St. Bernard's Catholic Church were certainly getting their money's worth. But that song in the middle of Act II was when the music first ...

Town halls for transgendered and gender non-conforming people

The end of 2015 saw significant changes to the transgender civil rights landscape in New York state. Gov. Cuomo's executive action creating GENDA-like regulations, as well as the closure of the Empire State Pride Agenda (New York State's only LGBTQ advocacy organization) had a major impact on ...

Fear as a political virtue

When it was not yet certain that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for President, I heard a commentator say that the Clinton campaign was already working on tactics to defeat him. Then he pointed out the obvious. "They run scared." Of course they do. That's how Hillary got where she ...

Community constitutional amendment is at risk

As the 2016 legislative session draws to a close, time is running out for a constitutional amendment supported by the Adirondack Council that would help Adirondack communities improve local roads and roadway utilities, while protecting the "forever wild" Forest Preserve.Article 14, Section 1 of ...

Pedestrians need to be vigilant at crosswalks

We continue to hear about how difficult it is to cross streets in Malone and Saranac Lake, and how drivers fail to give pedestrians their rights when crossing in crosswalks. However, there is a significant onus on pedestrians to be vigilant when crossing. Regardless of who should yield to whom, ...

Mud, bugs and trout bring in the new season

Although a spat of snow flurries revisited the region recently, the small storms produced no more than a dusting of snow that melted off promptly with the rising sun.While the black flies have been in the air, it seems they have not yet grown their teeth. Fortunately, the mosquitoes have also ...