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Jeff Flake’s ‘Conservative Conscience’

The book pulls no punches. It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a “culture of vicious dehumanization,” not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the ...

Be cautious along the open ledges of Santa Clara’s The Pinnacle.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Easy hikes: Santa Clara’s The Pinnacle makes the grade

I’m always looking for a quick, easy hike to share with family and visiting friends. It’s a bonus when that same hike allows me to get my dog off her leash for a few moments, give her a bit of a run, and get back on the road to finish our errands. Santa Clara’s Pinnacle trail is the ...

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Easy, fast zucchini skillets

It’s the middle of summer, and zucchini are everywhere. These summer squash plants are so fruitful that by early August, even our North Country gardens are overflowing with an abundant crop. In fact, Chase’s Calendar of Events lists August 8 as Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors’ ...

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A guide to the man-made environment

“A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks,” by Richard Longstreth --- Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the historic preservation entity for our region, has just released its long-awaited guide to the North Country’s man-made environment. Entitled “A Guide to Architecture in the ...

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Read this and weep: Pence for president

President Mike Pence. The words do not trip lightly off the tongue. But as special counsel Bob Mueller dives ever deeper into the murky waters of Trump family enterprises — and the campaign’s possible collusion with Russia — a Pence presidency must be contemplated. Donald Trump’s ...

Postal service

My three letters lay on the bottom of the collection box — lonely and somewhat pitiable. To the extent that I’d ever envisioned the insides of mail boxes, I’d thought they must be pretty well stuffed. After all, trucks show up about twice a day to empty them. Surely they wouldn’t be ...

Setting speed limits 101

Everyone wants a speed limit in front of their house but not in front of everyone else’s! This statement certainly seems to hold true for Franklin County. A number of recent requests to reduce speed limits at various locations further upholds the perception, if not the reality, that most ...

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Authentic Republican wisdom

American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request of the ...

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Saranac Lake police busy in August 1938

The hot month of August started off with a whimper here in this quiet mountain village 79 years ago — cops having to chase away 20 boys playing in Prescott Park; a guy walked out of the Queen’s Restaurant without paying his $1.20 check, but when the cops tried to chase him down the they ...

Response to Lake Placid critique

Mr. Brian Barrett’s Guest Commentary of July 27 may have outlined some valid points for future discussion concerning the event itself. The reason for my note is to address the second and more important matter that Mr. Barrett links to as he pivoted in his commentary to the lack of affordable ...

Fears and phobias often intensify in remote areas

Hylophobia is defined as the fear of forests. It is considered to be a specific phobia related to dendrophobia (a fear of trees), nyctohylophobia (the fear of dark wooded areas or of forests) and xylophobia which is the fear of wooden objects and/or forests. Over the course of human history, ...

Ignoring the lessons of effective presidents

Who have been the most successful presidents in the past 80 years? Most successful, that is, in framing issues and advancing their policies, achieving foreign policy success, winning re-election and maintaining high job approval. My nominees are Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and ...

Sidney Bruhl, left and played by Jordan Hornstein, talks to Clifford Anderson, right and played by Tyler Nye, in Thursday's dress rehearsal of Deathtrap at the Pendragon Theatre.
(Enterprise photo — Kevin Shea)

Review: ‘Deathtrap’ is a tale to confuse and question

Assume nothing; everything is permitted. The motto of a fictional assassin group could double as the motto for Pendragon Theatre’s new play, “Deathtrap,” which premieres at 8 p.m. tonight. The first scene of “Deathtrap” warns the audience not to predict. A shock reveal in Thursday ...

The Dope’s guide to instant indolence

The Luddites were a swinging lot — in some cases, literally. They were weavers in early 19th- century England, which was a highly skilled and highly paid profession. When machine looms started to take over, they found themselves about to become vocational has-beens. What to ...

Solar eclipses have been important to science

Solar eclipses have been happening since the moon was formed, of course, (and there is still some debate on how that happened) but there is still something special about them, even if you are not in the path of “totality” (unfortunately for this eclipse we are not in the path of totality ...

Grateful for Lake Placid ER

On the night of June 7, our entire world as we know it changed. My husband Brian Bishop was in Saranac Lake to mow his parents’ lawn when he started to experience horrific pain throughout his body. After a very difficult ride home to Lake Placid, he met me in our driveway, and I remarked ...

The Tupper Lake Heritage Museum is open during the week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

More than 20 rainy day activities for all ages

There is something beautiful about an Adirondack rainy day. It always lets us explore areas that we, perhaps, put off for a rainy day. I’ve written over the years about rainy day activities, Staycations, and inside options. Here are over 20 suggestions for people of all ages and abilities to ...

Monuments to a myth

On May 20, the city of New Orleans took down a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the last of four monuments of prominent Confederates removed in that city. Critics of this action were outraged, many arguing these statues had a significant teaching component. That is, they ...

Missing case for GOP health care

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...