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125 years of the Adirondack Park

Of all the natural wonders about which New Yorkers can boast, the largest and most breathtaking is the Adirondack State Park. This month, we are marking the 125th anniversary of the law that created the park. Let us take a moment to give thanks for this spectacular treasure. The boundary of ...

Bikers ride the 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.
(Photo provided — Richard Smith)

Rail trails celebrated as ‘vibrant sign of renewal’

Editor Peter Crowley reported recently on a new PBS documentary about rail-to-trail conversions in New York state, including the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail that will connect Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. The documentary portrayed rail trails as popular success stories — as ...

Battle over, sweet release at last

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good. — W.H. Auden My partner, lover, best friend, true love of my life has succumbed to the dementia with ...

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman of Bainbridge (Chenango County) was buried as Lyons Wakeman, the name she used when she disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the 153rd New York Volunteer Infantry, which included soldiers from Essex and Clinton counties, including  three companies from Plattsburgh.

Exposed, or not: Women soldiers in the Civil War, part 2 of 2

From a contemporary perspective, it’s hard to believe women attempting to pass as men were not discovered at the enlistment physical and sent home. But with ever-increasing casualties, by the spring of 1862 (the second year of warfare) the glory and excitement of becoming a soldier and ...

Frances Clayton, at left, wears a long dress typical of the 1860s. At right, she is seen in a Union soldier's uniform as Jack Williams.

Fight like a man

Sept. 17, 1862, was the bloodiest day in American military history as 22,717 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing at the Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) in northern Maryland. While walking the battlefield the next day, Union ...

Remembering St. Joseph’s founder

In February of 1971, Fr. Carmen Giuliano, SA, received the assignment from the Friars of the Atonement of creating St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake, “to serve God by promoting healing and recovery for all persons who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and chemical ...

Underwater ‘land’ scheme is legally questionable

The latest sorry chapter in the saga of the proposed Lake Flower Resort hotel is now unfolding at considerable speed, with little discussion. The village board now plans to “amend” the Lake Flower Planned Unit Development District it created two years ago to allow this otherwise disruptive ...

Reporting was unfair on Medical Aid in Dying Act

A news article was printed in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on May 10 entitled “Assisted-suicide bill back before New York lawmakers.” The writer began by saying “several supporters gathered” for the Lobby Day press conference at the New York State Capitol on May 9. The Medical Aid ...

(Image provided by John Lanahan)

Comments on the trail plan

First, the process by which comments have been collected on this ongoing issue has been less than satisfactory. There are several questions that myself and my neighbors in Lake Clear have asked and never gotten answers for over the years that this process has dragged on for. The stakeholders ...

Bad education worsens government

Have you ever wondered when or how individuals become political group thinkers? Regardless of affiliation, politicians seldom muster the courage to make independent decisions based on verifiable facts, if those facts run contrary to the party line. An example occurred with the vote on the ...

LP school spending is out of hand

The Lake Placid Central School district’s upcoming referendum for a buildings and grounds capital project needs to be pared back if not eliminated completely. This project has few details and large expenditures, with little to no return for students or taxpayers. It’s more a vehicle to ...

Saranac Lake, the little village that does

What brings a town together is its people, their passion, stories and unique talents. Saranac Lake is going through a renaissance that is subtle but dramatic at the same time. We (those who call the village “home”) are taking part in an evolution that will, I believe, result in a ...

Repeal and replace Obamacare, 2.0

A while back, comedian Groucho Marx had a line that always got a laugh: “I wouldn’t want to join any organization that would accept me as a member.” It was funny because the circular reasoning was so illogical. There is a similar kind of illogical, circular reasoning going on in the ...

Fiesta theme could get out of hand

To the Editorial Board: Regarding your editorial about this year’s Winter Carnival theme, I would like to clarify that the majority of people who oppose the fiesta theme have nothing but sincere gratitude for all the hard work undertaken by the Winter Carnival Committee. The Winter ...

How NY cops prey on private property

Public funding of law enforcement agencies and the courts is meant to promote a fair and publicly accountable justice system. Yet more than 100 law enforcement agencies in New York state are undermining public trust as they rake in big bucks from the seizure and forfeiture of private property. ...

In defense of defense attorneys

As a criminal defense attorney, I sometimes have to defend the role I play in representing people accused of heinous crimes. Rapists, murderers and thieves — why defend these alleged miscreants? Why not just lock them up in prison and throw away the key? Or summarily execute them without a ...

Sprinkling a sex-changing chemical on our food?

As students at Paul Smith’s College in the environmental science program, we are inundated with environmental problems and case studies day after day. Rarely ever is one of them a success story in which the environmental aspects triumph and all is right in the end. This day-to-day battery of ...

Much more to the story of Paul Smith’s Alumni Board

On April 28, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise’s staff writer Ben Gocker wrote an article titled “Alumni board infighting at Paul Smith’s College.” There were several points in this article that are misleading and not factual. Mr. Heller states in the article, “For decades, the ...

After a busy decade, Green Circle passes baton to younger generation

Ten years ago this month, I read a book that changed my life. It was Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.” The book was about her family’s decision to grow all their own food or only eat food from farmers they knew for one year. That food journey was tranformational for ...

Where’s Stefanik on revived AHCA?

I suspect I am not alone in my wholehearted agreement with your editorial of March 31, titled “In a tight spot, Stefanik struggles” and Ann Mullen’s March 31 column titled “Stefanik’s woeful lack of clarity.” Both pieces described, exactly, the frustration I’ve felt as one of her ...