Opinion

Silver conviction reversal proves state law needs changing

Editorials

The recent reversal of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction is just the latest reason why New York state needs tougher ethics laws. Silver had been convicted, in short, for his role in a three-part scheme that used his position as Assembly Speaker to make millions ...

Is Iran in our gun sights now?

Columns

“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless ...

Get Medicaid right before talking tax

Editorials

Three audits released last week by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli should give even the most ardent Democrat reason pause regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threatened Faso-Collins Medicaid tax. Cuomo has threatened the tax in retaliation for legislation introduced by Republican Congressmen ...

If gun control, why not cutlery control?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: There is a belief that gun manufacturers should be held accountable for any crimes committed using their products. Now, keeping an open mind, I decided to research this belief a bit more. What they are saying is that if you produce a product that, when used improperly, could ...

Lots of news from Aug. 9, 1941 Enterprise

Columns

As we take a look at a couple of headlines about the war and the goings on in Washington, we have to remember that the United States did not enter World War II until months after the above date, when the Japanese bombed the U.S. military fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, so we will ...

The looming Republican disgrace

Columns

The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn’t: The Republicans may well still be The Stupid Party. That Obamacare repeal has one or maybe two feet in the grave, depending on how you’re counting, is ...

Prayers for McCain

Editorials

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Keene town staff also helped with Marcy Field events

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On July 9, I chaired the Wings and Wheels Event at Marcy Field. This was combined the exciting events of the Keene Valley Farmers’ Market, a great custom car show organized by Chris Straight, president of the Adirondack Side Step Car Club, and the first annual Marcy Field ...

Dirty military dealing costs taxpayers

Editorials

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

The Music Boy

Columns

On what’s now the Hotel Saranac’s parking lot was once a beautiful yellow, turn-of-the-century wood building called the Odd Fellows Hall. The Odd Fellows was a fraternal organization that was never active in my time. But what was active in the building was our summer theater. Summer ...

The Detroit riot, 50 years later

Columns

Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a blind pig — an illegal after-hours bar — in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had been all white 15 or 20 years before. The statistics are ...

Ugly new signage

Letters to the editor

To the editor: After seeing the new sign by the Harrietstown Town Hall, my opinion is that it is bright, has an attractive background and is completely useless. Unless one is stopped at the traffic light or walking on the sidewalk, one cannot really see the “Saranac” name of our ...

The worst ever

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Tell me something, people: Do you agree with what is going on here? Do you like being treated like a second-class citizen, like we are no good or a slave of the 1800s? Tell me what do you think, poor and middle-class people? What do you think of the rich who think they ...

National debt is a serious threat

Editorials

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Not enough exercise, or too much — Americans polarized here, too

Columns

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. ...

Porking out with your money

Columns

Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its “2017 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of ...

Exploring the ADK Loj Heart Lake Summer Programs

Columns

Though the Adirondack Mountain Club is known as a gateway to the High Peaks, The ADK Loj Heart Lake area has plenty of outside options available for people of all levels and abilities. Though I enjoy the beauty (I saw a loon!) and being outside, one part of going to Heart Lake that I never take ...

Adirondack Calendar Photo Contest

Editorials

We’re calling everyone with a good eye and a camera to submit your favorite photo(s) for the 2018 Adirondack Calendar Photo Contest. It can be of a scenic view, a big event, or your family or pet having a good time in the Adirondacks. This is different than most calendars because it has ...

Pre-chemo retreat to Adirondacks

Columns

One month ago, my life turned upside down when I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called synovial sarcoma. Suddenly and without warning, I was launched into a world filled with doctor appointments, specialists and panic. My tumor was in my right foot, and it was removed improperly by a ...