Columns

Falconry remains intact on the bucket list

It appears winter is getting ready to throw in the towel following one last cold snap. While the lakes and ponds retain their winter hard cover, it appears fair weather is on the way. All the signs are in the air, with the spring migration of birds of all sorts, high water on the rivers ...

The Easter uprising in Daytona Beach

I had a by-lined story in the April 7, 1972 edition of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise about a Saranac Lake senior hitchhiking his way to Daytona Beach, Florida for “Spring Break.” If you want a glimpse of what “Spring Break” is like today in Daytona, do yourself a favor and visit the ...

Nothing to LOL at

A couple weeks ago my attention got snagged by an Enterprise headline: “Students detox from cellphone use.” Turns out our local high school, as an exercise in enlightenment, encouraged students to give up their cellphones that Friday, and approximately 65 percent of them did it. ...

Racial slurs have a place in education

You could make a strong case against the way “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been held up as a classic American work of art, purporting to show the evil of racial oppression and the good of those who recognize that evil, like Atticus Finch. Personally, I despise the Atticus Finch character ...

Jekyll and Hyde comes to Baker’s

“‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is a book of which the oft-repeated statement is literally true, that its perusal is an unbroken spell.” That is from one of many first reviews of the famous novella pasted into a scrapbook by the author’s mother, Mrs. Margaret ...

U.S. at risk of being ruled by thieves

Recently I have been listening to the candidates for Congress in the Democratic primary and have met a couple of them. Nice people. I’m a 72-year-old retired pastor, having served congregations for 45 years. I like nice people and try to be one. Our most recent candidate event, however, was ...

Finding eggs and Easter bunnies

I’ve been fortunate to be part of an annual egg hunt in my town for the past three years. It takes a village to throw an event. Someone has to get those treats and someone has to put the treats into those eggs. As much as I’d like to believe it’s the Easter Bunny, I’ve seen the assembly ...

Two new books of verse from Adirondack authors Fast and Tissot

Two new books of verse by area writers came to our attention recently: Yvona Fast’s “Different” and Caperton Tissot’s “The Beat Within.” Yvona Fast’s slim volume “Different” was published by FootHills Publishing, which has been since 1986 a resource for upstate New York ...

Crookedness is not an ‘aberration’ in Cuomo administration

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the actions of his close friend and former aide Joseph Percoco an “aberration” this week, when it was actually just the opposite. This was business as usual. Percoco was convicted on federal bribery and fraud charges after a trial that further exposed ...

Looking for elusive wage gains

Despite strong job growth over the last few months and more and more reports of labor shortages, wages gains have been elusive. The Federal Reserve’s most recent “Beige Book” notes employers throughout the U.S. are experiencing “persistent labor market tightness and brisk demand for ...

Since Sputnik, U.S. has pursued mass-market education

Current proposals to protect our children from the aggressive behaviors of former and fellow students have stimulated suggestions about making education more child centered. In spite of these positive signs, there is a serious lack of insight into developmental concepts that should guide ...

Is the GOP staring at another 1930?

After the victory of Donald Trump in 2016, the GOP held the Senate and House, two-thirds of the governorships, and 1,000 more state legislators than they had on the day Barack Obama took office. “The Republican Party has not been this dominant in 90 years,” went the exultant claim. A ...

Driver pet peeve — how do you see it?

I receive numerous emails, letters, and questions from people I see in and around town. I recently received an email from a reader of the weekly “Did You Know” articles from a resident in Lake Clear with a pet peeve, depicted in the accompanying sketch. The reader describes this ...

St. Patrick’s Day

One year ago, after a St. Patrick’s Day column, my friend, Walter “Bud” Duffy sent me this note: “reading Saturday’s column in which you mentioned many of your family may have immigrated to the United States through Canada (there were no border problems then) I am enclosing an ...

Good advice. Now follow it.

“For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.” That was the headline of a New York Times technology column posted online March 7. It didn’t appear in the Times print edition until the next day. Maybe that should have been the first clue. Enterprise ...

50 St. Patrick’s Days ago

After a lifetime spent in the company of the rogues, the rascals and, yes, the phonies of politics, I have concluded that American voters are searching for one of two presidential types: a warm conservative with a generous heart or a tough liberal with a steel backbone. As the late wise ...

And then along came Russ

Last week’s column was about my struggle to get accepted into a Master’s program. The struggle had only one cause — I wanted an MA in English lit, but I’d been an American history major. Here’s the thing: Grad schools are fueled by a near-bulletproof fiction. It is in ...

Hillary, stop. Please.

WASHINGTON — She can’t let go. She can’t stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she’s telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places and then ...

Robert Louis Stevenson on dreams

“We only guide ourselves, and only know ourselves, by these air-painted pictures of the past.” — RLS, Saranac Lake Thomas Stevenson beheld his first and last baby was to give him a nickname—”Smout”—Scottish lingo for the small fry of salmon, because Robert Louis Stevenson was ...

Elon Musk’s age of exploration

Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he’s building will be able to do short “up and down” flights by next year. Musk’s goal is to colonize Mars, a delightfully daft idea that has ...