Guest Commentary

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 ...

Senate should take time on Kavanaugh

I have been following the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh that he sexually assaulted a classmate during his high school years. In this era of the “Me Too” movement, this allegation raises several questions. It also has several parallels. Many have raised concerns that the “Me ...

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 ...