Guest Commentary

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on Nov. 20. It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people). We also remember those who died as a result of suicide. This ...

Implications of tax reform on charities

Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which proposes sweeping tax reform, including several measures that directly affect the nonprofit sector. As the region’s community foundation, Adirondack Foundation works daily to fight for policies that ...

A train station without a train?

In his Enterprise Guest Commentary of Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, Carl Knoch argues that the best way to ensure the future of Saranac Lake’s Union Depot is to replace the railroad with a recreational trail. To bolster this argument, he provides two photographs. One is captioned, “The train ...

On land issues, Cuomo is like Trump

When it comes to public land issues in New York’s grand Adirondack Park, it strikes me that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has more in common with President Donald Trump than he probably realizes. This is ironic because it is clear our governor is anticipating a 2020 presidential bid, building a ...

Early hospice care helps

High Peaks Hospice, begun by Dr. Dave and Ann Merkel, has provided end of life care in the Tri-Lakes for over 35 years. Yes, hospice is about dying — that scary, not-to-be thought of but inevitable event. Facing our death or the death of a loved one is generally the most difficult challenge ...

Coroner unfairly blamed re: kratom

There has been much interest and many articles recently over the use of kratom and its role in the demise of Sgt. Dana of Tupper Lake. There has been much criticism and vitriol directed primarily at Tupper Lake Coroner Shawn Stuart. This letter is to take the heat off Tupper Lake Coroner ...

Rail trails foster historic preservation

A recent statement by Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of New York State, merits a response. Mr. DiLorenzo claimed that converting the 34 miles of rail line connecting the Tri-Lakes into an incomparable recreational trail and tourist destination would somehow “threaten ...

New JFK documents don’t matter; real question is why he was killed

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” — John F. Kennedy Systems of power killed John F. Kennedy. In other words, the idea that JFK needed to die in order to protect ...

Constitutional convention confusion

In a few weeks, New Yorkers will be asked to vote on whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. I find it very curious that with the election so close, many voters still have no idea whether they should be in favor or opposed to this proposal — and that includes people who are ...

Federal proposal rubs SALT in wound as NY subsidizes other states

Recent statements by federal officials, including Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and House Speaker Ryan, have advocated elimination of the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) by claiming that so-called “high-tax” states like New York, New Jersey and California are being ...

Harrietstown incumbents are doing a good job

Once again it is the “trick or treat” season of political discourse. It is sad that the state of politics is such that no discourse exists at all. I have, unfortunately, seen the process devolve into “us vs. them,” and regardless of starting position, whether left or right, no movement ...

Constitutional convention offers best hope for New York democracy

On Nov. 7, for the first time in 20 years, New Yorkers have the opportunity to break free from the gridlock of Albany and bring about meaningful reforms to state government that have stalled for years under the governor and the state Legislature. This year’s election brings with it the ...

On the wrong side of the law, the facts and history

That headline is a capsule description of Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and the state following Justice Main’s ruling on the rail trail plan. Let’s start with two items: the corridor classification and the title issue. ARTA claims these are minor and easily fixed. They’re wrong ...

Is ARTA pro-trail or just anti-rail?

As of this writing, it hasn’t even been two full weeks since Judge Main handed down his ruling against the New York state’s “Alternative 7” plan concerning the railroad corridor. I’m seriously wondering if anyone thought that Adirondack Recrerational Trail Advocates would go quietly ...

The cows, pigs and chickens in the room

First came Harvey, with as much as $180 billion in damage to the Houston area. Then came Irma at $100 billion in damages to Florida. Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, and Nate finished off Dominica. And the hurricane season isn’t over. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that global warming ...

Why citizens matter

Given Albany’s reputation for corruption and incompetence, angry citizens in a healthy, self-rule democracy would jump at the chance to outflank their inept state legislators. On Nov. 7, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to do just that — if they approve the creation of a ...

‘Our Wonderful Universe’ and more at the library

There’s something wonderful happening in the Cantwell Room of Saranac Lake’s library over several Tuesday nights (at 7 p.m.). It’s the continuing series, the Enlightenment Lectures, sponsored by Joe Dockery of Dockery Chiropractic. Joe is a curious guy who loves to learn and is known for ...

Questioning judge’s rail-trail ruling

On Sept. 26, Judge Robert G. Main Jr. overruled the entire 2016 unit management plan that would have allowed the construction of a multi-use recreation trail on a 34-mile segment of the Remsen-Lake Placid railroad right of way. In doing so, the judge stopped construction of both the recreation ...

Flag is for unity — stand for it

On Facebook, I like to post photos of landscapes I fly my drone over, and that’s about it. In fact, I normally disagree with expressing any sort of political sentiments or personal opinion using social media for a medium as a rule of thumb. However, I’ll stray from that today. [Editor’s ...

The flag, the national anthem, patriotism and Trump

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t possibly say or do anything more politically divisive than he’s already said and done — he does. He blasted NFL players who supported former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Slipping into his arrogant, scolding, reality TV ...