Guest Commentary

Fixing the deficit, billions at a time

On April 12, 233 members of the House of Representatives, including Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, passed a Balanced Budget Amendment. This bit of political grandstanding will go no further than this vote and will do nothing to even slightly reduce the projected $1 trillion deficit. In my view, ...

The Watertown Daily Times on winter weather, April 18

Despite the fact that spring is nearly a month old, the winter weather has refused to give up the ghost for the year. One upstate municipality has taken action — sort of! The Depew Police Department announced that winter has run afoul of the law. On April 6, police representatives posted ...

Resist shooting paranoia

The story from reporter Michael Goot now up on our website about South Glens Falls school officials who want guards stationed in the school on Election Day exhibits the futility of using armed officers to protect people from disturbed shooters. Simply, we have too many people gathering in ...

Great opportunity for student leaders

A letter to Lake Placid area high school student leaders: Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world? April 30 is the deadline for local high school student leaders to apply to attend a free weekend leadership development retreat at St. ...

‘Thank you for your service’

“Thank You for Your Service” is the title of a recently released movie chronicling the lives of young American soldiers returning home from the battlefields of Iraq, only to find that they are unable to escape from those traumatic experiences. While it is fitting to thank any veteran for ...

Lewis County ATV system facing muddy trail

A report in Friday’s Times on problems with last year’s SNIRT Run has lifted the veil on an event that has grown, over time, to a size that local officials have very little ability to keep under control. The SNIRT Run opens Lewis County’s all-terrain-vehicle trail system to a full ...

Is gun control the answer?

I have read Prof. George Bryjak’s Guest Commentaries, sometimes with total dismay. I have never had the opportunity to mold young minds in the classroom, but I have a very good understanding of the Constitution of the United States and the fact that Americans are surrendering many of their ...

It’s so simple — rush the shooter

The reaction of some conservatives to students activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after the latest gun massacre was sadly predictable. Some students received obscene letters and death threats. South Carolina governor Henry McMaster bashed students who ...

Medical Aid in Dying Act updated

This legislation would allow a terminally ill, mentally capable adult to request life-ending medication from a doctor that the person can take at a time of his or her choosing, or never, should suffering become unbearable, so long as she or he can self-administer it. The Medical Aid in Dying ...

Transgender Day of Visibility

Today, Transgender Day of Visibility, is a day dedicated to the transgender community to celebrate the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done in order to save the lives of people in ...

Learning literacy: How to be informed in the age of fake news

In the age of “fake news,” Russian information warfare and heightened forms of propaganda with the popularization of the internet, there is larger spread of misinformation than ever before. A lie is told and can be heard around the world in minutes. If you would have told this to a ...

Youth incarceration comes to the North Country

New York state is spending over $50 million to repurpose two prisons in the North Country so they can incarcerate just over 250 teenagers in these specially designed ‘youth’ prisons. The recent passage of the state’s law to raise the age of criminal responsibility for some teenagers ...

Superstorm Opioids

Addiction is a disease not just of individuals, but of families and communities as well. National studies about addiction have shown that for each addicted person, seven other individuals are affected – family members, employers, health care professionals, law enforcement personnel, those in ...

U.S. at risk of being ruled by thieves

Recently I have been listening to the candidates for Congress in the Democratic primary and have met a couple of them. Nice people. I’m a 72-year-old retired pastor, having served congregations for 45 years. I like nice people and try to be one. Our most recent candidate event, however, was ...

Since Sputnik, U.S. has pursued mass-market education

Current proposals to protect our children from the aggressive behaviors of former and fellow students have stimulated suggestions about making education more child centered. In spite of these positive signs, there is a serious lack of insight into developmental concepts that should guide ...

In defense of our teenagers

As a community member, as a mother and as a teacher, I feel compelled to respond to the Facebook commentary regarding the Adirondack Daily Enterprise article titled “Students plan walkout March 14.” The role a community plays in raising our children cannot be underestimated. I feel ...

Want to be a Knitterondacker?

At age 17, Lynne Ulicki got tired of counting ceiling tiles in her hospital room after being hit by a drunk driver, so she taught herself to knit. She was in a body cast for six months, giving her plenty of time to learn the craft. She’s been knitting ever since and is so skilled at it that ...

Stop the Forest Preserve tax cap

The Cuomo administration has proposed to cap Forest Preserve property tax assessments and change state law from the current system of locally assessed property taxes to a system of payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) with a rate set by the state comptroller. The state is doing this to save ...

Time for sports equality

This letter has been submitted to the Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education. --- I am writing this letter in support of the Saranac Lake Sports Advocacy Group. Having two daughters who played sports in the district from seventh through 12th grade, I feel that I have some ...

Overloaded: Gun violence in America, part 2 of 2

In the days after the Parkland, Florida, gun massacre, the all-too-familiar solution to school violence of arming teachers surfaced. Some proponents of this strategy advocate arming all teachers while President Trump stated that up to 20 percent of instructors should have guns. Alfonso ...