Guest Commentary

Three missions of education

Author and teacher David Masciotra wrote recently “the most consequential offenders in the dissemination, and success, of fake news are not the Russians or social media company executives, but the American education system, and the parents who are content with raising children who know ...

North Country Community College's original faculty, 1968, Saranac Lake

Revisiting NCCC’s philosophy and purpose

As the college’s recently completed strategic plan launches it into the next 50 years as the public institution serving the Adirondack region, and as we celebrate the successes of the college over the last 50 years, we give pause to reflect back 49 years ago to the words of Dr. George ...

A college wake-up call

Over the last decade, 8 million new jobs have been created in the U.S., almost every one high-paying and requiring a college education. (1) Today a young person with a bachelor’s degree earns 50 percent more, on average, than a peer with just a high school diploma. (2) So why did ...

Faith, not fear

I wish to thank the editorial board for bringing insights on the Protestant Reformation. To most it might appear that what occurred 500 years ago is no longer of consequence, as Lutherans and Catholics are now in closer dialogue than ever. We have been blessed by thoughtful minds of late. I ...

What to say

On Nov. 30, 2010, my daughter June was stillborn. I had just entered my ninth month of pregnancy, and every appointment had shown a healthy, growing baby. We were given no explanation for her death other than the startling statistic that in the United States, 1 in 160 pregnancies ends in ...

Keep and upgrade the railroad

We need to keep the Adirondack Scenic Railroad! We need to restore service on it between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake! Having this tourist attraction in our area is so beneficial to our local economy. It would be a travesty to destroy this unique local attraction. We have the one railroad ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on Nov. 20. It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people). We also remember those who died as a result of suicide. This ...

Implications of tax reform on charities

Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which proposes sweeping tax reform, including several measures that directly affect the nonprofit sector. As the region’s community foundation, Adirondack Foundation works daily to fight for policies that ...

A train station without a train?

In his Enterprise Guest Commentary of Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, Carl Knoch argues that the best way to ensure the future of Saranac Lake’s Union Depot is to replace the railroad with a recreational trail. To bolster this argument, he provides two photographs. One is captioned, “The train ...

On land issues, Cuomo is like Trump

When it comes to public land issues in New York’s grand Adirondack Park, it strikes me that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has more in common with President Donald Trump than he probably realizes. This is ironic because it is clear our governor is anticipating a 2020 presidential bid, building a ...

Early hospice care helps

High Peaks Hospice, begun by Dr. Dave and Ann Merkel, has provided end of life care in the Tri-Lakes for over 35 years. Yes, hospice is about dying — that scary, not-to-be thought of but inevitable event. Facing our death or the death of a loved one is generally the most difficult challenge ...

Coroner unfairly blamed re: kratom

There has been much interest and many articles recently over the use of kratom and its role in the demise of Sgt. Dana of Tupper Lake. There has been much criticism and vitriol directed primarily at Tupper Lake Coroner Shawn Stuart. This letter is to take the heat off Tupper Lake Coroner ...

The train station in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, is seen after being renovated.(Photo provided by Carl Knoch) [Editor's note: An earlier caption incorrectly said the tracks here have been turned into a trail. In fact, this station is served by both a trail and a train. The Enterprise editor wrote the erroneous caption based on a misunderstanding that the author's essay implied.]

Rail trails foster historic preservation

A recent statement by Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of New York State, merits a response. Mr. DiLorenzo claimed that converting the 34 miles of rail line connecting the Tri-Lakes into an incomparable recreational trail and tourist destination would somehow “threaten ...

New JFK documents don’t matter; real question is why he was killed

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” — John F. Kennedy Systems of power killed John F. Kennedy. In other words, the idea that JFK needed to die in order to protect ...

Constitutional convention confusion

In a few weeks, New Yorkers will be asked to vote on whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. I find it very curious that with the election so close, many voters still have no idea whether they should be in favor or opposed to this proposal — and that includes people who are ...

Federal proposal rubs SALT in wound as NY subsidizes other states

Recent statements by federal officials, including Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and House Speaker Ryan, have advocated elimination of the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) by claiming that so-called “high-tax” states like New York, New Jersey and California are being ...

Harrietstown incumbents are doing a good job

Once again it is the “trick or treat” season of political discourse. It is sad that the state of politics is such that no discourse exists at all. I have, unfortunately, seen the process devolve into “us vs. them,” and regardless of starting position, whether left or right, no movement ...

Constitutional convention offers best hope for New York democracy

On Nov. 7, for the first time in 20 years, New Yorkers have the opportunity to break free from the gridlock of Albany and bring about meaningful reforms to state government that have stalled for years under the governor and the state Legislature. This year’s election brings with it the ...

Without maintenance by the Adirondack Railway Presevation Society, the rail corridor is already starting to flood and wash away between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, as seen Oct. 7.
(Photo provided — Doug Vensel)

On the wrong side of the law, the facts and history

That headline is a capsule description of Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and the state following Justice Main’s ruling on the rail trail plan. Let’s start with two items: the corridor classification and the title issue. ARTA claims these are minor and easily fixed. They’re wrong ...

Is ARTA pro-trail or just anti-rail?

As of this writing, it hasn’t even been two full weeks since Judge Main handed down his ruling against the New York state’s “Alternative 7” plan concerning the railroad corridor. I’m seriously wondering if anyone thought that Adirondack Recrerational Trail Advocates would go quietly ...