Opinion

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 ...

A good partner

Columns

A little over 20 years ago, after much collaboration, a plan was developed for the railroad in the Tri-Lakes. It was agreed that the railroad would be the centerpiece of a multi-use corridor, snowmobiling would be permitted, and trails would be built next to or nearby the track. It would have ...

Automated systems gaining drive acceptance

Columns

More and better automated safety systems are rapidly becoming available on more and more cars, and driver acceptance is growing. A recent survey by researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests people are most comfortable with systems they believe make smooth, gradual ...

Summits are crowded; that’s good

Columns

Some Adirondack officials and environmental organizations are calling for something to be done about the cars that get lined up along Route 73 from Keene to Lake Placid on weekends in the summer and fall, when hikers are drawn to the High Peaks. Something should be done before a horrific ...

Time to face the truth on recycling plastic

Editorials

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

People, places and things

Columns

It is fun to write columns about the history of the area ... nothing here to change the world but simply to remember places and people from the past ... and evidenced by the feedback from a recent column on Joseph “Shorty” McCormick, there are still plenty of locals here who remember it ...

Lake Side Motel memories

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am a former resident and owner of multiple properties in Saranac Lake before moving to St. Augustine Beach, Florida, 20 years ago. After leaving, I always enjoyed following the news about the area through the internet and word of mouth from friends still living in Saranac ...

You can take the beach out of New Jersey …

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This summer, I’ve noticed an uptick in use of the parking areas next to the AuSable River going into Keene Valley. Several times this week, I’ve counted over 20 cars parked at the “beach” across from Marcy Field and have seen numerous portable tables and chairs set ...

Fostering love of healthy activity

Letters to the editor

To the editor: There are so many wonderful summer activities for kids and families in and around Saranac Lake. Creating and supporting a town where kids can explore, learn and be active is important to all of us. Getting out to the skatepark, walking the Pines or hiking to become a 6er are ...

Upgrade New York’s animal cruelty laws

Columns

Most reasonable people would agree that the abuse of animals is abhorrent behavior that shouldn’t be tolerated in decent society. They have a hard time understanding what possesses someone to hang a dog from a tree or to give animals shelter when they have no means to provide for them. In ...

Adirondack Rail Trail for all

Columns

I read with interest your June 28 story headlined “Railroad unveils rail bike design.” As the Adirondack Park Agency once again ponders the fate of the Tri-Lakes rail corridor, the return of a temporary, for-profit rail-bike business is being considered for the stretch of track between ...

The twisted child in the body of a 72-year-old

Letters to the editor

To the editor: If the polls are right that 90 percent of the Republicans are still supporting Trump even though his administration is responsible for separating innocent children from their immigrant parents at our borders, something has gone terribly wrong with a large part of the ...

Down in the dumps no more!

Columns

On Monday, when I opened an email from Joe Spadaro saying he had a great idea for my column, my finger was poised over the “delete” button before I knew it. It’s not that I don’t like Joe or respect his opinion. It’s just that I can almost never relate to what other people think ...