Guest Commentary

Operation Gravy Train: A Hollow Victory

I think that many readers might consider “Operation Gravy Train,” the massive law enforcement initiative culminating with the arrest of 106 alleged drug traffickers, to be a great success. It was successful in the sense that it required an impressive degree of managerial ability, ...

Bloomingdale Elementary is wonderful

As the school year comes to an end and our youngest daughter prepares to start middle school in September, we find ourselves looking back over the last six years in awe of the staff at Bloomingdale Elementary School. While our two older children were lucky enough to attend Bloomingdale ...

Just say know

At 4:54 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2016, I was called to our family home in Lake Placid. A family member thought they had heard a dog barking and found my half-brother nonresponsive. When I arrived, two Lake Placid police officers had already been on the scene for a couple of minutes. To my surprise, ...

Robert “Bobby” Reiss III smiles with his mother Eleanor Reiss.
(Photo provided by Robert Reiss)

Parents suffer from addiction

Eleanor and I are writing this letter on the three-month anniversary of the death of our firstborn son Robert R. Reiss lll to express our feelings about our painful journey with drugs and drug addiction in our home. Our intention is to bring awareness to how addiction can begin in your home ...

Additional thoughts on hut-to-hut

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State message in January, indicated that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation “will construct infrastructure at Boreas Ponds in the Adirondacks and build trails as part of the ‘hut-to-hut’ system that links state lands to ...

A portion of Lake Flower is seen in 1921, during the village’s heyday as a health-cure center. Much of the shoreline shown here is now Riverside Park.
(Photo provided by the Saranac Lake Free Library)

Bright future for Saranac Lake

It is easy to get discouraged when our village leaders lead us in the wrong direction, as they have by allowing a grotesquely oversized hotel to take over Lake Flower. But despite their inability to appreciate what makes Saranac Lake unique, they cannot alter an irreversible trend. The ...

With all due respect

Shots fired. Vital flesh and bone shreds and shatters as 8.5 grams of lead blast into and through. Lives are changed; lives are lost. There is no sympathy or malice in a bullet. In light of the recent Arlington shooting, the finger-pointing search for a scapegoat is well underway. ...

Bike paths already exist beside the tracks in some parts of the state-owned railroad corridor. (Photo provided by Larry Roth)

Things you would never know

It’s been another interesting few months in the Tri-Lakes. The Department of Environmental Conservation released its draft plan for the rail trail, loudly proclaiming “That decision has been made.” If you only listen to DEC and Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, there are things ...

A time to reflect

I think I have earned the right to speak to my Republican friends: I have spent more than half my voting life as a registered Republican and once served in local Republican leadership roles. I view myself as a fiscal conservative and a social centrist, a position the old Republican Party ...

This page from the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s Annual Report for 2016 shows the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s financial situation is improving.

Bad spin on the railroad

I’ll try to keep this brief, because even I — as a staunch supporter for the “Save The Rails” movement — am growing weary of the back-and-forth conversation. There are so many times that the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates crowd (both board members and supporters alike) ...

Sick!

Let’s start out with one indisputable fact: The United States has the most expensive health care system in the world. But that’s OK because we get the best care in the world, don’t we? If you believe that “fact,” read on. In 2010, the US spent $2.6 trillion on health care, ...

Suzanne Miller uses signs, with language she describes as respectful, to protest against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.
(Photo provided by Suzanne Miller)

ADE is too easy on Stefanik

I must express my appreciation to you, as the editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, for the very fair assessment of New York 21st Congressional District (NY21stCD) “representative” Elise Stefanik as wanting, as well as your advocacy on behalf of the 700,000-plus residents of the ...

Education debate goes back 100 years

We all have recited the phrase, “History repeats itself.” Ignorance about the past is a likely reason for the truth of this generalization. What’s beginning to emerge in our public schools is evidence to support this contention. Project-based programming has been tried many times, only ...

On police, Trump is all bluster

President Trump recently addressed law enforcement and family members of the fallen at the 36th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol. In this speech he reaffirmed his campaign promises to restore justice and end attacks on police. The President remarked: ...

125 years of the Adirondack Park

Of all the natural wonders about which New Yorkers can boast, the largest and most breathtaking is the Adirondack State Park. This month, we are marking the 125th anniversary of the law that created the park. Let us take a moment to give thanks for this spectacular treasure. The boundary of ...

Bikers ride the 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.
(Photo provided — Richard Smith)

Rail-trails celebrated as ‘vibrant sign of renewal’

Editor Peter Crowley reported recently on a new PBS documentary about rail-to-trail conversions in New York state, including the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail that will connect Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. The documentary portrayed rail trails as popular success stories — as ...

Battle over, sweet release at last

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good. — W.H. Auden My partner, lover, best friend, true love of my life has succumbed to the dementia with ...

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman of Bainbridge (Chenango County) was buried as Lyons Wakeman, the name she used when she disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the 153rd New York Volunteer Infantry, which included soldiers from Essex and Clinton counties, including  three companies from Plattsburgh.

Exposed, or not: Women soldiers in the Civil War, part 2 of 2

From a contemporary perspective, it’s hard to believe women attempting to pass as men were not discovered at the enlistment physical and sent home. But with ever-increasing casualties, by the spring of 1862 (the second year of warfare) the glory and excitement of becoming a soldier and ...

Frances Clayton, at left, wears a long dress typical of the 1860s. At right, she is seen in a Union soldier's uniform as Jack Williams.

Fight like a man

Sept. 17, 1862, was the bloodiest day in American military history as 22,717 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing at the Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) in northern Maryland. While walking the battlefield the next day, Union ...

Remembering St. Joseph’s founder

In February of 1971, Fr. Carmen Giuliano, SA, received the assignment from the Friars of the Atonement of creating St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake, “to serve God by promoting healing and recovery for all persons who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and chemical ...