Editorials

In only a few weeks, Judge Neil Gorsuch has gone from the federal appellate bench in Colorado to one of the leading contenders to be President Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Gorsuch seems fair

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

Allow partial property tax payments

In a perfect world, every homeowner would be able to walk into their local tax collection office and write a check every year to pay all their taxes. As we all know far too well, ours is not a perfect world. Every year, there are people for whom writing a check in a large lump sum is ...

Get the Job, a special section full of job search advice and ads from Adirondack area employers, will be published with Friday's Enterprise.

Looking for work?

The North Country has always had higher unemployment than other areas. However, in January it was only 6.7 percent in Franklin County and 6.5 percent in Essex County, according to the state Labor Department. That’s not too bad next to Hamilton County, having the highest unemployment at 9.5 ...

Health plan would only help the rich

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote on the American Health Care Act, Republicans’ proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. We hope northern New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, votes no. The AHCA is better than the ACA for the rich, to whom it would ...

Repeal SAFE Act upstate

New York state has always been two places: New York City and the rest of the state. It’s good to see the state Legislature accepting that reality. Last year, the Legislature approved, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, a minimum wage increase that is higher in New York City and other big ...

Preet Bharara (Official photo)

President fires key New York guardian

Anyone concerned with corruption in New York state government can’t be happy that President Donald Trump fired Preet Bharara last week as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. For all of the talk about ethics reform emanating from the state capitol over the past several ...

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Sunshine Week fights darkness in government

Sunshine Week is more than a catchy title. It’s a bold and noble endeavor to push for more openness from government. And that can come in several forms — through unfettered access to public meetings and to public documents. The weeklong effort is coordinated by the American Society of ...

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Shine light on state Legislature

Forty-three years ago, New York’s state Legislature took a huge step from the days when government officials could arbitrarily keep secrets and do public business behind closed doors, to an era of greater transparency and accountability. One entity in particular, though, was left largely ...

Neighbors helping neighbors

“Neighbors are helping neighbors.” Those four words kept resonating with us as we and other Adirondackers dug out from the big snowstorm Wednesday and Thursday. The quote comes from a paragraph Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau posted on Facebook late Wednesday morning. He was describing ...

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Transparency leads to trust

Our nation is going through something of a trust overhaul. Was there ever really a time when the vast majority of citizens trusted the media, the president, lawmakers, judges, district attorneys, doctors, teachers, church leaders, police officers — even God? Certainly not all of them all ...

Sometimes hospitality must be brave

Lindy Ellis and Rich Shapiro are bold. That much is for sure, whether or not you agree with the Saranac Lake couple’s decision to bail an Indian snowshoe racer out of jail and let him stay in their home. To some, it’s bold as in brazen — i.e., offensive or foolish to let an accused ...

$54B more for defense, but no waste control?

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. Before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense spending waste. We phrase it that way because, though both presidents ...

Rural broadband is a good public investment

It is important for governments to make sure they invest enough in vital infrastructure like roads, bridges and sewers. Add high-speed internet access to that list. Of course, internet access is more like electrical and phone service than it is like highways or water lines. It is a private ...

Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid celebrates after winning first place in the World Championship individual biathlon event Feb. 16 in Hochfilzen, Austria.
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An inspiring example of perseverance

“Sometimes when you wait a long time for something, it makes it that much sweeter,” 2010 Olympic champion Billy Demong told us Friday in a phone interview. The Vermontville native, who now lives in Utah, was talking about Lake Placid’s own Lowell Bailey. That quote pretty much sums it ...

How much of your pay will be taken?

Attention, anyone who works in New York state — starting July 1, you’ll be bringing home a little less in your paycheck. Just don’t ask how much money you’re losing when payroll deductions begin for paid family leave. The state doesn’t seem to know that yet because the maximum rate ...

Be honorable; the world is watching

Wednesday’s arrest of Tanveer Hussain of India for alleged sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl sent shock waves around the globe. In Saranac Lake, it felt like a full-on earthquake. Especially when we read the public comments many of our readers posted on Facebook. Not only did people ...

Time to examine LP’s vulnerabilities

Lake Placid wasn’t the only place electricity went out Saturday afternoon. Strong wind gusts and crusty snow brought trees down onto power lines in other places, too. Much of Saranac Lake and its outlying communities lost power for a little while that day, but they were back up and running by ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

More on Stefanik and town hall forums

Tom Flanigan, spokesman for U.S. Rep Elise Stefanik, asked us Tuesday to correct Monday’s editorial, specifically this sentence in the first paragraph: “By not showing up at a forum Wednesday in Glens Falls — organized by political critics, drawing about 300 people — she (Stefanik) made ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Avoiding town hall forums hurts Stefanik

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik shouldn’t refuse requests to hold town hall forums in the northern New York congressional district she represents. By not showing up at a forum Wednesday in Glens Falls — organized by political critics, drawing about 300 people — she made it look like she’s ...

Awesome effort to save showshoe races

We were bursting with pride Friday to see so many people in the Saranac Lake community — with major help from Lake Placid — work their tails off to save the World Snowshoe Championships. They needed saving, and it looks like the local effort has achieved that incredible feat. The ...