Opinion

Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

Columns

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation’s long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his ...

Crowds watching had tears in their eyes

Columns

It is amazing how vivid the scenes and events still are today, even 50 years after covering the fire that burned down St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake. People in the crowds, both men and women, who had gathered near the fire had tears running down their cheeks ... recalling family ...

Hobo wandered in for Hobofest, stays a while

Columns

SARANAC LAKE — Rob Frost is his name. They call him “Hobo Rob” at the Rusty Nail’s Tuesday night open mics. He calls himself “Rob the Hobo Rock Star.” In recent months he’s been wandering around town playing an out-of-tune acoustic guitar, wearing colorful outfits that are ...

Kissmas III appreciation

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The members of local band Sonic Boom would like to thank the community for supporting the third annual Kissmas Toy/Food Drive held at Bitters & Bones on Dec. 2. The house was packed, and everyone came through with donations to help families in need. We would like to ...

Time running out for Lake Placid’s holiday decorating contest

Editorials

Residents, businesses, schools, churches, the town and village and community organizations have all done a great job decorating the Olympic Village in time for the holiday season, especially for this weekend’s Holiday Village Stroll. It’s an inviting place, all decked out to make more ...

’Tis the season of screenings

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As the holiday season is upon us, what better gift to give than the peace of mind of up-to-date cancer screenings? Annual screenings are instrumental in detecting early stage cancers, when they are most treatable. Now with the Affordable Care Act, annual screenings are free ...

Seeing the light

Columns

If you’ve bent an elbow in downtown Saranac Lake, you already know where Adirondack Hamlets to Huts’ headquarters is. And how could you not, since it’s directly across from the Waterhole, right next to Saranac Lake Wines and Liquors, and two doors down from Grizle T’s. But even if ...

GOP fights bloated feds, eds, meds

Columns

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on “feds, eds and meds”? That’s a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have ...

Library thanks community for support

Columns

The library board and staff thank all community members for making the Saranac Lake Free Library’s 110th year one to celebrate! We deeply appreciate the help provided by our upstairs, Adirondack Research Room and yard and garden volunteers, and those who gave time to special events, ...

From New York newspapers

Columns

The Wall Street Journal on the decision to shrink the size of national monuments in Utah, Dec. 5 President Trump announced Monday that he will dramatically reduce the acreage of two national monuments. The order ends excessive federal control of Utah land, allowing residents to protect their ...

An anniversary that lives on in infamy

Editorials

Bands had begun saluting the flag as Old Glory was raised. Men were rolling out of bunks, ready for a new day. It was Sunday, so some men of the cloth were polishing sermons to be delivered later that day. It was a Sunday morning just like most others in the tropical paradise that was the ...

Glad Stefanik opposes Alaskan oil drilling

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Re: “Stefanik signs letter opposing Alaskan oil drilling,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Dec. 5: Congresswoman Stefanik has clearly demonstrated her independence once again by not supporting the tax reform bill, which eliminates our ability to deduct state and local ...

The Stevenson expedition

Columns

Who were they? Robert Louis Stevenson, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, celebrated his 37th birthday at Baker’s. Meanwhile, the universal success of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde had placed Stevenson in the public limelight. Fanny Osbourne, his wife, born Fanny Van de Grift ...

Trump needs to take Rosa Parks’s name out of his lying mouth

Columns

Here comes the most meaningless sentence you’ll read today: Last week, Donald Trump paid tribute to Rosa Parks. It’s meaningless because Trump obviously has no real idea what Parks did or what it meant. If he did, he could never have cursed Colin Kaepernick. Oh, sure, he can mouth ...

James W. Bombard was wonderful

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I’m sure there are many of you who still remember when a ski race competition comprised of racing a downhill, a slalom, a cross-country race and competing in a jumping event. We lost a great one last October, Saranac Lake’s own James W. Bombard. Jim was one of best ...

Bitters & Bones Turkey Trot thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: We often ask our patrons, supporters, followers and friends, “What does it mean to you to be from a small town?” It’s a subjective question intended to spark an interest and start a conversation. To us, calling Saranac Lake home is about more than geography or ...

Fostering altruism at the Joy of Giving Party

Columns

It is that time of year when our family is inundated with catalogs and commercials touting all the latest “must have” gifts. We survive Black Friday, attend Small Business Saturday, and search through the Cyber Monday deals. To balance our support of industry, we donate during ...

Hotel Saranac is worth the wait

Editorials

Our guided tour of the Hotel Saranac last week was documented in Friday’s paper, in photos and a news article by Staff Writer Glynis Hart. Managing Editor Peter Crowley was on the tour as well, but his opinions about what he saw were not in the article. They are reserved for this ...

Angel of Hope ceremony is tonight

Letters to the editor

To the editor: We are seasoned bereaved parents. We belong to a “club” that nobody wants to be a part of. It’s been 16 years since our daughter Lindsay died. Life is good again, but we always love hearing our children’s names spoken because it means that they are remembered. We ...