Editorials

Trade deals should be handled carefully

It’s nice to see U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump playing nicely together when it comes to securing a better deal for U.S. dairy producers trying to sell their wares in Canada. Recently, all three have protested regulatory plans by the Province of ...

Back from break with a spring in our step

Welcome home, everyone who went away for spring break. We hope you had a wonderful time away and that you’ve returned refreshed, re-energized and ready to get back to work. That may be harder for some than others. For instance, Saranac Lake High School Spanish Club students stumbled to ...

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Web Poll results, April 17-24

This week’s Web Poll: Do you like the Adirondack Museum’s new name, Adirondack Experience, the Museum at Blue Mountain Lake? Yes ¯ No ¯ Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Hungry for Restaurant Week

With many locals coming back from spring break, there is an event happening in the Tri-Lakes that will extend the fun, regardless of mud season — the second annual EAT ADK Restaurant Week from Thursday, April 27 to Thursday, May 4. EAT ADK Restaurant Week was the brainchild of Paul ...

Limitations make tuition break better

“Free” college tuition is now the law of New York. And yes, those quotation marks are well warranted. For one thing, the new Excelsior Scholarship will only be free to those who use it, and it has enough catches that we think far fewer students will do so than one would guess from the ...

State racks up debt

Anyone familiar with the old Popeye cartoon remembers the character Wimpy J. Wellington, a portly fellow with an insatiable appetite for hamburgers but a limited ability to pay for them. Inevitably, Wimpy would utter his catchphrase, “I’ll gladly repay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” ...

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Volunteers inspire

The Tri-Lakes area has an abundance of dedicated volunteers who perform many generous gestures. Two such individuals from Lake Placid will be specially recognized for their unselfish contributions during National Volunteer Week. This annual celebration is observed in the United States and ...

Ask circus to stop using animals

For children, it’s exciting to see huge, live animals perform alongside clowns and acrobats. That, as well as the dangerous stunts by humans, will most likely be the draw today as the the Garden Bros. Circus puts on two shows at the Saranac Lake Civic Center. Many circuses are ...

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Web Poll results, April 10-17

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with President Trump’s decision to use missiles in Syria and bombs in Afghanistan? These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Neil Gorsuch is seen Feb. 1 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP photo — J. Scott Applewhite)

Court should serve the law, not ideology

One sentence in the Associated Press story about last week’s swearing-in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” In the words of the AP, that ...

Making more generic drugs available

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

Private schools are reaching

It is comical to see for-profit colleges and universities lamenting the effect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. According to a news release from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, adoption and implementation of “free tuition” at public ...

File your taxes by April 18 deadline

Tax filings are due on April 18 this year, and New York needs each and every one of those filings from state residents to keep lurching along. Wallethub, a personal finance website, recently released its 2017 rankings of tax burden by state. In order to determine which states tax their ...

Don’t expect ethics reform anytime soon

Like Pinocchio’s nose, the list of New York state legislators to face legal or ethical corruption charges just keeps getting longer. The latest charges were levied last week against Sen. Robert Ortt of Niagara County and former state Sen. George Maziarz, Ortt’s predecessor, who retired ...

State, federal budgets should cover Medicaid

Republicans and Democrats are playing an expensive game of political tennis with your money. A couple of weeks ago, congressional Republicans trying to rally support for President Donald Trump’s health care bill offered New York a deal by which the burden of paying for Medicaid would have ...

Tacking policy onto budget jams the works

It is good to see that the deadlock over New York state’s 2017-18 budget appears to be over. The state Senate began debate over the $152 billion spending plan late Tuesday night after lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo resolved a stalemate that forced them to blow past a Saturday ...

The winner of last year’s Vacation Photo Contest was Saranac Lake Fire Chief Brendan Keough’s well-traveled puppet, dubbed LDH, which was stolen by fellow firefighters and posed in locations far and wide, sending photos as souvenirs. Here LDH enjoys the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Pack your Enterprise on vacation

As the snow melts and the mud emerges, many people are ready to get out of town, preferably in a southerly direction. School spring breaks can offer an opportunity for that. Saranac Lake and Lake Placid schools will be closed for the next two weeks, starting this coming Monday, April 10. ...

A new flashing LED light has been installed on the blade of each Harrietstown plow truck so oncoming drivers can see how close the plow edge is to them. This one is seen inside the town highway garage on March 23.
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Snowplow safety leaders light the way

We were thrilled to report recently that some public agencies that plow our roads are taking steps to make roads safer at night. While state and municipal snowplows have multiple lights on top, in front and in back, up to now there were none on the plow blades themselves. On a dark, two-lane ...

How many really want health coverage cuts?

On Monday morning, former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said something interesting on Fox News about what to do with health care after the failure of the Republicans’ American Health Care Act. President Donald Trump had said he’ll move on to other issues and wait ...

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(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

In a tight spot, Stefanik struggles

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, the congresswoman for northern New York, is a Republican disciple of House Speaker Paul Ryan, and everything she has ever said publicly about health care suggests she would have been happy to vote for his American Health Care Act. But the bill, which Democrats ...