Editorials

Christmas wish list

Peace on earth and goodwill to all - that’s a common refrain at Christmas time. It’s definitely in our prayers this year. The season of celebrating Jesus’ birth can be a powerful force for goodness. In December 1914, for example, during what would come to be called World War I, German, ...

Tupper Lake consolidation talk

Ron LaScala may be onto something, but although his aggressive style draws attention to the issue he’s pressing, it also limits the number of people he can convince. The urge to consolidate Tupper Lake’s village and town governments seems to be blowing in the wind again these days. We ...

Investigate black lung

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Discussion of state lawmakers’ pay should be public

New York legislators should be given the opportunity to vote against a big pay increase that otherwise automatically takes effect Jan. 1. The raise was recommended by the state’s Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation. In addition to a 38.3 percent increase that takes effect ...

Bill could infringe on 1st, 2nd amendments

A newly proposed handgun bill proposed by state Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, isn’t practical. The bill would allow authorities to search social media and internet usage for any “red flags,” similar to those that have preceded some mass shootings. Permit applicants would have to ...

Web Poll results, Dec. 10-17

This week’s Web Poll: Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb or other vacation rental unit? Yes, no, undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Rental rules mean a lot to Placidians

Elected leaders of the village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba already knew local people are very interested in the issue of regulating vacation rentals, but nevertheless they got a clear reminder of that Thursday evening. Some 50 people attended a special joint meeting of the village ...

Don’t forget others in Christmas prep

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Vt. school merger law is worth watching

Proponents and opponents of school consolidation should pay attention to what’s happening right now in Vermont. A few years ago, Vermont state legislators approved Act 46, a school district consolidation law that gave schools within the state three years to consolidate voluntarily. Voters ...

‘Red,’ ‘blue’ states aren’t set in stone

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Web Poll results, Dec. 3-10

This week’s Web Poll: www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com Should New York state lawmakers’ base salary of $79,500 be raised to $110,000 in 2019, $120,000 in 2020 and $130,000 in 2021, as an appointed panel recently decided? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — to Old Mountain Road being officially, legally returned from New York state to the towns of North Elba and Keene. It’s good to have this case closed, and it’s good for the state to be warned of due process and the dangers of overreaching. Maintenance shouldn’t be an issue ...

Mountains & Valleys

VALLEY — to a ridiculous 63-percent pay raise over three years that a quietly appointed panel approved for state legislators. Not only does New York have arguably the most corrupt state government in the nation — measuring by the number of convictions — it will also, by 2021, have the ...

Come on down to local holiday events

Boost your spirits today and in the days to come by turning out for local Christmas events. Tonight’s the night for Santa’s Lighted Fire Truck Parade in Saranac Lake. Fire trucks from various departments around the region are expected to take part. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on upper ...

Bush’s Clean Air Act is a brilliant legacy

George H.W. Bush never visited the Adirondacks as president, as far as we know, but perhaps no other president had as much of a positive impact on the Adirondack Park, from the White House. Theodore Roosevelt comes to mind, of course. As New York’s governor, he helped shape the park in its ...

Essex County must fix coroner problem

Some decisions should be easy. The Essex County Board of Supervisors has one of those, regarding some coroners who refuse to do the job they are paid for, and which voters elected them to do. But taking advantage of the taxpayers is the smallest consequence of their laziness; they also ...

Web Poll results, Nov. 26 to Dec. 3

This week’s Web Poll: Do you send cards and/or or other greetings to friends and family this time of year? No ¯ Cards only; Cards with photos; Newsletter, too; I do it electronically; Undecided if I will --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions ...

Rental shift adds to Lake Placid commutes

Work, and getting there, affects everyone in some way, so we encourage you to pick up this week’s Lake Placid News. We think you’ll be interested in the lead story on page A1, about Lake Placid workers who commute long distances — many from Malone, which is more than an hour away by car ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — to the various people who arranged for John Wheeler’s intricate scale models of historic Saranac Lake buildings, lost to time, to be displayed in the window of the former Wholesale Furniture-Sears-Newberry’s store in the heart of downtown Saranac Lake. It’s a wonderful use of ...

Passing School Bus Camera Act could be olive branch by Dems

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, recently told the Buffalo News that Senate Democrats are “committed to breaking the Albany mold” and plan to be “sensitive to regional needs” when they take control of the state Senate in January. If that’s really true, then Democrats in the ...