Opinion

In the hood

Columns

It’s only fitting, so to speak, that the quintessential American garment, the sweatshirt, is an American invention. The idea was thunked up in 1926 by a fellow named Benjamin Russel Jr., who played football for the University of Alabama. He couldn’t hack the itchy wool jerseys players ...

Kavanaugh confirmation Kabuki

Columns

Theater, much like Japan’s Kabuki — that’s all the Supreme Court confirmation process is. Donald Trump’s presentations of his two nominees, Judge Neil Gorsuch last year and Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, were uncharacteristically graceful — a worthy theatrical innovation, in the ...

Good steps to serve congressional voters

Editorials

The folks at the Post-Star had a couple of good ideas recently about covering the North Country’s congressional race, and we support them. The Glens Falls newspaper has decided that it will no longer publish quotes from campaign staff on behalf of a candidate. Its reporters will continue, ...

Help middle schoolers with school supplies

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Middle School Boosters established the Back-a-Pack program in 2005 to provide school supplies and new backpacks to students in need. Over the past years, the generous support of the community of Saranac Lake has helped to provide our students with the materials they need ...

This magic mountain

Columns

“The Valley of the Last Hope,” said Stephen Chalmers about Saranac Lake in his article “Watching the Hourglass” (1907). In its golden age, this village boasted a reputation as America’s Pioneer Health Resort, “the place to be if you have TB.” It had a culture, too, of a unique ...

Franklin board will eliminate unnecessary position

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As a past town councilman, I fully agree with the elimination of this position as it is only a convenience to the supervisor, and an expensive one at that. All work can be done less expensively using contractors to clean buildings, pick up garbage, bring deposit bottles to ...

Research will lead voters to support Cobb

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Congratulations to Tedra Cobb on winning the New York District 21 Democratic primary with an overwhelming majority on June 26. We now need to continue that momentum and work together to get Tedra Cobb’s ethical and intelligent voice to Washington! She will help set a new ...

Celebrate 25 years of the Native Butterfly House

Columns

The Native Butterfly House at Paul Smith College’s VIC is celebrating its Silver Jubilee. For 25 years this unique netted canopy has not only provided a place to view native species. It is also a valuable resource for anyone interested in attracting butterflies and other pollinators to their ...

Fresh and simple summer pasta

Columns

Winter pasta dishes are heavy, filling comfort foods to cheer us up on chilly, dark, dismal days. In contrast, summer pasta dishes are light and refreshing, full of fresh flavor. High quality ingredients, like fresh-picked produce from the garden or farmers’ market and fresh cheeses, make all ...

Straws aren’t enough

Editorials

Banning straws to cut down on plastic waste started on Earth Day this year, as a way to help the planet. Now Starbucks and other restaurants are joining in by banning plastic straws. This is small gesture in the face of a huge problem with plastic, and it reflects a lack of effort in wanting ...

Stefanik and company don’t know what they’re talking about

Columns

Tedra Cobb had no time to savor her resounding victory in the Democratic primary before she was attacked by the Stefanik campaign as “the out-of-touch, liberal, hyper-partisan, tax-and-spend candidate.” Next thing you know, there were attack ads calling her “Taxin’ Tedra,” alleging ...

‘Taxin’ Tedra’ attack is wrong

Letters to the editor

To the editor: “Tireless Tedra” — that’s a moniker that more accurately describes the Democratic nominee for New York’s 21st Congressional District, Tedra Cobb. She is a tireless campaigner, and after an overwhelming victory in last months Democratic primary, she continues her ...

Darkly comic and beautifully written stories

Columns

“The Business of Naming Things” by Michael Coffey --- This is not a new book to the world, published in 2015, but it is new to me and so delightful, in a darkly comic, smart, sometimes darkly poignant way, that I wanted to call some attention to it. Full disclosure: I am acquainted ...

Post-Pruitt EPA still scandal-ridden

Columns

The scandal is nothing changed at the Environmental Protection Agency when Scott Pruitt resigned, and nothing will in the immediate future. Coming from a generation that remembers orange-colored rivers and foul-smelling factories belching emissions directly into the sky, I have more of an ...

Web Poll results, July 2-9

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: In your view, has the state Adirondack Park Agency gotten better or worse in its 45-year history? Better, Worse, About the same, Undecided This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Mayor took bad tone against ADE

Columns

I would like to express my appreciation to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and its editorial board for doing what the free press SHOULD do — working hard to bring answers to light on behalf of the community, to paraphrase from your most recent editorial regarding the Lake Flower Resort and ...

Glad to see kids back ballpark

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I simply wanted to take a moment and say how proud I was of some Tupper Lake youngsters this weekend. While watching some of the softball action at our beautiful Municipal Park, I saw youngsters there trying to raise money toward the new youth baseball field. While I ...

Are states winning marijuana tug-of-war?

Columns

It might appear that sooner or later states legalizing the use of marijuana, contrary to federal law, will be crushed in federal courts. After all, federal laws, according to Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, are the supreme laws of the land and pre-empt state laws. But wait. States, not ...

Of course Cuomo will fight union ruling

Editorials

The wisdom of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME will be borne out in just a few short months here in New York state. The decision held that non-union workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public-sector unions. Unions had argued that it is unfair not to collect fees ...