Opinion

180116Winter

Web Poll results, Jan. 8-15

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Do you expect 2018 to be better or worse than 2017? 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.

Stefanik shows leadership on climate and security

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Climate change is not just an environmental or economic issue — it is also creating major threats to our national security. Unless we commit to doing our part as a country, global warming will both make serious reductions in our national military capacity, and multiply the ...

The periodic table of the elements is pictured with shading indicating  our current understanding of their cosmic origins. Only hydrogen, helium and a trace of lithium were created in the big bang. All other elements were forged in stellar interiors or stellar explosions. 
(Image — 5D55 Science Blog)

Origins of the elements

Columns

In my Jan. 2 column, I wrote of the detection of the kilonova by both gravitational and electromagnetic waves in August of 2017. The detections, themselves, were remarkable and ushered in the completely new era of Multi Messenger Astronomy. But the data from the event also gave evidence ...

‘Always proud he was my president’

Columns

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Come and talk about New York State Health Act

Letters to the editor

To the editor: A bill entitled the New York State Health Act, currently pending in the legislature, would provide no-cost coverage for every New Yorker with no out-of-pocket costs and no network restrictions. It is to be paid for through a progressive payroll tax and levies on non-earned ...

Thanks, China (maybe)

Columns

“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world’s ...

Time for change at solid waste authority

Editorials

Atrocious financial management has been allowed at the Franklin County Solid Waste Management Authority, and all county residents should be disappointed in the officials in charge. This public agency operates the county landfill in Westville and Constable, plus transfer stations in Tupper ...

Long Lakers raise $2,000 for High Peaks Hospice

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Temperatures were a record-breaking 7 degrees when the fourth annual “Feeling Long Lakey” Polar Plunge took place at the Long Lake Town Beach on Dec. 31. The plunge was a charity event organized by Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department to benefit High Peaks Hospice and ...

NTSB: Speeding passenger vehicles serious problem

Columns

Over the past decade I have written numerous “Did You Know” articles about the problem of speeding. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board labels speeding as a persistent problem on U.S. roads, contributing to the loss of more than 112,500 lives in crashes from 2005 to 2014, ...

Buy off Trump with the wall

Columns

There is a very easy way for Democrats to get major concessions from President Donald Trump on immigration: Give him his wall. This is the key to a deal codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era de facto amnesty for a segment of so-called Dreamers. All it ...

Little Rocket Man wins the round

Columns

After a year in which he tested a hydrogen bomb and an ICBM, threatened to destroy the United States and called President Trump “a dotard,” Kim Jong Un, at the gracious invitation of the president of South Korea, will be sending a skating team to the “Peace Olympics.” An impressive ...

President Donald Trump
(Official White House photo)

More classy talk from our president

Editorials

Donald Trump has once again showed why he is unfit to be president of the United States. While negotiating with members of Congress over immigration changes, lawmakers were shocked when Trump wondered aloud why the U.S. would want to allow more immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and all of ...

The Storming of the Ice Palace
(Image courtesy of the Souvenir Program and Summary of Events, 1911 Carnival)

106 years ago, Carnival was in January

Columns

… and the village had been incorporated for only 19 years. I was lucky enough to be a member of that 1992 Centennial Committee (David S. Mac Dowell, Community Development Officer was the big push behind that celebration) and the Enterprise published a great historical booklet filled with ...

Paying double for health care

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Why does health care cost so much? As a percentage of the total economy, U.S. health care spending is double the amount spent by other wealthy countries, according to a recent article in the New York Times. About 20 years ago, we spent about the same percentage as other ...

River Walk is part of the Dew Drop building restoration

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to correct — or rather add to — a recent article of yours noting that the state of New York is supporting restoration of the former Dew Drop Inn building to the tune of $300,000. A major part of the project includes an agreement by the new owners to allow an ...

Grateful to state troopers

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Many thanks to the two troopers who brought me safely home on a dark, cold night when I had a problem. I certainly appreciate your help. Lori Peryea Lake Placid

Thanks, China (maybe)

Columns

“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world’s ...

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

Editorials

Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the ill are cared for, fires are extinguished, artists’ work is promoted, libraries are maintained, events are planned and the natural environment is curated by volunteers. In March, as usual, ...

State Trooper James D’Ambro concedes to Found Caravan Corvette Club member Joanne Bevilacqua that her group donated more Christmas gifts than his in the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department Toy Drive for Holiday Helpers Nov. 25 at the firehouse.
(Photo provided — Patti Ploof)

Toy Drive showed great generosity

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Holiday Helpers program would like to thank our community for their help this Christmas season. The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department kicked off the festivities with their annual Toy Drive — and what a great day it was! These wonderful volunteers allowed us to take ...