Editorials

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

More on Stefanik and town hall forums

Tom Flanigan, spokesman for U.S. Rep Elise Stefanik, asked us Tuesday to correct Monday’s editorial, specifically this sentence in the first paragraph: “By not showing up at a forum Wednesday in Glens Falls — organized by political critics, drawing about 300 people — she (Stefanik) made ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Avoiding town hall forums hurts Stefanik

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik shouldn’t refuse requests to hold town hall forums in the northern New York congressional district she represents. By not showing up at a forum Wednesday in Glens Falls — organized by political critics, drawing about 300 people — she made it look like she’s ...

Awesome effort to save showshoe races

We were bursting with pride Friday to see so many people in the Saranac Lake community — with major help from Lake Placid — work their tails off to save the World Snowshoe Championships. They needed saving, and it looks like the local effort has achieved that incredible feat. The ...

Opinion Page dialogue builds understanding and trust

Last Friday, we printed a letter to the editor from Joe Spadaro of Saranac Lake, who said too much of the Enterprise’s content was negative toward President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik. On Tuesday, we printed a letter from John Fik of Vermontville, agreeing with Mr. Spadaro. We ...

A better choice

Army Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That sounds like what the nation needs. Furthermore, our area’s former ...

Vice President Mike Pence

Flynn’s firing hinged on vice president

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. President Roosevelt had kept him in ...

Divert some movie money to care of developmentally disabled

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this editorial used "Arcs" as shorthand for all non-government agencies that care for people with developmental disabilities, but not all such agencies are associated with the Arc label — for instance, Franklin County's Citizen Advocates.) -- Friday’s ...

Reflecting on a plowing problem

Picture in your mind a scene you’ve probably experienced many times: You’re driving or riding in the front seat of a vehicle at night, in the winter, on a two-lane road, and a snowplow truck is coming at you going the other way. The plow truck’s lights show you it’s there, and how ...

City benefits from all New York taxpayers’ film incentives

Taxpayers across New York pay the movie and television industry to operate in our state, but New York City reaps roughly 90 percent of the benefits. That’s one finding in a recent, state-mandated study by Camoin Associates, a Saratoga Springs-based firm led by Rob Camoin, who got his start ...

Pass school bus safety law, with revisions

One would think the flashing red lights on a school bus would be pretty self-explanatory, but that apparently isn’t the case. A recent New York Association for Pupil Transportation survey of 35 school districts found 878 bus drivers reported being passed 727 times in one day in mid-January, ...

Has election commission run its course?

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted last week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election ...

Volunteer firefighters should be covered

State legislators will again discuss legislation to extend health benefits covering cancer care to volunteer firefighters. The case for the bill is clear. Twenty-three types of cancer have been linked to firefighting, while only lung cancer is a presumed cancer benefit for volunteer ...

Fake news of the Emptyprize variety

“Fake news” has been in the news a lot in the last few months. It came to prominence with a wave of made-up stories that fooled some people in the frantic lead-up to November’s presidential election; they tended to favor Donald Trump and trash Hillary Clinton. Now President Donald Trump ...

Culture war should be avoided

Some people believe President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking the refugee program, as well as U.S. entry from seven countries, will make Americans safer. It won’t, as we discussed in yesterday’s editorial, but for many people, especially in rural areas such as the ...

Blocking refugees won’t make U.S. safer

We can appreciate fair, consistent, sensible immigration practices to keep Americans safe, but welcoming people from all over the world is part of what has always built the U.S. up, not what tears it down or holds it back. This is especially true for people seeking refuge from war-torn ...

Be careful on ice, thankful to rescuers

Nine people fell through ice this weekend in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, at least as far as has been reported to us. Seven of those were lucky; the other two didn’t survive. It’s a terrible thing, but we hope Adirondack residents and visitors will take away a couple of lessons from it: ...

Local gov’ts shouldn’t be on the hook for governor’s plans

It is one thing for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to expand spending in the state. It is another thing entirely for the state to create programs when the impact on lower levels of government is unknown. That is likely to happen if Cuomo’s plan to offer tuition-free attendance ...

Royal choices show value of volunteerism

We are excited to congratulate Anita Meserole and John Wamsganz as queen and king of the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Their records of volunteer service work, which you can read elsewhere in today’s paper, are amazing. Since Ms. Meserole moved to this area in the early 1980s, she ...

The best time of year for Saranac Lakers

Tonight begins what is truly the best time of the year for Saranac Lakers. Winter Carnival has long provided a fun break from a long, cabin-fever-inducing winter. Saranac Lake is often the coldest spot in the lower 48 states, and it plays that up in tourism promotion, dubbing itself ...

Here’s to volunteers

On the frozen surface of Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, men and women are cutting and pulling out heavy ice blocks. On the adjacent land along River Street, they’re maneuvering those with heavy machinery into the form of a gigantic Ice Palace, the annual centerpiece of the Saranac Lake Winter ...