Editorials

A drone, owned and piloted by Robin Johnson, hovers in March 2015 in Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)

Know and follow rules for drones

No doubt some local residents will find remotely controlled miniature aircraft — drones, in popular parlance — under their Christmas trees on Monday. Recipients will tear open packages they view as tons of fun. Aircraft pilots have a different view. The proliferation of drones flown by ...

Buyer beware, to a degree

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

A shelter cat lies atop paperwork at the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Thank you, Tri-Lakes Humane Society

Many thanks go to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society for 75 years of conscientious service to this area’s animals and the humans who care about them. We can attest that this no-kill shelter’s five paid staffers and 20 active volunteers are kind, knowledgeable and hard working. They do a truly ...

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Web Poll results, Dec. 11-18

This week’s Web Poll: Is it worth considering moving Saranac Lake seventh and eighth grades to the high school building, as the district superintendent suggests? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

NY gets more serious about protecting your right to know

We’re glad Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that strengthens New York’s Freedom of Information Law. Previously, FOIL said a judge “may” make a state or local government agency pay your attorney fees and other litigation costs if you win a FOIL lawsuit. Now, the judge must make the ...

Connecting generations

Learning the ins and outs of your new smartphone or Facebook can be confusing. And who better to help ease you through the process than a generation raised on technology? National Honor Society students from Tupper Lake Middle-High School are doing just that every Wednesday at the ...

USA Luge needs to see you at the FIL Luge World Cup this week

It’s time to show support for our athletes on the USA Luge team this weekend by attending the Viessmann Luge World Cup on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16, at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg. This is the fifth Viessmann World Cup of the season, and Lake Placid is ...

Yes, let’s do something about the debt

Many members of Congress who have opposed the tax reform approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. It's reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that - finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the debt ...

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Web Poll results, December 4-11

Which of the following statements best describes your thoughts on Christmastime spending? It’s out of control; we need to spend less ¯ It’s as it should be ¯ I wish I could afford to spend more ¯ Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of ...

Let’s stop pricing info out of reach

Let’s say a government agency denies your rights. You’ve appealed, but the agency sticks to its position. You’ve reached a point where you can either sue or walk away. You’re sure a judge would agree that this is an injustice, but here’s “The $64,000 Question” — perhaps ...

Time running out for Lake Placid’s holiday decorating contest

Residents, businesses, schools, churches, the town and village and community organizations have all done a great job decorating the Olympic Village in time for the holiday season, especially for this weekend’s Holiday Village Stroll. It’s an inviting place, all decked out to make more ...

An anniversary that lives on in infamy

Bands had begun saluting the flag as Old Glory was raised. Men were rolling out of bunks, ready for a new day. It was Sunday, so some men of the cloth were polishing sermons to be delivered later that day. It was a Sunday morning just like most others in the tropical paradise that was the ...

The Hotel Saranac ballroom is seen Nov. 28 with new chandeliers, restored oak wall paneling and — revealed underneath the old carpeting — a herringbone-pattern wood floor.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Hotel Saranac is worth the wait

Our guided tour of the Hotel Saranac last week was documented in Friday’s paper, in photos and a news article by Staff Writer Glynis Hart. Managing Editor Peter Crowley was on the tour as well, but his opinions about what he saw were not in the article. They are reserved for this ...

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Web Poll results, Nov. 27 – Dec. 4

Should New York state hire more forest rangers? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Sweeping scandal could do good

The scope of sexual misconduct allegations happening these days is truly amazing. It’s far from over, we believe, but it’s stunning how many mighty have fallen in such a short time, especially since the recent accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo social ...

Don’t cut Great Lakes conservation

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution ...

A little change can go a long way

The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year. To make that help possible, the organization needs your help with its Red Kettle Campaign. The annual Red Kettle Campaign is a main fundraiser for the Salvation Army. Ninety percent of the funds raised in Saranac Lake stay here ...

Taxpayers bail out congressional abusers

Most of the time when most people are found to have harassed or attacked others, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You may not be surprised to learn ...

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Web Poll results, Nov. 20-27

This week’s Web Poll: Which outdoor winter activity do you like best? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

NY should charge online sales tax

For decades, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, tipped the yearly balance sheet for many retailers into positive territory. Not so much anymore, though — now shoppers spend more of their money online and less in ...