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Rep. Elise Stefanik
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Violation of privacy brought to you by Rep. Elise Stefanik

On March 7, Rep. Elise Stefanik co-sponsored H.R. 1313, the so-called “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act.” This Orwellian proposal has little to do with preserving anything since employee wellness programs are in no danger of going away. Rather, the main pillar of the act allows ...

The Pence-Graham Rule

Millennials and others of a certain age have not lived in a time when fidelity was universally valued and mostly supported by culture — though sometimes hypocritically — and its opposite was roundly condemned. There was even a time when a divorced person could not expect to become ...

Baylee Annis
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Spreading the word

Two hundred and eighty poems, all written by local people, line storefront windows in downtown Saranac Lake. They’re hung at eye level (for adults), spaced out a few feet apart so you pass one after another as you walk by. I can’t help stopping and reading them. They’re full of ...

Terrible burden

Issued on July 26, 1945, by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Clement Atlee and Chairman of the Nationalist Government of China Chian Kai-shek, the Potsdam Declaration stated that unless Japan surrendered immediately and unconditionally, it faced “complete and utter ...

Spring fishing on Ray Brook.
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Celebrating opening day with ski boots, brookies and boats

The annual trout season opened on April Fools’ Day, with a majority of the lakes and ponds in Adirondacks still locked in ice. Ice jams continue to clog many of the rivers and streams as well. Spring thaw usually arrives some time between the middle of May and the middle of June, ...

The fourth option

From July 17 to Aug. 2, 1945, President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (later Clement Atlee) and Soviet Union Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin met in Potsdam, Germany (the Potsdam Conference), to discuss how to administer recently defeated Nazi ...

The curmudgeon and the kid

Last week I paid my final respects to an old friend, Buck Lester. When I say “old friend,” it needs qualifying. I knew Buck for 50 years, but were on friendly terms only for the last 35 or so. It’s a long story and in order to understand it, you need to know about Paul Smith’s ...

Volunteers help direct young Easter Egg seekers during the Bloomingdale Easter Egg Hunt.
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Finding eggs and Easter bunnies

Last year I went to the St. Armand Town Hall to meet with the supervisor to suggest the possibility of hosting an Easter egg hunt at the Bloomingdale Town Park. Everyone on the town board was so supportive and kind, but it was the community’s reaction that pulled the event together. People ...

Willa Evans-Kummer, right, enjoys a meal at a “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant in Habana Viejo (Old Havana), Cuba.
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Cuba: So close, but so far away

Share your travel tale --- Do you have a travel story you want to share? Your fellow Enterprise readers might enjoy your anecdotes and appreciate your recommendations, and therefore we’re willing to consider it for publication. Write it up in 500 to 1,000 words, and submit it ...

Corn and Cucumber Salad
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Summer corn, winter corn

It is spring — at least according to the calendar. The time of year we start looking forward to summer and all its culinary delights ... like sweet corn on the cob. Fresh, sweet corn captures the rays of golden sunshine, turning them into sugar. Eaten straight off the cob, it is one of ...

Open letter to Rep. Elise Stefanik

Dear Congresswoman Stefanik, In your proposed climate change resolution (https://stefanik.house.gov/sites/stefanik.house.gov/files/Climate%20Change%20Resolution.pdf), it is stated that “it is a conservative principle to protect, conserve, and be good stewards of our environment.” In ...

How humans alter Earth’s climate

2016 was our planet’s hottest year on record. According to NASA, the next hottest year was 2015 and the next hottest 2014. In fact, over the last 136 years, 16 of the record breakers have occurred since 2001 (footnote 1). Similar studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

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The importance of preserving the wilderness

‘Where Wilderness Preservation Began: Adirondack Writings Of Howard Zahniser’ By RICHARD FROST Special to the Enterprise I’ve again been stimulated to read up on an individual important in the environmental movement who was heavily influenced by time in the Adirondacks. For my ...

My experience being sick in foreign countries

In the current conversation about health care in America, I find myself thinking of what I experienced being sick in England, France and Switzerland. I don’t have a detailed understanding of the health care system in any of those countries, but all of them were more or less the “socialized ...

‘Can’t anybody here play this game?’

“Dare I suggest,” writes the economist and blogger Tyler Cowen, “that the quality of governance in this country has taken a downward turn of late?” Or as Casey Stengel, while managing the New York Mets on their way to a 40-120 season in 1962, reportedly asked, “Can’t anybody here ...

Discovering the lost art of letter writing

Like so many good stories, this is an old one. But if this April somehow does turn out to be “the cruelest month” politically, this old story could even be timely. Here’s the story: The brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, realizing that his failing health meant that his days were ...

Headlights getting attention from safety experts

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety launched headlight ratings last spring after finding that government standards based on laboratory tests allow for huge variation in the amount of illumination headlights provide in on-road driving. Nighttime visibility is critical to highway safety ...

Trump cuts would hurt housing aid

Created in 1967 as the result of federal, state and local public housing legislation, the Harrietstown Housing Authority, based in the Harrietstown portion of the village of Saranac Lake, is overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its mission is to provide low-income ...

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Breaking news: The Enterprise — April 14, 1939

Maybe all politics is local…now all the news is local that I will painstakingly extract from the pages of this nearly 80-year-old Enterprise. Wait a minute. I take that back! Here is one national news story by the Associated Press carried on Page One! “ALBANY, N.Y., April 14 — ...

A common-sense approach to health care reform

In an interview, Congresswoman Stefanik asserted that she felt for the constituent who had a high and increasing insurance premium. She suggested supporting “common-sense” proposals to reduce the premium cost. I suggest that the real problem is larger than this. After all, we could ...