Editorials

With a new sign this summer, Saranac Lake’s visitor welcome center at the Harrietstown Town Hall is open in the heart of downtown, run by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. ROOST’s administration offices and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office remain at the North Elba Town House on River Street, where a new ROOST sign was erected. A chamber of commerce sign is expected to be erected soon.
(Enterprise photo — Catherine Moore)

Chamber is Saranac Lake’s business hub

Local businesses teaming up to promote and protect their interests and those of their home community — that’s the definition of a chamber of commerce. They have an important role to play. If they don’t do well, we all suffer. The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has gone through ...

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Web Poll results, Sept. 25 to Oct. 2

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with a judge’s ruling against a state rails-to-trails plan in the Adirondacks? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Why registering to vote is important

Voting is a duty of all citizens; your country needs you to do it. The more of us who vote, the stronger our decisions as a people. It’s also a privilege to vote in a free, fair and honest election. Much of the world does not have that. Don’t you want to have a say in who will ...

How to register to vote

One can register many different ways, but basically it comes down to getting your hands on a registration form, filling it out and submitting it to your county board of elections. First, though, you may want to check whether you are registered and, if so, what address and political party ...

Two weeks left to change your party for 2018 primaries

Oct. 13, two weeks from today — that’s the deadline to change the party affiliation on your voter registration in time to vote in next year’s primary elections. We repeat: Next year’s primary election — not this year’s. Crazy, right? Not only do we have to endure the modern-day ...

Still paying for not vetting Race the Top

It is pretty common to see New York officials sue the federal government these days. The state has threatened to join lawsuits over repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, changes to environmental regulations and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins’ ...

China could do more to rein in North Korea

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

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Web Poll results, Sept. 18-25

This week’s Web Poll: After a student allegedly brought a loaded gun to school recently, should Lake Placid schools have a police resource officer? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

The emerald ash borer alone has the potential to cause $12.7 billion in damage to U.S. trees by 2020, according to a peer-reviewed study this year by more than a dozen experts. (Photo provided)

NY must try harder to stop emerald ash borer

Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by the emerald ash borer. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more than 8 billion, the ...

Martha Swan, executive director of John Brown Lives, takes part in hanging 16 double-sided banners for the “Dreaming of Timbuctoo” exhibit in the barn at 19th-century abolitionist John Brown’s homestead in Lake Placid in July 2016.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Timbuctoo story gets richer the more you learn

We’d like to call your attention again to a piece of little-known history, from the days when slavery was still in full force in the United States. People usually call this story “Timbuctoo,” after a short-lived farming colony of African-Americans in the town of North Elba, near ...

Wallface Mountain is seen from the sky, with its landmark cliff and Scott Pond in the background at top.
(Photo provided — Kevin MacKenzie)

Could communication have saved Alex Stevens?

People up here in the Adirondacks never got the chance to know Alex Stevens, and that’s part of the reason we are saddened by his recent death in the High Peaks Wilderness. In a way, the way we feel about this 28-year-old from Hopewell, New Jersey, is similar to how we felt about Australian ...

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Web Poll results, Sept. 11-18

This week’s Web Poll: How do you feel about the state’s plan to turn Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook into a prison for teenagers? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Problems are clear with security clearance

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Know your Constitution

Sunday marks the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Sept. 17 is federally designated as Constitution Day, and this coming week is Constitution Week. Most reasonable people, be they liberal or conservative, ...

Equifax execs abused customers’ trust

Financial service companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Hurricane blasted U.S. Virgin Islands

Texans and Floridians hurt by hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Deposit could reduce plastic bag disposal

Society needs to reduce its reliance on throwaway plastic bags. They aren’t biodegradable. Instead, they break down into small pieces and enter the environment, where they can absorb chemicals and be injected into living organisms such as fish. “One single plastic bag can form billions ...

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Web Poll results, Sept. 4-11

This week’s Web Poll: Does New York state need more forest rangers in the Adirondacks? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

A new day of infamy

(Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published in the Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2001. Then-Features Editor Bruce Young wrote it on deadline that morning, with input from other staff members, as news of the attacks unfolded and as other staff members scrambled to get it into the paper. ...

Doubling down on casinos may not have been smartest bet

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...