Guest Commentary

Vote no on Ryan health plan, Rep. Stefanik

Our fine congresswoman should vote NO on the House bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Stefanik is a smart and rising star in the Republican Party, and I am hoping she is smart enough to see that the currently proposed bill, as advocated by Speaker Ryan, is a dog, ...

Start dialogue by first dropping labels

The whole country, including our town and even our families, seems to be troubled by deep political divides. I note that my family and friends mostly inhabit the same circle, which insulates us from outside opinions; or else we have mutually decided to avoid all discussions which approach the ...

Making the snow stick

As a native of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York — a place known for its skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports — I’m just one of many who live for all things winter, as an avid nordic skier, ice skater and snowshoer. Over the past few years, I’ve seen firsthand the ...

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You have to fight for facts

If you can’t trust the government and you won’t trust the media, where can you turn to for accurate information? The answer is public records. If you want to find out whether you’re paying too much for school teachers, don’t take the word of teachers unions or the school board. ...

What’s our role in athlete’s arrest?

“What a mess!” Is the response I’ve heard from many in regards to the recent allegations against a visiting athlete. I can’t help but think we, as a community and as a larger society, share in the responsibility of creating this mess. Innocence, guilt and finer details aside, how could ...

Work together for the good of all

After the November national election, there was a stunned portion of American voters. Traditional “blue” states did not vote as expected. This shock quickly mutated into anger. But should those surprised have anticipated the perceived political upset? And if so, at what point? The Trump ...

Beyond bias

On Feb. 24, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise ran an extensive editorial entitled “Dialogue builds understanding and trust” in response to concerns about perceived liberal/Democrat bias on the part of our local paper. That editorial detailed the extraordinary (and, I think, commendable) ...

Coal-fired power plants and the EPA affect the Northeast

The United States produces nearly one-fifth of the world’s coal-fired electricity and ranks second in gigawatt-hours produced from coal power. The developing nations of China and India are first and third, respectively. According to a 2014 Environment America report, the six dirtiest ...

Climate change is a national security issue

The scale of the threats to our national and global security that climate change is creating is staggering. These are well known to America’s military and security experts. Yet the voices of these persons are not being adequately heard and acted on in Washington, even as these dangers to our ...

Donald Trump makes his acceptance speech in New York following his victory to become he 45th president of the United States on Nov. 2016. (Photo — Paco Anselmi/PA Wire via Associated Press)

Trumping the truth

Military personnel, police officers and firefighters routinely risk their lives in the line of duty. Consider the many brave individuals who were beaten (and some killed) during the Civil Rights Movement as well as foreign aid workers (Doctors Without Borders, for example) disaster relief ...

Travel ban to keep terrorists out?

Last month, the Trump administration issued a ban on visitors from several countries. The ban was controversial and ran into judicial resistance. It is being redrafted and is expected to be reissued shortly. According to the headlines on Huffington Post: “Miller admits: New Ban Will Be ...

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signs the bill creating the Adirondack Park Agency in 1971, with members of his Adirondack study commission looking on. Next to him is Harold K. Hochschild, commission chairman and founder of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.
(Photo provided by the Lake George Mirror)

APA retreat causes concern

Picture two sets of opposing cheerleaders, one representing the Adirondack Park Agency and vocalizing as follows: “Two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to regulate!” The other cheerleaders, who represent environmental interests, respond in kind: “Eight, six, four, two, that’s what ...

Green Tea Party to celebrate TRiO Day

A few years ago, my good friend Alex suggested the formation of a new Green Tea Party, his main thesis being that if we are to restore unity in the country, it will require finding common ground between enviro-progressives (Greens) and neo-conservatives (Tea Party). Solidarity between ...

Gold walls

The weekend before last, after President Trump announced his travel ban, my family and I went to a local musical event where the MC announced, satirically, “Only American songs today, folks.” I appreciated his efforts to remind us all that we are free to sing what we like in the U.S. of A. ...

Republican alternatives to Obamacare, etc.

Assuming Trump and the Republican Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act, the media pundits and my neighbors are asking what will replace it. Trump recently acknowledged the difficulties of speedily replacing a program that has become interwoven into our health care system. In a recent ...

Dismembering Obamacare and its consequences

Whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, this article is for you. Jan. 31 was the last day of the 2016-17 enrollment period for Obamacare. Despite Trump’s executive order on his inauguration day, Jan. 20, declaring his intent to end Obamacare and the Congress’s passage a week earlier of a ...

A test on your own backyard

The Environmental Relationships Test was developed by this author in the late 1950s and early ’60s to measure what individuals know about their own backyard and how skilled they are in graphically illustrating what they know. The process is standardized but unlike most standardized tests its ...

Two realities in a nation divided

I lived in Yugoslavia — in the eastern part of Croatia, near the Serbian border — from 1989 to 1991. At the time, there were two realities. Croatian radio broadcast one reality, and Serbian radio broadcast a totally different reality. I’m beginning to see the same thing in these Divided ...

A lesson to learn

The FBI and the CIA have stated that Russia intervened (“computer hacking”) in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of putting Donald Trump in the White House. This shouldn’t surprise anybody. One country meddling in the political process of another is all but routine, as ...

Against centrism (in this case)

A column by Froma Harrop in last week’s Enterprise argued that Democrats should avoid adding to “the growing pile of litter being thrown onto our political norms” and give Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, a “fair and civil hearing.” Like so many of ...