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Free pass for Hillary

FBI Director James Comey has given Hillary Clinton something better than a "get out of jail free" card. He's protected her from indictment by recommending to the Department of Justice that she not be prosecuted for her and her staff's "extremely careless" handling of emails on private servers ...

Bill-gate, again

WASHINGTON - But of course Bill Clinton wants his wife to become president of the United States and to make history as the nation's first female commander in chief.Why, he'd be pleased as punch and proud as proud can be.Plus, it would be tons of fun to return to the White House as the first ...

We should rethink naming wild animals

Animals do not name themselves. The lion illegally hunted down in Zimbabwe last year did not know he was "Cecil." The western lowland gorilla shot at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old fell into his enclosure did not answer to the name "Harambe."We can understand why zoos, nature preserves ...

An ode to satellites

It is funny that whenever we use the term satellite, it is understood that we are talking about artificial satellites, at least that is what is always conjured up in my line. In truth a satellite is anything that is in the orbit of a planet, so in Earth's case, the moon is a satellite. In fact, ...

Monarch butterflies returning to the North Country

The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus (Greek translation: sleepy transformation), may be the most recognized butterfly species in the world. Monarchs are the Official State Insect of Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Vermont, and West Virginia.They are remarkably beautiful, medium sized ...

Time to get the lead out

In April 2015, Lee Anne Walters' child was diagnosed with lead poisoning - just one year after her city, Flint, Michigan, switched its drinking water source to save money.Analysis of her tap water revealed some of the highest lead levels researchers had ever seen: 13,200 parts per billion. ...

The sobering evidence of social science

WASHINGTON - The report was so "seismic" - Daniel Patrick Moynihan's word - that Lyndon Johnson's administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman report did disturb various dogmatic slumbers and vested interests. And 50 years on, ...

Why Trump is routing free traders

In Tuesday's indictment of free trade as virtual economic treason, The Donald has really set the cat down among the pigeons.For, in denouncing NAFTA, the WTO, MFN for China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, all backed by Bush I and II, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Trump is all but calling his ...

GOP ‘death’ has been predicted before

In 1986, some 34 years after he had first been elected to the U.S. Senate from Arizona, Barry Goldwater, the hero of the conservative movement that made possible the eventual election of Ronald Reagan, retired. As Sen. Goldwater cleaned out his Capitol Hill office, I was privileged to listen as ...

Brexit due to failure of elites

Bigotry! Nativism! Racism! That's what elites in Britain, Europe and here have been howling, explanations for why 52 percent of a higher-than-general-election turnout of British voters voted for their nation to leave the European Union.But there is plenty of bigotry, condescension and snobbery ...

Pedestrian, bicycle laws are often misunderstood

Another article on pedestrian and bicycle laws - "Why should I read it?" you ask. Answer - because too many people think they know these laws but really don't, and you may be one of them.Whether we're walking, bicycling or driving, we must share the roads, sidewalks and trails with others. In ...

A great Fourth of July celebration, 1899

It is hard to believe that 5,000 people celebrated July 4th here in our fair village of Saranac Lake 117 years ago ... but I'll tell all you young boys and girls, if you read it in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise then it has to be true.I can get excited just picturing the train arriving at the ...

The trails and rivers less traveled

I spent most of the past week enjoying views from the eastern edge of the Adirondacks while traveling on the increasingly popular Champlain Area Trails system, or CATS. The trails connect communities from Ticonderoga to Keeseville, with a combination of public and private lands. With the High ...

Give me liberty! Period.

I'm always amazed by people who remember anniversaries.You know them - the ones who you haven't seen for six months, you run into them in the grocery store, and they say, "Hey, didn't you just have a birthday last week?"Or you're chatting and you tell them you can hardly wait till your vacation ...

Hold corporate drug pushers responsible for overdose deaths

Kudos to Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw, who recently showed great courage and integrity by graphically proclaiming our opioid problem to be "reality.""And the best way for people to know just how big of a deal this is to swat them right in the face with it," he said.This is a version of ...

Color your plate for Independence Day

Summer is officially here. School's out, days are long, weather's warm. In a few days we'll be commemorating our nation's independence with fireworks, outdoor fare, and red, white, and blue.This year, why not celebrate the holiday by enjoying colorful foods! In addition to red, white and blue ...

We’ve failed Sherdavia Jenkins, and others like her

I still remember your funeral.I still remember the white casket, small with only two handles on each side.I still remember the red teddy bear someone had placed near your head.I still remember then-Florida state lawmaker Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall weeping over your coffin, then-Congressman ...

Cleared for takeoff

A pilot runs through a lot of checklists prior to receiving that "cleared for takeoff" instruction.From the exterior preflight check to the before-takeoff check, there are seven or eight checklists, depending on conditions.Before even getting on the plane, preflight planning covers everything ...

A look at famous women from Clinton County

"Remarkable Women of Clinton County," Anastasia L. Pratt, Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2015.----What is remarkable about the women of Clinton County, and indeed women throughout the history of recorded history, is that they remain largely unremarked upon.Oh, we know a few ...

The streets cannot be a home

The homeless can be scary people. They may block sidewalks, curse passers-by and aggressively demand money. Or they can be just sad.Growing homeless encampments are stressing cities across the country. Honolulu and Sarasota responded with stiff laws taking "vagrants" off the streets and out of ...