Editorials

Good intentions but bad policy on bereavement leave

Quietly, with little fanfare, legislation made its way through both houses of the state Legislature to include bereavement leave as part of the state’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Encouraging bereavement leave is important; few will argue that we all need time to grieve the loss of a ...

‘If you want peace, work for justice’

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

Solutions to lacrosse tourney rowdiness will take some time

While Lake Placid is a resort town — a proud one that has hosted millions of visitors from around the world for almost 200 years — this is not Las Vegas. What happens here does not always stay here. Such was the case when two Texas men in their 20s, staying here to participate in the ...

We don’t make this stuff up, Mr. President

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates our ...

Before deciding on pot, some questions should be answered

Recently, very quietly, New York took an incremental step toward legalizing marijuana. A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommended the state allow adults to consume marijuana legally. Howard Zucker, the state health commissioner, told The New York Times, “We looked at the pros, ...

Web Poll results, Aug. 6-13

This week’s Web Poll: Whom would you vote for in New York’s Democratic Party primary for governor Sept. 13? This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Warren’s racism comments overshoot

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is a potential candidate for president of the United States, and on Aug. 3, she was in top form during a speech at the historically black Dillard University in New Orleans. Here is the crux of what she had to say: “Let’s just start with the hard truth ...

Don’t just visit; move here

Credit Noelle Short for this idea. The Long Lake Central School superintendent, who worked as an Enterprise reporter right out of college, said it in a recent Brief Bio profile in the Adirondack Explorer magazine several months ago. One of the Brief Bio questions is always about what the ...

Tourism is good, but it’s good to diversify

Tourism is up in the Adirondacks, according to reports by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the North Country Chamber of Commerce. That’s easy to believe, based on what we’ve seen and heard this summer. Local residents tell us they see more visitors in town, and local business owners tell us it’s one ...

As state grants go, this one is solid

It’s generally appropriate for our common purse of tax money to pay for things that benefit the public, especially in cases where the private market economy will not easily and reliably provide such things. That often comes in the form of publicly owned assets such as roads, water-sewer ...

Web Poll results, July 30 to Aug. 6

This week’s Web Poll: What do you think about the spread of Airbnb rentals in the Adirondacks? It’s great, It’s OK, but it needs to be reined in, t does more harm than good, Undecided This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have ...

Open FOIL NY will speed up transparency

New York state is creating a new website to make it easier for the public to get to state records. Open FOIL NY is a centralized online location to file Freedom of Information Law requests with 59 New York state agencies and public authorities by giving the public a uniform method to submit ...

School buses need speed cameras statewide

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Assembly leadership have spent the past week making political hay over the expiration of a law allowing speed cameras to be mounted on school buses in New York City. The governor spent roughly two weeks trying to cajole the state Senate into returning for a ...

Help protect our local firefighters

Modern building materials are great — until they burn. Then, the clouds of smoke are especially toxic to firefighters trying to save or at least contain damage to the property. A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, completed in 2016 and covering from 1950 to ...

Credits roll for Reg

We sure will miss seeing Reg Clark taking tickets at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid, wearing his customary suit and smile. This friendly local undertaker, who worked at this classic movie house as a teenager in the 1940s and bought it in 1961, died Monday evening at home, three days after ...

Search-and-rescue work is appreciated

On July 14 we thanked our local emergency medical services, who are great about rushing people to the hospital and treating them en route. But when someone needs help deep in the woods, no ambulance can get to them. Therefore we thank forest rangers, dispatchers, environmental conservation ...

Web Poll results, July 23-30

This week’s Web Poll: Do you shop for used items, and if so, what’s your preferred method? I only buy new items, Yard-garage sales, Stores (thrift shops, e.g.), Classified ads, Facebook selling sites, Other websites, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent ...

Forum or festival, it’s good film fun

The Lake Placid Film Forum has kept up a good level of quality in recent years, with a variety of good, interesting, thought-provoking movies. Moving the festival from June to October, starting this year, makes sense to us. When the weather is nice and warm, it’s a hard sell to have people ...

College, community are poised to improve

One thing North Country Community College President Steve Tyrell said Wednesday seemed to us like a particularly good point. In an interview following his announcement that he’ll step down in June 2019, he talked about the conflicts he’s faced this way: “The best thing that’s ...