Editorials

Two weeks left to change your party for 2018 primaries

Oct. 13, two weeks from today — that’s the deadline to change the party affiliation on your voter registration in time to vote in next year’s primary elections. We repeat: Next year’s primary election — not this year’s. Crazy, right? Not only do we have to endure the modern-day ...

Still paying for not vetting Race the Top

It is pretty common to see New York officials sue the federal government these days. The state has threatened to join lawsuits over repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, changes to environmental regulations and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins’ ...

China could do more to rein in North Korea

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

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Web Poll results, Sept. 18-25

This week’s Web Poll: After a student allegedly brought a loaded gun to school recently, should Lake Placid schools have a police resource officer? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

The emerald ash borer alone has the potential to cause $12.7 billion in damage to U.S. trees by 2020, according to a peer-reviewed study this year by more than a dozen experts. (Photo provided)

NY must try harder to stop emerald ash borer

Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by the emerald ash borer. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more than 8 billion, the ...

Martha Swan, executive director of John Brown Lives, takes part in hanging 16 double-sided banners for the “Dreaming of Timbuctoo” exhibit in the barn at 19th-century abolitionist John Brown’s homestead in Lake Placid in July 2016.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Timbuctoo story gets richer the more you learn

We’d like to call your attention again to a piece of little-known history, from the days when slavery was still in full force in the United States. People usually call this story “Timbuctoo,” after a short-lived farming colony of African-Americans in the town of North Elba, near ...

Wallface Mountain is seen from the sky, with its landmark cliff and Scott Pond in the background at top.
(Photo provided — Kevin MacKenzie)

Could communication have saved Alex Stevens?

People up here in the Adirondacks never got the chance to know Alex Stevens, and that’s part of the reason we are saddened by his recent death in the High Peaks Wilderness. In a way, the way we feel about this 28-year-old from Hopewell, New Jersey, is similar to how we felt about Australian ...

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Web Poll results, Sept. 11-18

This week’s Web Poll: How do you feel about the state’s plan to turn Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook into a prison for teenagers? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Problems are clear with security clearance

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Know your Constitution

Sunday marks the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Sept. 17 is federally designated as Constitution Day, and this coming week is Constitution Week. Most reasonable people, be they liberal or conservative, ...

Equifax execs abused customers’ trust

Financial service companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Hurricane blasted U.S. Virgin Islands

Texans and Floridians hurt by hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Deposit could reduce plastic bag disposal

Society needs to reduce its reliance on throwaway plastic bags. They aren’t biodegradable. Instead, they break down into small pieces and enter the environment, where they can absorb chemicals and be injected into living organisms such as fish. “One single plastic bag can form billions ...

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Web Poll results, Sept. 4-11

This week’s Web Poll: Does New York state need more forest rangers in the Adirondacks? --- These polls are not scientific, and their 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. ...

Doubling down on casinos may not have been smartest bet

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...

Buzz about maybe merging small schools

Quite a few readers have thanked us, in person and online, for writing a pair of editorials calling attention to the inefficiency of small school districts within a few miles of each other, especially in the only two counties completely within the Adirondack Park: Essex and ...

Fill kettles Friday to help storm victims

Weather events have devastated our nation once again with Hurricane Harvey in Texas and now Hurricane Irma heading toward Florida. Our small communities are powerful when it comes to helping those in need, and we have a unique opportunity to help by donating to the Salvation Army Friday in ...

Pass Harvey aid soon

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occurring now in Texas and Louisiana. Might New York and New England members of Congress, still smarting over delays in aiding Superstorm Sandy victims ...

Hating hate doesn’t help

We and others criticized President Donald Trump last month for insisting that white supremacists and neo-Nazis were not the only ones to blame for violence that broke out at their rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. We still believe these groups’ agenda to eliminate whole categories of people ...