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More from the Schussboomer

The was such great interest in last week’s column about a weekly tabloid published by the Enterprise, “only on Friday, only in the winter” — editor, reporter and ad sales by Marge, Margaret, M. Wilson, later Mrs. James Lamy. So, following is Part II from the Schussboomer of Jan. 1, ...

Kids mature at different rates

Psychiatrist Lawrence Kubie, MD, stated in his analysis of the ills of education, “educators and people generally must first acknowledge that something is amiss before they will begin the search for remedies.” Much remains amiss, such that “the educator who is interested in making ...

A walk on the mild Seide

I started running for only one reason — to get in shape for boot camp. I’d just graduated from college, where I’d spent four years majoring in history ... and four years minoring in coffee, cigarettes and sleep deprivation. I was, by any measure, a burnout. But luckily, I was a ...

The heart, soul and bravery of Will and Bella

The best of our reporters, our editors, our writers — all of those journalists who serve our communities — bring a brutal honesty to their craft. That doesn’t sound good, but it is imperative to accurately tell the stories of our community. But I fear there are few among us who ...

Shepherd’s pie makes good use of Thanksgiving leftovers

The big feast is over. And you’re left with tons of food: lots of turkey, bowls of mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables. The perfect Black Friday meal to make with these ingredients is Shepherd’s Pie. Leftover turkey, day-old mashed potatoes and gravy combine with veggies to make an easy, ...

Wild turkeys face an uncertain future

The wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is one of only two domesticated birds native to North America. The Muscovy duck is the other. Five sub-species make up the entire North American population. The most abundant is the eastern wild turkey — sub-species silvestris, meaning forest — ...

Democrats, listen to Bustos and keep Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi will probably return as speaker of the House and should. A proven master at running the legislature, she’s plug-and-play ready and able to steer Democrats through these chaotic times. That Pelosi is a woman is not why she should be speaker. That she is relatively old, at 78, ...

Judges must do evictions properly

If you are one of the many tenants in Tupper Lake who has been evicted, and all you received in the mail, from the town or village court, was a small claims form instructing you to report to court, you have been unlawfully evicted from your home and have the right to file a complaint with the ...

Trump raises the stakes with CNN

Last week, the White House revoked the press pass of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, and denied him access to the building. CNN responded by filing suit in federal court against the president. Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights had been violated, said CNN. ...

Countermeasures for poor driver behavior

As a driver, don’t you wish you had the ability to communicate with other drivers? For instance, if someone is tailgating you, don’t you wish you had a variable message sign in your rear window that might say “Too close — back off!” But we don’t, and communication with other drivers ...

Michelle Obama tells her truth

So now Michelle Obama finally tells her truth. There has always been about her a sense that she did, indeed, have a truth of her own and that it was, if not at odds with the one her husband expressed with high-flown eloquence, more real and more rooted, as befits a girl from the South Side ...

A declared presidential candidate who believes in what he has lived

WASHINGTON — The world’s oldest political party has developed an aversion to discretion. The Democratic Party is manacled to an over-caffeinated base that believes that deft government can deliver parity of status to everyone while micromanaging the economy’s health care sector, ...

Helping your child cope with violence in the news

All the violence children see on the news is stressing out their parents. Whether it be a shooting or a natural disaster, parents want some insight into what to say to their children. Let me see if I can help. The average child in this country will witness 200,000 violent acts on television ...

The Enterprise Schussboomer

The Enterprise came up with some great stuff when Jim Loeb and Roger Tubby were at the helm (I was on the staff from 1951 to 1974), so God only knows who came up with the idea of a winter newspaper, but it turned out to be a hit. Here was the masthead on Friday, Jan. 1, 1959: Published ...

Trump’s not populist enough

The midterms suggest that President Donald Trump needs to double down on populism, just not the sort that’s been his signature to this point. Trump is both too populist and not populist enough. His populism is largely, although not entirely, a matter of style — combative, lacerating, ...

Amid complaints, a reason to give thanks

“It’s the worst of times.” The words are Charles Dickens’, from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, polarized politically, economically, ...

Frozen in time, space and a VW Bug

By 1960s American standards, I was an old man before I got my first car at 25. But as much a greybeard as I was, my car was more of one. It was a ’64 VW Beetle with nine years and over 150,000 miles on it. The mileage was unknown and never could be known because the speedometer-odometer ...

The shame of the Catholic Church

One doesn’t have to be Roman Catholic or even Christian to recognize the great good the Catholic Church has done. America would be worse off were it not its pro-life stance and numerous acts of charity. But good works are sometimes diluted or even overwhelmed by evil works, and it is the ...

America’s wealth floods into already wealthy cities

When Amazon chose a Queens neighborhood across from Manhattan for one of its new headquarters, James Corden remarked on “The Late Late Show,” “I gotta say, I really think this could be the thing that finally puts New York on the map.” That was a joke. New York is already the capital ...

Another abandoned career, part 2

Sidney Colvin would take his place in the extensive list of people who felt compelled to put on paper what it is like to meet Robert Louis Stevenson. Isobel Field, Stevenson’s stepdaughter, wasn’t kidding when she told the Stevenson Society in 1934 that “No one ever said of R.L.S., ‘I ...