Guest Commentary

What the court is making clear

The news out of Justice Robert Main’s court has not been good for the anti-rail special interests currently huddling behind closed doors with the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Transportation. The state has been forced to admit it was wrong about its title to the ...

AHCA would be devastating

The American Health Care Act, the Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill now before Congress, would have a devastating effect on New York state, health care providers and individuals in our region. It is at our own peril that we ignore the implications that exist for a large number of ...

Reject rushed health care proposal

Rather than providing the American people an opportunity to fully examine proposed legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Washington Republicans are attempting to rush their health care repeal bill through Congress. Now that the Congressional Budget Office has scored the proposal, ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro
(Photo provided by Rep. Elise Stefanik)

Meeting with Stefanik, a critique

Elise Stefanik, the Republican congresswoman who represents the Adirondack North Country of upper New York, a rural area covering close to one-third of the state, is averse to holding town hall meetings in her district. In fact, she has broadcast questionable reports that her staff members ...

Renovate rather than demolish

A crying shame is what best describes it. The recent articles for the proposed demolition of the Guild Building (With Pipe and Book) by Northwood School is just that … a crying shame. We learned of this after Northwood School has been working on this building for over a year and received ...

Proposed parking garage falls short

I wanted to take a moment to clarify the Lake Placid Business Association’s position on the parking garage proposal presented by the village this past Monday night. The mission of our organization is to promote and protect the commercial vitality of our business districts, recognizing ...

Vote no on Ryan health plan, Rep. Stefanik

Our fine congresswoman should vote NO on the House bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Stefanik is a smart and rising star in the Republican Party, and I am hoping she is smart enough to see that the currently proposed bill, as advocated by Speaker Ryan, is a dog, ...

Start dialogue by first dropping labels

The whole country, including our town and even our families, seems to be troubled by deep political divides. I note that my family and friends mostly inhabit the same circle, which insulates us from outside opinions; or else we have mutually decided to avoid all discussions which approach the ...

Making the snow stick

As a native of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York — a place known for its skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports — I’m just one of many who live for all things winter, as an avid nordic skier, ice skater and snowshoer. Over the past few years, I’ve seen firsthand the ...

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You have to fight for facts

If you can’t trust the government and you won’t trust the media, where can you turn to for accurate information? The answer is public records. If you want to find out whether you’re paying too much for school teachers, don’t take the word of teachers unions or the school board. ...

What’s our role in athlete’s arrest?

“What a mess!” Is the response I’ve heard from many in regards to the recent allegations against a visiting athlete. I can’t help but think we, as a community and as a larger society, share in the responsibility of creating this mess. Innocence, guilt and finer details aside, how could ...

Work together for the good of all

After the November national election, there was a stunned portion of American voters. Traditional “blue” states did not vote as expected. This shock quickly mutated into anger. But should those surprised have anticipated the perceived political upset? And if so, at what point? The Trump ...

Beyond bias

On Feb. 24, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise ran an extensive editorial entitled “Dialogue builds understanding and trust” in response to concerns about perceived liberal/Democrat bias on the part of our local paper. That editorial detailed the extraordinary (and, I think, commendable) ...

Coal-fired power plants and the EPA affect the Northeast

The United States produces nearly one-fifth of the world’s coal-fired electricity and ranks second in gigawatt-hours produced from coal power. The developing nations of China and India are first and third, respectively. According to a 2014 Environment America report, the six dirtiest ...

Climate change is a national security issue

The scale of the threats to our national and global security that climate change is creating is staggering. These are well known to America’s military and security experts. Yet the voices of these persons are not being adequately heard and acted on in Washington, even as these dangers to our ...

Donald Trump makes his acceptance speech in New York following his victory to become he 45th president of the United States on Nov. 2016. (Photo — Paco Anselmi/PA Wire via Associated Press)

Trumping the truth

Military personnel, police officers and firefighters routinely risk their lives in the line of duty. Consider the many brave individuals who were beaten (and some killed) during the Civil Rights Movement as well as foreign aid workers (Doctors Without Borders, for example) disaster relief ...

Travel ban to keep terrorists out?

Last month, the Trump administration issued a ban on visitors from several countries. The ban was controversial and ran into judicial resistance. It is being redrafted and is expected to be reissued shortly. According to the headlines on Huffington Post: “Miller admits: New Ban Will Be ...

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. ...