Guest Commentary

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 ...

Make right decision on resort, APA

There is considerable history and documentation of public dissatisfaction with the proposed project in the village, and with the Adirondack Park Agency. It would be unproductive to restate all of those comments here. However, it should be pointed out that the overwhelming majority of speakers ...

Letter to the APA

Seven years ago, after many years of vacationing in the Adirondacks, my wife and I decided to move to Saranac Lake. I believe that we are part of a movement, of an influx of former Adirondack guests who now call the Adirondacks home. One thing this group shares in common is a view of the ...

Donald Trump

A man of principle

In a recent letter to the editor, Robert Whitehead stated that when Barack Obama was elected president, the political right didn’t attack him as the left is now attacking Donald Trump. Rather, “they simply held their collective breaths” and “waited him out.” Perhaps Mr. Whitehead has ...

Selecting educational priorities

According to the late Leland Bradford, co-founder of the National Training Labs and author of “The Teaching-Learning Transaction,” the following seven areas are some of those which must be examined in developing an effective teaching-learning theory. 1. What the learner brings to the ...

Be on guard against bigotry

Some bigots, racists, misogynists, supremacists and others have taken the recent campaigns and election as license to act on their proclivities to threaten and abuse people who do not meet with their approval. The Southern Poverty Law Center documents a clear spike nationwide in ...

A Vietnam vet’s reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.

“What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?” While this was a 1966 movie starring James Coburn and directed by Blake Edwards, it was a question that was on the minds and lips of the children of the World War II generation. While hopefully most American dads (and moms) could answer that question ...

Continued resistance

I was asked, “Would someone please tell me why liberals cannot stop whining and just suck up that they lost?” I will tell you. We are not whining because we lost. We are whining because the mendacious, narcissistic bully who won is unfit for the role. We’re whining because we fear for ...

The importance of Adirondack wilderness

At the statewide hearings on the classification of the newly purchased Boreas Ponds and thousands of acres of other Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park, the theme of “balance” was popular. Calls for balance were purported to show moderation and a willingness to compromise. The ...

NY convention is nothing but a con

This year, one of the most important legislative issues that will confront Albany legislators will be to approve a ballot proposition slated for Nov. 7 to hold a constitutional convention. On its face, a convention makes sense given the many issues that have stalled in Albany’s black hole ...

A wolf in shepherd’s clothing

A couple of months ago, a cartoon appeared in this paper showing two wolves. One was on all fours disguised as a sheep. The second was standing upright in a shepherd’s outfit saying to the first, “You have to think bigger!” The idea was clever and amusing, but it points to something ...

November 2017 is New York’s real opportunity for change

The U.S. Constitution is the closest thing to a sacred text allowed in a secular republic. It is treated with reverence, stored in a helium-filled, temperature-controlled case that is lowered every night into a waterproof, fireproof and bombproof vault. Like holy writ, the Constitution ...

Family members walk home from school in Chicago’s Little Village, where most people live within walking distance of schools. Murals, many with religious themes, have been painted on many buildings in the community. This garage has been inscribed, “Rise up, my son, and go in peace.” 
(Photo copyright by Philip Langdon, used with permission)

Fear grips a Mexican-American neighborhood

When Donald Trump promised during the presidential campaign to deport millions of undocumented Mexicans, most Americans probably didn’t stop to consider what such a huge exodus might do to the neighborhoods where immigrants have settled. Now, with the inauguration a ...

Air medical service is a crucial link

One in three Americans live in rural areas where getting urgent medical care for events like cardiac emergencies, stroke and trauma are extremely difficult due to the fact that appropriate medical facilities are so far away. Since 1990, more than 22 percent of America’s hospitals have closed. ...

The Balsams, Northwood School and the Lake Placid community

Historical photographs line the walls of Northwood School, but one in particular harkens back to its very beginnings. The photo is of the Hillside Cottage on the Lake Placid Club. The dates 1905-1907 are penned in black ink below the photo. Those years marked the first two of Northwood’s ...

Aristocratic cabinet is here to help

If confirmed, Trump’s cabinet will have more collective wealth than the bottom one-third of U.S. households. That’s the combined wealth of 30 million families. These “ultra-high net worth individuals” live in their own virtual country, with an elite culture, housing, transportation and ...

The ability to choose your own destiny

In the 10 years since I was elected to the state Assembly, I’ve voted on hundreds if not thousands of bills to come to the floor of the “people’s chamber.” I’ve worked hard to improve the lives of my constituents in the North Country, advocated for the rights of the disabled, opposed ...

Boreas headwaters
(Photo provided — Phil Brown, Adirondack Explorer)

Adirondack Wilderness heroes

One of the best things about the Adirondack Park is its upper-case Wilderness, a state-land classification that provides the best protection for our land, water and wildlife. No tree cutting, except for occasional footpaths. No buildings, roads or motors. Wilderness areas are a natural refuge ...