Editorials

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Adirondackers lose two important leaders

George Canon and John Collins, who died two days apart from each other this weekend, were already linked in our memory as prominent leaders on Adirondack issues. They were very different in style and opinion, but both were genuine, authoritative, frank, knowledgeable and understanding. Those ...

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Web Poll results, June 12-19

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with Sen. Betty Little’s bill to make alpine ski areas require skiers 14 and under to wear helmets? - These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Many reasons to celebrate local schools

Families of local students have been attending academic and athletic awards ceremonies, spring concerts, orientations for new schools and all kinds of graduations: pre-K, kindergarten, fifth grade, eighth grade, high school and maybe even more than we know about. Final exams just wrapped ...

We’re all playing the same game here

Baseball is something many congressmen have been able to agree upon for more than 100 years. The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity began in 1909 as a fun side project organized by U.S. Rep. John Tener, R-Pa., a former professional player who later served as governor of his home state and ...

U.S. election makes ripples worldwide

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics rather than technology or culture, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as much ...

DEC balances out governor’s invitation

On June 2, the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited every New Yorker to visit Lake Placid this summer, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced it will put a five-person trail crew in the High Peaks this summer, the largest it’s had in a long time. That’s on top of the ...

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A curious invitation

We obviously want our hometown to prosper and want to spread the word about how great it is, but we have to admit, we had mixed feelings when Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a press release on June 2 urging all New Yorkers to visit Lake Placid this summer. He didn’t give a general message about ...

VA falsely denied neglecting veterans

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at ...

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Cuomo, Pelosi double down on partisanship

Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stood at a podium with U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to announce the state Democratic Party’s intention to target Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and seven other Republican members of Congress from New York state in the 2018 election. According ...

“Maudie,” a movie about Nova Scotian folk painter Maud Lewis starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Palace Theatre in downtown Lake Placid as part of the Lake Placid Film Forum. It’s the second consecutive year Hawke has been on screen at the Film Forum; last year he was seen playing jazz trumpter Chet Baker in “Born to Be Blue.”

Great lineup for Lake Placid Film Forum

The Lake Placid Film Forum lineup has been getting better every year, and this year’s looks like it may be the best since its early 2000s glory days. It seems especially full of films local people are likely to have heard of and would likely be interested in seeing. This makes sense: The ...

VA needs to upgrade personnel, too

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Jeremy Evans speaks at a May meeting of the village of Saranac Lake's Development Board. (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

A critical position for Saranac Lake to fill

Jeremy Evans is a difficult staff member to replace. As Saranac Lake’s community development director since fall 2007, the Peru native has been a hard worker, a fair arbitrator, a good listener and just a good, honest guy. Furthermore, he deeply loves Saranac Lake, and not just for what it ...

We must do our share for the planet

Donald Trump, while campaigning for president, called climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese. He said he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris accord, in which nations from around the globe committed to reducing emissions that — if you believe the vast majority of scientists — are ...

Treat all arrested teens alike?

Starting in October 2019, the age of criminal responsibility in New York state will be raised to 18 years old. This change was approved back in April as part of the New York state budget negotiations. The concept sounds promising. We don’t want to put teenagers in prison or jail with ...

Visitor center should be downtown

We’re very happy Saranac Lake’s visitor center is expected to move back downtown, from the North Elba Town House on River Street to the entrance of the Harrietstown Town Hall on Main Street, where it was until eight years ago. The Harrietstown Town Hall was always a good location, and ...

The sun shines through Chair 2 at Big Tupper Ski Area in October 2016. 
(Enterprise photo — Brittany Proulx)

Cause for celebration in Tupper Lake

Finally, we have some good news to report about the Adirondack Club and Resort, long in the works for Tupper Lake. Preserve Associates, the group behind the ACR, finally sealed the deal to purchase 5,800 acres of land it plans to sell as “great camp” building lots — 13 years after ...

Day of the dead

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was started specifically to commemorate Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. Americans slaughtered hundreds of thousands of each other between 1861 and 1865. This is the appointed time of year to turn our minds to that horror and resolve to ...

Let’s move toward a more civil debate

After so many years of apathy toward politics, it’s a breath of fresh air to see so many people engaging with their federal representative on matters important to them. We hope people keep it up. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s campaign staff recently rallied supporters to “fight back” ...

The Adirondack Experience owns this property with the stone retaining wall on Main Street in downtown Lake Placid, next to a village parking lot. The village wants to take the land by eminent domain and build a parking garage there.
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)

No eminent domain

There’s no question that Lake Placid’s bustling downtown needs more parking. And while people disagree on where that should be, the idea of building a parking garage in place of a village lot on Main Street, across from NBT Bank, has kept coming up for well over a decade. Now the village ...

Gentrification markers in Placid

As Lake Placid gradually becomes a more high-end address, where the rich and famous buy classic camps as tear-downs — and at record prices, no less — the community has approached some minor milestones. For one, the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid boards agreed Thursday to ...