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Stefanik pays her way on health insurance

We were pleased to hear that our northern New York congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, gets her personal health insurance from the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” Rep. Stefanik said so Friday, Jan. 13 in interviews with North Country Public Radio and the Post-Star of ...

Like Trump or not, please be constructive

The nation is changing with the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Many don’t like this, but complaining about it does little good, and violently rebelling against it only hurts the nation that needs our help. We, the people of this country, have to get more involved in governing. ...

Old mine could become giant battery

Whether it’s now or 100 years ago, engineering marvels are always pretty cool. The one we’re thinking of is, on one hand, new and fascinating; on the other, one wonders why it took so long. This innovation is taking place in an old iron ore mine in the eastern Adirondacks, in the ...

Protecting freedoms after the Trump-America wedding

I, America, take you, Donald Trump, to be my lawfully wedded president, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until ... Depending on your political views, will a Trump administration be for better or for worse? ...

VA needs overhaul under new leader

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Same old dance for education funding

Every year, business officials and the state Board of Regents throw out a ridiculous request for state aid increases across the state. The governor proposes an increase that is nowhere close to the Regents’ number. The state Legislature comes in and “saves the day” with a number ...

Health care is too critical to rush

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, could make things worse. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. He and Democrat ...

How about ‘free’ tuition with a catch?

Following up on yesterday’s editorial, here’s one more aspect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free state college proposal that needs to be addressed. Our area has struggled with the so-called “brain drain.” Students get a K-12 education here, go off to college and find jobs in ...

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo hold a press conference Jan. 3 in Queens to announce Cuomo’s plan for the state to cover all college tuition costs for students from middle-and low-income households.
(Photo provided — Kevin P. Coughlin, governor’s office)

Doubts about ‘free tuition’ proposal

We have reservations about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal, announced last week, to let middle- and lower-income New Yorkers go to state colleges — SUNY and CUNY, four- and two-year — without paying any tuition. First, we should say that the high and rising cost of college ...

Congress must look at Russian hacking in non-partisan manner

We do not expect President-elect Donald Trump to change his mind about what U.S. intelligence agencies know about alleged Russian efforts to influence the Nov. 8 election. He already has said he does not believe allegations that Russian hackers released information hijacked from Democrat ...

Some politicians miss voters’ message

Last Monday, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so because of complaints — from lawmakers of both parties — that the office had targeted them over relatively inconsequential issues. Democrats were ...

Teamwork needed in uniform dispute

The front page of Wednesday’s Enterprise carried some high-stakes news, such as the governor’s proposal for the state to cover SUNY college tuition costs for middle- and low-income New Yorkers, and a 12-year-old girl coming home from the hospital after breaking her neck in a snowmobile ...

Watch some hockey, support a scholarship

Tonight, the Tupper Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its third annual Phil Edwards Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center. The event is a fun weekend of adult hockey games, it supports the scholarship fund in Mr. Edwards’ name, and it’s free to ...

Cuomo sticks it to counties again

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was wrong Friday to veto a bill to have the state take over, from counties, the cost of providing defense lawyers for low-income people charged with crimes. Yet on the same day, the Albany Times Union reported that Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Chamber had signed a contract to ...

Beware of debt while cutting taxes

Both the Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to reduce taxes for most Americans. In reconciling their slightly different proposals, Mr. Trump and GOP lawmakers must keep one thing firmly in mind. It is the national debt, which will hit $20 trillion ...

Obama has to make tough call with family hostage situation

President Barack Obama may have to make a heartbreaking decision before he leaves office. It is whether to leave an American woman, her husband and her children in the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan — or risk many other lives by getting them released. More than four years ago, Caitlan ...

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Into the unknown

2016 was a turning point, but we’re not sure what it’s turning to. This year set us up for the unknown like few others have. No. 1 of our top 10 stories of the year is the manic campaign cycle that climaxed with the election of Donald Trump to the White House. Yes, these top 10 are local ...

2017 could be eventful in the Adirondacks

What does 2017 hold for the Adirondacks and the Tri-Lakes villages? We’re not going to go out on a limb with predictions, but it’s valuable to look at what is happening now and what looks like it’s coming in the next 12 months. We’ll be curious to see what happens with the rail-trail ...

Bipartisan interest in beating cancer

On Dec. 13, there was an exceptional example that bipartisanship can work. President Barack Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act — a $6.3 billion bill that will fund medical research to, as Vice President Joe Biden has expressed it, “end cancer as we know it.” It will ...

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Join in another wonderful First Night

For the 11th year in a row, Saranac Lake is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. First Night Saranac Lake has a lineup loaded with musical and children’s acts, plus a comedian and a curator of historic local films. It’s also expended its capacity for dancing by adding another venue ...