Editorials

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 ...

State sends mixed signals on adulthood

There is no health-based reason why New York should not raise the age at which one can buy cigarettes to 21. There is no disproving that smoking causes a multitude of health problems and creates a drain on public health programs. Legislation proposed in the state Senate is good policy except ...

Bureaucracy gone wild

Rules are rules. Bending them beyond some reasonable point risks creating chaos. Somehow, giving poor kids a break despite the fact some adult filled in a federal form using the wrong typeface or with incorrect margins doesn’t seem like it would create a problem. Some members of ...

Senators’ bonuses are unearned, unethical

We don’t doubt that it is legal for the state Senate to spend thousands of dollars in leadership stipends to legislators who don’t actually hold leadership positions. Being legal and being ethical are entirely different matters. The New York Times last week reported some lawmakers ...

School move teaches kids a good lesson

We are very impressed by the successful team effort as the Saranac Lake Central School District moved five entire grades of students on short notice over the course of a weekend. Gheen Environmental Services found vermiculite recently during an inspection while preparing for capital project ...

Seeking a few good school board members

It’s good for democracy’s sake to have competition between candidates in any election, and therefore we’re glad some local public school districts have that for Tuesday’s election. In other districts, there is just one candidate per opening, which means we already know who will join ...

What a painful week

This is not normal, these horrible deaths of local people in the prime of life, coming one behind the other before we have time to process them: bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb in Lake Placid, a legend at just 37 years old who died in his sleep last Saturday morning; Jamie Martin and Stacey Ayotte ...

Start school later to help students sleep

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are expected to be ready to learn before 8 a.m. on school days. AASM scientists say that may be ...

Truly a tragedy

“It’s a tragedy that has ripped a hole in the heart of our town,” Tupper Lake resident Ember Hughes said. The subject of that statement — which truly deserves the word tragedy — is an apparent murder-suicide. Police believe Stacey Ayotte, 47, killed Jamie Martin, 34, with a rifle ...

Lawmakers hide in their own loopholes

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Prom night shouldn’t involve alcohol

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. But more than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility that some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled ...

Celebrate trees at Arbor Day event

Yes, even here in the middle of the Adirondack Park — with millions of trees on state and private lands — trees are important to celebrate, and plant. That’s why the Lake Placid/North Elba Tree Board was established in 2000 and why the North Elba town board in 2008 passed a resolution ...

Please respect Winter Carnival Committee

We understand why some people worry that the “Adirondack Fiesta” theme chosen for next year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival could be problematic. While well intentioned, it’s possible that some of the mostly white Adirondack populace might express the “fiesta” idea in ways that, seen ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik gestures as she answers a question from a member of the audience during a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” April 24 at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown.
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Glad Stefanik is holding public forums

We’re glad northern New York’s representative in Congress, Elise Stefanik, has again started holding public forums where she answers constituents’ unfiltered questions. Also, her recent “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” events in Johnston and Lyons Falls were open to the media so ...

We’re excited to see your vacation photos

All the school spring breaks are over, and we’re sure those of you who went away took some great photos of your travels. We hope those pictures included one of you with your copy of the Enterprise. The Enterprise Vacation Photo Contest has been an annual Tri-Lakes tradition since the early ...