Editorials

Flying may be OK, but learn from early mistakes

In France, people wouldn’t have been so shocked to see someone launch off the top of a mountain and fly. Paragliding began there, as did its smaller, faster cousin, speedflying. This kind of thing is growing in North America, but here in the Adirondacks, it’s new. Maks Mastalesz of ...

Educating those who inform hikers

It was a long time coming, but gratitude is due to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for taking some good steps recently to deal with hiker overcrowding. The DEC and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism hosted a workshop last Tuesday, Sept. 11, training about two dozen ...

Web Poll results, Sept. 10-17

This week’s Web Poll: Do you get a flu shot? Yes, every year; Yes, I’ve gotten one before; No, I’ve never gotten one; Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — to local music festivals. The 10th annual Hobofest — the last under that name and leadership — was perhaps the best one yet, with a lineup full of favorites from past years. It’s hard to predict which events are going to really make it, and this Saranac Lake music festival ...

Glad Pruitt quit EPA

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Official communication isn’t ‘on background’

We don’t normally use editorials to complain about the obstacles to getting news from government agencies. We work with the people we’re referred to, or work around them if necessary. If we have a problem, we tell them. If that doesn’t work, we go higher up the chain of command. We want ...

Vote in tomorrow’s primary election

Primary election day is tomorrow for state and local races, and registered Democrats have a big responsibility on their hands. It is vital that they find a way — amid work and school and personal commitments — to get to their local polling places between noon and 9 p.m. and choose ...

Web Poll results, Sept. 3-10

This week’s Web Poll: Was it a good move for the Saranac Lake Central School District to give Chromebooks to all its students this year? --- Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

A new day of infamy

(Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published in the Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2001. Then-Features Editor Bruce Young wrote it on deadline that morning, with input from other staff members, as news of the attacks unfolded and as other staff members scrambled to get it into the paper. ...

Prosecutor panel must be non-partisan

No one can argue that innocent people have served time in jail because they were wrongly convicted or, worse, wrongly accused and then wrongly prosecuted. What can be argued is the best way to fix the problem. The state Legislature approved legislation before the end of the legislative ...

Racers and crew, welcome

Welcome to the Adirondacks, everyone who is here for either the Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon or the Adirondack Canoe Classic. Both of these races have some tradition behind them. Canoeing is obviously a traditional Adirondack activity, and this race, which is in its 36th annual ...

Post-Labor Day worker appreciation

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

School’s back; be careful on the roads

School is back in session for a new academic year, so it’s time to remind drivers to be extra careful. Watch out for school buses. They’re hard to miss, but so many drivers get caught up in their own lives and are single-minded about making good time that they don’t treat buses with the ...

Candidates for governor should have more debates

New Yorkers are ill-served by the political games that are inevitably played with gubernatorial debates. Last week’s debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor, is just the latest example. The camps ...

Distrust vaccinations? Look at Europe

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Web Poll results, Aug. 27 to Sept. 3

This week’s Web Poll: Is a second Ironman triathlon, this weekend’s 70.3, good for Lake Placid? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Here’s to labor, and time off from it

After today, soft ice-cream stands will close, one by one. School will resume Thursday. Leaves are already starting to turn red. The temperature dipped to 37 degrees Friday morning in Saranac Lake. Today, though, it’s still summer. You’ve put in your labor, right? Sure, you have ...

Hobofest’s greatest hits

Hobofest, a great live music festival in Saranac Lake, will take place for the 10th year in a row on Sunday from noon until late in Riverside Park at Main and River streets. And the big one-zero is not the only thing that makes it special this time around. If you only go to Hobofest once, ...

Feds should help, not hurt voters with ADA

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Georgia, are between a rock and a hard place. ...

WWI parade could replace expensive military showcase

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., after seeing a similar one in France. It has been speculated the U.S. event ...