Editorials

Hobofest’s greatest hits

Hobofest, a great live music festival in Saranac Lake, will take place for the 10th year in a row on Sunday from noon until late in Riverside Park at Main and River streets. And the big one-zero is not the only thing that makes it special this time around. If you only go to Hobofest once, ...

Feds should help, not hurt voters with ADA

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Georgia, are between a rock and a hard place. ...

WWI parade could replace expensive military showcase

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., after seeing a similar one in France. It has been speculated the U.S. event ...

EPA shifts into reverse

Here’s the tradeoff: People, fish and forests will die, and it will be expensive to treat the extra asthma attacks and heart attacks. But coal companies and power plants that burn coal will get a boost in profitability. Also, it will officially become acceptable to dump toxic garbage on ...

Web Poll results, Aug. 20-27

This week’s Web Poll: How are the Tri-Lakes area’s public schools, on the whole? Excellent, Above average, Average, Below average, Terrible, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

No burning need for motorless Weller

One of the great joys of the Adirondacks — a reason people have come here since the 19th century — is the opportunity to escape the noisy human world and bask in the natural sounds of water, wind and animals. And one of the great joys of Adirondack journalism is reporting from the woods ...

Doctors, patients must realize Lyme is here

One thing that became clear from our recent reporting on ticks in the Adirondacks is that local doctors have been a little behind the curve on diagnosing Lyme disease. Lyme is carried by blacklegged (aka deer) ticks, which also bite humans. The disease can have varying and confusing ...

Benefits of Regents testing still unclear

We would have thought the state Board of Regents would have learned by now not to push parents too hard over the right to opt their child out of state tests. Obviously, they have not. In June, the Board of Regents approved its draft Every Schools Succeed Act regulations by a 14-3 vote. One ...

Gaffe is symptom of Cuomo’s obsession with Trump

Most have heard by now of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political faux pas last week. On Wednesday, Cuomo suggested, during an attack on President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated refrain to “Make America Great Again,” that “We’re not going to make America great again — it was never that great. ...

Limit Congress from corporate boards

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, recently spoke softly about insider trading charges filed against U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Buffalo. Reed is carrying a bigger stick. He introduced a bill that would bar members of Congress from serving on boards of corporations. The legislation is ...

Web Poll results, Aug. 13-20

This week’s Web Poll: Have you ever seen a tick in the Adirondacks? Yes, no, undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Good intentions but bad policy on bereavement leave

Quietly, with little fanfare, legislation made its way through both houses of the state Legislature to include bereavement leave as part of the state’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Encouraging bereavement leave is important; few will argue that we all need time to grieve the loss of a ...

‘If you want peace, work for justice’

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

Solutions to lacrosse tourney rowdiness will take some time

While Lake Placid is a resort town — a proud one that has hosted millions of visitors from around the world for almost 200 years — this is not Las Vegas. What happens here does not always stay here. Such was the case when two Texas men in their 20s, staying here to participate in the ...

We don’t make this stuff up, Mr. President

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates our ...

Before deciding on pot, some questions should be answered

Recently, very quietly, New York took an incremental step toward legalizing marijuana. A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommended the state allow adults to consume marijuana legally. Howard Zucker, the state health commissioner, told The New York Times, “We looked at the pros, ...

Web Poll results, Aug. 6-13

This week’s Web Poll: Whom would you vote for in New York’s Democratic Party primary for governor Sept. 13? This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Warren’s racism comments overshoot

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is a potential candidate for president of the United States, and on Aug. 3, she was in top form during a speech at the historically black Dillard University in New Orleans. Here is the crux of what she had to say: “Let’s just start with the hard truth ...

Don’t just visit; move here

Credit Noelle Short for this idea. The Long Lake Central School superintendent, who worked as an Enterprise reporter right out of college, said it in a recent Brief Bio profile in the Adirondack Explorer magazine several months ago. One of the Brief Bio questions is always about what the ...

Tourism is good, but it’s good to diversify

Tourism is up in the Adirondacks, according to reports by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the North Country Chamber of Commerce. That’s easy to believe, based on what we’ve seen and heard this summer. Local residents tell us they see more visitors in town, and local business owners tell us it’s one ...