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It’s cookie time

December is cookie time! Cookies are integral to holiday parties. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah Kwanzaa, cookies are part of the festivities. No one knows how or why cookies became associated with Christmas festivities. But by the year 1500, most European homes baked large ...

Make houseplants part of your home’s winter decor

In winter, when we spend most of our time indoors, houseplants can add beauty, color, warmth, and contrast to living spaces. Several scientific studies indicate that they improve indoor air quality, too. Successful houseplant horticulture doesn't have to be difficult. You need to start ...

It’s all intoxicating

Yes, I tried smoking marijuana many years ago, which only resulted in a three-day headache and left me pondering: What is all the fuss about, and why would I invite this smoking habit into my life? Cannabis, as we now know, is legal in the country of Canada and many states in the USA. The ...

Bush-era education reforms faded

I listened attentively to the many tributes aired on television concerning the life and accomplishments of the late George H.W. Bush, our 41st president. Not once did I hear any reference to President Bush’s efforts in 1991 to become the “education president.” He was the driving force ...

Advanced safety systems costly to repair

With newer vehicles there are many new safety features that are available such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. These all contribute toward preventing fender-benders and/or mitigate what might be ...

The day we used tear gas against children

The United States is composed of 329 million people spread over 3.8 million square miles. In population and landmass, it’s a pretty big place. But those are not the only criteria that matter. Morality matters, too. And on Sunday, by that measure at least, this country seemed rather small. ...

Court jumps to unanimity on frog case

WASHINGTON — Unanimity is elusive in today’s America, but the Supreme Court achieved it last week. Although the dusky gopher frog is endangered, so are property rights and accountable governance. Both would have been further jeopardized if the frog’s partisans in the U.S. Fish and ...

Earliest snow in 20 years blankets Tri-Lakes

(Eight-column Enterprise headline Sept. 16, 1986) --- It reached 5 inches in the higher elevations, but the heavy, wet snow knocked trees into the highways, knocked out power lines and made driving hazardous. Here is the lead story by Meri-Jo Borzilleri: “The earliest snowfall in 20 ...

Post midterms, Biden-Booker ticket looks like a winner in 2020

A few months before the midterms, I came across a survey on Democrats.com in which users were asked to pick their favorite potential candidate for president in 2020. Along with 14.8 percent of the participating online community who took the poll, I voted for Biden. In many ways, Joe Biden ...

E-gads!

It’s amazing how many things we think have always been with us but are actually recent additions. And I’m not talking about high-tech, cyber-world whiz-bangs. I mean real old school, no-tech stuff. For example, belt loops. Belt loops a recent invention? Well, it depends on your ...

Media was wrong about caravan

It’s roughly the three-week anniversary of CNN reporter Jim Acosta repeatedly telling President Donald Trump at a press conference that the migrant caravan is “hundreds and hundreds of miles away” and “not an invasion,” and objecting to a campaign ad that showed migrants climbing ...

RLS in France: Enter Will Low

Will Hickock Low was American born in Albany in 1852. At an early age he had chosen to pursue a career in the visual arts and at twenty-two he booked passage to France to make it happen. In Paris he enrolled to study under the painter Carolus-Duran, whose studio covered the third floor of No. ...

APA romances renewable energy

The Adirondack Park Agency is presently considering whether to adopt a formal renewable energy policy. It’s to the APA’s credit that it is interested in our electrical energy options. Our effective use of reliable, low-cost energy is arguably not only the main reason for our current ...

Fun run/walk for free art classes

I was recently reminded that I am not a runner when I watched people lap me during the recent Bitters and Bones Turkey Trot. It didn’t even matter that the race was no longer being timed when I finally made the finish line. The atmosphere was incredible as people gathered together with the ...

Can we fix plastic pollution?

Since it was first introduced only decades ago, plastic has become an inescapable part of modern life. Every day we use countless plastic bottles, cups, bags, straws, packaging, etc. Yet the very qualities that make plastic useful to humans — its light weight and durability — have made it ...

Giving thanks for independent central banks

“A (central) bank has to be Independent because one cannot really trust the politicians —  they are all a rotten lot and any of them might seek to get out of a hole by printing money.” — Karl Blessing, President, Deutsche Bundesbank, 1958-69 --- Last week, at our Thanksgiving ...

Winter tires — what are you driving on?

As winter driving has now arrived, are you prepared for the inevitable slippery roads? Do you know what the difference between winter snow tires, all-weather tires and all-season tires is? Are you aware of the differences in these tires? An interesting article from Consumer Reports helps ...

A few words about ‘us’ and ‘them’

“All life is interrelated.” — Martin Luther King Jr. “Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.” — John Lennon A few words about “us” and “them.” It is, of course, the baseline division of human existence, probably dating from when the first person sparked the ...

Trump should fear Uncle Joe

Joe Biden is a gaffe-prone 75-year-old Washington veteran — who is exactly what Democrats need. The suburbs have turned against Republicans, but Donald Trump’s working-class base is still with him in a geographic and demographic stand-off that will — absent a game-changer — define ...

Find the cure on a pair of skis

Although it is easy to forget or overlook the Adirondack region’s long-lasting legacy of providing guests with an opportunity to benefit from the “healing woods,” there was a time when such efforts were known worldwide. Fortunately, we were recently reminded of that impact when a ...