Opinion

Union political fees hang in the balance

Editorials

In late February, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Council 31, in which a union member is asking that public employees who choose not to join unions not be required to pay compulsory agency ...

In the Lions’ den

Columns

While most performers have a lot in common with each other, magicians are in a class of their own. Let’s say you’re a vocalist giving a recital and you hit the wrong note. If your audience notices, it’s no big deal. They’ll give you a pass, and you’re still a singer. Or how ...

Nature’s great bird migration under threat by you-know-who

Columns

You could call it the Nebraska bird eclipse. At the first dart of morning light, so many sandhill cranes take off from the banks along the Platte River they darken the sky. This primeval spectacle, part of a massive spring migration from South America to the northern reaches, draws viewers ...

Fake news vs. ‘Fake news’

Columns

WASHINGTON — When fake news blasts traditional media for being “fake news,” how does one respond? Do you shout, “I’m not fake, you are”? Do you ignore the charge? If you don’t fight back, are you affirming the fool? If you do, doth thou protest too much? The risk of doing ...

Bridging the Labor Gap

Editorials

A series we have been running in the Enterprise on the “Labor Gap” in the North Country has gotten positive feedback from many readers, from politicians to economists. There has been a shift from not enough job opportunities to not enough of a workforce. Our articles about the lack of a ...

Chateau Baker

Columns

George Iles was a Canadian journalist when he met Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson, “Fanny,” in Montreal, in the fall of 1887. The latter had just settled her invalid husband into Baker’s, in Saranac Lake, for the winter. Fanny’s trip to Montreal was her first escape from this isolated, ...

Whom does Stefanik represent?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Congress asks “Who wants a tax cut?” and everyone raises their hand. The Republican bill placates the middle class by throwing them a few crumbs while giving the lion’s share to large corporations and the top 5 percent of richest Americans. They suggest the benefits ...

Why not a wealth tax?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Politics in this country has reached the point where I would be shocked if any candidate for the U.S. House or Senate showed the courage to support a national wealth tax of 25 percent on all individuals worth $10 million or more. Here’s what we could do with that ...

Escape the ‘Taken’ or ‘Pirate Plunder’ rooms

Columns

We are always on the search for different ways to get out of the house and away from the TV and video games. My daughter recently commented on how it was so much easier before we had phones. Now we are Googling event times and researching activities, but even though we aren’t using the phone ...

Beyond egg salad: Make way for spring

Columns

Spring has sprung. Rain is slowly melting the snow. Soon, flowers will bloom. Passover and Easter have come and gone. We’ve joined with friends and family to share food and fellowship, celebrate the miracles of Exodus and Resurrection, and the new life of spring. Then all the guests go ...

Calm advice for surviving temper tantrums

Columns

Parents have been crying out to me for help in managing their toddler’s tantrums. Well, I don’t want anyone pulling their hair out, so let me provide some information on toddlers and tantrums. Tantrums are an expected behavior for young children. They can happen when children are hungry, ...

Fresh, well-researched, readable — and important

Columns

When I first learned about publication of Sally Svenson’s book “Blacks in the Adirondacks” (Syracuse University Press), I found myself a bit surprised no one had tackled this important subject before. Now that I’ve read this extensively researched volume, I realize others will follow ...

It’s so simple — rush the shooter

Columns

The reaction of some conservatives to students activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after the latest gun massacre was sadly predictable. Some students received obscene letters and death threats. South Carolina governor Henry McMaster bashed students who ...

A small paper with gigantic news

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Congratulations to all the staff of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise who responded to the invitation of other North Country papers to join a coalition of co-operative and expanded news coverage. In this age of global instant news via social media and 24-hour coverage, it is no ...

Is he really our president?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: People, I have a very important question to ask you USA citizens. Is Trump really a good enough president? Is he doing a good enough job like the other presidents did? To me, I think not. If you read the newspaper and listen to the news on radio and TV, you would ...

National Library Week is coming

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This month the Saranac Lake Free Library joins thousands of libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative resources, services, programs and expertise. April 8-14, 2018, is National Library Week, an annual ...

It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On behalf of Sexual Assault Services of Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, we write to remind our community that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As we align with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” we ...

Gender pay gap narrows at slower pace

Columns

For many, the gap between women’s and men’s wages is narrowing far too slowly. Others wonder why it is even an issue. Few if any issues in economics are more contentious, more misunderstood and more studied. The National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition of more than 100 social ...

Somewhere, the sun is shining

Columns

Very little changes over time in New York state politics. One of the most enduring traditions is the “three-men-in-a-room” budget. I started in this business in 1972, so I have a fair perspective on state politics. And it hasn’t much mattered what party was ensconced in the ...

Saranac Lake’s own cookbook

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dear community members: The Saranac Lake Women’s Civic Chamber is currently assembling a cookbook with the best of Saranac Lake’s recipes. Community members are invited to participate by submitting a favorite recipe. The cookbook will include the usual categories — ...