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Sick!

Let’s start out with one indisputable fact: The United States has the most expensive health care system in the world. But that’s OK because we get the best care in the world, don’t we? If you believe that “fact,” read on. In 2010, the US spent $2.6 trillion on health care, ...

The downhill slide from 1952

One of my fondest childhood memories is of the May Festival. As the name implies, it was a celebration of spring, which after those old-time Adirondack winters was something well worth celebrating. It was a grade school event, but I still remember a lot about it. One was its ...

Suzanne Miller uses signs, with language she describes as respectful, to protest against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.
(Photo provided by Suzanne Miller)

ADE is too easy on Stefanik

I must express my appreciation to you, as the editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, for the very fair assessment of New York 21st Congressional District (NY21stCD) “representative” Elise Stefanik as wanting, as well as your advocacy on behalf of the 700,000-plus residents of the ...

Education debate goes back 100 years

We all have recited the phrase, “History repeats itself.” Ignorance about the past is a likely reason for the truth of this generalization. What’s beginning to emerge in our public schools is evidence to support this contention. Project-based programming has been tried many times, only ...

A Foggy view of the Mount Arab Fire Tower and Observer’s Cabin. 
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Completing the Tupper Lake Triad

My family gets to go out hiking quite a bit. We always feel so fortunate to revisit favorite trails and complete various quests and challenges. I love the idea of a challenge. I do enjoy a life quest such as hiking all the Adirondack 46ers, but the smaller challenges can be just as much fun. I ...

(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Spring into salads

It’s the season of spring green! The trees are budding, the grass is turning green, yellow daffodils and red tulips shine brightly even on cloudy days. Salads of fresh garden greens are a special treat this time of year. Spinach, arugula, lettuce, and beet greens sown early -- as soon as ...

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College readiness guide could be better

‘College for Every Student: A Practitioner’s Guide’ by Rick Dalton andEdward P. St. John --- In the mid-’90s, President Bill Clinton launched the School-to-Work Opportunities Act, pumping funds into states to implement career awareness/readiness efforts and partnerships with ...

On police, Trump is all bluster

President Trump recently addressed law enforcement and family members of the fallen at the 36th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol. In this speech he reaffirmed his campaign promises to restore justice and end attacks on police. The President remarked: ...

125 years of the Adirondack Park

Of all the natural wonders about which New Yorkers can boast, the largest and most breathtaking is the Adirondack State Park. This month, we are marking the 125th anniversary of the law that created the park. Let us take a moment to give thanks for this spectacular treasure. The boundary of ...

Bikers ride the 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.
(Photo provided — Richard Smith)

Rail-trails celebrated as ‘vibrant sign of renewal’

Editor Peter Crowley reported recently on a new PBS documentary about rail-to-trail conversions in New York state, including the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail that will connect Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. The documentary portrayed rail trails as popular success stories — as ...

Left lane hoggers frustrate other drivers

East Main St. Road (U.S. Route 11) on the east end of the village of Malone is a four-lane main highway. For eastbound (EB) traffic, there are two lanes from the Porter Road to the Brainairdsville Road (county Route 24), about 8/10 of a mile. For westbound (WB) traffic, there are two lanes ...

Battle over, sweet release at last

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good. — W.H. Auden My partner, lover, best friend, true love of my life has succumbed to the dementia with ...

Focus on victims rewards terrorists

Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker’s profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of ...

Marsh Marigolds are currently blooming in local bogs and wetlands, which is a sign that the fishing season is ready for a breakthrough weekend.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Who will fill the boots of the old-timers?

As noise from vehicles and similar human contraptions continue to intrude on our everyday life, the solitude and silence of wild lands continues to attract travelers to the region. The opportunity to fully escape evidence of the modern world is no longer achievable in more than 95 percent ...

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The end of World War I

The above headlines say it all, as carried in a Saranac Lake newspaper, The Daily Item, published by E. C. Krauss at 86 Broadway. The date of this copy was Saturday, June 28, 1919. The lead story: “VERSAILLES, June 28 (AP) —The World War was formally ended today by the signing of the ...

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman of Bainbridge (Chenango County) was buried as Lyons Wakeman, the name she used when she disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the 153rd New York Volunteer Infantry, which included soldiers from Essex and Clinton counties, including  three companies from Plattsburgh.

Exposed, or not: Women soldiers in the Civil War, part 2 of 2

From a contemporary perspective, it’s hard to believe women attempting to pass as men were not discovered at the enlistment physical and sent home. But with ever-increasing casualties, by the spring of 1862 (the second year of warfare) the glory and excitement of becoming a soldier and ...

Crosswalk talk

There’s something bothering me so much I can no longer keep it to myself. What is it? you ask. It’s those performers from the ’60s and ’70s who are still performing ... but in name only. If you haven’t been to one of their concerts recently, don’t feel bad, ...

Frances Clayton, at left, wears a long dress typical of the 1860s. At right, she is seen in a Union soldier's uniform as Jack Williams.

Fight like a man

Sept. 17, 1862, was the bloodiest day in American military history as 22,717 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing at the Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) in northern Maryland. While walking the battlefield the next day, Union ...

With alcohol, it’s complicated

There are often arguments about the benefits and disadvantages that go along with diet. The reason is that research into these benefits and risks does not typically include a causation analysis but rather correlation analysis. That is not to say of course that finding correlations is ...

From left, Olivia Zeis, Lonnie Ford and Jameson Batt play staff of a Budapest perfume shop in “She Loves Me,” a Community Theatre Players production at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. 
(Photo provided by Community Theatre Players)

‘She Loves Me’ is witty, fun and well done

From elaborate to simple, those Community Theatre Players folks really know how to put on a good show. I saw the musical comedy “She Loves Me” this weekend, and I highly recommend it. When CTP goes big, it goes really big. Last year at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, it did the ...