Guest Commentary

With all due respect

Shots fired. Vital flesh and bone shreds and shatters as 8.5 grams of lead blast into and through. Lives are changed; lives are lost. There is no sympathy or malice in a bullet. In light of the recent Arlington shooting, the finger-pointing search for a scapegoat is well underway. ...

Bike paths already exist beside the tracks in some parts of the state-owned railroad corridor. (Photo provided by Larry Roth)

Things you would never know

It’s been another interesting few months in the Tri-Lakes. The Department of Environmental Conservation released its draft plan for the rail trail, loudly proclaiming “That decision has been made.” If you only listen to DEC and Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, there are things ...

A time to reflect

I think I have earned the right to speak to my Republican friends: I have spent more than half my voting life as a registered Republican and once served in local Republican leadership roles. I view myself as a fiscal conservative and a social centrist, a position the old Republican Party ...

This page from the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s Annual Report for 2016 shows the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s financial situation is improving.

Bad spin on the railroad

I’ll try to keep this brief, because even I — as a staunch supporter for the “Save The Rails” movement — am growing weary of the back-and-forth conversation. There are so many times that the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates crowd (both board members and supporters alike) ...

Sick!

Let’s start out with one indisputable fact: The United States has the most expensive health care system in the world. But that’s OK because we get the best care in the world, don’t we? If you believe that “fact,” read on. In 2010, the US spent $2.6 trillion on health care, ...

Suzanne Miller uses signs, with language she describes as respectful, to protest against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.
(Photo provided by Suzanne Miller)

ADE is too easy on Stefanik

I must express my appreciation to you, as the editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, for the very fair assessment of New York 21st Congressional District (NY21stCD) “representative” Elise Stefanik as wanting, as well as your advocacy on behalf of the 700,000-plus residents of the ...

Education debate goes back 100 years

We all have recited the phrase, “History repeats itself.” Ignorance about the past is a likely reason for the truth of this generalization. What’s beginning to emerge in our public schools is evidence to support this contention. Project-based programming has been tried many times, only ...

On police, Trump is all bluster

President Trump recently addressed law enforcement and family members of the fallen at the 36th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol. In this speech he reaffirmed his campaign promises to restore justice and end attacks on police. The President remarked: ...

125 years of the Adirondack Park

Of all the natural wonders about which New Yorkers can boast, the largest and most breathtaking is the Adirondack State Park. This month, we are marking the 125th anniversary of the law that created the park. Let us take a moment to give thanks for this spectacular treasure. The boundary of ...

Bikers ride the 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.
(Photo provided — Richard Smith)

Rail-trails celebrated as ‘vibrant sign of renewal’

Editor Peter Crowley reported recently on a new PBS documentary about rail-to-trail conversions in New York state, including the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail that will connect Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. The documentary portrayed rail trails as popular success stories — as ...

Battle over, sweet release at last

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good. — W.H. Auden My partner, lover, best friend, true love of my life has succumbed to the dementia with ...

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman of Bainbridge (Chenango County) was buried as Lyons Wakeman, the name she used when she disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the 153rd New York Volunteer Infantry, which included soldiers from Essex and Clinton counties, including  three companies from Plattsburgh.

Exposed, or not: Women soldiers in the Civil War, part 2 of 2

From a contemporary perspective, it’s hard to believe women attempting to pass as men were not discovered at the enlistment physical and sent home. But with ever-increasing casualties, by the spring of 1862 (the second year of warfare) the glory and excitement of becoming a soldier and ...

Frances Clayton, at left, wears a long dress typical of the 1860s. At right, she is seen in a Union soldier's uniform as Jack Williams.

Fight like a man

Sept. 17, 1862, was the bloodiest day in American military history as 22,717 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing at the Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) in northern Maryland. While walking the battlefield the next day, Union ...

Remembering St. Joseph’s founder

In February of 1971, Fr. Carmen Giuliano, SA, received the assignment from the Friars of the Atonement of creating St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake, “to serve God by promoting healing and recovery for all persons who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and chemical ...

Underwater ‘land’ scheme is legally questionable

The latest sorry chapter in the saga of the proposed Lake Flower Resort hotel is now unfolding at considerable speed, with little discussion. The village board now plans to “amend” the Lake Flower Planned Unit Development District it created two years ago to allow this otherwise disruptive ...

Reporting was unfair on Medical Aid in Dying Act

A news article was printed in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on May 10 entitled “Assisted-suicide bill back before New York lawmakers.” The writer began by saying “several supporters gathered” for the Lobby Day press conference at the New York State Capitol on May 9. The Medical Aid ...

(Image provided by John Lanahan)

Comments on the trail plan

First, the process by which comments have been collected on this ongoing issue has been less than satisfactory. There are several questions that myself and my neighbors in Lake Clear have asked and never gotten answers for over the years that this process has dragged on for. The stakeholders ...

Bad education worsens government

Have you ever wondered when or how individuals become political group thinkers? Regardless of affiliation, politicians seldom muster the courage to make independent decisions based on verifiable facts, if those facts run contrary to the party line. An example occurred with the vote on the ...

LP school spending is out of hand

The Lake Placid Central School district’s upcoming referendum for a buildings and grounds capital project needs to be pared back if not eliminated completely. This project has few details and large expenditures, with little to no return for students or taxpayers. It’s more a vehicle to ...

Saranac Lake, the little village that does

What brings a town together is its people, their passion, stories and unique talents. Saranac Lake is going through a renaissance that is subtle but dramatic at the same time. We (those who call the village “home”) are taking part in an evolution that will, I believe, result in a ...