Opinion

Earth Day 2019: Protecting our species

Columns

With Easter falling on April 21 this year, we want to make sure that Earth Day doesn’t get forgotten. Though I’m sure we are all doing what we can to help reduce plastics and our waste, it is always nice to have a day to remember that we really do only have one earth. Every year my family ...

Think about next winter’s salt use now

Columns

With summer around the corner, it’s time to plan for winter. Yes, you heard me right. As I take my winter slacks to the dry cleaner, you can tell I’m from the North Country with salt rings around the bottom of the pant legs. I need to clean and polish my salt stained shoes and boots, ...

Weep for Notre Dame

Columns

“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration,” the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, “that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.” A cultural calamity played out on live TV when the Paris cathedral that ...

Local author continues rural New York mysteries

Columns

By JERRY McGOVERN Special to the Enterprise Elizabethtown author T.J. Brearton continues to write good mysteries set in upstate New York. His latest, “The Husbands,” is about a serial killer murdering women in central New York, including Liverpool and Auburn. The “separate ...

Passover lamb, Easter lamb

Columns

Spring has sprung! The weather is turned warm and snow is vanishing rapidly. Crocuses are blooming in front of the library. Soon, other spring flowers will join them, adding color to gardens and woodlands. Spring is a time of new beginnings. New life sprouts from the earth. Through the ages, ...

Poll results, April 8-15

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with New York state’s decision to eliminate cash bail for arrestees, except for violent felonies? Yes, No, Undecided These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Voters for Change show Earth Day film April 22

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I write on behalf of your friends at Voters for Change to invite you to a showing of the documentary film, “The Age of Consequences,” which will be shown on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m., in the John Black Room at Historic Saranac Lake (89 Church St.). This is a timely ...

The Julian Assange problem

Columns

WASHINGTON — They say that guests are like fish; after three days they become a bit whiffy. By this measure, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange smelled like an overladen fishing vessel adrift in the searing sun. Upon his arrest Thursday by British authorities, ending his nearly seven-year ...

Discovering M87’s Black Hole

Columns

The amazing image of the black hole in the center of the giant galaxy M87 has been hard to miss over the past week. The image is a stunning achievement of astronomical inquiry, technology and persistence. M87 is the largest and second brightest galaxy in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. As ...

Yes, investigate the investigators

Columns

Attorney General William Barr dared to use the “s-word.” He said in congressional testimony that the Trump campaign had been spied on by the U.S. government. Pressed by incredulous Senate Democrats, he clarified: “I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately ...

Autonomous vehicles tested in The Villages, Fla.

Columns

There’s a lot of discussion, including in several of these “Did You Know” articles, about autonomous vehicles. Voyage Auto, a California-based company, is now test-driving its second-generation car, two Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, in The Village of Virginia Trace, Florida. The ...

What does history tell us about 2020? Not very much

Columns

What does history tell us about the 2020 presidential election? Not as much as we’d like to know. We’re an old republic and our two political parties are the oldest and third oldest in the world. But we’ve only had a limited number of presidential elections. Three were uncontested ...

Police reports — April 1932

Columns

There were many problems with dogs in Saranac Lake back in the 1930s; sometimes two or three complaints every day. As the village grew, leash laws were passed, dog catchers hired and a dog pound was established at the Water and Sewer Department on state Route 3 just outside the village. I ...

Already deep in the politics of hate

Columns

During an Iowa town hall last week, “Beto” O’Rourke, who had pledged to raise the level of national discourse, depicted President Donald Trump’s rhetoric as right out of Nazi Germany. Trump “describes immigrants as ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals’” and as “‘animals’ and ...

The Jamestown Post-Journal on wage legislation, April 10

Columns

It was good to see that the state Legislature did not approve of a prevailing wage expansion as part of the state budget. The issue flew under the radar for many during budget deliberations, would require contractors to pay the local prevailing wage on any construction project that receives ...

The Niagara-Gazette on pay raises for state politicians, April 4

Columns

Raise your hand if you got a 40% raise this year. Raise both hands if you ever received a 40% pay hike in your entire life. How many struggling New York business owners, homeowners and residents could raise even one hand? Few, if any. Around here, it seems it’s best to work in ...

That infernal vernal …

Columns

When I was in college, all the literature and history majors studied Classical Greece. And there was no debate about it — they were required courses. The thinking behind that was Greece was where it all began, as far as we were concerned — “we” being western civilization. Every ...