Guest Commentary

Americans must break with Trump

Our country is at a crossroads. They said it couldn’t happen here. Not in this country. Not the United States of America. But it could. And it is. I am talking about nothing less than the prospect of authoritarian rule at the level of the highest office in the land and the end of American ...

Why I will vote for Gov. Cuomo

Our state’s Democratic primary election is Thursday, and I will enthusiastically vote for Gov. Andrew Cuomo because he is a proven leader for our state and he has given his all to the North Country, more so than any other governor in our state’s history. Back in the day, when his dad ...

The great pretender

English poet, essayist and biographer Samuel Johnson (1709-1775) stated that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” In his Sept. 19, 1796, farewell address to the nation, George Washington (1732-1799) noted that we must “guard against the impostures of pretended ...

John McCain was no peacemaker

Sen. John McCain was a powerhouse in American politics. His legacy is far reaching and impacts every facet of civil life in our country. I didn’t always agree with him, especially on matters of foreign policy, but Americans always knew where he stood on the issues; and one always trusted ...

Why Chromebooks?

I have a few thoughts on the recent Chromebook handout at school. Why was getting every student a Chromebook the decision? As a student at the high school, I find this one of the least useful things that those funds could have been used for, and I know that I’m not the only student (or ...

Vote against attack on democracy

It should be obvious by now, at least to all but Trump’s most zealous supporters, that our democracy is suffering death by a thousand cuts, and the midterm elections in November represent the last chance for moderate Americans — left and right — to stop some of the bleeding. Many ...

Why are liberals and Democrats embracing socialism?

History has given us 100 years of what socialism and communism does to a country. Liberals and Democrats have chosen to willfully ignore these lessons. Since the liberals (i.e. Democrats) have lost the presidency and both houses of Congress, we have been hearing with ever-increasing clamor ...

U.S. imprisons too many people

I am responding to a recent editorial in the Enterprise along with an opinion piece about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) recent comments about the American penal system. Although her remarks appear controversial to many, they have unfortunately detracted from a major and very real issue ...

A civics quiz

What do the following events have in common? ¯ The Great Depression that started in 1929 ¯ The disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 ¯ The Vietnam War from 1964 ¯ The Iraqi invasion in 2003 I could add a further hint: roll-back of environmental protections, imposition of ...

Single-payer for upstate hospitals? Depends on the payer

As election season heats up, so are conversations about single-payer health care. Is it appropriate for New York? Is it appropriate for upstate New York? What about hospitals? Upstate New York hospitals have their own unique geographic, economic and patient-mix factors; there are 54 ...

Weller motorless? That would be illogical, impractical and selfish

I am a lifelong resident of the Adirondack Park, and I am both a motorboat and paddle enthusiast! I grew up camping in the Middle Saranac Lake and Weller Pond area and have continued to do so for over 40 years now. We’ve camped in this area twice already this summer and have two more trips ...

My friend Cole

The fawn did not startle. She was curled up on a bed of ferns under a canopy of cedars and, even though wary, did not move as I approached. I was new to this parcel of land and sensed there was something wrong and wondered if there was something I should do. So I hiked back up the trail to the ...

Burned into memory

The rampaging wildfires in California that have claimed the lives of at least six people are a reminder of the unpredictability of nature but also the bravery of those on the front lines fighting such blazes. The so-called Carr Fire — one of several raging in California — consumed ...

Why can’t 2% of lake chain be motorless?

Protect the Adirondacks is hosting a Canoe-In for Motorless Waters on Weller Pond on Saturday, Aug. 18. The goal of this effort is to make Weller Pond, Little Weller Pond and the channel that leads to them a motorless area on the Saranac chain of lakes. Today, motorized watercraft have free ...

Report disputes trail booster claims

The great Adirondack rail-trail debate has been raging for years. Trail boosters continue to claim economic prosperity is just around the corner, provided the rails are removed from the Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor and a recreational trail is built in its place. Trail boosters also ...

Compassion by the numbers

For 18 days the world’s attention was focused on the plight of 12 child soccer players and their coach trapped in a maze of water-filled caves in northern Thailand. During that same two-and-a-half week period, approximately 378,000 children died (21,000 a day) in developing ...

Don’t make Weller Pond motorless

In a recent press release covered by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Protect the Adirondacks has called for a flotilla of canoes to attend a protest calling for banning motorboats from Weller Pond and Little Weller Pond. Weller Pond is at the far end of the Saranac chain of lakes, beginning ...

ARTA is trying to mislead you

The rails are quiet, but yet the hatred and deception continue ... In a column from Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates’ Dick Beamish once again touting the usual talking points against the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and the restoration of service on the north end of the rail line, the ...

Every parent’s worst nightmare

The images coming out of McAllen, Texas in June were shocking: Migrant children sitting on the floor in chain link fence enclosures; parents distraught at having their children taken from them; audio of a child sobbing and begging for “Papa.” The nation was appalled at the new policy of ...