Opinion

Web Poll results, Feb. 4-11

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Are you OK with the Boy Scouts of America allowing girls to join? Yes, No, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Rental owners unfairly blamed

Columns

In the discussion surrounding regulation of home sharing in Lake Placid and North Elba, one notion is clear and unambiguous: People love and treasure this area. As the Daily Enterprise has reported, there also is widespread agreement that some regulations of short-term rentals are ...

Short-term rentals change neighborhoods

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Longtime local residents and property owners such as myself worry the penetration of short-term vacation rentals in any neighborhood will change the character and transform the quality of life of the area. It’s important to know how short-term vacation rentals are ...

Medicare for all or just a political free-for-all

Columns

Politicians of every stripe have recently turned up the rhetoric on proposals to revamp our health care system, especially potential contenders for the 2020 presidential race. Some, including Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand, have ...

Response to the Reproductive Health Act

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As everyone in New York and across the country knows, New York is in the lead with its progressive agendas. Abortion is now legal up till birth for any reason — “later term abortion,” as coined by the “choice” crowd! Abortion has been removed from the Penal Code; an ...

New York needs to learn gambling’s cost

Editorials

At the urging of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York has vastly expanded legal gambling options. The state government bet that the benefits — tax revenue and boosting the economies of struggling upstate areas — would be huge and that the costs ... well, the Cuomo administration didn’t talk about ...

Fixing gov’t seems simple in H.R. 1

Columns

The idealist in me regularly engages in internal combat with the pragmatist. It can be ugly. Changing the world and making our country better by taking on the big issues is often seen as the silly endeavor of dreamers, and when you review Washington politics, idealism is almost never an ...

Speeding needs a cultural change

Columns

All through our driving lives we have heard that speed kills but we all still speed — some drivers sometimes, others most of the time. We know that speeding is a persistent factor in nearly one-third of crash-related deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group ...

Limited government requires a limited president

Columns

WASHINGTON — Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that today barely exists but that could, if the judicial branch will resuscitate it, begin to rectify the imbalance between the legislative and executive branches. It ...

Calgary shows how hard it is to stay in winter sports circle

Editorials

We were shocked this week to read in Canadian news media that the bobsled-luge-skeleton track outside Calgary, Alberta, will close after it hosts a World Cup competition three weeks from now — unless someone puts up the money to save it. Meanwhile, Calgary’s ski jumps are also set to close: ...

The bonfire of the Democrats

Columns

All statewide officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia should resign if Democrats are held to their own standards. Even if Gov. Ralph Northam didn’t appear in blackface in an image in his medical-school yearbook, he confessed to once darkening his face as part of a Michael Jackson ...

Be wary in dealing with Kim Jong-un

Editorials

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting later this month in Vietnam. The exact location isn’t certain, but the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s militarism? North Korea ...

Opposed to vacation rental restrictions

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dear Lake Placid decision-makers: I would like to object about the recent proposal to restrict vacation rentals to a three-day minimum and a 16-person limit. I think this is very unfair. The people who have invested in this type of vacation home and share it with groups need ...

Warm temps, warmer memories

Columns

No two Winter Carnivals are ever the same. There’s always a new theme, new king, queen and court, new folks in town, and the list goes on. But two things almost always happen, from year to year, decade to decade. One happens when Carnival’s over, the dust has settled, and the last ...

Yearbook politics

Columns

WASHINGTON — In 1983, just before winning a third term as Louisiana’s governor, Edwin Edwards famously said the only way he could lose the race was “if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.” Presumably, no one checked his yearbook. Given today’s mounting ...

Making assumptions

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to assume that most of my fellow countrymen are thoughtful, intelligent folk. Having made that assumption, I ask myself why anyone would believe in the innocence of a president who constantly tries to cast doubt on investigations into circumstances involving his ...

Thanks from Catholic Daughters, K. of C.

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Our 2019 Winter Carnival Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser was a huge success, and many local projects for students will benefit. The Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Bernard 787 and Knights of Columbus Council 599 want to thank the following organizations and local ...

‘Prophet of Freedom’

Columns

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) is one of the towering figures in American history. In his masterful biography of Douglass, Yale University historian David Blight states the former slave was an intellectual, the author of hundreds of speeches and editorials, a political philosopher and activist, ...