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Billionaires may give science a needed push

A fascinating and ambitious scientific project was recently announced. A plan to go to the nearest system of stars, Alpha Centauri, with tiny computer chips that will be able to take photographs and other data. Yet this project was not announced by NASA or some other government funded ...

Join The Cat in the Hat for Read Across America Saturday at the Adirondack Carousel
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Read Across America with The Cat in the Hat

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!” My family has either attended or helped during the annual Read Across America event held each year at the Adirondack Carousel. ...

Muffins can be a healthy treat

Aaah! Warm muffins from your oven. What a wonderful winter treat! On a blustery winter day, the oven warms your kitchen, and the ultimate in comfort foods — fresh, steaming muffins — warm the hearts of friends and family. I’ve never understood the benefit of a mix for muffins. For me, ...

A smowmobile rides across Lake Colby. 
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

Importance of snowmobile safety

It seems like every time I pick up a newspaper or turn on the radio or TV, I hear about another snowmobile accident, with the number of fatalities now approaching five times that of the four deaths that occurred during the 2015-16 season. Several of the accidents that I’m aware of ...

Test your vehicle and traffic law IQ (answers)

Last week’s article presented 20 questions on vehicle and traffic law and traffic control devices. Hopefully you took the test and kept your answers. In this article, the questions are repeated along with the answers and the authority for the answers. See how well you did. True or ...

Trump has a grating style but significant substance

Substance and style — it’s easy to get them confused or mistake one for the other. And they’re never entirely unconnected, though exactly how much so is a matter of debate. That’s especially true when it comes to evaluating Donald Trump’s performance — a word particularly ...

Neilson Snye of Tupper Lake skis past the site of a historic barn that burned down in 2004 at the Camp Santanoni Historic Area in Newcomb on Presidents Day.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Touring historic Santanoni as winter lulls

NEWCOMB — After two straight days of sunshine and above-freezing temperatures, my friend and I decided we better get out skiing again before the snow is completely gone. So on Monday, we drove down to Newcomb and donned our cross-country skis for the 10-mile round-trip out to the ...

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More rocky hockey at Rockefeller Center, Part 2

It is a pain when writing a two- or three-part series because one has to recap the first parts, under a strict journalism rule, assuming that there will be new readers of the second part. So last week we wrote about our Pee Wee hockey teams playing at Rockefeller Center in January 1968 ...

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signs the bill creating the Adirondack Park Agency in 1971, with members of his Adirondack study commission looking on. Next to him is Harold K. Hochschild, commission chairman and founder of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.
(Photo provided by the Lake George Mirror)

APA retreat causes concern

Picture two sets of opposing cheerleaders, one representing the Adirondack Park Agency and vocalizing as follows: “Two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to regulate!” The other cheerleaders, who represent environmental interests, respond in kind: “Eight, six, four, two, that’s what ...

Although snow cover is meager, many of the mountain streams and brooks have retained ice.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Land-use debates pervasive across the country

Last year, organizers of the annual Outdoor Retailer Expo, which is likely the largest outdoor equipment trade show in the world, threatened to pull the plug on their popular trade show. The popular event has long been the anchor of Salt Lake City’s convention-based economy. The Outdoor ...

What happened to conservative optimism?

I had never heard of Milo Yiannopoulos until recently, perhaps because I don’t visit some of the websites where his musings are published. Milo, as he calls himself because of the difficulty some have pronouncing his last name, was disinvited from this week’s Conservative Political ...

What’s happening in Sweden

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a vague warning about immigration-related problems in Sweden. At a campaign rally over the weekend, Trump issued forth with a mystifyingly ominous statement. ...

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Somber, meaningful poems

“Always Close, Forever Careless” by Michael Carrino, Aldrich Press, 2016 By MARILYN MCCABE Special to the Enterprise Plattsburgh resident Michael Carrino issued a new book of poems in 2016. “Always Close, Forever Careless” was published by Aldrich Press. The collection is ...

The deep state targets Trump

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, “If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and ...

The Cold War’s end and today’s politics

In 1988, a full year before the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire broke up, Georgy Arbatov, a Soviet expert on the United States, offered this prophetic prediction about how the end of the Cold War would change the United States: “We are going to do a terrible thing to you. We are ...

A word for our time

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch drew attention for saying that the Groper’s criticism of the federal courts was “disheartening” and “discouraging.” His crazed outburst was applauded by Democrats because he’s a Republican, and members of that party generally respond to the ...

A failure to communicate

WASHINGTON — To sum up President Trump’s first month in office, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations. To those who opposed him, he’s worse than expected. To those who supported him, he’s done exactly what he said he would do and more. And everyone hates the media. ...

Open letter to our so-called president

Dear Mr. So-Called President: So let me explain to you how this works. You were elected as chief executive of the United States. I won’t belabor the fact that you won with a minority of the popular vote and a little help from your friends, FBI Director James Comey and Russian President ...

Partisan lines stay fixed amid turmoil

Amid the turmoil of the first month of the Trump administration, with courts blocking his temporary travel ban and his national security adviser resigning after 24 days, the solid partisan divisions in the electorate — modestly changed in 2016 from what they’d been over the previous two ...

Test your vehicle and traffic law IQ

An annual winter feature of the weekly “Did You Know” articles is a 20-question quiz on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic control devices (TCDs). The first 10 questions are true/false and questions 11-20 are multiple choice. The answers will be found in next week’s article and ...