Columns

Is the U.S. full? Wrong question

“Our country is full,” President Trump said in regard to the immigration debate. Is this true? That depends. Some parts seem full, and some parts are definitely not. What the United States does need is a smart conversation on population. Nearly every point made in this “America, full ...

God and the Democrats

For the last 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party’s presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, in 1976. At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, Al Gore gave it a go, but misquoted Scripture. In his acceptance ...

Fine Forgiveness Week

As part of our 2019 National Library Week celebration, the Saranac Lake Free Library will offer a “Fine Forgiveness” program for the week. No overdue fines will be assessed for any item that is returned during the week of April 7-13, 2019. --- Current Events Cafe Every Monday in ...

Coming together for Aubrey

Last weekend, the Tupper Lake community raced around town, taking shots of warm maple syrup and team selfies at mystery locations. We jumped rope at the observatory and sang the school’s anthem at our beloved Lumberjack statue. We delivered coffee to policemen and firemen, and sunflowers to ...

Parting

“All things must pass,” sang George Harrison and one of his friends said that “the only thing that’s permanent is change.” Both observations seem to be correct and for two years, two couples who summered in the quaint French riverside village of Grez-sur-Loing were living it up while ...

Finding eggs and scavenger hunts

My children are no longer toddlers, but they still get excited for a family egg hunt. There is something so exciting for the chance to find treasure, whether it is buried in the ground or hiding in a tree. Though most egg hunts are for the very small, there are opportunities for everyone to ...

Turmeric: India’s golden spice

I’ve been hearing a lot about turmeric. There are many reports singing the praises of this yellow spice. Claims say that it’s good for many things that ail us. It’s an anti-inflammatory, and can relieve pain as effectively as ibuprofen. It helps curb excessive immune responses ...

American robins — harbingers of spring

“The early bird catches the worm.” It’s an old adage that most likely refers to the American robin (Turdus Migratorius). This year, I first saw robins in late March, right around the time that maple sap started running. As I write this, they’re still showing up, almost daily, apparently ...

Whither the philosopher-president?

WASHINGTON — In his most famous dialogue, “The Republic,” Plato, via Socrates, explored the idea that a just state would best function under the leadership of a perfectly just philosopher-king. That is, an intellectually curious person who pursues knowledge, is intelligent, reliable ...

U.S. economy: two parts capitalism; one part socialism

Presidential campaigns have been ramping up. The political rhetoric and nonsense about which candidates are capitalists and which are socialists has also been ramping up. In his 2019 State of the Union address, President Donald Trump remarked, “Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the ...

The Powell Doctrine has been repealed

Long before he would become America’s 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a ...

Will black voters keep Democrats from going too far to the left?

Which of the two dozen or so Democratic presidential candidates is going to carry black voters next year? The answer to that question is likely to be identical to the answer to the question “Which candidate is going to be the Democratic nominee, and maybe the president?” For years, ...

Distracted driving — every driver is guilty

Are you a distracted driver? Absolutely “YES,” no exceptions. Distractions are everywhere and are constant. They can be as simple as looking for the button to turn on the radio, windshield wipers, headlights or looking at anything along the side of the street or road, to more complex ...

Fire at Paul Smith’s College dorms

As the Enterprise headline read; there was a “spectacular” fire in Saranac Lake discovered about mid-morning on Feb. 27, 1974 in the beautiful three-story building known as Northwoods, a former cure cottage at 9 Church Street. The building, owned by Paul Smith’s College and used as a ...

Joe Biden suffers a political hit

Why does it seems like the political equivalent of a Mafia hit job on Joe Biden, who is being whacked before a much-anticipated announcement of his presidential plans? Most people who pay attention to such things have seen Biden’s hands-on approach when it comes to women. Not until ...

The New York Times on drone airstrikes, March 30

The Pentagon says American airstrikes in Somalia have killed no civilians since President Trump accelerated attacks against Shabab militants there two years ago. Amnesty International investigated five of the more than 100 strikes carried out in Somalia since 2017 by drones and manned ...

The case of the missing case

Last week I mentioned one of the vicissitudes of aging — memory loss. Maybe the real issue isn’t loss, per se, but degree of loss. It’s a tough number for me to call, due to my being on the horns of dilemma. On the one horn, logically, I know my mind doesn’t work as well as it ...

Anti-science propagandist falsely claims to be a physicist

John Droz, who grew up in the Adirondacks and still summers here, recently wrote a rebuttal to Dr. Curt Stager’s piece in the Adirondack Almanack (1) where Dr. Stager referred to Mr. Droz as a “climate-change denier.” (Mr. Droz is considered one of the most influential climate-change ...

The madness of college hoops’ amateurism

WASHINGTON — Appropriately, during the crescendo of this college basketball season, in which the most significant event was a shoe malfunction, a lawyer whose best-known client was a pornographic actress was indicted for threatening to shrink a shoe company’s market capitalization by ...