Guest Commentary

A civics quiz

What do the following events have in common? ¯ The Great Depression that started in 1929 ¯ The disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 ¯ The Vietnam War from 1964 ¯ The Iraqi invasion in 2003 I could add a further hint: roll-back of environmental protections, imposition of ...

Single-payer for upstate hospitals? Depends on the payer

As election season heats up, so are conversations about single-payer health care. Is it appropriate for New York? Is it appropriate for upstate New York? What about hospitals? Upstate New York hospitals have their own unique geographic, economic and patient-mix factors; there are 54 ...

Weller motorless? That would be illogical, impractical and selfish

I am a lifelong resident of the Adirondack Park, and I am both a motorboat and paddle enthusiast! I grew up camping in the Middle Saranac Lake and Weller Pond area and have continued to do so for over 40 years now. We’ve camped in this area twice already this summer and have two more trips ...

My friend Cole

The fawn did not startle. She was curled up on a bed of ferns under a canopy of cedars and, even though wary, did not move as I approached. I was new to this parcel of land and sensed there was something wrong and wondered if there was something I should do. So I hiked back up the trail to the ...

Burned into memory

The rampaging wildfires in California that have claimed the lives of at least six people are a reminder of the unpredictability of nature but also the bravery of those on the front lines fighting such blazes. The so-called Carr Fire — one of several raging in California — consumed ...

Why can’t 2% of lake chain be motorless?

Protect the Adirondacks is hosting a Canoe-In for Motorless Waters on Weller Pond on Saturday, Aug. 18. The goal of this effort is to make Weller Pond, Little Weller Pond and the channel that leads to them a motorless area on the Saranac chain of lakes. Today, motorized watercraft have free ...

Report disputes trail booster claims

The great Adirondack rail-trail debate has been raging for years. Trail boosters continue to claim economic prosperity is just around the corner, provided the rails are removed from the Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor and a recreational trail is built in its place. Trail boosters also ...

Compassion by the numbers

For 18 days the world’s attention was focused on the plight of 12 child soccer players and their coach trapped in a maze of water-filled caves in northern Thailand. During that same two-and-a-half week period, approximately 378,000 children died (21,000 a day) in developing ...

Don’t make Weller Pond motorless

In a recent press release covered by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Protect the Adirondacks has called for a flotilla of canoes to attend a protest calling for banning motorboats from Weller Pond and Little Weller Pond. Weller Pond is at the far end of the Saranac chain of lakes, beginning ...

ARTA is trying to mislead you

The rails are quiet, but yet the hatred and deception continue ... In a column from Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates’ Dick Beamish once again touting the usual talking points against the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and the restoration of service on the north end of the rail line, the ...

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 ...