Guest Commentary

False economy

The stock market is not the economy, though they are related. So while the market is going through a period of volatility and correction, the economy remains fairly sound, as evidenced by the near-ideal 4 percent unemployment rate. However, the economy is not a level playing field and never ...

It’s all intoxicating

Yes, I tried smoking marijuana many years ago, which only resulted in a three-day headache and left me pondering: What is all the fuss about, and why would I invite this smoking habit into my life? Cannabis, as we now know, is legal in the country of Canada and many states in the USA. The ...

Bush-era education reforms faded

I listened attentively to the many tributes aired on television concerning the life and accomplishments of the late George H.W. Bush, our 41st president. Not once did I hear any reference to President Bush’s efforts in 1991 to become the “education president.” He was the driving force ...

Post midterms, Biden-Booker ticket looks like a winner in 2020

A few months before the midterms, I came across a survey on Democrats.com in which users were asked to pick their favorite potential candidate for president in 2020. Along with 14.8 percent of the participating online community who took the poll, I voted for Biden. In many ways, Joe Biden ...

APA romances renewable energy

The Adirondack Park Agency is presently considering whether to adopt a formal renewable energy policy. It’s to the APA’s credit that it is interested in our electrical energy options. Our effective use of reliable, low-cost energy is arguably not only the main reason for our current ...

Can we fix plastic pollution?

Since it was first introduced only decades ago, plastic has become an inescapable part of modern life. Every day we use countless plastic bottles, cups, bags, straws, packaging, etc. Yet the very qualities that make plastic useful to humans — its light weight and durability — have made it ...

Kids mature at different rates

Psychiatrist Lawrence Kubie, MD, stated in his analysis of the ills of education, “educators and people generally must first acknowledge that something is amiss before they will begin the search for remedies.” Much remains amiss, such that “the educator who is interested in making ...

Judges must do evictions properly

If you are one of the many tenants in Tupper Lake who has been evicted, and all you received in the mail, from the town or village court, was a small claims form instructing you to report to court, you have been unlawfully evicted from your home and have the right to file a complaint with the ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on Nov. 20 as a day to remember those who were murdered as the result of transphobia in the past year. TDOR serves to bring attention to the continued violence and non-acceptance endured by the transgender community is observed in cities all ...

Greenspan corrupted Smith’s economic model

What a week in the Enterprise! We enjoyed two of those rare back-to-back philosophical columns enlightening us about the decline and fall of civil discourse written by the Rev. Vance Mortensen on Nov. 5 and the economist Alan Beideck on Nov. 6 highlighting some big, BIG problems. Be not ...

Yes, it can be done

In the town of Minerva, Suzanne Crouse and Carol Frazier help to lead the Sleeping Giants Senior Program, which supports community members who are aging in place. This program provides social and emotional connections that also help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. A recent grant ...

Harvest of hate

Certainly not all Trump supporters are anti-Semitic, although I have little doubt that most anti-Semites are rabid Trump enthusiasts. Trump did not create anti-Semitism in this country; it has existed since the days of colonial America. Rather, he has uncovered the long-simmering coals of ...

Protect veterans’ access to SNAP

Veterans Day reminds us of our duty to support Americans who have served our nation in uniform. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices they’ve made and to re-examine the ways we can help them when they return home and re-enter civilian life. As we support them, we can certainly ...

Is it immoral to watch the NFL?

There are few memories more vivid from my childhood than watching “Monday Night Football.” Reared as a Baptist by my parents and brought to church nearly every Sunday at 10 a.m. for nearly half my life, Monday night was my real religious service of the week. If my Miami Dolphins happened ...

Can small New York towns pass the rule-of-law test?

Of the 934 towns in New York state, 562 serve a population under 4,000. Of these, 332 towns have a population under 2,000 — and more than 100 towns have a population under 1,000. Officials in these small New York towns, including my hometown, the town of Colden, may do a good job providing ...

Pittsburgh, Kroger, pipe bombs and Trump

Grief and outrage are prompting this op-ed. Eleven Jews have been murdered in an outburst of anti-Semitic hatred in a Pittsburgh synagogue; 14 pipe bombs were sent to prominent Democrats across the country only three days earlier; and sandwiched in between, an elderly black man and woman were ...

100 years ago on Nov. 11: A day of reflection and remembrance

They are all gone now, having joined the long line of American heroes that continually march down the road to obscurity. They were once giants who marched down Broadway and Main streets to ticker-tape parades and the cheers of a jubilant nation. Their names were known if not famous, names like ...

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 ...