A never-Trump press in near panic


“All the News That’s Fit to Print” proclaims the masthead of The New York Times. “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” echoes The Washington Post. “The people have a right to know,” the professors at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism hammered into us in 1962. “Trust ...

Great choices for king and queen


Well, of course! Clyde Baker and Nancy LaBombard are fantastic choices for king and queen of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Come to think about it, it’s surprising they haven’t worn the crowns before now. The primary attribute sought in a Carnival monarch — although not the only one ...


History from the centennial book — 1892-1992


The late John Duquette, well-known regional historian, wrote most of the copy for the Saranac Lake Centennial book. It is worth trying to find a copy because it is an historical gem filled with pictures and stories and John lived that history beginning in the 1920s. Saranac Lake was very ...

1968, markings

Letters to the editor

To the editor: January — Tet Offensive; February — Orangeburg, South Carolina, three die and 27 wounded in Civil Rights demonstration; March — My Lai massacre; April — MLK Jr. killed; May — Catonsville, Maryland, draft board records burgled and burned; June — RFK killed; July ...

Trump’s unifying nationalism


Donald Trump gave a notably unifying State of the Union address that didn’t back down an inch from his controversial nationalism. This doesn’t represent a contradiction, but a step toward fulfilling the political promise of his nationalism, which could appeal much more broadly than to ...


Hot time in the (c)old town tonight


Tonight begins the best time of the year for Saranac Lakers. Winter Carnival has long provided a fun break from a long, cabin-fever-inducing winter. Saranac Lake is often the coldest spot in the lower 48 states, and it has played that up in tourism promotion, dubbing itself “the ...

Immigration policy should be rational

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am an immigrant, a naturalized American citizen. I’m in my late 60s, have a reasonably secure retirement income and am not likely ever to be a burden on the public purse. With that said, I am NOT the sort of immigrant we need. We have an aging population that over the ...

A pro con


One of my favorite quotes from Damon Runyon is: “Someday, somewhere ... a man is going to come to you and show you a nice brand new deck of cards on which the seal is never broken, and this guy is going to bet you that the jack of spades will jump out of this deck and squirt cider in ...

Big Pharma may own Washington, but it doesn’t own Amazon


President Trump offered few words about health care in his State of the Union address. He did mention drug prices, though. “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs,” he said. “In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the ...

Demographics is destiny

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I’ve never been to New York City, even though I was born and raised in New York state. Why would anyone want to go there? Now Europe is a totally different story. Rome, Paris, Vienna and dozens of other cities sound captivating. Too bad many of these cities have a huuuuggge ...

Saranac Lake Middle Schoolers Emma Wood, left, and Ruby Smith carry the Empire State Winter Games torch across the ice before handing it off for the lighting of the cauldron during the opening ceremonies in February 2016 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Games are a great success story


In 2010, with the state of New York facing a massive deficit and abandoning programs right and left, one of the things it dropped was the Empire State Games. That was that for the summer version of the games, which used to travel around the state. But here in Lake Placid, which had hosted the ...

Thanks for helping us Dine United

Letters to the editor

To the editor: United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. partnered with several restaurants from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties to hold the Dine United event on Jan. 18. The event was a success and helped raise funds to be distributed to 42 health and human service agencies in the ...

The Bell Rock Lighthouse, built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandfather, is pictured. This painting, by A. Macdonald in 1820, was later presented to Alison Cunningham, RLS’s nurse. The rock on which the lighthouse is built had caused hundreds of shipwrecks even though a warning bell was fixed on it. This rock being tidal, work on it could only be intermittent and all the stonework was prefabricated on the mainland at Arbroath.

An abandoned career


“I had already my own private determination to be an author.” — RLS, Saranac Lake --- So Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in his essay, “The Education of an Engineer,” one of a dozen he penned at Baker’s known officially as the “Scribner Series of Twelve Essays.” When Louis ...

Good service in sanding icy driveways

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I’d like to thank Michelle and Matt at Trudeau Sand and Gravel. I called Monday afternoon about sanding both my niece’s and my own driveways. Icing has been quite bad for both of us, and we were expecting fuel deliveries. Michelle was able to squeeze one driveway in that ...

Experience Outdoors is bringing the zip line to downtown Lake Placid for the Empire State Games.
(Photo provided — Fred Ryman)

Zip-lining through Lake Placid during the Empire State Games


Experience Outdoors is bringing its zip-line to the streets of Lake Placid this weekend for the Empire State Games. My family and friends made it out to their home base, 4948 Cascade Road, in the fall. It was all the thrills we expected. Some of us went beyond our comfort zone. (That would ...

Veggie platter
(Photo provided  - Yvona Fast)

Chips and dips for watching the Big Bowl


Marking the peak of the football season, Super Bowl 52 between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will be played a bit later than the usual January date — on Feb. 4. On that date, all over this land, millions of Americans will gather for parties with friends and family ...

While the northern portion of the Boreas Ponds tract would be wilderness and the southern part would be wild forest, where mechanized uses are allowed, a narrow wild forest corridor would be created along an existing road so people could drive most of the mile from LaBier Flow Dam to Boreas Ponds, according to a classification plan recommended by Adirondack Park Agency staff. Also, a primitive area would be established around the Boreas Ponds Dam.

Good deal on Boreas Ponds


Compromise was needed on how the state should classify the beautiful Boreas Ponds tract, and now, at long last, it looks like we have a compromise that will stick. Consensus-building is good in its own right, for the sake of peace and pragmatism, but we also support the details of this ...

Media overlooks world’s real leaders

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Mother Teresa once wrote: “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.” As Mother Teresa knew as well as anyone, there are individuals in the world who are combating the ...

Representative CSA farm weekly full (or premium) share
(Photo provided — Emma Lecarie; Cornell Small Farms Program)

Community supported agriculture


In this age of global markets and marketing, more often than not, the food we eat is grown on large industrial farms, then shipped across the country, from Central or South America or overseas to huge distribution centers where it’s sorted, packaged, processed and then trucked to chain ...