Editorials

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN to the Hotel Saranac finally reopening, four-and-a-half years after Roedel Companies bought it. It’s certainly been a long and winding road, but we also expect that this landmark downtown business has a long road ahead of it, too. --- MOUNTAIN to Gov. Andrew Cuomo putting $62.5 ...

Cuomo’s criminal justice reforms are worth discussing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to reform the use of bail in New York state and to improve access to a speedy trial are good ideas. They deserve their day in court, so to speak. Cuomo proposed new legislation that will eliminate monetary bail for people facing misdemeanor and nonviolent ...

The 2018 Winter Carnival poster was designed by Doonebury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who grew up in Saranac Lake.

Carnival freed from thematic constraints

It’s not so bad having a Winter Carnival-themed Winter Carnival. That may be how Saranac Lakers interpret this year’s vague Carnival theme, “Adirondack Festival.” And that’s fine with us. We still see plenty of locals roll their eyes about changing the theme from “Fiesta” ...

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Web Poll results, Jan. 8-15

This week’s Web Poll: Do you expect 2018 to be better or worse than 2017? Better, Worse, About the same, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Time for change at solid waste authority

Atrocious financial management has been allowed at the Franklin County Solid Waste Management Authority, and all county residents should be disappointed in the officials in charge. This public agency operates the county landfill in Westville and Constable, plus transfer stations in Tupper ...

President Donald Trump
(Official White House photo)

More classy talk from our president

Donald Trump has once again showed why he is unfit to be president of the United States. While negotiating with members of Congress over immigration changes, lawmakers were shocked when Trump wondered aloud why the U.S. would want to allow more immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and all of ...

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the ill are cared for, fires are extinguished, artists’ work is promoted, libraries are maintained, events are planned and the natural environment is curated by volunteers. In March, as usual, ...

Waiting to hear about fiscal responsibility

There were some interesting ideas in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last Wednesday. The governor outlined more than a dozen policy initiatives in the address — and a lot of those initiatives come with price tags. A new airport in the Hudson Valley will cost $34 million. ...

Yes, share services, but state must own up

In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week, one thing he banged the drum about was reducing New York’s high local property taxes. That’s good. Local governments must continue to do more, he said, so he wants to extend his County-wide Shared Services Initiative. Last ...

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Web Poll results, Jan. 1-8

This week’s Web Poll: How do you compare this winter with past ones you’ve experienced? --- It’s the worst, It’s worse than most, It’s pretty typical, It’s better than most, It’s the best,Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions ...

Tanker cars are lined up on Iowa Pacific’s train tracks in October in the Adirondack town of Minerva.
(Photo provided — Brendan Wiltse)

What can the state really do about eyesore train cars?

We have been somewhat surprised by the angry reaction to Iowa Pacific Holdings storing train cars on a private railroad track in the Adirondack town of Minerva. “It’s just repugnant to the concept of the Adirondack Park that you would use it for a storage lot,” New York Gov. Andrew ...

Donate selflessly, not just for lower taxes

Tax changes signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts say. It shouldn’t be, but whether it will be is up to all of us Americans. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may use them as ...

180103Recycle

Web Poll results, Dec. 26 – Jan. 1

This week’s Web Poll: Are you OK with the Federal Communications Commission dismantling net neutrality rules? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

The problem is clear: power and fear of it

A few weeks ago, the entertainment industry formed a special panel, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. If you have to ask why, you have not been paying attention during the past six months or so. Chaired by law professor Anita Hill, the ...

State should reduce health insurance taxes

The most expensive cost per month to most working New Yorkers isn’t their home or even their groceries — it’s ever-escalating health care premiums. A recent WalletHub study ranked New York 46th in the country for cost of health care, though the state ranked ninth in access to care and ...

Plenty of good news this year, too

Many probably would agree that 2017 was a rough year. Reading the 2017 Year in Review section inside today’s Enterprise reflects a great deal of tragedy for our small communities. Yet the support of family, friends and neighbors has helped lighten the load. At the same time, there were a ...

Audit on military spending warranted

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

Same-sex parents’ case gets national spotlight

Times have changed. In the news a few days ago was an interesting case regarding a divorced couple in Hawaii. They have a child. One of the divorcees wants to formally sever parental rights. What is unusual — and should not be allowed to get in the way of doing what is best for the child ...

Starter

Web Poll results, Dec. 18-26

This week’s Web Poll: Do you recycle? ---- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Cuomo out of line

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a female journalist she was doing “a disservice to women” Dec. 13 by asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government. Karen DeWitt, the National Public Radio reporter who asked the question, was performing a ...