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“The Business of Naming Things” by Michael Coffey --- This is not a new book to the world, published in 2015, but it is new to me and so delightful, in a darkly comic, smart, sometimes darkly poignant way, that I wanted to call some attention to it. Full disclosure: I am acquainted ...

Stefanik and company don’t know what they’re talking about

Tedra Cobb had no time to savor her resounding victory in the Democratic primary before she was attacked by the Stefanik campaign as “the out-of-touch, liberal, hyper-partisan, tax-and-spend candidate.” Next thing you know, there were attack ads calling her “Taxin’ Tedra,” alleging ...

Post-Pruitt EPA still scandal-ridden

The scandal is nothing changed at the Environmental Protection Agency when Scott Pruitt resigned, and nothing will in the immediate future. Coming from a generation that remembers orange-colored rivers and foul-smelling factories belching emissions directly into the sky, I have more of an ...

Mayor took bad tone against ADE

I would like to express my appreciation to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and its editorial board for doing what the free press SHOULD do — working hard to bring answers to light on behalf of the community, to paraphrase from your most recent editorial regarding the Lake Flower Resort and ...

Are states winning marijuana tug-of-war?

It might appear that sooner or later states legalizing the use of marijuana, contrary to federal law, will be crushed in federal courts. After all, federal laws, according to Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, are the supreme laws of the land and pre-empt state laws. But wait. States, not ...

The Watertown Daily Times on former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, July 10

Befitting his self-centered approach to public service, Scott Pruitt ignored a swirl of controversy he has wallowed in since becoming administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and instead focused on the criticism against him while announcing his resignation. ... Mr. Pruitt ...

Automated systems gaining drive acceptance

More and better automated safety systems are rapidly becoming available on more and more cars, and driver acceptance is growing. A recent survey by researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests people are most comfortable with systems they believe make smooth, gradual ...

Summits are crowded; that’s good

Some Adirondack officials and environmental organizations are calling for something to be done about the cars that get lined up along Route 73 from Keene to Lake Placid on weekends in the summer and fall, when hikers are drawn to the High Peaks. Something should be done before a horrific ...

A good partner

A little over 20 years ago, after much collaboration, a plan was developed for the railroad in the Tri-Lakes. It was agreed that the railroad would be the centerpiece of a multi-use corridor, snowmobiling would be permitted, and trails would be built next to or nearby the track. It would have ...

People, places and things

It is fun to write columns about the history of the area ... nothing here to change the world but simply to remember places and people from the past ... and evidenced by the feedback from a recent column on Joseph “Shorty” McCormick, there are still plenty of locals here who remember it ...

Summer days spent with pack, paddle and poles

As the long Fourth of July holiday arrives to usher in the the summer season, there is no reason for anyone to miss out on the multitude of outdoor adventures that are currently available across the Adirondack region. I spent a majority of last week wading small streams in pursuit of large ...

Coalition of NY21 progressives call on officials to act to reunite families

The Coalition of NY21 Progressives, representing progressive and action-oriented organizations throughout the 12 counties of New York’s North Country, is joined in this statement by elected officials and leaders from many of our communities to express outrage at the human rights violations ...

Down in the dumps no more!

On Monday, when I opened an email from Joe Spadaro saying he had a great idea for my column, my finger was poised over the “delete” button before I knew it. It’s not that I don’t like Joe or respect his opinion. It’s just that I can almost never relate to what other people think ...

Upgrade New York’s animal cruelty laws

Most reasonable people would agree that the abuse of animals is abhorrent behavior that shouldn’t be tolerated in decent society. They have a hard time understanding what possesses someone to hang a dog from a tree or to give animals shelter when they have no means to provide for them. In ...

Adirondack Rail Trail for all

I read with interest your June 28 story headlined “Railroad unveils rail bike design.” As the Adirondack Park Agency once again ponders the fate of the Tri-Lakes rail corridor, the return of a temporary, for-profit rail-bike business is being considered for the stretch of track between ...

Cycling event turned out great

To the editor: If you’re going to launch a family-oriented bicycle tour in the Adirondacks, Paul Smith’s College is the place. From June 29 to July 1, over 75 cyclists from across the Northeast and Midwest enjoyed some of the best road cycling in North America during the all-new Cycle ...

That magic mountain

For three days in midwinter, 1917, the stepchildren of Robert Louis Stevenson, namely Lloyd Osbourne and Mrs. Isobel Field, had been special guests of this mountain village called Saranac Lake. By then this community had developed a consumptive culture, where ‘taking the cure’ was the ...

Editorial was whiny and bizarre

The Lake Flower Resort and Spa is a go. Most people are happy about that, supportive in the beginning and excited for its opening a year-and-a-half from now. Some people who were negative about it before will move ahead with a cautious hope that the resort will be a plus for our village. Still ...

Now is the time to bring Major League Baseball to San Juan

It is time to finally bring Major League Baseball to San Juan. For decades the idea has been lobbed around but rarely given a fair chance. For various reasons, the vast majority of people in the baseball world do not believe that this idea can happen. Economists and international relations ...

Summer skillet suppers: Radishes, chicken and dill

Radishes are common fare in Europe and Asia, but many Americans avoid their spicy flavor. Most are only familiar with radishes as a garnish. Some add them to salads. But few have eaten them cooked. Cooking softens the crisp, crunchy texture of raw radishes, and mellows their flavor. When ...