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WWII stories — killed in action

The Enterprise — my inspiration since 1942, when the ink first leaked into my veins — is still the only daily newspaper published in the Adirondacks. The Enterprise in the 1940s was not just about the brave men and women in service but also stories such as “the Food Sale of the ...

May I share some tips for good manners with you?

Good manners are necessary for people to live together and get along in this world. They are a great way to instill values of kindness and respect in your children, values that will last a lifetime and which the world seems to need nowadays more than ever. Using them can also help a child be ...

On flights, and flights of fancy

I’m in the aisle seat waiting for the plane to fill so we can leave Phoenix. While I can’t understand how 700 tons of metal can zoom through the air without suddenly plunging earthward and erupting into a giant fireball, I’m not afraid of flying. That’s probably due to my amazing ...

Suicide loss survivors’ groups

There are two Suicide Loss Survivors’ groups in Franklin County. One is in the north end, in Malone at Community Connections of Franklin County on 7 Pearl St., and the other is in the south end, in Saranac Lake at the Saranac Lake Youth Center on 9 Woodruff St. Both groups meet from 7 to 8 ...

An immediate solution for 50% emissions reduction stands all around us

In the Northeast, where snow regularly falls into late April, heating our homes and buildings accounts for 40.3 million tons a year of carbon dioxide emissions (footnote 1) from more than 3.6 billion gallons of heating oil — not to mention the other fossil fuels used for heat. (2) With ...

Belle, part 3

Mrs. Fanny Osbourne, 34, had thrown convention to the winds in the summer of 1875, when she announced that she was leaving her cheating husband, Sam Osbourne, in California, and taking their three children to Europe for a dramatic change. Such behavior by a woman was frowned upon in the ...

Class II is nothing like a hiking trail

In a sweeping and decisive decision last week, New York’s highest court ruled in favor of Protect the Adirondacks that a new type of wide snowmobile trail is unconstitutional. This decision cries out for key reforms in the management of the Forest Preserve. The Cuomo administration had ...

Standardized tests are fundamentally bad

In the May 7 edition of the Press-Republican there appears a Newsday editorial, part of a summary of views from around the state, concerning the need for standardized testing. Their viewpoint is that “testing kids has merit,” and their perceived importance of standardized testing is being ...

‘American Desert’ poet comes north

Many distinguished poets have resided in the Adirondacks, and now the region is lucky to welcome Benjamin Landry as a visiting professor at SUNY Potsdam. Landry’s previous two books (“Particle and Wave” and “Burn Lyrics”) were highly awarded, and this year he’s out with ...

Releasing the pressure of a dedicated Mother’s Day

Another Mother’s Day has passed, and I feel the weight of expectation lifted off my shoulders. I’ve written about the evolution of Mother’s Day for over 10 years. So this may be a repeat for some of you. I always felt a few holidays were put on the calendar to sell greeting cards or ...

Reasonable rules for short-term rentals

Like many around the world, I’ve taken advantage of short-term vacation rentals for the same reasons as everyone else — the price, the ability to save money and time cooking your own meals, living amongst local people to experience their culture instead of being in a sterile tourist ...

Janet Guthrie paved the way

All these years after her history making run at the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie is still deluged with letters from around the globe. “I just got a piece of fan mail from Australia,” she said Friday. “I’ve got a stack of fan mail about 3 feet high that I haven’t been able to ...

In season — the sweetest onion

Spring symbolizes new life. After a long, dark winter, fresh green growth, loaded with the sun’s energy, is like a ray of sunshine chasing away winter’s darkness. The longer days and warmer temperatures bring us new, fresh, delicious ingredients. In the wild, the dandelion greens ...

Fatal car tragedy not an accident

The headline on the first page of the sports section in the Malone Telegram on Saturday, April 24, read: “Former Kentucky basketball player Terrence Clarke dies in car accident at age 19.” The article, by Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, states that former ...

A tragedy of reverse capitalism

In an especially informative and troubling analysis, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (the latter a Nobel Prize recipient), state the United States has been suffering from an epidemic of “deaths of despair.” These fatalities are caused by drug overdose, alcoholic liver ...

Decoration Day/Memorial Day

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise published a full page on Tuesday, May 29, 1945, listing the names of 43 local men killed in World War II (“who paid the Supreme Sacrifice”) and 59 names of those who were wounded. The History website contains the following information: “Memorial Day ...

I care, a lot

I care about your town. I do. A lot. Especially those cute little shops, can we get a few more of those? And I care about the lakes. My renters need a place to bring their boats, and isn’t it great how I support your local economy with all of these renters? Maybe I should include a boat ...

Gear up for bike safety

With the weather getting nicer, I’d like to pedal some important information to help keep children safe when they go for a bike ride. Make sure your child’s bike fits properly. Don’t buy a bike that is too big with the expectation your child will grow into it, because they could lose ...

It was the best of tines

Having studied magic most of my life, I learned one thing for sure: Magicians are born, not made. I first encountered this in childhood but never understood it till I was an adult. (Note: In keeping with the nature of men in general and magicians in particular, I did not say “till I grew ...

What is a RINO?

As a wise philosopher once wrote, “If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.” This thought prompts a reflection on the term “RINO.” Understood ...