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Opinion

More important than ever to shop locally

Editorials

What kind of a hometown would any of us have if our local businesses went away? That question is less hypothetical and more serious now than it has been in generations. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the national economy, and many small businesses have been closed or on life support for ...

Goodman Kelleher — what a life!

Columns

This is the third column on Goodman Kelleher — in his own words. He had no formal education — “his report card was blank” — he bought a lunch wagon when he was age 16, became a renowned chef, then owned the classy Majestic Restaurant and the St. Moritz Hotel in Lake Placid and the ...

Positively hopeful

Columns

Throughout the year at St. Bernard’s School, we hold positivity as a light by which we are guided in our words, actions and decisions. Hope is both a result and a cause of positivity. During the month of November, we are focusing on the virtue of hope. We teach the children that to offer ...

Thank you from Operation Christmas Child

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Thank you to all the individuals, groups and churches that participated in assembling shoebox gifts for children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child. The High Peaks Church drop-off location sent 1,294 shoeboxes to Plattsburgh as the next stop on their ...

Let’s focus on your child’s vision

Columns

Parents have been asking me to focus on what to do if they are concerned about their infant’s or child’s vision. Well, let me see what I can see and say about this topic. A newborn can see large shapes, faces and bright colors even at the time of birth. By 3 to 4 months of age, a baby ...

Lessons for NY from this year’s election

Editorials

It’s amazing that New York state still has races that are undecided some three weeks after the Nov. 3 election. It’s no wonder state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria and Democratic deputy majority leader in the state Senate, has introduced legislation to speed up the counting of absentee ...

Messner’s latest is a #MeToo book for the younger crowd

Columns

“Chirp,” the latest work by North Country author Kate Messner, is a children’s chapter book that explores the topic of sexual harassment in an age-appropriate way. It’s relatively short, yet packed with timely themes layered within engaging story lines. The main character, Mia, ...

The ride of a lifetime

Columns

Last Monday came and went with little notice, let alone any fanfare. Then again, why wouldn’t it? Just because it was the defining moment of my generation doesn’t mean its lifetime would exceed ours. I am, of course, referring to the JFK assassination. I can’t say I remember it ...

Gratitude is essential

Editorials

Alright, folks — it’s time to get thankful. Seriously, we know this COVID-19 pandemic stinks, and so does our deep political divide. This chilly, wet, dim November weather can drag one’s mood down pretty low. And each of us has our own personal reasons to feel down and out: Maybe ...

‘American Axe’ offers surprises, practical beauty

Columns

Brett McLeod’s beautifully composed “American Axe: The Tool that Shaped a Continent,” lives up to its extravagant title. The Paul Smith’s College professor chronicles the history of the weapon/tool that “Otzi the Iceman” used in Tuscany 5,300 years ago to its recreational use in ...

Protect our community to keep kids in schools

Columns

Please, help protect our community so our kids can get back to school. In-person learning is important to our local children getting the education they need to prepare them for the world. That’s especially true of students in our BOCES programs, which put an emphasis on hands-on, ...

No devils here

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dear neighbor: Like you, I do not like to be lumped together in a group with a random label slapped on it by someone in the media, or by anyone, for that matter, who then explains to others what I believe and predicts how I will act. Like you, I voted, and like you, I ...

National Hospice Month

Letters to the editor

To the editor: High Peaks Hospice is a valuable service and a resource to everyone. In November, we are reminded during National Hospice Month of our opportunity to refresh our knowledge. It helps to be informed as, at any time, we may find we need hospice services for ourselves or a loved ...

Straw Poll results, Nov. 16-23

Editorials

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you think Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him by widespread fraud have merit? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

From multiple choice to politics, bad education systems limit minds

Columns

Newton’s third law of physics states that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This perhaps provides a framework for examining the standoff that exists between the forces of Donald Trump and the forces of Joe Biden. When applied to human behavior, we hope the ...

Writer doesn’t know about Civil War

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I reply to the recent letter of Mr. Wayne Leonard (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Nov. 11). Mr. Leonard, you express displeasure that your unqualified identification of the Army of the Potomac as a Confederate army (ADE, Oct. 15) drew my derision. But that’s loving ...

Unfair for NY to lead schools on about bus aid

Editorials

It’s one thing for New York state to withhold or cut aid to schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every school should have been expecting the state to take action as it wrestles with a multi-billion-dollar deficit — and, to their credit, many schools took preemptive action. But ...

A smaller Thanksgiving

Columns

The holiday’s coming! What shall we do? A really large turkey is too big for two! A chicken instead — or maybe, a hen. A poem, a blessing, some music, and then a feast for a king — or maybe, a queen — the smallest Thanksgiving that I’ve ever seen. -  2020 is the ...