Editorials

Watch out for flaggers

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. It is true, however. Accidents in work zones claim scores of lives each year. Many of them are the people repaving our roads, repairing ...

How to sum up Saranac Lake?

We had thought last week’s presentation on branding Saranac Lake would unveil a new logo, catchphrase and/or graphic styling, but no — the committee hasn’t gotten to that yet. Instead, the presentation consisted of a great deal of gathered data and some vaguely positive text that might ...

Web Poll results, April 16-23

This week’s Web Poll: Should the system of tipping waiters, bartenders and other service workers continue? --- Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Be there for Job Fair

The Enterprise is working hard to be of service for employers and employees by hosting the Tri-Lakes Job Fair. The first date was snowed out, so the new one is Wednesday. Like before, it will take place from from noon to 4 p.m. at the North Country Community College gym. Numerous job ...

Thrilled to hear of NCCC trade school

Congratulations to North Country Community College for listening to local residents’ clarion call and teaming up with the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance to propose a trade school. NCCC’s School of Applied Technology would offer two-year Associate of Applied Science degree programs ...

A genuine first lady

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. She died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

State fails to give DEC the staff it needs

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is a big deal in the Adirondacks, and its short-staffing affects residents and visitors alike in myriad ways. Therefore, we are sad to note it is not getting any new forest rangers, trail crews, foresters, dispatchers or other positions in ...

National debt keeps getting worse

If you are like many Americans, you spent part of this week finishing your income tax returns for 2017. The deadline to file them was Tuesday, unless you got an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for ... Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 ...

Web Poll results, April 9-16

This week’s Web Poll: Where does upstate begin, as one heads north from New York City? As soon as you leave the Bronx, Around Westchester County, Around Poughkeepsie, Around Albany, Somewhere else, undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of ...

Feds are getting around to opioid crisis

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money ...

Can’t Dems do better than Cynthia Nixon?

Much is being made of Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex in the City” actress who is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary in September. Her campaign machine has ramped up big-time while his hasn’t, despite his $30 million campaign war chest. Her entry has already ...

U.S. action in Syria shouldn’t lead to war

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take. No one likes to see innocent little children suffering. Some U.S. response to the atrocity, in which about 40 people died, is necessary. Most nations have ...

We’re excited to see your vacation photos

All the school spring breaks are over, and we’re sure those of you who went away took some great photos of your travels. We hope those pictures included one of you with your copy of the Enterprise. The Enterprise Vacation Photo Contest has been an annual Tri-Lakes tradition since the early ...

Glad to see forum on a Saranac Lake YMCA

For several years we’ve heard people in Saranac Lake excitedly talk about the idea of bringing a YMCA here. We, too, thought it sounded like a good fit at first glance. Now we’re happy to report that the process is underway. The village, the school district, North Country Community College ...

Web Poll results, April 2-9

This week’s Web Poll: Did you leave home for spring break?Yes, no, undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Don’t expect privacy on social media

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Take steps toward Earth Day

Soon the snow, ice and grayness of winter will be replaced light green leaves, rich green grass and flowers of all colors. This renewal of the earth has been happening for centuries, but it is increasingly under threat if we don’t tend to its health. While Earth Day is two weeks away on ...

Union political fees hang in the balance

In late February, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Council 31, in which a union member is asking that public employees who choose not to join unions not be required to pay compulsory agency ...

Bridging the Labor Gap

A series we have been running in the Enterprise on the “Labor Gap” in the North Country has gotten positive feedback from many readers, from politicians to economists. There has been a shift from not enough job opportunities to not enough of a workforce. Our articles about the lack of a ...

Newsprint, aluminum tariffs hurt press

There is a proposed tariff that concerns publishers and printers across the country. The impact would be devastating on small publishers including us. In addition to producing our own Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News, we print many North Country newspapers. The News Media ...