Guest Commentary

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on Nov. 20 as a day to remember those who were murdered as the result of transphobia in the past year. TDOR serves to bring attention to the continued violence and non-acceptance endured by the transgender community is observed in cities all ...

Greenspan corrupted Smith’s economic model

What a week in the Enterprise! We enjoyed two of those rare back-to-back philosophical columns enlightening us about the decline and fall of civil discourse written by the Rev. Vance Mortensen on Nov. 5 and the economist Alan Beideck on Nov. 6 highlighting some big, BIG problems. Be not ...

Yes, it can be done

In the town of Minerva, Suzanne Crouse and Carol Frazier help to lead the Sleeping Giants Senior Program, which supports community members who are aging in place. This program provides social and emotional connections that also help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. A recent grant ...

Harvest of hate

Certainly not all Trump supporters are anti-Semitic, although I have little doubt that most anti-Semites are rabid Trump enthusiasts. Trump did not create anti-Semitism in this country; it has existed since the days of colonial America. Rather, he has uncovered the long-simmering coals of ...

Protect veterans’ access to SNAP

Veterans Day reminds us of our duty to support Americans who have served our nation in uniform. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices they’ve made and to re-examine the ways we can help them when they return home and re-enter civilian life. As we support them, we can certainly ...

Is it immoral to watch the NFL?

There are few memories more vivid from my childhood than watching “Monday Night Football.” Reared as a Baptist by my parents and brought to church nearly every Sunday at 10 a.m. for nearly half my life, Monday night was my real religious service of the week. If my Miami Dolphins happened ...

Can small New York towns pass the rule-of-law test?

Of the 934 towns in New York state, 562 serve a population under 4,000. Of these, 332 towns have a population under 2,000 — and more than 100 towns have a population under 1,000. Officials in these small New York towns, including my hometown, the town of Colden, may do a good job ...

Pittsburgh, Kroger, pipe bombs and Trump

Grief and outrage are prompting this op-ed. Eleven Jews have been murdered in an outburst of anti-Semitic hatred in a Pittsburgh synagogue; 14 pipe bombs were sent to prominent Democrats across the country only three days earlier; and sandwiched in between, an elderly black man and woman were ...

100 years ago on Nov. 11: A day of reflection and remembrance

They are all gone now, having joined the long line of American heroes that continually march down the road to obscurity. They were once giants who marched down Broadway and Main streets to ticker-tape parades and the cheers of a jubilant nation. Their names were known if not famous, names like ...

What has happened to civil discourse?

In anticipation of my high school reunion, several grads created a Facebook page to keep us informed of upcoming dates and events. Not long before the reunion, a lady posted something like this: “Are we ever going to confront the sexual harassment many of us experienced during our school ...

Resolving conflicts at schools

How do we find a way to reconcile our differences or at least find ways of conducting civil discourse? Changes required in response to that question will require a process of self-assessment that must start at home and continue at school and throughout life. In 1948, a year before I ...

Two under par — in memory of Jeff Couture

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” was the first tune I heard Coutch play on the fiddle. At first it was more squawking than playing, but after hearing it a dozen or so times I began to recognize the tune, and after he mastered that little song, he’d learn another. This was back in the ...

Changes to Long Pond Conservation Easement benefit all

Recently, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a plan to amend the Long Pond Conservation Easement to allow 15 local sportsmen’s clubs to purchase recreational rights that will allow them to continue leasing their hunting camps — many of which have been ...

Trudeau building has rich history and bright future

When the fire bell rang it was almost 4 a.m. on a cold November night in 1893. Some villagers in Saranac Lake were already peering anxiously from windows, awakened by the initial sound of an explosion. And what they saw was flames, already engulfing the home of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, ...

Reality check

Stewart Epstein’s recent letter to the editor (“Democrats should focus on the issues, not on Trump,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Oct. 3) offered some sensible advice in this highly charged midterm election year. His list of such issues, however (Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, ...

Social Security and Medicare on the line this election

With just weeks to go until the midterm Congressional election, the news has been dominated by the Supreme Court nomination and the highly emotional issues of sexual assault, abortion, and reproductive rights. By contrast, there has been little discussion of important but dry economic issues ...

Should opioid addiction be an indication for the use of medical marijuana?

On July 12, 2018, the New York State Department of Health under the direction of Howard Zucker, MD, JD, Commissioner of Health announced emergency regulations adding Opioid Use Disorder and “any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed” as a qualifying medical condition for the use ...

Shameful

Why can’t we believe the women? Less than 10 percent of sexual harassment claims turn out to be false (see Lisak, Gardinier, Nicksa and Cote, 2010). Therefore, the odds that three accusers are lying is less than one in a thousand. The odds grow longer if there is no motivation to lie, e.g., ...

Reflections on America’s hearing of the century

Eighteen years in, and America just experienced the hearing of the 21st century. It certainly was a national event that will be dissected for years to come. It was a day when Brett Kavanaugh — in front of more than a hundred million viewers — sold his soul to the GOP. It was a day ...

LGBTQI Pride returns

Once again it is time to celebrate the diversity of all people here in the Adirondack North Country. In the past two years we’ve seen an outpouring of hate, attempts at overt discrimination and attempted rollback of basic human rights protections on the federal level. We are facing a ...