Opinion

Why so long to address vacation rentals in Lake Placid?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I have been reading with great interest that the Lake Placid village board and the North Elba town board are meeting to discuss the vacation rental situation in Lake Placid. Well, I liken this to closing the barn door after the horse got out. I was a trustee on the village ...

Get in the Christmas spirit at Santa’s Workshop, North Pole

Columns

I love winter, the winter solstice, and the Christmas holiday. I’m excited to go through all our decorations and have the house smelling like balsam. I discovered long ago that it isn’t about the bins of decorations that don’t go up as quickly as our neighbors or that sometimes cookies ...

Cranberries and oranges bring in holiday cheer

Columns

Will Santa leave an orange in your stocking this Christmas? This simple tradition seems strange in our modern, busy, techno-geek world. But once upon a time, for those living in cold northern climates, oranges were rare, delectable treats. In The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder writes about ...

‘Red,’ ‘blue’ states aren’t set in stone

Editorials

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Don’t close college pool

Columns

North Country Community College is considering closing the swimming pool and has asked the community for input. The board should be commended for seeking public comment, and I am commenting publicly. I think closing the swimming pool is a terrible idea! I am a local eye doctor who has ...

The way we live … and a walk in the woods

Columns

A walk in the woods can be both exercise and metaphor. That was part of the conversation recently among a group of us hiking leisurely in Wilmington. Discussing whether to take the steeper and shorter trail or the gentler, longer one, one of us recited part of Robert Frost’s “The Road ...

Web Poll results, Dec. 3-10

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com Should New York state lawmakers’ base salary of $79,500 be raised to $110,000 in 2019, $120,000 in 2020 and $130,000 in 2021, as an appointed panel recently decided? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its ...

Early darkness provides more viewing time

Columns

The early darkness of December evenings allows us to view a portion of the sky nearly devoid of bright stars. The Milky Way galaxy arcs overhead from Aquila low in the western sky through Cassiopeia near the zenith to Orion rising in the east. Thus when we look to the southern horizon, as ...

Congrats to Stefanik on new home in Schuylerville

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It was nice to read that Matt Manda and his wife, Elise Stefanik, acted like newlyweds, saved and bought a home like a normal couple, unlike many D.C elected. So while it was good to read, it is also sad. They have picked a nice village with a smaller population than our ...

Bringing the future back into American politics

Columns

An ad on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” A ...

Mountains & Valleys

Editorials

MOUNTAIN — to Old Mountain Road being officially, legally returned from New York state to the towns of North Elba and Keene. It’s good to have this case closed, and it’s good for the state to be warned of due process and the dangers of overreaching. Maintenance shouldn’t be an issue ...

The future of the NCCC pool

Columns

As director of Cloudsplitter Foundation and a local mom to a very busy 7-year-old, I write this letter in response to the recent article regarding the future of the North Country Community College community pool. In 2016, Cloudsplitter was approached by NCCC Foundation with a request to ...

Plowing, blowing snow into road is illegal

Columns

At the Nov. 28 County Traffic Safety Board meeting, it was brought to the Board’s attention that numerous residents or private snowplow operators in the act of plowing driveways are illegally plowing snow into streets and roads. Not only does this practice cause our state, county, town and ...

Yes, voter fraud is real

Columns

Maybe ballot security isn’t such a bad thing after all. Democrats, who the day before yesterday were insisting that voter fraud didn’t exist, now believe that it was used to steal a North Carolina congressional seat from them — and they may well be right. Republican Mark Harris has ...

Mountains & Valleys

Editorials

VALLEY — to a ridiculous 63-percent pay raise over three years that a quietly appointed panel approved for state legislators. Not only does New York have arguably the most corrupt state government in the nation — measuring by the number of convictions — it will also, by 2021, have the ...

Skiing with a smile

Columns

I’ve never cross-country skied. OK, that’s a lie. I did last year, but I fell most of time, so I don’t really like to count it as an actual outing. Most folks today are aware of the funnily named SAD, which stands for seasonal affective disorder. It’s a form of depression caused by ...

Woman shoots, kills 400-pound marauding bear

Columns

Enterprise headline — July 1962 --- This story came from a trove of old newspapers given to me by my friend John Law, along with copies of the Olympic Digest published by The Enterprise during the 1980 Olympic Winter games in Lake Placid in 1980. There is also a copy of New York Daily ...

The other side of Airbnb

Columns

I am a short-term vacation rental owner in Lake Placid. Over the past couple of months I have seen many articles discussing Airbnb and the negative impact it is having in the region. Some of the written arguments against short-term rentals include: challenges for the local workforce due to the ...