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Enduring legacy of a punitive peace

The current controversy over the removal of statues of Confederate leaders in Southern cities highlights once again the ongoing legacy of the punitive peace that the victorious North imposed on the Southern Confederacy during Reconstruction. Winston Churchill, the great British statesman, ...

Watermelon salad
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Watermelon

“When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” — Mark Twain Labor Day signals the end of summer for most of us in the North Country. As August comes to an end, we have seen night temperatures in the 30s and day temps barely reaching the low 70s. the threat of frost is ...

Micromotors unload antibiotics before dissolving in the stomach’s acid. They have been tested successfully in mice and may someday help deliver drugs to humans with fewer side effects than current methods.
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Advances in drug delivery

For a long time, our advances in human health and ever-increasing life expectancy have come from both improved health practices (such as washing hands) and from creating new drugs to help combat diseases. Of course, there are many diseases which we have still been unable to tame with ...

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(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Raising a monarch from an egg

A few years ago, after seeing the film “Flight of the Butterflies” at The Wild Center, my daughter started our own monarch habitat. It has been a slow process. Mother Nature has a plan for everything and we discovered that there is nothing simple about a monarch. We planted milkweed ...

Acid rain still impacting Adirondack Lakes, forest

In a recent newsletter from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, she mentioned visiting the facilities of the Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation to discuss strategies for measuring and combating acid rain in the Adirondacks. Although acid rain remains an important topic of study and discussion, the ...

Stop making excuses for antifa thuggery

One of the least safe places to be in Berkeley, California, is in the vicinity of someone holding a “No Hate” sign. So-called anti-fascist, or antifa, activists bearing shields emblazoned with those words assaulted any of the handful of beleaguered Trump supporters they could get their ...

Diana, still our goddess of beauty

What is it about the month of August that finds so many celebrities dying? Just this month we’ve seen the passing of Glen Campbell, Barbara Cook, Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis. Thomas Meehan, who wrote the book for the musical “Annie,” died last week. Marilyn Monroe died in August ...

Robert Lee, no E.

WASHINGTON — You know we’ve reached a point of — something — when a sports announcer named Robert Lee is reassigned from calling a University of Virginia college football game because of his contemporaneously unfortunate name. Lee reportedly agreed with ESPN that he should go ...

Deadliest versus safest times to drive

Take a guess — which season, summer or winter, is the more dangerous time to drive? Bet you think winter. How about the most dangerous four hour period of a 24-hour day? Bet you are thinking something between midnight and early morning. What day of the week do you think is the safest day to ...

What still unites us?

Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Neocons claimed America was an “ideological nation” a “creedal nation,” dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Expropriating the biblical mandate, “Go forth ...

Hikers take a moment to enjoy the summit of Mount Marcy.
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Stars aligned to start educational programs

As the summer season begins to wind down, traffic in the woods and on the waters will slowly begin to diminish. Although outdoor travelers are likely to find company wherever they travel, the end is in sight. With a new school year looming on the near horizon, many families will too busy ...

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Lots of news from the Enterprise of 1925

The dedication ceremonies were under way (this was February) for the new high school on Petrova Avenue. There were many stories about the opening of the school. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories: “County, town and village officials were guests of the Board of Education at a ...

Trump’s Palmerstonian policy

President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan speech Monday night was disciplined, measured and sometimes verging on eloquence. It was presidential. Evidently, his vision wasn’t impaired when he looked at the eclipse without the proper eyewear earlier in the day. Like Barack Obama, Trump came to ...

Grid lack

As a student of history, I’ve always enjoyed reading old letters. And it doesn’t matter whose letters either. The rich and famous, the poor and unknown — all of them said something. And that’s the essence of letters: No one takes the time and effort to write a letter unless they do ...

Schools must teach more history, civics

While searching for important documents that might shed some light on the lessons of history (to be included on the website dataforamericaspastthroughlocalhistory.com), the following quote, selected from among many created during the formation of our country, seems to be particularly relevant ...

Regis-Applejack: more than a camp

I am writing in reaction to the ongoing conversation that intern Dana Hatton and Managing Editor Peter Crowley have entertained at the expense of one of our area’s richest commodities: a family-owned small business that has been passed down over decades and educated, entertained and employed ...

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(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Kindness rocks

There are two elder twin sisters, known as the Rock Ladies, who live near my in-laws’ house. No visit would be complete without walking past their house and searching through the basket of rocks that they’ve collected and painted with simple scenes and inspirational messages. Anyone is ...

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A detective thriller set in Plattsburgh

“Dark Kills,” by T.J. Brearton, is a page-turning whodunit detective story. Set in Plattsburgh and the surrounding communities, the story follows Detective Gates in a race to solve the mystery behind multiple deaths. But the serial killer has another victim tagged to be next. The ...

Changing our perceptions

Last Sunday, many Christians heard the story of Joseph’s brothers turning against him and selling him into slavery. This Sunday, congregations heard how the brothers discover that Joseph will save them and their families from starvation. Joseph’s brothers were challenged to encounter a ...

Historical hysteria

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” — Friedrich Hegel We will learn even less from history if we wipe it clean, as some are trying to do by removing statues of Confederate leaders whose beliefs about slavery and race most, including me, find ...