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The ability to choose your own destiny

In the 10 years since I was elected to the state Assembly, I’ve voted on hundreds if not thousands of bills to come to the floor of the “people’s chamber.” I’ve worked hard to improve the lives of my constituents in the North Country, advocated for the rights of the disabled, opposed ...

Please Tweet at me, Mr. Trump

Occasionally I suffer from low self-esteem. Donald Trump’s prominence has aggravated this condition. The man Tweets like mad. He takes it as his high calling to — among other purposes — destroy people by means of insulting 140-character messages. And yet even though I’ve done my ...

Green flashing lights for ambulance volunteers

In early December, a “Did You Know” article dealt with colored flashing or rotating lights, including red, white, amber, and blue lights and on what vehicles they are authorized by the state Vehicle and Traffic Law. In that article I failed to mention the authorized use of green flashing ...

The conventional threat to Trump

Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him. So far the early legislative agenda of Republicans after the Trump revolution is shaping up to be what you would have expected prior to the ...

More terror, more denial

Recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany, add to a growing list of incidents that are becoming increasingly difficult to remember. Does one begin the list with the plane hijackings in the ’60s and ’70s, or the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, or the USS Cole ...

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Holiday travel that’s a dream, not a nightmare

With the holidays approaching, I am surprised at the number of horror stories I seem to be hearing from parents about traveling over the holidays with their children. Since I don’t want parents to have travel nightmares, let me provide a few “trips” or, rather, tips to make travel with ...

Saints alive!

A lot of people believe in superstitions. Many others don’t believe in them but find them charming in an old-timey way, much like monocles, whale-bone corsets and horse-drawn sleighs — you know, those quaint icons of the Good Old Days none of us ever had to actually live in. Still others ...

A year of folly on rails vs. trail

With 2016 winding to a close, now is a time to take stock of the rail-vs.-trail situation. It has been an eventful year. The state’s decision to go ahead with the so-called compromise plan was followed by some big changes at the Adirondack Park Agency. While not all related to the ...

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Celebrate with a festive Christmas kugel

We celebrate this darkest time of year with lights. Christmas lights adorn trees and homes. Menorah candles brighten up Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. The Hanukkah feast celebrates God’s protection, kindness and blessing. Christmas celebrates the coming of the Messiah, sent by a loving God ...

New anti-cancer drugs may be available soon

Cancer has proven to be a hard code to crack. There are many reasons for this, and one of them is profit. The pharmaceutical companies have been wary to spend money developing expensive cancer drugs that they might not be able to make a large amount of money off of. This has made advances ...

Reflections of a St. Joseph’s Veterans Program graduate

After leaving bio lab today, I stopped at the grocery store. I checked my messages while I was shopping, and there was one telling me that a good friend that I graduated high school with died. I didn’t have to ask what happened; I already knew. The opiate epidemic has been in full swing in ...

The tradition of the Christmas tree has intriguing roots

An attractive, beautifully decorated Christmas tree is one of the most beloved symbols of the holiday season. But the tradition of the Christmas tree can be traced back to ancient times, when superstitious people hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows to keep evil (witches, elves, ...

The real saboteurs of a Trump foreign policy

The never-Trumpers are never going to surrender the myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee to defeat Clinton and elect Donald Trump. Their investment in the myth is just too ...

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Look out for Delta Cephei

Northwest of the Demon Star in Perseus of the Dec. 6 column is another variable star to watch, Delta Cephei (SEH-fee). This star is the prototype of the Cepheid (seh-FEE-id) Variable stars that Edwin Hubble used in the 1920s to expand the universe well beyond the bounds of our home ...

The parable of Mother Emanuel

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the parable of the sower, a farmer sprinkles seeds upon four different types of terrain, one of which is rocky where seeds fail to thrive. As interpreted by scholars, the rock refers to the human heart that’s made of stone and therefore resistant to the ...

Yield to Santa Saturday night

Special legislation, mandating all traffic yield the right-of-way to Santa, is in effect every year but only on Christmas Eve. If you are out and about this Saturday night, and you see a red light (not a red light at a traffic signal, but a red light that looks a lot like a red nose), likely ...

Trump blows off the working class

A friend of mine, an expert car mechanic, once told me of losing $30,000 in a commodity deal. It was one of those investment swindles then making the rounds. I asked my friend whether he felt angry. “No,” he answered. “I could have tripled my money.” He had no idea that he had ...

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Onchiota is coldest town at minus-36 degrees

About one-third of page one of the Enterprise were weather stories. My pal Bill McLaughlin must have written the headline about the coldest spot because it read: “Onchiota ‘Claims’ – 36”. McLaughlin and Bing Tormey shared a friendship and a shared penchant for telling unusual ...

Winter’s reach is well on its way to settling in, as seen in this photo from the Cascade lakes.
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Winter season rumbles in with a blast

The rumble of passing snowplows has steadily increased over the last week as a series of snowstorms continued to pass through the region.   The rolling thunder of the blades is an annual call that summons outdoor travelers to dust off the gear, locate the long johns and the gloves and wax ...