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Railroad fell short in several ways

The recent commentary by Bill Branson, “Correcting the rail-trail record,” is actually what is in need of correcting. Mr. Branson continues to repeat the charge that the economic benefits of rail operations have not materialized because “New York State has never fulfilled its ...

Bill Branson, take a hike

 Bill Branson has again misleadingly claimed that rail is better than trail for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor (“Correcting the rail-trail record,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Jan. 7), asserting that pro-trail arguments are based on “incorrect facts and bad logic.” Let’s ...

Magazines are becoming fine art

In “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis’ Egon says, “Print is dead,” as Annie Potts’ secretary character flips through a People magazine. That film came out in 1984, long before the internet, smartphones and E-readers were common amenities. While I don’t necessarily agree with Egon, I ...

The winter market: Kohlrabi

This is the first year we've had a farmers market through the winter in Saranac Lake. I love it! I wondered what vegetables would be available through the winter. The market still has squash, Brussels sprouts, a variety of root veggies (like carrots, turnips, beets). There are also greens ...

Winter stargazing from the Adirondack Sky Center

Living in the Adirondacks and being able to look at a darkened sky filled with glimmers of planets and stars is something I never take for granted. I admit my view of the sky is more mystical than practical, though I can identify some common constellations. My family makes time for a full moon ...

Tale of urban crises, by an Adirondack author

Joe Connelly’s novel “Bringing Out the Dead” grew from his years as an emergency medical services medic in New York City. Connelly, who now lives in North Creek, tells his story through the eyes of Frank Pierce, whose narration includes documentary-style descriptions of the ...

When did caring about the planet become a liberal idea?

There is a disconnect in our community between the call to climate action and the commitment to doing it. More people than ever want to put a stop to climate change. Our local governments and establishments all acknowledge the existence of climate change, but when it comes to ADDRESSING this ...

A day in the life of Ice Palace workers

Are you considering becoming a new volunteer at the Ice Palace but wonder what it entails? Here is a snapshot of a “typical” day. Lots of factors can affect this, as the job flow is fluid given the number of volunteers, seasoned workers, weather and equipment failure, to name a few. ...

Correcting the rail-trail record

My concerns result from the Guest Commentary in the Dec. 20, 2019, Adirondack Daily Enterprise that presented arguments in favor of rail removal between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. The commentary relied on incorrect facts and bad logic. I am compelled to correct the record. First, the ...

Safety systems come with driver overconfidence

It’s hard to believe that car systems designed to make driving safer and easier are placing drivers in danger, but a new study by the AAA Foundation finds this is the case. Adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping-assist technologies lull drivers into letting their guard down, which puts them ...

We don’t want another war

About 18 years ago, in late September of 2001, I wrote a column about watching local teens at a Street Jam as they did skateboard tricks on a ramp in the middle of downtown Glens Falls. I marveled at how brave they were, spinning off their boards and falling and rolling over on the road, and ...

Huge ice storm hits North Country (The Enterprise, Jan. 13, 1998)

Twenty-two years ago, on Jan. 6, 1998, an ice storm knocked out power in the North Country and large sections of Quebec, causing the deaths of thousands of cows with no power to operate the milking machines. The lead story on page 1, by Thomas Abello, carried the headline “Gov. Pataki ...

Please (at least try to) find out the facts before issuing an opinion

It was extraordinarily disappointing to me to read Peter Crowley’s editorial about a bill aiming to raise the New York state excise tax on beer over 115%. From the title of “Have a brew, support higher education” being glib, careless and misleading, Mr. Crowley is portraying my industry ...

Three tips to make family meals a staple in your home

Parents have been hungry to ask me what they can do to insure the health and well-being of their children. My response is family meals — that’s right, family meals — so let me give you some reasons why. - Family meals are for more than food - Studies have shown that family meals ...

Keep on truckin’

From the depths of my sleep, I snapped awake so violently Purrsia the cat leaped off the bed and retreated to the safety of the hall. “Winter Carnival!” I gasped. I looked at the clock — 0315. What had just happened? My subconscious had just given me a wake-up call, reminding ...

Walking in the street

As the winter snow began in November, Annabelle Abbadessa of Saranac Lake wrote a letter to the editor expressing concern about people walking in the middle of the roads, even when there’s a sidewalk right there. She noted that she sees this not only in winter, when sidewalks are sometimes ...

The Sea Cook, part I

William Ernest Henley, British poet, critic and editor, was about a year older than his friend Robert Louis Stevenson. As a child Henley had contracted a tubercular disease that necessitated the partial amputation of a leg. After more surgery to save the other leg, Henley was recovering in the ...

Investment in sustainable jobs must follow cut to food stamps

After nearly 20 years as a social worker trained in conflict resolution, I have learned some valuable lessons about the ways people communicate with one another. What doesn’t work so well is assuming that someone has bad intentions just because they have different opinions. For example, I ...

Looking forward . . .

I don’t care what all you Farmers’ Almanac loyalists say. We’re in a new decade as far as I’m concerned, and I can finally start referring to this time as “the ‘20s.” Know your onions, take a jorum of skee and let’s blouse, kid. Roaring ‘20s jokes aside, I wanna get real ...

After New Year’s, it’s time to eat healthy

It’s Jan. 2 and we have just entered a new year — and a new decade. The past decade brought technological innovations: smart phones, social media, electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles. It also opened our eyes to new challenges — the biggest being our planet's changing ...