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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 ...

Never run a generator indoors

It is unlikely we will ever know why a family in rural Jefferson County, West Virginia, took the risk they did last weekend. None of them — a man, woman, teenager and toddler — survived. Their bodies were found Nov. 19, along with a generator that was being used inside their home. Carbon ...

Shop locally

We know we say this every year around this time, but it’s important and is worth repeating. Small Business Saturday is today. The campaign encourages people to take advantage of local, independent shops, showing that a concerted effort to do so boosts each community’s economy. As you ...

NCCC students relax outside in 1974.

After 50 years, NCCC retains personal touch

Things were different 50 years ago when North Country Community College started in Saranac Lake. Its focus was to offer diverse academic programs and to make it accessible and affordable to students from around the region and even afar. The college campus in the beginning was spread all over ...

Thankful for much and hoping for more

It is a sad state of affairs that it seems like a day doesn’t go by that there isn’t a shooting, drug overdose, terrorist attack, weather event, domestic violence incident or a sexual harassment accusation. It is happening with such frequency that it is hard to keep track of them all. It ...

As teen suicide rises, is social media a factor?

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010 to 2015, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that ...

Wait and hope coup improves Zimbabwe

U.S. officials have taken a traditional stance regarding this week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what happened ...

Let’s take one state issue at a time

New York voters were decisive in rejecting a constitutional convention in last week’s election — 78 percent voted no — but that doesn’t mean they don’t want things in this state to change. We note the strong showing for a proposition to amend the state constitution that could strip ...

It’s not just rangers DEC needs more of

Forest rangers, through their union, are starting a campaign they hope will sway state leaders into hiring more of them. Starting in the Adirondacks, the rangers are asking town boards to approve a resolution asking the state to hire more rangers. Last week in Paul Smiths, the Brighton Town ...

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Web Poll results, Nov. 6-13

This week’s Web Poll: Did you vote in last week’s election? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Manafort charges are of great concern

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly ...

Are voters tired of nasty elections?

It is interesting to see how last year’s bitterly divisive presidential election informed this year’s local elections. Overall, the biggest trend we noticed was politeness. There were exceptions, but for the most part, people managed to get through the campaign season without saying ...

Absentee ballots could change some races

The Enterprise may have spoken too soon in reporting winners in some of the closer local town board elections Tuesday, such as the Franklin and Harrietstown town council races. We didn’t take absentee ballots into account. It is standard for news media to report election results from the ...

Existing restrictions need to be upheld

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

New York will have to cut spending

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s latest cash report should send warning flags to anyone concerned about runaway New York spending. DiNapoli’s report, which comes at the halfway point of the state’s fiscal year, shows state tax collections to be $386.6 million less than the latest ...

On town elections, constitutional convention

Local government elections affect people’s lives, sometimes more so than even national ones. This year’s election, on Tuesday, is all about towns. While there are a handful of county and village positions up for election, only the town seats are contested. The biggest races are for ...

Politi for supervisor

North Elba is the most populous and prosperous town in Essex County. It includes all of Lake Placid and Ray Brook, plus roughly a third of the village of Saranac Lake. Since Essex County has a board of supervisors with voting weighted by population, the North Elba supervisor is probably the ...

Check sample ballots in today’s paper

Tucked inside today’s Enterprise, you’ll find our annual Voter Guide, containing a sample ballot for every local town — exactly like the ballots that will be handed to voters at the polls Tuesday. Please look this Voter Guide over carefully, familiarizing yourself with who is running ...

Letter deadline is noon Friday

You have less than a day left if you want to submit an election-related letter to the editor for the Enterprise to publish before voters go to the polls Tuesday. Our deadline will be noon Friday. We held out on setting a deadline because we thought we didn’t need to. We have been ...