Columns

No pander bear

At the tricky art of pandering - a candidate's seeking the support of a specific group of voters by telling them what the candidate calculates that group wants to hear - nobody in 2016 has been more blatant than Sen. Ted Cruz's recently named running mate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly ...

Electronic log mandate will improve trucking safety

It's common knowledge that some truck and bus drivers fudge their log books, sometimes keeping two log books for the same trip, thus providing the ability to "cheat" on the hours they have been driving.For nearly 30 years there have been efforts to require the ditching of paper logs in favor of ...

In case of Trump nomination, break glass

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party's history. These collaborationists will render themselves ...

Setting down roots for the future

Last fall, my wife and I moved into a new place out in Vermontville. It's a couple of acres and has gardens, a barn and a couple of chicken coops, so it was already set up for what we want to do, which is homestead.To us, one of the most readily available ways to become more self-sufficient is ...

Remembering the old days of Bog River Flow

As I prepped for the first extended fishing trip of the new season, the late evening air grew cool and breezy. The guideboats had already been loaded on the trailer, and all the necessary supplies were safely tucked away in coolers, packbaskets and framepacks. There was a place for everything, ...

Saranac Lake news: A weekly that disappeared

(Trudeau Foundation endowment reaches $257,590.00 - Opening Exercises of Trudeau School of Tuberculosis are Cheered by Announcement of Big Sum - Dr. W. H. Welsh in High Praise of Plan)The above headline was carried on the front page of the Saranac Lake News on Thursday, May 18, 1916- and two ...

The rail trail versus reality

Anyone who thought the Adirondack Park Agency decision would end the rails-versus-trails debate was an optimist - and recent developments are making clear how flawed the "compromise" is proving to be. Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates spokesman Lee Keet inadvertently opened a can of worms ...

Letting ex-convicts vote was right thing done for wrong reason

The Republicans are probably right.Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation or parole.The GOP was ...

God and politics

LOUISVILLE - Religion and politics are again at the forefront of this year's presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, self-described evangelicals don't seem as concerned as they once were about a candidate's personal faith. Otherwise, more of them might support the openly Christian candidate, ...

I was dreaming when I wrote this …

I was dreaming when I wrote this - sue me if it goes too fast.The year is 1986. I am six-years-old, and I am watching the USA Network Cartoon Express. I have never seen a music video before, but because my mind is completely dominated by the things I see and hear and Dire Straits' "Money for ...

Dandelions

"Ridiculous as it sounds, we might be better off nutritionally if we threw away the crops that we so laboriously raise in our fields and gardens and ate the weeds that grow with no encouragement from us-indeed they grow despite all our strenuous efforts to eradicate them." - Euell GibbonsThe ...

Proposed OT rules would unintentionally harm employees

In June, the Department of Labor proposed increasing the salaries test used to determine if an employee is eligible for overtime from the current threshold of $23,660 to $50,440 annually. This means that employees - such as managers, supervisors and other professionals who are exempt under the ...

Climate change will affect the Adirondacks in various ways

With its May-June issue, the Adirondack Explorer has completed a year-long series on the impact of climate change on the Adirondacks - its wildlife and ecosystems as well as the human communities that make the Park home.One of the lessons we can draw from this work is that when we study climate ...

Fast moving waves

Waves are endlessly interesting, and they simply envelop us in life. Sometimes we forget how abundant waves are.I am not just talking about water waves, though they are what pops into most people's heads. No, there are types of wave that is actually even more abundant in our lives; the light ...

Breaking the logjam at NCCC

Voters for Change is a group of concerned citizens who work to influence issues that are amenable to change, often by facilitating education and communication, as well as by supporting candidates for national, state and local office who represent our values. This year we have highlighted issues ...

Don’t let people crash party primaries

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise's online poll in regard to an open primary was a topic I felt compelled to comment on.Does an independent voter, someone who chose not to join a specific party, have the right to come in and choose that party's nominee? No, sir. They absolutely do not.Individuals ...

Accessibility for gardening

Over the years, I've had the good fortune of knowing several devoted gardeners who, limited only by their imagination and resourcefulness, have crafted and tended remarkable gardens for years. They remain a constant source of inspiration.I've also worked with a number of dedicated direct care ...

The Summer Triangle and other summer views

The hours of darkness continue decreasing as the winter constellations are abruptly lost to the brightness of dusk and the summer constellations begin rising in the east.Vega (VEE-guh) will rise tonight just after 7:30, 10 minutes after Deneb (DEN-ebb), a circumpolar star, skims the northern ...

Hoping for an education overhaul

While recently listening to a clergyman's analysis of the bases for what we know, it occurred to me that his message had perhaps far more significance than just communicating a better understanding of religion. He explained that what we know results from three things: what we have directly ...

Dishonoring General Jackson

In Samuel Eliot Morison's "The Oxford History of the American People," there is a single sentence about Harriet Tubman."An illiterate field hand, (Tubman) not only escaped herself but returned repeatedly and guided more than 300 slaves to freedom."Morison, however, devotes most of five chapters ...