Guest Commentary

Some good proposals for families

Included in Gov. Cuomo’s 2017 State of the State are two proposals that go in the right direction toward making high-quality early childhood education more affordable for more families. The first proposal would raise the tax benefits that middle-class families receive for payments for ...

For the first time

For the first time I feel anxiety expressing my opinion To certain people. Even those I thought I knew. For the first time … I’m not completely optimistic That my grandchildren will have A better life than mine. … I acknowledge that the welcome sign on the Statue ...

An open letter to those concerned about drugs in the North Country

Concerned neighbors: I grew up in Lewis County and share in the concern about the recent increase in drug-related accidents and deaths that are being reported in the North Country. I am also encouraged to hear of the collaborative efforts of local authorities, community organizers and ...

Boreas Ponds deserves to be classified as wilderness

It was gratifying to see the enormous public turnout for the Adirondack Park Agency’s hearings on the classification of newly acquired Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park. The agency received more than 11,000 comments from the public, including many providing detailed facts and ...

Why I joined the Women’s March on Washington

I am just returned from the Women’s March on D.C., and I would like to share my reasons for going in hope of building ties to those who feel that the march was in any way a repudiation of them and their beliefs. First and foremost, I went because I love my country as much as everyone else. ...

Public hearing is needed

Within the Adirondack Park Agency there is an institutional momentum toward the approval of permit applications. This may be at work in the permit application of the Lake Flower Resort and Spa, and it’s all the more reason for the APA to subject this proposal to a formal public ...

What will replace Obamacare?

On Jan. 13, Elise Stefanik voted with the Republican majority in the House in favor of taking the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. She says she prefers a three-year period before repeal goes into effect, in order to assure that there will be a viable ...

It’s hard to leave public office

As I finish my 41-year political career with the ultimate honor of representing Clinton, Franklin, Essex (114th District) and St. Lawrence counties serving the 115th District, I express my deep gratitude to the thousands of you who have welcomed me, supported me and allowed me to work with so ...

In search of democracy in a small New York town

America’s three-branch government model - Every high school student learns that in America, the powers exercised by federal, state and local officials are to be limited by a system of checks and balances among the branches of government. Here is a passage from a typical high school ...

Win-win partnerships — Propelling students to beat the odds

Last month, a young woman who grew up in a low-income household in rural Kentucky was accepted early decision to Harvard. Katie’s story is compelling. Her father left before she was born, and her mother passed away when she was just a toddler. When her grandmother died from breast cancer, ...

A better idea for Pontiac Bay, Lake Flower and Saranac Lake

In case you missed it, the long-awaited application for the Lake Flower Resort arrived at the Adirondack Park Agency over the holidays, including a plea for a variance to roll back very reasonable shoreline setbacks. The arrival was noticed in the Dec. 23 edition of the Enterprise. And if the ...

Make right decision on resort, APA

There is considerable history and documentation of public dissatisfaction with the proposed project in the village, and with the Adirondack Park Agency. It would be unproductive to restate all of those comments here. However, it should be pointed out that the overwhelming majority of speakers ...

Letter to the APA

Seven years ago, after many years of vacationing in the Adirondacks, my wife and I decided to move to Saranac Lake. I believe that we are part of a movement, of an influx of former Adirondack guests who now call the Adirondacks home. One thing this group shares in common is a view of the ...

Donald Trump

A man of principle

In a recent letter to the editor, Robert Whitehead stated that when Barack Obama was elected president, the political right didn’t attack him as the left is now attacking Donald Trump. Rather, “they simply held their collective breaths” and “waited him out.” Perhaps Mr. Whitehead has ...

Selecting educational priorities

According to the late Leland Bradford, co-founder of the National Training Labs and author of “The Teaching-Learning Transaction,” the following seven areas are some of those which must be examined in developing an effective teaching-learning theory. 1. What the learner brings to the ...

Be on guard against bigotry

Some bigots, racists, misogynists, supremacists and others have taken the recent campaigns and election as license to act on their proclivities to threaten and abuse people who do not meet with their approval. The Southern Poverty Law Center documents a clear spike nationwide in ...

A Vietnam vet’s reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.

“What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?” While this was a 1966 movie starring James Coburn and directed by Blake Edwards, it was a question that was on the minds and lips of the children of the World War II generation. While hopefully most American dads (and moms) could answer that question ...

Continued resistance

I was asked, “Would someone please tell me why liberals cannot stop whining and just suck up that they lost?” I will tell you. We are not whining because we lost. We are whining because the mendacious, narcissistic bully who won is unfit for the role. We’re whining because we fear for ...

The importance of Adirondack wilderness

At the statewide hearings on the classification of the newly purchased Boreas Ponds and thousands of acres of other Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park, the theme of “balance” was popular. Calls for balance were purported to show moderation and a willingness to compromise. The ...

NY convention is nothing but a con

This year, one of the most important legislative issues that will confront Albany legislators will be to approve a ballot proposition slated for Nov. 7 to hold a constitutional convention. On its face, a convention makes sense given the many issues that have stalled in Albany’s black hole ...