Columns

Political divide has hit home for many

There were 16 of us. Ten women, six men in an upstairs conference room at Crandall Public Library when we all should have been outside on the most gorgeous evening so far this spring. But we weren’t. We had work to do. We had all signed up for the Better Angels program and we ...

A lot of changes in 125 years

Now, I guess this is bragging, but I have been associated with The Adirondack Daily Enterprise for 77 years of the125 years that it has existed. I was a newsboy in 1942, then I went to work in the composing room in 1951: page make up, linotype operator, circulation manager, reporter, ...

Deeper and deeper in debt

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, “Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 ...

Smooth operator

Whenever I hear someone say, “You’re only as old as you think you are,” I immediately know two things about them. One, they’re a lot younger than me. And two, they have no idea what they’re talking about. The theory makes sense: If you think young, you are young. It ...

Hometown Heroes for the town of Black Brook and Jay

To the editor: The townships of Black Brook and Jay Hometown Heroes Banner Project committee would like to thank those families that decided to honor their military veteran loved one with a banner for the 2019 year. The volunteer four-person committee began working on the project in the ...

Summertime at the library

Book donations The Saranac Lake Free Library will be accepting donations for the August “Come to the Fair” book sale only through June 29. We appreciate donations of recently published non-fiction, hardcover and paperback fiction, DVDs and audio CDs. Puzzles and board games in good ...

Fake news, corporate style

You and I are now prey to a new kind of authoritarian intellectual dishonesty that intends to confuse us and divert us from traditional American ways and mores by using the massive, illegitimate wealth of thecorporate state ruling class to silence its critics and overwhelm the ...

‘Across the Plains,’ part II

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1879—“We reached Chicago in the evening. I was turned out of the cars, bundled into an omnibus, and driven off through the streets to the station of another railroad.” Changing trains was almost a daily routine for Robert Louis Stevenson and hundreds of his fellow ...

Overpriced and underregulated: the dark side of generic drugs

The attorneys general of 44 states have filed a lawsuit alleging that 20 major pharmaceutical companies conspired to manipulate and inflate the prices of at least 100 generic drugs in this country. The lawsuit states an investigative report found that between July 2013 and July 2014, more ...

Father’s Day activities

My husband and I have long come to terms with the fact that most of our hard-earned funds go directly toward our children. The money pit is not our house, though lately the house has decided to compete for our available funds. Both offspring and house do offer us a certain level of comfort, ...

It’s time for salad

It was a cold, wet May, and spring was slow to arrive to our corner of the Adirondacks. In mid-June we’re finally enjoying sunshine and warmth. And I’m craving greens — especially raw greens in salads. When you say salad, most people think of lettuce. And there are many kinds — ...

Memoir paints a vivid picture

By any measure, Nell Painter was successful. She had a Princeton professorship in her chosen field, history; several acclaimed books; and she was voted into the leadership role in a highly respected organization of historians. As she stepped into retirement, still very active in her ...

History is a critical part of our DNA

The D-Day anniversary last week reminded us of a time when everything was at stake — not just for our country but for the entire world — and how good triumphed over evil. It was also a reminder of how quickly those lessons can be forgotten, if they were learned at all, at the highest ...

Phone addicts are the most dangerous threat on the road

Phone Addicts are glued to their phones, so they’re more distracted, more dangerous, and more likely to cause a crash than even drunk drivers. They pick up their phones four times more than the average driver, use their phone six times longer than the general population, and are on the road ...

Are Republicans happier than Dems because they have fewer choices?

Have you ever stopped in the middle of the cereal aisle and stared blankly at the hundreds of brands to choose from? If you felt a sense of irritation set in while looking over the seemingly endless array of options, then you know what psychologist Barry Schwartz is talking about in his ...

A nation not made by flimsy people

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Concord Hymn” WASHINGTON — After the morning bloodshed on Lexington green, ...

Big news — The Enterprise, April 1938

Page two was a special page in The Enterprise back then with headlines at the top of the page declaring News of Adirondack Communities – Bloomingdale, Loon Lake, Wilmington, Paul Smith’s, Vermontville, Ray Brook, Newman [at one time the Uihlein farm area], Lake Placid, Lake Clear, ...

Democrats, don’t try to impeach Trump. Please

Many pundits have this unfortunate habit of framing what they want as what the American people want. I’ve been guilty of this at times. After all, what is more gratifying than the idea that the American masses are marching behind your band? Similarly, some left-leaning writers are ...

Unholy rollers

It happened by sheer fluke. One night a bunch of us were sitting around, shootin’ the breeze, trying to think of something to do, when Kookie spoke up. “How about bowling?” she said. “How about it?” I said. “Wanna give it a try?” she said. We all looked from one to ...

D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the ...