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Climate change and reality

Seeing pictures and reading the report of some many young people assembled in Saranac Lake to voice their concerns about the destruction of our environment was both heartwarming and nostalgic to me. Back in 1963, the late Geraldine Dodge enlisted me as one of her “child warriors” to help ...

Testimonial to a Tri-Lakes vacation

I happened to be the self-appointed, unofficial greeter at Historic Saranac Lake’s Ice Cream Social on Aug. 24 (all ice cream donated by Stewart’s Shops). People from all walks of life took advantage of the museum tour and walking into the beautiful Cure Porch on Wheels parked at the rear ...

Wrapping your head around homework

With school back in session, I am frequently asked what parents should be doing to ensure that homework gets done. Let me take on that assignment and provide a few tips. - More than just homework - Homework, though perhaps not your child’s favorite after-school activity, is not just ...

Our institutions are in big trouble

Once upon a time, there was an ideal. It was called the United States of America. And in 2016, the presidency of the United States was captured by the flamboyantly incompetent star of a TV reality show, a man who doesn’t believe in any ideal beyond his own enrichment and aggrandizement. ...

Must Congress relearn writing laws?

Congress needs to learn to do a better job of writing laws. That’s my conclusion after reviewing the legal debate over whether the Supreme Court should renounce the Chevron doctrine it unanimously promulgated (with three justices not participating) back in 1984. What is the Chevron ...

The root of all goodness

While I drink soft drinks, I cannot be considered a “soda drinker.” If I average a soda a month, I’d be surprised. I wasn’t always like that. In my gilded youth my consumption of anything sugar-laced was prodigious and promiscuous. Candy, soda, baked goods, ice cream — you name it, ...

A longer view

In my very first Guest Commentary, just prior to the 2016 presidential election (“A better way to greatness” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Oct. 10), I predicted that then-candidate Donald Trump would be unable to fulfill his promise to “make America great again” because he lacked the ...

Stevenson in San Francisco

Mrs. Fanny Osbourne had finally come to her senses. Considering that her boyfriend, Robert Louis Stevenson, had nearly died alone in the wilderness on her account had something to do with it. In late December 1879, RLS departed Monterey for San Francisco. Fanny was already long gone, having ...

Having a designated person when drinking?

Last spring, I went with my child for the annual doctor’s visit. Everything was normal (thank you for wondering). Because I’m a talker and I like to squeeze as much information out of my children’s amazing physician, I tend to ask questions that pertain to my other child. It’s like a ...

Boats at the bottom of Lake George

The early military history of New York follows its waterways. The Hudson, Mohawk and St. Lawrence rivers, Lakes George and Champlain were the highways and the battlefields. Noted maritime explorer Joseph W. Zarzynski’s “Ghost Fleet Awakened: Lake George’s Sunken Bateaux of 1758” ...

Something’s off about Elizabeth Warren

Ed Rendell recently whacked Elizabeth Warren when she bashed Joe Biden for taking rich donors’ money. The former Pennsylvania governor wrote that he himself had run a “swanky” fundraiser for Warren’s Senate race, for which she thanked him royally. Furthermore, she transferred $10.4 ...

Student debt: the next taxpayer bailout

More than 10 years ago, taxpayers bailed out banks and auto companies that were reeling from the Great Recession. More recently, farmers, who have been hurt by the trade war with China, are being bailed out. The next taxpayer bailout could be for those who are burdened with student loan ...

Let’s agree on producing less trash

I’ve always enjoyed going to the dump. Once a month on a Saturday morning, I would cheerily announce to my family members that I was taking the trash to the dump, and ask if anyone wanted to join me. It became a “thing” for me as they blearily wondered about my sanity. I would ...

Trump won — again

WASHINGTON — Watching the Democratic presidential debate Thursday night left one clear impression: Donald Trump won. Please don’t shoot the messenger. My left index finger recoiled a bit as it reached for the “T” on the keyboard. But it’s true for this reason: Democrats are too ...

Work zone workers may not be what you think

You can’t drive very far between April and October in the North Country and not encounter a highway work zone. The window for doing road work is relatively short. But work zones mean delays, and drivers don’t like delays. In work zones, the most pressing thing is the safety of the workers ...

Arguments over electability are an annoying diversion

Our subject today is a word. It seems to be the word of the moment, at least on the political left. One can hardly read an opinion page or watch cable news without confronting this tiresome term, this irksome idiom. For the love of heaven, people, please stop saying ...

How about politics in 1949?

The last two weeks has had this space filled with local sports stories, mostly baseball. But there was plenty of action in other fields, as witnessed by the stories in the August 1949 Enterprises, retrieved from the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. This headline in the ...

Heading off concussion concerns

Parents of children playing contact sports have been heading me off at the pass asking me if they need to worry after their child has had a concussion. - What is a concussion? - A concussion is a temporary loss of brain function due to a direct injury to the head and a shifting of the ...

Much activity at the Saranac Lake library

Watercolors and alcohol inks by the artists of Cosmic Studios will continue to be on display in the Cantwell Room through Oct. 26. The exhibit will be open during the Third Thursday Art Walk on Sept. 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. --- Great Comedy The 1934 movie “The Thin Man,” starring ...

Hong Kong’s summer of heroic dissent

The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai’s home targeted one of this city’s foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer’s ongoing protest “a martyrdom movement” and “a last-straw movement.” It has an intensity and dynamic ...