Columns

Good job, Saranac Lake

In regard to your editorial, “Good work on DRI” I would like to congratulate Saranac Lake, its citizens and mayor for setting such a wonderful example of how the Downtown Revitalization Initiative should be used for community benefit. At the end of your editorial, you also captivated ...

The natural gas pipeline sham

How much public necessity goes into a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” authorizing the construction of a natural gas pipeline? Let’s take a look. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in 2017, granted National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation a certificate of public ...

To the hills

To Charles Baxter from Monterey, CA, September 9, 1879: “My news is nil. I know nothing, I go out camping, that is all I know; Today I leave, and shall likely be three weeks in camp...and now say good-bye to you, having had the itch and a broken heart. — R.L.S.” It had only taken Robert ...

Public libraries are more than just books

I love going to the library, though lately I’ve been checking out more audio books than bound books. With travel and time spent in cars, I’m at least able to listen to stories. Though the area public libraries always have a wonderful selection of books, audio books, DVDs, and magazines, the ...

Cool fruit soups for hot summer days

It’s midsummer. In the heat of summer, cold fruit soups are sweet and refreshing. They can be a dessert, a snack, an appetizer, or even a light meal. These soups are a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors. Summer is when we enjoy all types of fresh fruit. First come strawberries, then ...

Detention centers are part of America’s dark history

As much as I am personally sickened by President Trump’s handling of the border crisis, historically speaking, his draconian policies are far from unprecedented. Shamefully, confining a specific ethnic group in detention centers appears to be as American as eating a hot dog at a baseball ...

It’s always someone’s hometown

Gilroy, California, is where I worked as a reporter for a year from 2003 to 2004, in between my stint as an Enterprise reporter and when I returned to the Enterprise as managing editor. I worked for the Gilroy Dispatch, a newspaper that was similar to this one in terms of staffing, even ...

4-H youth, families ready for county fair

4-H is one of the leading youth organizations in North America and almost certainly the most recognized of all the programs delivered by Cooperative Extension. Encompassing a community of 100 land-grant universities across the United States, the 4-H national network of 500,000 volunteers ...

It never should have come to this

“Hold tight to your anger, don’t fall to your fears.” — Bruce Springsteen, “Wrecking Ball” It never should have come to this. The first responders who, on a September morning 18 years ago, rushed into toxic clouds that once had been the World Trade Center never should have ...

Minimum-wage workers falling further behind

The federal minimum wage has not been raised since July 2009. Since then, overall hourly wages have risen more than 25%, and inflation has risen by nearly 20%. Wages of minimum-wage workers have clearly fallen further and further behind the wages of other workers and have not kept pace with ...

Answer these, candidates

WASHINGTON — The Democratic presidential circus pitches its tent in Detroit this week. It will be especially entertaining if the presidential aspirants are asked some questions like these: For Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders especially, but others, too: Three of Barack Obama’s ...

Can Dems ever get to the 4th stage?

It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side — in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 — will be able to recover and compete. Because political parties are composed of human beings, when a ...

After Mueller debacle, where do Democrats go?

The Democrats who were looking to cast Robert Mueller as the star in a TV special, “The Impeachment of Donald Trump,” can probably tear up the script. They’re gonna be needing a new one. For six hours Wednesday, as three cable news networks and ABC, CBS and NBC all carried live the ...

The color of her skin

Going out on a limb here: Donald Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything. And all of those observable facts seem to sit quite well with his base of supporters, most Republicans of Congress and, apparently, with the ...

Improvements, history and a rude paddler

I pulled into the Axton Landing parking lot in Tupper Lake and was pleasantly surprised to see just four cars. With perfect weather, I expected more people to be out enjoying the water, and I was soon proven correct. With my kayak sitting at the edge of the water, I loaded up my dry bag ...

More on the history of Wilmington

Last week we filled this space with a history of the Town of Wilmington, with excerpts from a book by Adeline F. Jacques she had published in 1980. Naturally one can’t talk about Wilmington without talking about Whiteface Mountain. So, naturally again, one turns to the Adirondack Room of ...

Good work on DRI

We’ve been to countless public announcements and press conferences over the years, and the one Thursday morning in downtown Saranac Lake was one of the best. It was short, sweet, honest and genuinely newsworthy. It also took place outside on a beautiful sunny summer day in the heart of ...

The Adirondack travel corridor: boondoggle or public benefit?

Bill Branson of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad wants to take over all of the state-owned travel corridor that runs from Remsen (21 miles north of Utica) 119 miles north to Lake Placid. This would extend his Utica-based tourist train route to 140 miles, twice the length of any other tourist ...

Nothing beats a trip to the Sawyer Mountains

Sawyer Mountain is nice, but Little Sawyer is where it’s at. Little Sawyer is a true gem in Hamilton County, and quite honestly I might be addicted to its summit, like a 2-year-old with M&M’s. I have been to these two peaks on several occasions, but looking back, the summer season ...

The boys (and one old man) of summer

Even as late as the mid-’70s, five bucks was a hefty bit of chump change. To give you an idea, for a mere fin you could get five packs of cigarettes, 10 beers in a bar, 20 cups of coffee, a full tank of gas for a VW Beetle, three gallons of milk, or two theater tickets. By contrast, ...