Opinion

GOP tax bill represents a disconcerting raid on university endowments

Columns

WASHINGTON — Such is the federal government’s sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents. Mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually momentous provision of the Republicans’ tax bill ...

Absentee ballots could change some races

Editorials

The Enterprise may have spoken too soon in reporting winners in some of the closer local town board elections Tuesday, such as the Franklin and Harrietstown town council races. We didn’t take absentee ballots into account. It is standard for news media to report election results from the ...

A laughing matter

Columns

When I was a kid, a popular hobby was stamp collecting. Or at least it was popular with other kids. With me, it was distinctly UNpopular. Not that I didn’t try, and not that I wasn’t interested. I loved looking at the amazing variety of stamps – the colors, designs, sizes, countries of ...

Library celebrates 110th birthday!  In 1907 a group of dedicated Saranac Lake citizens formed a library association, obtained the charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York, and proceeded to raise funds to build the library. This sketch from the July 29, 1909, Adirondack Daily Enterprise showed the plan for the new library which was completed in 1910.
(Sketch courtesy of the Adirondack Research Room, Saranac Lake Free Library)

Board launches year-end campaign

Columns

2017 Campaign In a recent letter to the community, Brian O’Connor, board president, wrote, “As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank you for supporting the Saranac Lake Free Library. The library relies on the generosity of our community supporters. “But we still need ...

The doctor will see you now …

Columns

If you’re tired of the dysfunction in Washington — the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a “stolen” presidential election, Russian “collusion,” the posturing and boorish behavior, how about ...

From real estate to the presidency and back

Columns

In Hawaii, “aloha” also means “goodbye.” President Trump could not have missed the less-than-enthusiastic greeting during his brief touchdown in the U.S. state where — facts are facts — Barack Obama was born. Demonstrators there seemed to be following a new pattern among Trump foes, ...

Existing restrictions need to be upheld

Editorials

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Thank you, and let’s move on

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I want to take this time to thank the taxpayers of Harrietstown for allowing me to represent them the past four years. It has truly been an honor and privilege for me to undertake this task. I hope that I will leave the town in better shape than when I took office, and I am ...

The Baker family home, which became the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage
(Images provided)

Baker family housed the famous author

Columns

“Here you have this little shrine to commemorate Robert Louis Stevenson and to elevate and put idealization and beauty into the life of the town.” — Edgar A. Alderman, president, University of Virginia, 1922 --- Few people today think like that when they pass in view of this ...

A train station without a train?

Columns

In his Enterprise Guest Commentary of Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, Carl Knoch argues that the best way to ensure the future of Saranac Lake’s Union Depot is to replace the railroad with a recreational trail. To bolster this argument, he provides two photographs. One is captioned, “The train ...

Temper tantrum

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Hey world, guess what? Twitter just caused a temper tantrum for TRUMP because one of his ex-employees turned his Twitter off. It was off for 11 minutes till it was put back on. This should tell America what kind of a president we have if he can’t be on Twitter. He’s ...

An easy, wooded walk to McKenzie Pond, Saranac Lake
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

An autumn walk to McKenzie Pond

Columns

It’s in the middle of Big Game season and my golden retriever has the ability to look like a Whitetail deer. We dress up in our favorite fall color, neon orange, and take to the trails. The 2-mile walk to McKenzie Pond is always a favorite. Though there are a small number of dips, but most of ...

Quinoa and Chard Skillet 
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Pair fresh autumn greens with grains for quick, hearty skillets

Columns

It’s November. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini are long gone. But our garden is full of glorious fall greens. We still have spinach, arugula and lettuce for salads, and lots of cooking greens: kale, collards, Swiss chard, beet greens, bok choy, turnip greens, and all types of cabbage. ...

New York will have to cut spending

Editorials

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s latest cash report should send warning flags to anyone concerned about runaway New York spending. DiNapoli’s report, which comes at the halfway point of the state’s fiscal year, shows state tax collections to be $386.6 million less than the latest ...

Public forum needed on Placid sports spending

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I read about the recent formation of the Adirondack North Country Global Sports Committee, which intends to spend up to $300,000 of taxpayer money to bid for a World University Games event for Lake Placid in 2023. If its bid is successful (there seem to be no other bidders, ...

Worker bees with their queen
(Photo provided — Aaron Englander, Cornell Small Farms Program)

‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ offered

Columns

If you go... --- What: “Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping” workshop When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 Where: Kitchen Conference Room; Franklin County Courthouse; 355 West Main St.; Malone How much: $5 More info: Pre-registration is required by today; Nov. 8 by calling ...

In Texas, two very American heroes

Columns

Before the Texas church shooter encountered any police officers, he was run off a highway and dead. He had been shot and chased by two private citizens who took it upon themselves to respond to a heinous crime when no one with a badge was anywhere to be found. The church shooting in ...

Thank you to Carpenter Foundation

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Once again, the First United Methodist Church of Saranac Lake is extremely grateful for the kindness and generosity of the Carpenter Foundation in support of our Community Supper program. Each Wednesday at the church, we are able to serve a hot meal, nutritious and free ...

On land issues, Cuomo is like Trump

Columns

When it comes to public land issues in New York’s grand Adirondack Park, it strikes me that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has more in common with President Donald Trump than he probably realizes. This is ironic because it is clear our governor is anticipating a 2020 presidential bid, building a ...