Editorials

College puts a high price on free speech

Some higher education administrators seem to have decided to bring back the 1960s— in a completely unacceptable manner. Veterans of civil rights and anti-war demonstrations during the ’60s may remember one tactic employed against them: parade permits. Public officials who just didn’t ...

Poll results, Feb. 26 to March 5

This week’s Web Poll: With Old Mountain Road confirmed as a town road, should the towns of North Elba and Keene let snowmobiles on what has long been maintained as a ski trail? Yes, no, undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users ...

For the good of the game, start farm teams

In college basketball, an FBI investigation has revealed more than previously known about a black market that pays players in various illicit ways. The same problems have plagued college football for years. Many say the solution is for colleges to pay their athletes, since for the top ones, ...

State must pay land taxes like everyone else

Great compromises allow great things. The Great Compromise of 1787, also known as the Connecticut Compromise, let the United States move forward with a two-house Congress: a House of Representatives with population-based democracy, and a Senate that treated each state equally, large or small. ...

Mountains (no Valleys) of winter sports

MOUNTAIN — to the Lake Placid High School boys nordic ski team, which won its fourth consecutive state championship this week. The Lake Placid and Saranac Lake teams have slugged it out all year, but at the state meet, the Blue Bombers soared over the Red Storm — and everyone else. Great ...

Growing anti-Semitism is troubling

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. A total of 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents, about half of them vandalism, were reported ...

Planning an Olympic parade is hard work

Rest assured that plans for parades to welcome our local Olympians home to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid are underway. Dates and details are not yet set. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is organizing a parade in Lake Placid, and in Saranac Lake the Women’s Civic Chamber and ...

Web Poll results, Feb. 19-26

This week’s Web Poll: The Olympics are supposed to enhance world peace. Are they effective at that? Yes, No, Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

A faithful servant

It is not going too far to conclude that the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was unrivaled in his field during our time. It happened that his chosen life’s work was winning converts to Christianity. It mattered not to Graham, a Southern Baptist, whether people agreed with ...

An offensive remark

Seventeen people, most of them children, died in a school massacre last week — and U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., apparently thinks that is a good opportunity to take a political jab. Tenney, from New Hartford near Utica, got wound up about protecting gun rights during a interview ...

We’ll help you bridge the labor gap

Our area has had a problem for a while now, but it is a good problem to have. We have more vacant positions than we have qualified candidates to fill them. The Enterprise is working on this by matching job seekers with positions that need to be filled. We’re here to help solve this ...

Only his mother could hold him in check

There are no easy answers to preventing massacres such as that carried out by Nikolas Cruz at a Florida high school: not on guns, not on mental health, not on responding to warning signs. One thing about Cruz does appear clear, however. Had his mother, a single parent, not died last year, ...

39 misses in killer’s background check

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times ...

Announcing the Volunteers of the Year

A few days before the Feb. 7 deadline to nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year, we had just two submissions. That was a little worrisome, so on Feb. 5 we published an editorial reminding readers of the need for nominees. Maybe it was that editorial or maybe a bunch of you were just ...

Web Poll results, Feb. 12-19

This week’s Web Poll: Should Franklin County join a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that make and market opioid drugs, due to damages the drug epidemic has inflicted on the county? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of ...

State can find money for voting reform

Only about 40 percent of Franklin County’s registered voters participated in the November 2017 election, according to county Board of Elections staff. That can and should be much higher. So it is hard to argue that voting reforms suggested by Gov. Andrew Cuomo aren’t good ideas worthy of ...

First Olympic week is a roller coaster

What a bunch of highs and lows this first half of the Winter Olympics has been for our local athletes. Of course, Chris Mazdzer’s silver medal in luge is the high point. It brought cheers and tears to people in Saranac Lake who know him and his family, and it brought hundreds, perhaps ...

Graffiti shouldn’t trump private property

When is a building to which you hold title not yours to tear down, if you choose? When you allow people to spray-paint graffiti on it. Several years ago, graffiti painters began using a complex of New York City warehouses as their canvas. The owner, Gerald Wolkoff, permitted them to do ...

Private sector achieves liftoff with rockets

Whether he meant to or not, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with an example of how the private sector sometimes does things better than government. Not always, but sometimes. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown ...

A bizarre story in need of an explanation

Everyone thought he was dead at Whiteface. Then he called his wife from California. When Danny Filippidis of Toronto disappeared during a ski trip to Whiteface Mountain last Wednesday, his friends reported him missing around 4:30 in the afternoon. Search-and-rescue teams immediately started ...