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In defense of victims and the justice system

As someone who practices law here in the Adirondacks, I have made a conscious decision to work on cases and the area of law of my choosing. As a former prosecutor and defense attorney in Essex County, I have seen both sides of our legal process. I can tell you from my experience that the legal ...

The Old West rides again in the Adirondacks

It appears the winter season has finally arrived in the North Country, just in time for the looming holiday season. Although the snowpack has yet to set up a firm base, there is enough snow cover to ski in the woods, especially in the upper elevations, on tote roads and on the golf ...

Working in customer service helps you be a better customer, employee … human

Even with the most educated of job applicants, there is one skill that can’t be taught in any classroom: customer service. You can decorate your resume with private colleges and fancy degrees but learning how to interact professionally and courteously with customers, coworkers or just other ...

Albert E. and me

I’ve always been a modest lad, if I do say so myself. Which is why I’d never say I’m smarter than that famous part-time resident of My Home Town, Albert Einstein, even though it could be true. Me, the Dope, smarter than Einstein? How can that be? Simple. While he may have ...

No king but Caesar

In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a “memorial” (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery. Lincoln had also heard from Southern clergy who used the same scriptures to justify slavery’s ...

Did the mountain air help Robert Louis Stevenson?

Contrary to myth, Stevenson did not have tuberculosis when he was here nor did he think in terms of ‘taking the cure.’ His physician, Dr. E.L. Trudeau, made house calls and remembered that “I usually found him indoors long before darkness with his feet to the fire and a cigarette in his ...

Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

WASHINGTON — Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama’s Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly. Moore’s defeat Tuesday in Alabama — as stalwart a Republican state as they come — left ...

Fire tower book is a good gift for the holidays

“Views From On High,” by John Freeman and Jim Schneider --- Almost as if on schedule, I received a copy of the newly published book, Views From On High: Fire Tower Trials in the Adirondacks and Catskills, by John Freeman and Jim Schneider, in time for consideration as a holiday gift. ...

Medical Associates give thanks as they join Adirondack Health

We would like to take this opportunity to inform the community that Medical Associates of Saranac Lake will be joining Adirondack Health on Jan. 1, 2018. We are excited to join this well-established team and continue to serve the healthcare needs of our community by partnering together. As ...

Flowers and evergreens are laid at the base of the Angel of Hope statue outside Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake during Wednesday night’s annual ceremony for bereaved parents.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Angels and others

Arguably, on Wednesday night I should have been reporting on the school board meeting. Instead, I was standing in the freezing wind outside the Adirondack Medical Center with a group of people surrounding the Angel of Hope. They had gathered there, as they do every year, to commemorate loved ...

Associated Press Fact Check: Trump, Moore and their odd orbit of claims

WASHINGTON — The orbit of odd political claims stretched from Utah canyons to the looming Alabama Senate race to crazy-as-usual Washington in recent days. That’s what The Associated Press found when scrutinizing an assortment of statements from President Donald Trump and others last ...

(Photo provided — Dave Werner)

Snowplow drivers ask for your consideration

Now that snowplowing season has arrived, highway crews ask for cooperation and understanding from drivers. First, if a snowstorm begins during the night or on weekends or holidays, it takes time for highway crews to leave their homes, get to their trucks, load up with sand or salt and begin ...

Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation’s long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his ...

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Crowds watching had tears in their eyes

It is amazing how vivid the scenes and events still are today, even 50 years after covering the fire that burned down St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake. People in the crowds, both men and women, who had gathered near the fire had tears running down their cheeks ... recalling family ...

Rob Frost plays his 11-string guitar at the corner of Broadway and Bloomingdale Avenue in Saranac Lake on Nov. 28.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Hobo wandered in for Hobofest, stays a while

SARANAC LAKE — Rob Frost is his name. They call him “Hobo Rob” at the Rusty Nail’s Tuesday night open mics. He calls himself “Rob the Hobo Rock Star.” In recent months he’s been wandering around town playing an out-of-tune acoustic guitar, wearing colorful outfits that are ...

Eagerly waiting for the first big snow of the year

With the conclusion of the annual big game hunting season in the bank, outdoor enthusiasts will be forced to seek alternative adventures until there is enough ice and snow to kick off the season for snowshoeing, ski touring, snowmobiling, free-skating, ice skating ice climbing, backcountry ...

Seeing the light

If you’ve bent an elbow in downtown Saranac Lake, you already know where Adirondack Hamlets to Huts’ headquarters is. And how could you not, since it’s directly across from the Waterhole, right next to Saranac Lake Wines and Liquors, and two doors down from Grizle T’s. But even if ...

GOP fights bloated feds, eds, meds

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on “feds, eds and meds”? That’s a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have ...

LIBRARY LUNCHEON SERIES VOLUNTEERS — Pictured from left are Siobhan Crary, kneeling, Shirley Morgan, Joy Harvey (chair), and Anne Boutilier who make up the SLFL Hospitality Committee, shown prior to a recent program. Rosalie Fontana coordinates the programs, while Margaret Worden, far right, takes care of correspondence. The noon programs are offered free of charge every other Thursday, with desserts and beverages provided by this committee and other bakers. Thank you to all our volunteers, patrons and community members for everything they do for the library.
(Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

Library thanks community for support

The library board and staff thank all community members for making the Saranac Lake Free Library’s 110th year one to celebrate! We deeply appreciate the help provided by our upstairs, Adirondack Research Room and yard and garden volunteers, and those who gave time to special events, ...

From New York newspapers

The Wall Street Journal on the decision to shrink the size of national monuments in Utah, Dec. 5 President Trump announced Monday that he will dramatically reduce the acreage of two national monuments. The order ends excessive federal control of Utah land, allowing residents to protect their ...