Columns

‘Bro culture’ companies

What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn’t own its cars or employ drivers. It’s basically a smartphone app that connects passengers to drivers using their own vehicles. Rival apps now do much the same thing. Uber rightly sees the ...

Student awareness of driving dangers significant

On May 3, the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board held its enforcement recognition breakfast at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg. The purpose of this annual event is to recognize two officers from each enforcement agency in the county for their contribution to traffic safety through ...

What is America’s goal in the world?

For the World War II generation there was clarity. The attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941, united the nation as it had never been before — in the conviction that Japan must be smashed, no matter how long it took or how many lives it cost. After the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945, ...

A scandal about smoke

The cliche about the Russia investigation is that there’s a lot of smoke, and with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump rolled a military-grade smoke grenade into the room. There were many legitimate reasons to fire Comey, who repeatedly went outside Department ...

Tafoni are small honeycomb-like features often found in caves like this one.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Tick-free existence comes to an end on Cobble Hill

As warmer, spring-like weather patterns continue to be resisted by a combination of snow squalls, rain and cold weather, it’s important to recognize and be prepared for some of the hazards that outdoor travelers are likely to confront at this time of year. Most outdoor travelers know ...

Reporting was unfair on Medical Aid in Dying Act

A news article was printed in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on May 10 entitled “Assisted-suicide bill back before New York lawmakers.” The writer began by saying “several supporters gathered” for the Lobby Day press conference at the New York State Capitol on May 9. The Medical Aid ...

VOLUNTEERS PREPARING MEMBERSHIP MAILING — Standing from left are, Donna Fulkerson, Judy Rush, Rosalie Fontana, Maureen Sayles (Committee Chair), Marcia Gilbert, Margaret Worden (Membership Committee). Seated from left are Anne Boutilier, Phyllis Magnus, Joy Harvey and Shirley Morgan. Pictured are the morning volunteers who helped to assemble the May Membership Appeal. Afternoon volunteers were Kay Best, Ellen Beideck, Margot Gold (Membership Committee), Susan Mitchell, Susan Moody, Donna Walsh and Brian O'Connor. The board thanks these volunteers, committee members Diane Peterson and Audrey Schwartzberg, and everyone who has contributed so far to the annual Membership Campaign, which began May 1.
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Membership Campaign celebrates 110th year of library

“A library outranks any other thing a community can do for the benefit of its people.” This quote by Andrew Carnegie opens the 2017 Membership Letter. Brian C. O’Connor, President of the Board of Trustees, continues in the letter, “In 1907, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie gave $10,000 ...

A not-so shy and retiring kinda guy

Last Saturday, I did something for the last time that I’ve done every year for the past 44. I went to the Paul Smith’s College graduation. I retired three years ago, so this was the last class I taught, during their freshman year. Given the number of students I had then, combined with ...

(Image provided by John Lanahan)

Comments on the trail plan

First, the process by which comments have been collected on this ongoing issue has been less than satisfactory. There are several questions that myself and my neighbors in Lake Clear have asked and never gotten answers for over the years that this process has dragged on for. The stakeholders ...

The mystery of protein folding

It has been recognized for many years that proteins have a particular way of being folded. In fact, many proteins will refold spontaneously if they become unfolded. This folding was recognized by Linus Pauling in the 1960s. (Pauling eventually won the Nobel Prize for is work on DNA.) It was ...

Happy Mother’s Day

I always felt a few holidays were put on the calendar as a means to sell greeting cards, perhaps boost a lull in candy sales after Easter. Mother’s Day fell in that category. It would seem that a mother should deserve some credit on a daily basis. So far scientists have managed to alter ...

More annual precipitation is coming in heavy downpours. The Northeast leads the country with a 74 percent increase from 1958 to 2010.
(Image provided — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via the 
Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University)

North Country farmers and gardeners adjust to climate change, part 2

Much of what I know about gardening or have learned about farming is based on established practices (standards, rules, conventional norms) having to do with climate. Climate has always dictated which crops (and varieties) we can grow, which livestock we can rear, when to plant seeds or ...

Bad education worsens government

Have you ever wondered when or how individuals become political group thinkers? Regardless of affiliation, politicians seldom muster the courage to make independent decisions based on verifiable facts, if those facts run contrary to the party line. An example occurred with the vote on the ...

Steve Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz triumphantly ride the Night Train four-man bobsled up the finish ramp as they complete the fourth and final run during their gold-medal performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

Steve Holcomb, my bobsled hero

Like the rest of the bobsled world and members of the Olympic family, I was stunned and deeply saddened late Saturday afternoon when I received a phone call that Steve Holcomb was found dead in his room at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid earlier in the day. When I was very young ...

LP school spending is out of hand

The Lake Placid Central School district’s upcoming referendum for a buildings and grounds capital project needs to be pared back if not eliminated completely. This project has few details and large expenditures, with little to no return for students or taxpayers. It’s more a vehicle to ...

Saranac Lake, the little village that does

What brings a town together is its people, their passion, stories and unique talents. Saranac Lake is going through a renaissance that is subtle but dramatic at the same time. We (those who call the village “home”) are taking part in an evolution that will, I believe, result in a ...

Impaired driving crashes on state roadways

Last week’s article discussed Utah’s introduction of legislation, which, if passed, would lower the legal BAC limit for DWI from 0.08 to 0.05 in that state. This article explores a bit further into impaired driving and the profile of an impaired driver from the results of a study on ...

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Bear gives birth in hibernation

The great local history stories come mostly from the pages of old copies of the Enterprise. Even shallow digs into history; local, national or world, one soon finds how much of it is not accurate. I love this quote I ran across in the forward of a book by Colum McCann: “No history is mute. ...

Repeal and replace Obamacare, 2.0

A while back, comedian Groucho Marx had a line that always got a laugh: “I wouldn’t want to join any organization that would accept me as a member.” It was funny because the circular reasoning was so illogical. There is a similar kind of illogical, circular reasoning going on in the ...

Take your time and move slowly through early season

In recent days, I’ve spent a good deal of time in the woods and on the waters. Despite the muddy trails and a few flash rainstorms, the spring season has remained relatively bugless to date. However, I expect combined crops of black flies and mosquitoes will soon be in the air. The ...