Columns

We should stop buying bottled water

I don’t actually remember the first time I saw single-serving bottles of water for sale. But I do remember thinking that it was crazy! Who would pay for water? Was I ever wrong! According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, which provides management consulting, research, and ...

Women of 1776: Undaunted and unsung

The contributions of five Revolutionary War era women appear below. These accounts could be expanded a hundred-fold and would represent but a fraction of the women — young and old — who helped win independence for the American colonies. - Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) Known as the ...

Is the economic tide about turn?

While many of us will be at the beach to celebrate the 4th of July, economists will ponder whether our economy is at, or near, high tide and when that tide might turn. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the U.S. economy has now entered its 10th year (109th month) of ...

Women of 1776: Giving birth to a nation

Think of the Revolutionary War, and the phrase “Founding Fathers” quickly comes to mind along with a group of now bigger-than-life individuals starting with George Washington. With few exceptions, the cast of acknowledged American Revolution luminaries is all male. This is hardly ...

The Post-Star of Glens Falls on campaigning for Congress, July 1

Congressional politics is the big leagues where it gets ugly early and evil often. The professional operatives and consultants craft messages of destruction without regard to morality or accuracy, and we wonder how they sleep at night. To survive, you need the hide of a dinosaur. To ...

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady on the new Open FOIL NY website, June 26

When it comes to New York state government offering to be more transparent, you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. So New Yorkers should welcome Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new “Open FOIL NY” website, which attempts to provide residents with a kind of one-stop shopping for government ...

Flaggers play important role in traffic safety

Flaggers, flagperson, or flagmen as we used to know it, are vital to both vehicle safety and to worker safety. Unfortunately, drivers are too often annoyed by them when approaching a work zone or encountering a flagger when motoring about. Our vast infrastructure, roads and highways ...

These are my mountains

Recent editorials and letters in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise have suggested I stay off hiking trails, start fishing and canoeing, don’t mountain bike and stop riding my road bike, and to even stop using my hiking poles. I’m not buying it. I moved here 18 years ago from the ...

Compromise, but keep principles

Recent discussion on the “PBS News Hour” focused on concern that our democratic processes require compromise and how that seems to have been replaced with open conflict between political parties. Upon hearing this, I turned to the dictionary to determine the official definitions of ...

The ‘Beanie’ Barnet-Trotty Veck Story, part 2

In this space last week was the story of the Trotty Veck Messengers, a little booklet published in Saranac Lake starting in 1915 by two young men, Seymour Eaton Jr., ad Charles Swasey Barnet who arrived in Saranac Lake stricken with tuberculosis. They eventually published and sold 4 ...

Something must change

The Leader-Herald of Gloversville on the mass murder at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, June 29: “There are no 40-hour weeks, no big paydays — just a passion for telling stories from our community. We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school ...

Beyond the fog: A morning paddle on Osgood

It was so foggy that we basically paddled until we saw land in front of us and then turned. Sure, I could have gotten out the map and compass, but that’s no fun. So as Aaron and I made our way into the gray, we kept an eye out for land and only had to make a couple of course corrections ...

A presidential visit and a look back at sport casting

Congratulations to Vince Wilcox, the owner of Wiley’s Flies, a small flyshop located in Ray Brook. Wilcox recently guided former President Barack Obama for an afternoon of fly fishing on the backwoods waters of the Adirondacks. Historically, whenever a sitting US President is featured with ...

Cruelty is not a policy

Our country is engaged in an uncivil war. We make cultural or political skirmishes into front-page news, where tweets rule and common sense is nowhere to be found. It has gone too far — we need to move way up the scale to where each of us examines his or her conscience while asking what is ...

Supreme Court corrects itself

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is especially admirable when correcting especially deplorable prior decisions, as with the 1954 school desegregation decision rejecting a 1896 decision’s “separate but equal” doctrine. It did so again last Wednesday, overturning a 41-year-old precedent ...

Wishy-washy wishin’

Last week I wrote about my experience at my first Friends of the Library sale, which also happened to be the Friends first sale, back in the summer of ‘55. I told about a little kiddies’ amusement section they’d set up behind the library and its two main attractions. One was a penny ...

A $10 million wish list?

This is in reply to the May 22 article titled “$10 million wish list.” As a business owner, here are my thoughts. We’re going after grant money to revitalize our village and particularly the business district. But has anyone bothered to ask themselves how we got this way in the first ...

‘The Wrong Box’

For three days in the dead of winter 1917, the stepchildren of Robert Louis Stevenson, namely Lloyd Osbourne and Mrs. Isobel Field, were honored guests in the mountain village the author once called his “little Switzerland in the Adirondacks,” which is Saranac Lake. For Lloyd, it was a ...

Horse crazy at the Lake Placid Horse Show

There is something captivating about seeing the horses back in the rings at the North Elba Horse Show grounds. I’m not sure if it’s the Whiteface Mountain backdrop or the grace of these powerful thoroughbreds. Whatever the reason, scheduling time to be a spectator at the Lake Placid and I ...

Weeds are good food: Lamb’s quarters

Our garden is overgrown with lamb’s quarters (chenopodium album) – also called pigweed, goosefoot, fat hen or corn salad. In warmer climates, this non-woody branching plant can grow up to 5 feet – but we weed ours from the vegetable garden when they’re much smaller. Lamb’s quarters ...