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Different stripe, same skunk — the radical right

What we now call “radical right” groups and political parties have existed for at least 160 years. Founded in the 1850s, the American Party (members were called Know Nothings because they refused to answer specific questions about their politics) was comprised of working and middle-class, ...

Trump’s true believers

In his classic 1951 book on mass movements, “The True Believer,” Eric Hoffer states that all such movements — be they religious, social or political — have numerous common features: “They all breed fanaticism, enthusiasm, fervent hope and hatred.” Although the movement that put ...

Enduring legacy of a punitive peace

The current controversy over the removal of statues of Confederate leaders in Southern cities highlights once again the ongoing legacy of the punitive peace that the victorious North imposed on the Southern Confederacy during Reconstruction. Winston Churchill, the great British statesman, ...

Schools must teach more history, civics

While searching for important documents that might shed some light on the lessons of history (to be included on the website dataforamericaspastthroughlocalhistory.com), the following quote, selected from among many created during the formation of our country, seems to be particularly relevant ...

Regis-Applejack: more than a camp

I am writing in reaction to the ongoing conversation that intern Dana Hatton and Managing Editor Peter Crowley have entertained at the expense of one of our area’s richest commodities: a family-owned small business that has been passed down over decades and educated, entertained and employed ...

Changing our perceptions

Last Sunday, many Christians heard the story of Joseph’s brothers turning against him and selling him into slavery. This Sunday, congregations heard how the brothers discover that Joseph will save them and their families from starvation. Joseph’s brothers were challenged to encounter a ...

Trying to get the American train back on track

During the recent civil unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, I noticed one hand-held sign that read, “There is no room in this country for hate.” Commendable, yes, but I’m afraid it’s a little too late now; that train left the station long ago. And I believe, as reasonable people, it ...

Trump walks slowly to condemning white supremacists

WASHINGTON — It took President Donald Trump two days to do what both Republicans and Democrats said should have come fast and easy. In his carefully worded statement Monday, Trump condemned members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "repugnant." He vowed that his ...

Response to Lake Placid critique

Mr. Brian Barrett’s Guest Commentary of July 27 may have outlined some valid points for future discussion concerning the event itself. The reason for my note is to address the second and more important matter that Mr. Barrett links to as he pivoted in his commentary to the lack of affordable ...

Grateful for Lake Placid ER

On the night of June 7, our entire world as we know it changed. My husband Brian Bishop was in Saranac Lake to mow his parents’ lawn when he started to experience horrific pain throughout his body. After a very difficult ride home to Lake Placid, he met me in our driveway, and I remarked ...

Monuments to a myth

On May 20, the city of New Orleans took down a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the last of four monuments of prominent Confederates removed in that city. Critics of this action were outraged, many arguing these statues had a significant teaching component. That is, they ...

Ironman Lake Placid triathlete Lynn Byrne of Credco, Pennsylvania, is greeted after she crosses the finish line Sunday, just before the midnight cutoff.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Ironman is a privilege and a responsibility

When Lake Placid resident Brian Barrett wrote a well-reasoned Guest Commentary in this paper about your local Ironman, I thought I might be able to add some color. I’ve earned my living from triathlon for 30 years, and I raced the first Hawaiian Ironman held in Kona, Hawaii, so I’ve ...

An Ironman triathlete bikes down Main Street, Lake Placid during Sunday’s race, followed by a state 
trooper on a motorcycle helping maintain safety. Several roads are closed for the annual triathlon.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Move Ironman to Saranac Lake

“Ironman is a statement of excellence, passion, commitment. It is a test of physical toughness and mental strength. Ironman is about persevering, enduring and being a part of something larger than ourselves. It shows the heights that can be achieved when we push beyond our boundaries and go ...

The language of a professional educator

Educators refer to themselves as professionals. However, the language of educators is very much the common language of the general public. Given that everybody has gone to school, everybody has become an expert; what is or is not effective education is described using everyday language from a ...

From left, Denise Sheaks Burke and her children Garrett (behind), Austin and Taylor pose on Baker Mountain in Saranac Lake.
(Photo provided by Denise Sheaks Burke)

Pre-chemo retreat to Adirondacks

One month ago, my life turned upside down when I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called synovial sarcoma. Suddenly and without warning, I was launched into a world filled with doctor appointments, specialists and panic. My tumor was in my right foot, and it was removed improperly by a ...

A parable for our time

Once there was a large apartment complex where a thousand people lived. They led independent lives: Some were working, some raised families, some went to school, and some had retired. It was a diverse community with people of different races and ethnicities, wealthy people and poorer people, ...

KOA kept directing campers to Flume after swimmer died there

I stayed at the KOA campground in Wilmington on July 7 and 8. On its campground map, it shows trail access to the AuSable River and the Flume. The trail branches off the campground near the river. I and my family walked this trail on July 8 and saw that the river was high. We thought this ...

A facelift for the Ken Wilson Field

As we often do, one day last fall my Dad and I strolled up to the Ken Wilson Field to catch some Saranac Lake football action. Ken Wilson was a successful football coach in the late 1920s. There is something wonderfully nostalgic that my father played on that field, as did my brother and ...

Whom do we think we’re kidding?

The next time someone tells you that America can’t provide affordable quality health care for all citizens because it is too expensive — “The nation can’t afford it,” or “Taxes are already too high” — point out the following: First, American health care is exceedingly more ...

Erica Burns stands in front of her SUP Lake Placid store on Main Street, holding 10-month-old Mitchell and 3-year-old Evalyn.
(Photo provided — Lisa duBusc Miller)

Making the most of Mirror Lake

Some might argue that the best view in Lake Placid is from the middle of Mirror Lake, right in the center of town. To get to that view, there are options, but we found a particularly great one that works in summer and in winter. Born out of the desire to be with their four children, ...