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Courage and cowardice

I begin this commentary stating three facts: Black lives matter; systemic racism is real and deeply woven into every fabric of this country; and it is not safe for Black, African American and persons of color to navigate daily life in the Adirondacks and North Country. Whether it’s the very ...

Police self-care is part of the solution

After Ferguson six years ago, police departments all over the country implemented several reforms to make officers more aware of their implicit biases and to embrace conflict deescalation as one of their duties. But in light of George Floyd’s brazen daylight murder by four Minneapolis police ...

Diversity on the trail

About a month ago, racial injustice in America jumped to the forefront of many people’s attention across the country. Dialogue on this front has been developing for decades, but it was more limited in its reach because the majority of white people had the option to disengage with this topic. ...

COVID scare

There are quite a few phone calls I don't want to ever get. One is regarding my children and car accidents. The other ones are regarding any type of health issue. Recently my child had been sent home from work because someone had tested positive for COVID. Now you can skip right to the bottom ...

Strawberries: summer’s first fruits

Days are long. Nights are short. Farmers’ markets and farm stands are in full swing, open in spite of the pandemic. They are busting with summer’s first fruits — fragrant, red, juicy and oh so sweet! Strawberries are the first of the summer berry crop to ripen. Sure, you can buy ...

Slow-moving vehicles present dangerous situations on road

Traffic experts know that it isn’t just speed that causes crashes but rather the difference in speed between two vehicles. In Franklin County, two contributors to speed differential are agriculture operations (farms) and Amish families. Both operate slow moving vehicles on our local highways ...

Spectacular plane landing

This tattered story from page 1 of the Enterprise appears to have a date of September, maybe in 1966, but too difficult to read to be sure. However, there is no problem reading the text of the story. I know by his style it is by Bill McLaughlin, but we seldom used bylines on our stories ...

Village board bows to ROOST

Monday the 22nd was my first Saranac Lake village board meeting. It was an exciting event, with an unusually large number of attendees calling in via Zoom. The topic that drew the crowd was $12,500 in the village budget proposed for “tourism destination marketing” by the non-profit ...

All the way with JFK (Part 2) — bloody but unbowed

Part One ended with James F. Krueger, Petty Officer First Class and first-class con man, off to work his ju-ju on the Captain. Krueger’s mission: To persuade the Captain to sponsor our nonexistent hiking team, which in addition to money for entry fees and transportation, would require we ...

In the company of graduates

This June, the graduates of the Class of 2020 have walked through Saranac Lake High School one at a time to receive their diplomas with no other classmates beside them. It might be comforting to know that this is not Saranac Lake’s first lonely graduation ceremony. At the high school’s ...

The voyage of the Ludgate Hill

“Dr. Balfour insisted upon Louis going to Colorado for the next winter, and advised us to start in August that we might get the smoothest weather for crossing. He says that Louis can never be well again, and must always be subject to hemorrhages, but that he might have much more comfortable ...

An important look at small towns

At least four communities in the Adirondack North Country region — Plattsburgh, Saranac Lake, Glens Falls and Watertown — are currently working to implement strategies based on $10 million grants given by Gov. Cuomo and New York state for redevelopment of downtowns. Though no one opposes ...

The harsh reality of anxiety meds

Millions of Americans are worried about the coronavirus and are now increasing the rate at which they use anxiety medication. The Wall Street Journal reported that prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication have risen during the pandemic. In March of 2020, prescriptions for Klonopin or Ativan ...

Please be nice when you’re eating out

I know I’m speaking to the choir and you are all polite to the person who has sat you at your table, mixed your drink, brought you a beverage, taken your order, filled your water glass, cleaned up your table, and prepared your meal. It doesn’t even cover the people behind the scene you ...

It’s summer!

It’s officially summer — and it feels like it! The weather’s warm, school’s out, and the pandemic is still among us. While Mother’s Day was unseasonably cool, Father’s Day was unseasonably hot. Summer is the time to play on the water, in the water and in the woods. It’s also ...

‘E-bikes’ allowed under vehicle and traffic law

Bicycles with electric assist (“e-bikes”) are now allowed in New York under Vehicle and Traffic Law, effective April 3, 2020. A new VTL section 102-c has been added to define e-bikes as a bicycle which is no more than 36 inches wide and has an electric motor of less than 750 watts and is ...

Separating fact from fiction

Fake news. Those two words have likely created more confusion and distrust of the news media than any other. While it is easy to understand why those of us who work in the news media despise the term, it should also be apparent that the general public has a vested interest in discerning facts ...

Saranac Lake High School Class of 1940

I am trying to help my friend Margaret LaPoint find out how many of her classmates from 1940 are still around. The LaPoints lived at 21 Pine St., and we lived at 5 Pine when we moved into town from the farm in Ray Brook. Her brother Ed and I became best friends and graduated in the same ...

How to heal the wounds of racism

When I became a medic for the Army National Guard, I gained a new and unfamiliar perspective; I’m now trained to zero in on imminent, life-threatening trauma. Our country is hemorrhaging right now, including the Adirondacks. We have a big bleed, folks, one which, long disguised as ...

Gifts for summer reading

I am writing to say thank you to the Lake Placid Rotary Club for funding the Lake Placid Elementary School summer reading program, and to Marc and Sarah Galvin at The Bookstore Plus for ordering all of the books and delivering them on time. Book Shopping Day has become a cherished day ...