Guest Commentary

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 ...

Core ideas for change

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed for collective defense against adversaries. In the midst of the current attacks on NATO, little is known about the full scope of its activities. Recognizing the importance of education in maintaining preparedness, NATO took upon itself in 1990 ...

Stefanik and company don’t know what they’re talking about

Tedra Cobb had no time to savor her resounding victory in the Democratic primary before she was attacked by the Stefanik campaign as “the out-of-touch, liberal, hyper-partisan, tax-and-spend candidate.” Next thing you know, there were attack ads calling her “Taxin’ Tedra,” alleging ...

Mayor took bad tone against ADE

I would like to express my appreciation to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and its editorial board for doing what the free press SHOULD do — working hard to bring answers to light on behalf of the community, to paraphrase from your most recent editorial regarding the Lake Flower Resort and ...

Are states winning marijuana tug-of-war?

It might appear that sooner or later states legalizing the use of marijuana, contrary to federal law, will be crushed in federal courts. After all, federal laws, according to Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, are the supreme laws of the land and pre-empt state laws. But wait. States, not ...

A good partner

A little over 20 years ago, after much collaboration, a plan was developed for the railroad in the Tri-Lakes. It was agreed that the railroad would be the centerpiece of a multi-use corridor, snowmobiling would be permitted, and trails would be built next to or nearby the track. It would have ...

Coalition of NY21 progressives call on officials to act to reunite families

The Coalition of NY21 Progressives, representing progressive and action-oriented organizations throughout the 12 counties of New York’s North Country, is joined in this statement by elected officials and leaders from many of our communities to express outrage at the human rights violations ...

Adirondack Rail Trail for all

I read with interest your June 28 story headlined “Railroad unveils rail bike design.” As the Adirondack Park Agency once again ponders the fate of the Tri-Lakes rail corridor, the return of a temporary, for-profit rail-bike business is being considered for the stretch of track between ...

Editorial was whiny and bizarre

The Lake Flower Resort and Spa is a go. Most people are happy about that, supportive in the beginning and excited for its opening a year-and-a-half from now. Some people who were negative about it before will move ahead with a cautious hope that the resort will be a plus for our village. Still ...

Now is the time to bring Major League Baseball to San Juan

It is time to finally bring Major League Baseball to San Juan. For decades the idea has been lobbed around but rarely given a fair chance. For various reasons, the vast majority of people in the baseball world do not believe that this idea can happen. Economists and international relations ...

Women of 1776: Undaunted and unsung

The contributions of five Revolutionary War era women appear below. These accounts could be expanded a hundred-fold and would represent but a fraction of the women — young and old — who helped win independence for the American colonies. - Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) Known as the ...

Women of 1776: Giving birth to a nation

Think of the Revolutionary War, and the phrase “Founding Fathers” quickly comes to mind along with a group of now bigger-than-life individuals starting with George Washington. With few exceptions, the cast of acknowledged American Revolution luminaries is all male. This is hardly ...

These are my mountains

Recent editorials and letters in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise have suggested I stay off hiking trails, start fishing and canoeing, don’t mountain bike and stop riding my road bike, and to even stop using my hiking poles. I’m not buying it. I moved here 18 years ago from the ...

Compromise, but keep principles

Recent discussion on the “PBS News Hour” focused on concern that our democratic processes require compromise and how that seems to have been replaced with open conflict between political parties. Upon hearing this, I turned to the dictionary to determine the official definitions of ...

Cruelty is not a policy

Our country is engaged in an uncivil war. We make cultural or political skirmishes into front-page news, where tweets rule and common sense is nowhere to be found. It has gone too far — we need to move way up the scale to where each of us examines his or her conscience while asking what is ...

A $10 million wish list?

This is in reply to the May 22 article titled “$10 million wish list.” As a business owner, here are my thoughts. We’re going after grant money to revitalize our village and particularly the business district. But has anyone bothered to ask themselves how we got this way in the first ...

Have to speak my piece

I’ve resisted writing for a long time because I was not certain that when I started, I would be able to stop. This was not a small concern as there are so many issues that need to be addressed; also I have no desire to alienate any one but to encourage them to open their minds and to be ...

Some places bikers shouldn’t ride

I was pleased to hear the Burlington police chief was beginning the recovery from his injuries sustained on Route 73 while biking. Unfortunately, this situation is likely to be all the more frequent as people mix playing on their bikes and steep downhill runs, and imperfect roads and heavy ...

Separating families is inhuman

In 2015 I went to Auschwitz. I did not look forward to going. I don’t think anyone would, but as a Jewish kid growing up in and around New York City in the 1970s and ’80s, I learned so much about the Holocaust that I had wanted to stop up my ears. It happened so long ago, I remember ...

Fascism arrives in America

First he ridiculed the disabled, and I did not stop him — because I was not disabled. Then he ridiculed the journalists, and I did not stop him — because I was not a journalist. And now he is kidnapping young immigrant children from their parents, and I did not stop him — because I ...