Opinion

Stefanik’s vote will hurt school students

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am a member of the Plattsburgh City School Board of Education, and I want every parent to know that the Republican health care bill will result in huge decreases in funding for essential services for special education children in our public schools. We can’t ask the local ...

Whining president

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Hey America, guess what? Our so-called president is whining because he can’t get his way. He’s saying that being president is so hard and that he should have not given up his old job. Well, do that then, Trumpelstiltskin. Quit your job as president, and go back to ...

Samaritan House thank-you

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to take a moment and thank all the people and different businesses who donated their goods and made the Samaritan House open house a resounding success this past Saturday. Well over 70 people showed up, with most of them being the volunteers who donated their ...

Prom night shouldn’t involve alcohol

Editorials

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. But more than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility that some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled ...

LP school spending is out of hand

Columns

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

Columns

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 ...

St. Joe’s fired problem nurse

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As has been reported in the media, a serious incident of violation of ethical boundaries occurred at St. Joseph’s last February, when a nurse entrusted with the care of St. Joseph’s Inpatient Rehabilitation residents severely broke that relationship of trust to provide ...

Impaired driving crashes on state roadways

Columns

Last week’s article discussed Utah’s introduction of legislation, which, if passed, would lower the legal BAC limit for DWI from 0.08 to 0.05 in that state. This article explores a bit further into impaired driving and the profile of an impaired driver from the results of a study on ...

Repeal and replace Obamacare, 2.0

Columns

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 ...

Bear gives birth in hibernation

Columns

The great local history stories come mostly from the pages of old copies of the Enterprise. Even shallow digs into history; local, national or world, one soon finds how much of it is not accurate. I love this quote I ran across in the forward of a book by Colum McCann: “No history is mute. ...

Celebrate trees at Arbor Day event

Editorials

Yes, even here in the middle of the Adirondack Park — with millions of trees on state and private lands — trees are important to celebrate, and plant. That’s why the Lake Placid/North Elba Tree Board was established in 2000 and why the North Elba town board in 2008 passed a resolution ...

Fiesta theme could get out of hand

Columns

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 ...

Pet peeves

Columns

The Adirondack Association of Lists and Labels recently divided pet owners into three groups. The first is CAO (Casual Animal Owners). “Casual” is an euphemism – “Careless” might be more appropriate. These are the people who like to have animals; they just don’t like to take ...

How NY cops prey on private property

Columns

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. ...

Stage Rats work the fringes of local theater scene

Columns

SARANAC LAKE — After Wednesday’s column about Adirondack Shakespeare Company, today I’m writing about an even newer theater troupe, which opens its second show tonight at BluSeed Studios. As a layman, it had seemed to me that there’s already a lot of community theater around here: ...

Screen Free Week

Columns

I feel sometimes that my family is in a constant battle over media. My husband and I feel our children are on the iPhone, computers, TVs too much. (I’m sure I’ve forgotten some device that I’m nagging them to put away.) My children feel we need to practice what we preach. I’m as ...

In defense of defense attorneys

Columns

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?

Columns

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 ...