Columns

The FBI crushed the Klan and should target violent white supremacists today

At some point in the late 1960s, you could be forgiven for thinking that the FBI was in charge of the KKK. It infiltrated, manipulated and ran the group into the ground. The name of the operation: COINTELPRO-White Hate. With violent white hate again on the rise, we should take some ...

Economy not so rosy for the middle class

We keep hearing about this wonderful economy of ours. Jobs plentiful. Inflation low. Interest rates low. Where’s the problem? Problem is, the uptick in pay has been modest while the prices for things the middle class thinks it’s due are beyond reach — or rather, impossible to obtain ...

Providence and the Goat Ranch

Edmund Gosse it was who told his good friend Robert Louis Stevenson, that the latter’s intention to travel alone to the New World, all the way to California, to marry a married woman, was an “enterprise of madness.” All of Stevenson’s friends and his parents feared that RLS was on a ...

A red flag in Dixie

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school. Red flags don’t come much brighter. In conversations across ...

The Watertown Daily Times on chronic absenteeism at rural schools, Aug. 6

Being part of rural communities can present unique challenges to school districts. Something that administrators wrestle with is chronic absenteeism. It would be helpful for them to know if there are specific trends among students from small communities as opposed to young people from ...

Mass murders are a symptom

Politicians and pundits are promoting familiar explanations, excuses and demands following the tragic mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. From more gun laws, to blaming President Trump, conservative talk radio and Fox News, we’ve heard it all before. A manifesto thought to ...

Larry Stringer scholarships continue

To the editor: The Larry Stringer Memorial Golf Tournament, which was held from 2008 to 2017, was so very successful thanks to all the volunteers, participants and contributors who donated to this scholarship fund. This has enabled us to continue to provide a $500 scholarship to two senior ...

First annual Night Out

To the editor: I would like to be one of the very first to publically say CONGRATULATIONS and give the utmost praise to the Saranac Lake Police Department and all the other amazing law enforcement and emergency agencies that came together yesterday to make the first National Night Out such a ...

A hiker’s positive parking experience

Sometimes I feel that I only hear the negative stories. I read the paper and watch the news and wonder how do people ever get along? Bickering or ridiculous behavior is blasted from the headlines. I understand that these events and experiences are happening, but I thought perhaps it would be ...

Poems to have coffee with

Roger Mitchell’s poems are good company. Well-reasoned yet imaginative, approachable yet deep, the poems in his 2018 book “Reasons Dream” are a pleasure to spend time with. Just as conversation with an old friend over coffee can go from quotidian to cosmic and back, so these poems ...

Trump doesn’t just pollute the social environment. He is the environment.

“It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.” — Eric Hoffer -- WASHINGTON — It is 1,218 miles from the Aaron Bessant Park ...

A history lesson … the vacant lot next to me

I purchased 117 Broadway back in November 1981. Next door was Bob Agnew’s building, which housed his business, Standard Tire and Supply, on the right side of the property. If you stand on the property, you can still see the remains of the building’s foundation. And on the left side of that ...

Fatality drop tied to enforcement

Most of you have never heard of Kankakee, Illinois — I hadn’t. But I did after reading an article in the Kankakee Daily Journal in which Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey reported that there had been nine fatal accidents last year, compared with 19 the year before. That’s quite a ...

Summer hate wave

Racism and hatred of the other is as American as the Fourth of July, baseball and apple pie. Nathan Bedford Forrest Day is observed every July 13 (his birthday) in Tennessee, and there is a bust of the Confederate general in the state Capitol building. Forrest (1821-1877) was in command of ...

Finding solitude on a misty mountain

Most people, including myself, typically climb mountains for the views. But with an ever-increasing crush of hikers entering the Adirondacks, perhaps the best way to get some solitude is to climb a mountain on a weekday in the rain. A couple weeks ago, colleagues and I were heading to ...

Training for second moon landing

My personal editor, Brittany Proulx, makes my column look good every week. She is a digital guru reducing this historic edition of the Enterprise to column size. Nothing changes much — look at the headline prompted by President Nixon’s Vice President Spiro Agnew. He resigned after ...

Coroner invites investigation

A Ways and Means public hearing was held on July 29 in Elizabethtown with regard to the proposed law that will govern coroners in Essex County. This was the third hearing. Progress is being made. The process is not neat or pretty. I have attended and spoken at all of the hearings and will ...

Stefanik defends Trump

Elise Stefanik has publicly stated that she does not believe Donald Trump is a racist. After voting not to condemn his comments telling four women-of-color members of Congress to “go back where you came from,” she has come out in support of a presidential administration that is routinely ...

Deer Pond Loop rolls along

Deer Pond Loop is a trail for hiking, running, mountain biking and skiing. Yes, I know, it’s July and I said skiing. Leave that thought for later in the year. Maybe you will want to clip this out of the paper, and hang it on your fridge next to your 4-year-old’s finger painting, and ...

Dog spelled backward is God

When I first heard the word “anthropomorphism,” I began to understand all sorts of things that had previously eluded me. It’s from the Greek words “anthropos” (human being) and “morphe” (form), and it means giving human characteristics to non-human beings and objects. For ...