Editorials

Web Poll results, June 11-18

This week’s Web Poll: Should the legal age to buy cigarettes be raised from 18 to 21? Yes, No, Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Barb Rice can make a difference statewide

We were worried during the weeks shrouded in mystery about why Barbara Rice had quit her important positions on the Franklin County and state Adirondack Park Agency boards. Her departure is a significant loss for the people of Franklin County and the Adirondack Park in general because Rice ...

Journalism isn’t free

As you read the stories and columns in today’s Enterprise, we’d like to remind you that our service isn’t free. You already know this if you’ve purchased a print copy, but if you’re reading this online, as many people do, it’s worth the reminder. There’s a cost. From our ...

A victory for clean air

We’re glad two federal district courts ruled in favor of two lawsuits this week against against Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for failing to enforce the Clean Air Act. One suit was filed by the states of New York and Connecticut. The other was filed in ...

Maybe we should do other things than hike

Cars are already spilling out of trailhead parking areas on weekends, even though the summer season doesn’t really kick in until school lets out next week. It looks like it’s going to be another overcrowded summer for the state’s popular hiking trails. It’s sad to think about the ...

Hawk to Canada, dove to North Korea

What a wild few days of international affairs for the United States. President Donald Trump went from being belligerent to our nation’s closest allies on trade — and going out of his way to berate our closest ally of all, Canada — to embracing the country that was potentially our greatest ...

Web Poll results, June 4-11

This week’s Web Poll: Which candidate do you favor in the June 26 Democratic primary to represent New York’s 21st Congressional District? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Judge’s rape ruling earned him a recall

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, California, Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock ...

Don’t expect quick Korean turnaround

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them next week. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet Tuesday in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes ...

Thanks for scrapping ‘Heathers’ remake

You may want to sit down for this: For once, Hollywood movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film “Heathers.” The original version, which we remember well, was a black comedy about murder and suicide, starring Winona ...

Web Poll results, May 28 to June 4

This week’s Web Poll: For the most part, do you support free trade, or do you think a nation should regularly use tariffs to protect its industries? Free trade, Use tariffs, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have ...

This quote stunned us

One quote — that’s the subject of this editorial. That may seem a little hyper-focused, but because the quote is so packed with lies and hypocrisy, and because is was an official statement on behalf of our New York governor, it requires a vigorous rebuttal. The quote came from Abbey ...

WCS has done much to help Adirondack wildlife — and people

We are very sad to see the Wildlife Conservation Society cancel its Adirondack Program. Throughout WCS’s 24 years here, its staff members have made solid scientific research and sensible diplomatic outreach their priorities in this 6-million-acre park’s constant debates over how to ...

We’re on the air

You may have heard our managing editor, Peter Crowley, these last two Wednesday mornings on North Country Public Radio’s local news program. This is going to be a regular weekly occurrence, and we’re excited about it. Each week Peter will talk with NCPR News Editor Martha Foley — or ...

VA made Choice program necessary

Members of Congress made their bipartisan frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs clear last week. The U.S. Senate approved a bill expanding accessibility of veterans to private health care providers as an alternative to the VA system. The vote was 92-5. Previously, the House of ...

Web Poll results, May 21-28

This week’s Web Poll: Whom do you prefer for New York governor? Andrew Cuomo (Democratic, Independence, Women’s Equality) ¯ Howie Hawkins (Green) ¯ Jimmy McMillan (Rent is Too Damn High) ¯ Marcus Molinaro (Republican, Conservative, Reform) ¯ Cynthia Nixon (Democratic, Working Families) ...

Not forgotten

They lie in large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Remember the dead this weekend

Monday is our day of the dead in the United States of America. It’s not wrong to have fun with family and friends on this long weekend, but as with the Latin American Dia de Muertos, make sure to keep in mind those who have died. On this particular holiday, remember especially the military ...

Miner waits in wings

Like many New Yorkers, we’re tired of incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo and have already given up on his (so far) sole Democratic challenger, Cynthia Nixon. In a blue state where the Sept. 13 primary could be as big as the November election, it’s too bad someone like former Syracuse Mayor ...

Allow veterans to seek private care

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...