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9 new year’s resolutions for Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been a leader in supporting the tourist economy of the Adirondacks. With this in mind, here are some new year's resolutions we hope the governor will adopt for 2016.-RESOLUTION No. 1: I will confront reality and move expeditiously regarding the best use of the state-owned ...

Morning light will greet us earlier

On Sunday morning, Jan. 3, the sun rose over Tupper Lake at the latest time for the winter, 7:33:34 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on a flat horizon. Usually, this is the latest sunrise of the year, but not this year.Due to Congress making sure that Halloween evening is light enough for ...

Expand the High Peaks Wilderness

If all goes as expected, sometime in the next three months New York state will complete an historic improvement to the Adirondack Park. With the anticipated purchase of Boreas Ponds and the surrounding area, the state will complete a four-year process of acquiring 65,000 acres of priceless land ...

‘Slow Down, Move Over’ law includes utility vehicles

I recently met with National Grid employees from the Malone facility, and they requested that I review and explain again the "Slow Down, Move Over" law and how it applies to utility vehicles such as line trucks, telephone trucks, cable TV vehicles, tow trucks and any vehicle parked, stopped, or ...

Supreme Court grapples, once again, with redistricting

Fifty-one years ago, the Supreme Court handed down its one-person-one-vote decision, requiring that within each state congressional and legislative districts must have equal populations.That gave redistricters a relatively easy standard to meet. Census data provides block-by-block population ...

The frogs are out — prohibition is in

Frogs Predict Mild Winter,The Enterprise, Jan. 9, 1929(Continued from last week)"Fred Murray, one of the best known guides, trappers and woodsmen in the Lake George section, is predicting a short, mild winter." [Also for 2106?]"On his property is a famous spring which has long been the abiding ...

Waiting for winter

At long last, our waiting comes to an end. Waiting for snow. Waiting for winter. Waiting for Christmas.I've never been that good at waiting. Waiting for class to end or the school day to be over. Waiting for test results, a phone call, a text. Waiting in lines. Waiting for an interview, a job. ...

The New Year’s that took the cake

In the Navy, I was a Morse code intercept operator, stationed in Germany on an army base. Never even saw a navy ship and no, don't go figure.We worked in one of two schedules. The administrators were called day workers and had bankers' hours from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The ...

SUNY Plattsburgh professor pens poetry collection

Some of the richest literature of the world is the literature of exile - artists driven from their homelands by war or hatred and who cannot return seem to wring passion from the loss and pour it into their art. But departure inevitably changes one, and time inevitably changes place, so return ...

Harmony is hard

For as long as I can remember, my grandma sang in the choir at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. It was one of her greatest joys. If it was up to her, they would have rehearsed three nights a week.For many years she nudged me to join, but I said no way. I finally joined a year after she died. ...

Change at the heart of politicians challenging for influence over others

"Flexibility in the application of values" is a frame of mind, a personal orientation that can facilitate reconciliation and peaceful co-existence among fellow human beings; it is a significant indicator of positive mental health. Rigid orientations, on the other hand, feature inflexibility, ...

What did the Harrietstown board actually vote for?

At its Dec. 17 meeting, the Town of Harrietstown town board voted the following resolution:"RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Harrietstown does unanimously support the rails remaining in place and providing a positive impact on the area."That resolution reversed the board's previous ...

Fighting words

I've forgotten what Al Gore's 2000 campaign slogan was. But I know what it should have been. It should have been, "I'll fight.""Fight" was far and away his favorite verb. He could hardly go more than a few sentences without using it. In his nomination acceptance speech he used it twenty times, ...

Winter driving has slow start but will come again

With a warm late fall and early winter (meteorologically winter starts December 1st), slippery driving has been substantially delayed, but don't expect the warm weather to continue we will have winter-type driving difficulties, and you need to be ready.Major Charles E. Guess, Commander of ...

Just before the crash of 1929

In the Enterprise dated Jan. 9, 1929, there was no hint, of course, in the local or national news of the financial disaster about to hit the country. A few months later on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1929 the stock market crashed. It became known as Black Tuesday and started the Great Depression but in ...

Fighting wildfires sucks resources from other Forest Service duties

Our National Forests are a treasure of the American people because they provide a multitude of benefits: clean air and water, wildlife habitat, forest products, recreation and carbon sequestration, to name a few.Unfortunately, the U.S. Forest Service, the agency charged with the sustainable ...

The lessons of ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas’

I love ABC Family at this time of year. It airs Christmas specials that, for one reason or another, never quite became a staple of the holiday season. Like "The Bells of Fraggle Rock," which I wrote about last week, 1978's "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" is a special that may just have more ...

Christmas Day or Christmas Eve?

The shopping is over, the stockings are hung. Homes and halls have been decked out for the festive season. At Christmas, food takes second place to decorating, presents, caroling, and religious observance.Holiday traditions - gift-giving, worship, or the Christmas meal - vary from country to ...

The fascinating systems of planetary rings

Though many of us have seen the beautiful pictures of Saturn's rings, they are not often discussed. What are these rings made of? Why are they so beautiful? Are there more out there somewhere?Of course, scientists have answers to all of these questions, and some are quite surprising. The rings ...

So what if the weather outside is frightful?

Although almost every witticism attributed to an American is credited to Mark Twain, a lot of them were never uttered by Twain himself.However, one he did say was, "Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it."And that's sure true about the meteorological mess we're in, ...