Guest Commentary

Where’s Stefanik on revived AHCA?

I suspect I am not alone in my wholehearted agreement with your editorial of March 31, titled “In a tight spot, Stefanik struggles” and Ann Mullen’s March 31 column titled “Stefanik’s woeful lack of clarity.” Both pieces described, exactly, the frustration I’ve felt as one of her ...

A major league education for all

People working in education should be busier than ever, focused on key constituents, our students, instead of being distracted by political upheaval in Washington. Will budget cuts dilute public education? What does the administration’s preference for school choice and vouchers mean to ...

Friends found this photo of Justin Ropke at his apartment after he died of a drug overdose

A friend, a veteran with PTSD, died of an overdose

Justin Ropke is dead. I consider him a friend although there are several who are in a better position to write this than I am. Nonetheless, the small portion of his story I know should be shared. He was a musician. An artist. A storyteller. An athlete with a Division I baseball scholarship. A ...

Protect transgender rights in law

In the past several months, we have seen the U.S. federal government attack the LGBTQ community, rolling back many civil rights protections. Also attacked were basic health care rights for all citizens and especially women’s health. We’ve seen attacks on the poor, the elderly and those ...

A new take on school systems

We are taught to believe we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Such a government is considered dependent upon a set of validated and shared assumptions about humans, maintained and periodically updated by reasonable people working together. Jefferson ...

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Don’t shield students from drug epidemic

I must first commend Josh Dann, the principal at Saranac Lake Central High School for having the guts to allow me to give my drug presentation at the high school last year. It was a graphic, disturbing account of just one tragic death in our village resulting from drug abuse. By all ...

Bicyclists enjoying the popular Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.
(Photo provided — Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)

Better living through bicycling

My wife and I are about to drive south with our bicycles, as we usually do this time of year. We plan to bike some favorite “rail trails” between here and Florida, and also check out some new ones, where old railroad beds have been converted to recreational trails that draw outdoor ...

Are brook trout restoration opportunities in local lakes at risk?

In 1975 New York state adopted the brook trout as our State fish. A good choice by the people of the State, as they are fun to catch, good to eat, and native to what anglers consider our sacred Adirondack waters. Ironically, and about this same time, brook trout were struggling for survival. ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik
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Violation of privacy brought to you by Rep. Elise Stefanik

On March 7, Rep. Elise Stefanik co-sponsored H.R. 1313, the so-called “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act.” This Orwellian proposal has little to do with preserving anything since employee wellness programs are in no danger of going away. Rather, the main pillar of the act allows ...

Terrible burden

Issued on July 26, 1945, by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Clement Atlee and Chairman of the Nationalist Government of China Chian Kai-shek, the Potsdam Declaration stated that unless Japan surrendered immediately and unconditionally, it faced “complete and utter ...

The fourth option

From July 17 to Aug. 2, 1945, President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (later Clement Atlee) and Soviet Union Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin met in Potsdam, Germany (the Potsdam Conference), to discuss how to administer recently defeated Nazi ...

Open letter to Rep. Elise Stefanik

Dear Congresswoman Stefanik, In your proposed climate change resolution (https://stefanik.house.gov/sites/stefanik.house.gov/files/Climate%20Change%20Resolution.pdf), it is stated that “it is a conservative principle to protect, conserve, and be good stewards of our environment.” In ...

How humans alter Earth’s climate

2016 was our planet’s hottest year on record. According to NASA, the next hottest year was 2015 and the next hottest 2014. In fact, over the last 136 years, 16 of the record breakers have occurred since 2001 (footnote 1). Similar studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Trump cuts would hurt housing aid

Created in 1967 as the result of federal, state and local public housing legislation, the Harrietstown Housing Authority, based in the Harrietstown portion of the village of Saranac Lake, is overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its mission is to provide low-income ...

A common-sense approach to health care reform

In an interview, Congresswoman Stefanik asserted that she felt for the constituent who had a high and increasing insurance premium. She suggested supporting “common-sense” proposals to reduce the premium cost. I suggest that the real problem is larger than this. After all, we could ...

Stefanik’s woeful lack of clarity

In a story on March 25 about the Trump-Ryan health care bill, you report that “Northern New York’s Republican representative in Congress, Elise Stefanik, never said whether she supported the bill, either before or after it was pulled. Her spokesman Tom Flanagin did not answer an Enterprise ...

Son suffers from brain injury

I am writing because recently my son was involved in an incident in Saranac Lake that led to his arrest. While I will not go further into the incident, I wanted to let everyone know that he suffers from traumatic brain injury as a result of being the victim of assaults by the same person on ...

Spring: a golden moment

Spring — up here? Additional weeks of snow and ice and slush, only on a more disjointed schedule? Celebrating April as National Poetry Month, perhaps we can also understand why poet T.S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruellest month,” to begin his long poem “The Waste Land.” Although ...

America the exceptional? Hell, yeah!

In the past few years we have heard increasingly strenuous assertions that our country is an absolutely unique place, blessed by God and exhibiting political standards that became the leading light of the world, symbolized by Lady Liberty. Unfortunately, these assertions are not nearly ...

What now for American health care?

Whatever you think of Donald J. Trump or his efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the recent legislative fight and failure exposed a simple truth: Most Americans believe health care to be a fundamental right. We in the North Country discovered that the attempt to replace the ...