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Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signs the bill creating the Adirondack Park Agency in 1971, with members of his Adirondack study commission looking on. Next to him is Harold K. Hochschild, commission chairman and founder of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.
(Photo provided by the Lake George Mirror)

APA retreat causes concern

Picture two sets of opposing cheerleaders, one representing the Adirondack Park Agency and vocalizing as follows: “Two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to regulate!” The other cheerleaders, who represent environmental interests, respond in kind: “Eight, six, four, two, that’s what ...

Green Tea Party to celebrate TRiO Day

A few years ago, my good friend Alex suggested the formation of a new Green Tea Party, his main thesis being that if we are to restore unity in the country, it will require finding common ground between enviro-progressives (Greens) and neo-conservatives (Tea Party). Solidarity between ...

Gold walls

The weekend before last, after President Trump announced his travel ban, my family and I went to a local musical event where the MC announced, satirically, “Only American songs today, folks.” I appreciated his efforts to remind us all that we are free to sing what we like in the U.S. of A. ...

Republican alternatives to Obamacare, etc.

Assuming Trump and the Republican Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act, the media pundits and my neighbors are asking what will replace it. Trump recently acknowledged the difficulties of speedily replacing a program that has become interwoven into our health care system. In a recent ...

Dismembering Obamacare and its consequences

Whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, this article is for you. Jan. 31 was the last day of the 2016-17 enrollment period for Obamacare. Despite Trump’s executive order on his inauguration day, Jan. 20, declaring his intent to end Obamacare and the Congress’s passage a week earlier of a ...

A test on your own backyard

The Environmental Relationships Test was developed by this author in the late 1950s and early ’60s to measure what individuals know about their own backyard and how skilled they are in graphically illustrating what they know. The process is standardized but unlike most standardized tests its ...

Two realities in a nation divided

I lived in Yugoslavia — in the eastern part of Croatia, near the Serbian border — from 1989 to 1991. At the time, there were two realities. Croatian radio broadcast one reality, and Serbian radio broadcast a totally different reality. I’m beginning to see the same thing in these Divided ...

A lesson to learn

The FBI and the CIA have stated that Russia intervened (“computer hacking”) in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of putting Donald Trump in the White House. This shouldn’t surprise anybody. One country meddling in the political process of another is all but routine, as ...

Against centrism (in this case)

A column by Froma Harrop in last week’s Enterprise argued that Democrats should avoid adding to “the growing pile of litter being thrown onto our political norms” and give Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, a “fair and civil hearing.” Like so many of ...

Some good proposals for families

Included in Gov. Cuomo’s 2017 State of the State are two proposals that go in the right direction toward making high-quality early childhood education more affordable for more families. The first proposal would raise the tax benefits that middle-class families receive for payments for ...

For the first time

For the first time I feel anxiety expressing my opinion To certain people. Even those I thought I knew. For the first time … I’m not completely optimistic That my grandchildren will have A better life than mine. … I acknowledge that the welcome sign on the Statue ...

An open letter to those concerned about drugs in the North Country

Concerned neighbors: I grew up in Lewis County and share in the concern about the recent increase in drug-related accidents and deaths that are being reported in the North Country. I am also encouraged to hear of the collaborative efforts of local authorities, community organizers and ...

Boreas Ponds deserves to be classified as wilderness

It was gratifying to see the enormous public turnout for the Adirondack Park Agency’s hearings on the classification of newly acquired Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park. The agency received more than 11,000 comments from the public, including many providing detailed facts and ...

Why I joined the Women’s March on Washington

I am just returned from the Women’s March on D.C., and I would like to share my reasons for going in hope of building ties to those who feel that the march was in any way a repudiation of them and their beliefs. First and foremost, I went because I love my country as much as everyone else. ...

Public hearing is needed

Within the Adirondack Park Agency there is an institutional momentum toward the approval of permit applications. This may be at work in the permit application of the Lake Flower Resort and Spa, and it’s all the more reason for the APA to subject this proposal to a formal public ...

What will replace Obamacare?

On Jan. 13, Elise Stefanik voted with the Republican majority in the House in favor of taking the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. She says she prefers a three-year period before repeal goes into effect, in order to assure that there will be a viable ...

It’s hard to leave public office

As I finish my 41-year political career with the ultimate honor of representing Clinton, Franklin, Essex (114th District) and St. Lawrence counties serving the 115th District, I express my deep gratitude to the thousands of you who have welcomed me, supported me and allowed me to work with so ...

In search of democracy in a small New York town

America’s three-branch government model - Every high school student learns that in America, the powers exercised by federal, state and local officials are to be limited by a system of checks and balances among the branches of government. Here is a passage from a typical high school ...

Win-win partnerships — Propelling students to beat the odds

Last month, a young woman who grew up in a low-income household in rural Kentucky was accepted early decision to Harvard. Katie’s story is compelling. Her father left before she was born, and her mother passed away when she was just a toddler. When her grandmother died from breast cancer, ...

A better idea for Pontiac Bay, Lake Flower and Saranac Lake

In case you missed it, the long-awaited application for the Lake Flower Resort arrived at the Adirondack Park Agency over the holidays, including a plea for a variance to roll back very reasonable shoreline setbacks. The arrival was noticed in the Dec. 23 edition of the Enterprise. And if the ...