Guest Commentary

Since Sputnik, U.S. has pursued mass-market education

Current proposals to protect our children from the aggressive behaviors of former and fellow students have stimulated suggestions about making education more child centered. In spite of these positive signs, there is a serious lack of insight into developmental concepts that should guide ...

In defense of our teenagers

As a community member, as a mother and as a teacher, I feel compelled to respond to the Facebook commentary regarding the Adirondack Daily Enterprise article titled “Students plan walkout March 14.” The role a community plays in raising our children cannot be underestimated. I feel ...

Want to be a Knitterondacker?

At age 17, Lynne Ulicki got tired of counting ceiling tiles in her hospital room after being hit by a drunk driver, so she taught herself to knit. She was in a body cast for six months, giving her plenty of time to learn the craft. She’s been knitting ever since and is so skilled at it that ...

Stop the Forest Preserve tax cap

The Cuomo administration has proposed to cap Forest Preserve property tax assessments and change state law from the current system of locally assessed property taxes to a system of payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) with a rate set by the state comptroller. The state is doing this to save ...

Time for sports equality

This letter has been submitted to the Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education. --- I am writing this letter in support of the Saranac Lake Sports Advocacy Group. Having two daughters who played sports in the district from seventh through 12th grade, I feel that I have some ...

Overloaded: Gun violence in America, part 2 of 2

In the days after the Parkland, Florida, gun massacre, the all-too-familiar solution to school violence of arming teachers surfaced. Some proponents of this strategy advocate arming all teachers while President Trump stated that up to 20 percent of instructors should have guns. Alfonso ...

Opening shots: Gun violence in America, part 1 of 2

Examining the history of gun violence in this country, there appears to be a number of key turning points. The first was in 1977 when, according to UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, the National Rifle Association was taken over by hard-line conservatives who opposed any and all forms of gun ...

Capitalizing on natural blessings

Rail trails are catching on all over, and not just in this country. Take, for example, the recent story in the New York Times under the headline: “Success of Irish trail shows that maybe you can eat the scenery.” A long-standing lament by those who live in scenically splendid but ...

Trump, Cuomo, guns and mental health

Ever since Sandy Hook in December 2012, “mental health” has become central to the post-mortem debates about the causes of and solutions to these mass school shootings. Prominent political figures as disparate as President Trump and Gov. Cuomo offer their obligatory notions about how ...

State land PILOTs would undo governor’s Adirondack progress

Dear Governor Cuomo, We write to ask that you amend your proposed state budget and legislative proposals in order to restore existing provisions of Real Property Tax Law sections 532, 534 and 542 that annually authorize the payment of ad valorem taxes to Adirondack and Catskill local ...

What if?

Within the last week, Saranac Lake village officials have reached out to our community seeking ideas to include in an application for a grant to help revitalize our downtown. That caused me to think about what could be and what is needed to keep Saranac Lake, one of the best small communities ...

More roads closed to bicycling

I am writing in response to your editorial “Good deal on Boreas Ponds,” published on Jan. 31. You are satisfied with the classification of the northern portion since a wilderness designation prevents any mountain bike use of the former logging roads surrounding the Boreas Ponds. You ...

Some history on local skiing

In the Adirondacks of New York, John R. Booth of Ottawa brought a pair of skis to Saranac Lake in 1892. The natives, amazed and curious, had several pairs of skis run up by Napoleon Bailey, a carpenter at Branch and Callanan’s mill. Mr. Bailey had come from Wisconsin, where Scandinavian ...

Resist authoritarianism with education

Our founding fathers signed a Declaration of Independence that supposedly shed the yoke of the monarchy and substituted a participative democracy with three interactive branches of management. This management framework rests on a constitution and by-laws designed to ensure that participative ...

Reaching out to prevent suicide

Suicide is a difficult topic. People tend to keep their thoughts about suicide to themselves, which can increase the feeling of being alone in the world. In my experience as a counselor working with children and adults over the past 20 years, I would say that the average person has thought ...

A story untold: the history of American slavery

In 2017 the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, conducted an investigation into how the history of slavery is taught in high schools. The investigation included surveys of more than 1,000 high school seniors, an examination of state standards, American history textbooks and ...

Help kids in their first 1,000 days

Most of the following information was taken from a UNICEF press release (New York, Sept. 21, 2017), which can be found at https://www.unicef.org/media/media_100893.html. According to a recent report published by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United States is behind many other ...

The Olympics of history

Through Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated and winning film “Bridge of Spies,” James B. Donovan’s legacy has been resurrected and introduced to generations of people across the globe as “Stoikiy Muzhik,” also known as “Standing Man” — a man true to principle in the face of ...

TRiO will not prosper under the current PROSPER Act

This month, TRiO Student Support Services at Paul Smith’s College will recognize National TRiO Day by hosting a local food luncheon and community gathering on Friday, Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. upstairs in the library. 2018 also marks the 50-year anniversary of the federally funded ...

The challenge for Saranac Lake’s next generation

Twenty years ago in 1998, volunteers, businesses and community leaders came together and worked tirelessly to make Saranac Lake an All-America City. This prestigious award is bestowed upon 10 U.S. communities each year by the National Civic League and recognizes places “whose citizens work ...