Guest Commentary

Exploring an elusive, ancient kingdom

Upon reading my Indiana Jones-esque title, you may have pictured a tan-hatted man wielding a machete through thick vines hanging from the crumbling walls of some archaic ruins, perhaps in search of ancient treasure or forgotten wisdom seared upon an old scroll. Sounds fun, but I can assure you ...

It takes a region for the 90-Miler

The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic was held for the 35th year the weekend of Sept. 8 to 10. Two hundred sixty canoes, guideboats and kayaks started in Old Forge and over three days paddled their way through the Adirondack Forest Preserve to the cedar tree marking the finish line on Lake ...

State tests ignore kids’ various learning levels within each grade

Notably, on the back page of the Sept. 12 edition of the Plattsburgh Press-Republican was a brief Associated Press release in two parts: “New York tweaks, renames Common Core Standards” and “NY approves education plan to submit for federal approval.” While little information was ...

Immigrants: Puritan to Mexican

FDR got in trouble with the Daughters of the American Revolution when he gave an address to them beginning with the salutation: “Fellow immigrants …” The fine ladies were not amused. Some of their ancestors had come over on the Mayflower, and that factoid made them believe that they (and ...

Save Sabattis Adventure Camp

All of the other troops think that Blackfoot is the worst campsite at Sabattis Adventure Camp. That’s because it’s the farthest walk to the center of camp. Troop 77 knows that Blackfoot is the best campsite at Sabattis. We’ve been camping at that campsite every summer for years, far ...

Different stripe, same skunk — the radical right

What we now call “radical right” groups and political parties have existed for at least 160 years. Founded in the 1850s, the American Party (members were called Know Nothings because they refused to answer specific questions about their politics) was comprised of working and middle-class, ...

Trump’s true believers

In his classic 1951 book on mass movements, “The True Believer,” Eric Hoffer states that all such movements — be they religious, social or political — have numerous common features: “They all breed fanaticism, enthusiasm, fervent hope and hatred.” Although the movement that put ...

Enduring legacy of a punitive peace

The current controversy over the removal of statues of Confederate leaders in Southern cities highlights once again the ongoing legacy of the punitive peace that the victorious North imposed on the Southern Confederacy during Reconstruction. Winston Churchill, the great British statesman, ...

Schools must teach more history, civics

While searching for important documents that might shed some light on the lessons of history (to be included on the website dataforamericaspastthroughlocalhistory.com), the following quote, selected from among many created during the formation of our country, seems to be particularly relevant ...

Regis-Applejack: more than a camp

I am writing in reaction to the ongoing conversation that intern Dana Hatton and Managing Editor Peter Crowley have entertained at the expense of one of our area’s richest commodities: a family-owned small business that has been passed down over decades and educated, entertained and employed ...

Changing our perceptions

Last Sunday, many Christians heard the story of Joseph’s brothers turning against him and selling him into slavery. This Sunday, congregations heard how the brothers discover that Joseph will save them and their families from starvation. Joseph’s brothers were challenged to encounter a ...

Trying to get the American train back on track

During the recent civil unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, I noticed one hand-held sign that read, “There is no room in this country for hate.” Commendable, yes, but I’m afraid it’s a little too late now; that train left the station long ago. And I believe, as reasonable people, it ...

Trump walks slowly to condemning white supremacists

WASHINGTON — It took President Donald Trump two days to do what both Republicans and Democrats said should have come fast and easy. In his carefully worded statement Monday, Trump condemned members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "repugnant." He vowed that his ...

Response to Lake Placid critique

Mr. Brian Barrett’s Guest Commentary of July 27 may have outlined some valid points for future discussion concerning the event itself. The reason for my note is to address the second and more important matter that Mr. Barrett links to as he pivoted in his commentary to the lack of affordable ...

Grateful for Lake Placid ER

On the night of June 7, our entire world as we know it changed. My husband Brian Bishop was in Saranac Lake to mow his parents’ lawn when he started to experience horrific pain throughout his body. After a very difficult ride home to Lake Placid, he met me in our driveway, and I remarked ...

Monuments to a myth

On May 20, the city of New Orleans took down a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the last of four monuments of prominent Confederates removed in that city. Critics of this action were outraged, many arguing these statues had a significant teaching component. That is, they ...

Ironman Lake Placid triathlete Lynn Byrne of Credco, Pennsylvania, is greeted after she crosses the finish line Sunday, just before the midnight cutoff.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Ironman is a privilege and a responsibility

When Lake Placid resident Brian Barrett wrote a well-reasoned Guest Commentary in this paper about your local Ironman, I thought I might be able to add some color. I’ve earned my living from triathlon for 30 years, and I raced the first Hawaiian Ironman held in Kona, Hawaii, so I’ve ...

An Ironman triathlete bikes down Main Street, Lake Placid during Sunday’s race, followed by a state 
trooper on a motorcycle helping maintain safety. Several roads are closed for the annual triathlon.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Move Ironman to Saranac Lake

“Ironman is a statement of excellence, passion, commitment. It is a test of physical toughness and mental strength. Ironman is about persevering, enduring and being a part of something larger than ourselves. It shows the heights that can be achieved when we push beyond our boundaries and go ...

The language of a professional educator

Educators refer to themselves as professionals. However, the language of educators is very much the common language of the general public. Given that everybody has gone to school, everybody has become an expert; what is or is not effective education is described using everyday language from a ...

From left, Denise Sheaks Burke and her children Garrett (behind), Austin and Taylor pose on Baker Mountain in Saranac Lake.
(Photo provided by Denise Sheaks Burke)

Pre-chemo retreat to Adirondacks

One month ago, my life turned upside down when I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called synovial sarcoma. Suddenly and without warning, I was launched into a world filled with doctor appointments, specialists and panic. My tumor was in my right foot, and it was removed improperly by a ...