Columns

Essex County Board of Supervisors to rest of state: ‘We got this’

Without much fanfare on Thursday, June 13, the New York State Court of Appeals rendered a decision that received little attention. Given the statewide implications and Essex County’s involvement, it’s a shame. Local leaders, election commissioners and attorneys across this state were ...

‘Across the Plains,’ part IV

“At Ogden (Utah) we changed cars from the Union Pacific to the Central Pacific line of railroad. The change was doubly welcome; for, first we had better cars on the new line; and, second, those in which we had been cooped for more than ninety hours had begun to stink abominably...But one ...

Searching for the High Peaks around Mirror Lake

My go-to walk is to enjoy the 2.7-mile stroll around Mirror Lake. I can easily circumnavigate the lake during my child’s ballet lesson. I can even squeeze in a stop at the bookstore and a grab n’ go from one of the Main Street shops. I usually use headphones and relax, but occasionally my ...

Light pasta dishes kick off the summer season

It’s summer! Put away heavy, hearty meals for next winter. Summer calls for simple, luscious, fresh, light fare. The days are long and full of outdoor fun. Gardens are beginning to produce fresh veggies. When there’s so much to do, who wants to spend time making dinner? Noodles to the ...

Guideboat book has many uses

“The Adirondack Guideboat: Its Origins, Its Builders and Their Boats,” a recently published book (Bauhan Publishing, 2018) by Stephen Sulavik on the topic, may prove to be close to the last word on the subject. The book has multiple uses. Everyone interested in Adirondack history ...

Clearing the waters

We write in response to a few letters and an editorial written recently in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise regarding the proposed whitewater park on the Saranac River downstream of the LaPan bridge in Saranac Lake. We greatly appreciate and value feedback from everyone, including local ...

The FBI is not a separate branch of government

It’s too early to take away any clear lessons from the Trump era, except one: Whatever you do, never fire the FBI director. Yes, as president, it is fully within your power to cashier inferior executive-branch officers. But if the aftermath of the James Comey firing is any indication, it ...

Conservation failure of epic proportion

This morning (June 22) I read that the Conservation Fund, which works to conserve working forests around the country, recently put more than 50,000 acres of Adirondack forests under protection so the land can continue to support local jobs and allow recreational access. The nonprofit purchased ...

Slow-moving vehicle speed limit raised to 39 mph

Effective Wednesday, slow-moving vehicles such as farm tractors and other equipment will be able to travel at higher speeds on New York roads. Changes to Subdivision 36 of Section 375 of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law raises the speed at which slow-moving vehicles can travel from 25 ...

Time’s up for mandatory high heels

Just think about it: a clothing item that permanently disfigures a body part, encouraging nerve growths that set off shooting pain. Fashion-wise, it telegraphs sexual availability. And amazingly, some employers demand that their female workers wear this cause of physical agony to the ...

The madcap caution of Donald Trump

The worry last week was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, this week, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren’t a big deal. The episode is another ...

SLPD blotter entries for June 1942

Now, as my dear readers know, if I run across a name in the blotter for a serious allegation, I change the name to protect the guilty and to protect the innocent, if there are still relatives living in the area. My readers are of all levels of intelligence and education; Some have wondered ...

Must we wage war with Iran?

“The Pentagon has released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,” ABC News reported. Hours before that attack, Iranians launched surface-to-air missile at a U.S. drone monitoring the tankers. The missile missed. In ...

The Dope with the dope on dope

It happens every time I run into someone in My Home Town. “It’s been a great summer—” I start to say. “Whattaya mean a great summer?” they say. “It’s been raining. It’s been cold. And we’ve hardly seen the sun.” Of course, by cutting me off they don’t hear the rest ...

Mugshot ‘ban’ has not been a ban

For reasons that were never really explained, our governor decided earlier this year that mugshots of criminals didn’t belong in the public arena. It was part of a wide-ranging effort to make life easier for criminals at a time when crime has sunk to historic lows in New York, with bail ...

‘Across the Plains,’ part III

“Friday, Aug. 22, 1879—Union Pacific Transfer, Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S. “Dear boy (Charles Baxter), Have been on cars since Monday and have still a week before me. Tired but not so much as one would have feared. Am now quite the accomplished emigrant.” Charles Baxter was among ...

A railroad to Lake Placid is not sustainable

To date, the rail-vs.-trail debate has mostly touted the competing benefits of the different possible uses of the Adirondack rail corridor. By now, most readers have heard those arguments those ad infinitum. Mostly left out of the debate, however, is any discussion of just who and how many ...

Summer programs for kids

Though my children may have outgrown the need for a summer program, it doesn’t mean that our guests’ family members have. Children do crave continuity so to keep the rhythm there are so many programs that offer a regular schedule mixed with fun activities. Here are my annual (updated) ...

Cool Beet Borscht, one of my favorite summer soups

It’s summer. I know it’s been cool and rainy – but I’m dreaming of sunshine. And the summer solstice holds the promise of warm, sunshiny days ahead. Young tender beets, with greens attached, are plentiful at the farmers market right now. A European favorite, borscht is any soup made ...

Are there cougars in the Adirondacks?

Before the 19th century, cougars were abundant across the American continent. In fact, the cougar was the most widely distributed land mammal in the Western Hemisphere. They were found in forests from tropical to boreal, from Chile to the Canadian Yukon. A lion living in the Arizona desert ...