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Please fix our roads, governor

An open letter to Andrew Cuomo from an Adirondack Park resident: For as long as the Adirondack Park has existed, its existence has been based on tourism. The park itself was established because tourists wanted to see the region protected from the ravages of industry. From the Great Camps ...

Disciplining children: suggestions and cautions

Parents have been asking me for some advice on the best way to discipline their young children. Well, let me see if I can behave appropriately and provide some information on this topic. - Some best practices - ¯ Parents, model the behaviors you want to see in your children to teach ...

What goes up must come down … and sometimes vice versa

Most of us are suspicious of statistics, and rightly so. Not that their conclusions can’t be accurate — of course they can. But it all depends on how the conclusions were arrived at. If they were based on unrepresentative or inadequate cross-samples, then they’re dubious at ...

You don’t own the ’80 hockey team

In a recent Enterprise opinion article, Senior Staff Writer Lou Reuter found it troubling that Olympic “Dream Team” hockey players appeared prominently at a Donald Trump political rally. His article’s first half wins our interest and appreciation as Lou enthusiastically recounts ...

The farmers market: your source for local, pastured meat

You may have heard that reducing your consumption of meat is better both for your health and for our planet. This is true. But most Americans still eat meat. So which meat should you buy? It is best to buy local, sustainably raised meat products —like those sold at our winter farmers market ...

Good music can make a film

Mixing media is an impressive feat, and finding the right song to match a film can be tough work. When it’s done right, you can really capture audiences. Here are a few of my favorite uses of popular songs in films. --- “All I Want for Christmas is You” --- I can’t help but love ...

Contrary to popular belief, time does not fly by

Whether you are a new parent or an old parent, there is always a lot of advice floating around. So I thought I'd chime in on some unwarranted and unasked instruction. Now that my children are older, I can become nostalgic for that child I used to cuddle. I want to recapture those times when we ...

‘The Black Arrow’

Chalet La Solitude seemed like a good name to give the next new home for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson as they migrated through Europe in search of places conducive to the health of Mr. Stevenson, a certified invalid, even more so since he had returned from his year-long American ...

Meet your local weeds and wildflowers

I can’t remember a book making me so eager for spring. Others may have given me the feel of that swift, sweet season, but none has given me so much to do when it arrives. Mind you, I love winter, but now I want things to sprout so I can go out in my yard — and into fields, bogs and ...

In defense of Rep. Elise Stefanik

I can no longer sit idly by at the harsh criticisms of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, such as the recent article by Ken Tingley of the Post-Star. Ken attacked her fundraising, as if that is not commonplace with political candidates. Is he kidding? I realize Democrats are very much the majority ...

Winter peaks for weekend warriors

Originally, my friend Darren came to the Adirondacks thinking we were going to hike Mount Marcy. He drove up from Manhattan with the gear he expected to carry him through, knowing full well I could acquire the rest. Here was the trouble: He’d never been on a winter hike before. Not only ...

Trump holds New Yorkers hostage

Many of us here in the North Country cross the Canadian border almost daily to do business or to visit relatives in Quebec, and we have joined our country’s Trusted Traveler Program so that we may cross back and forth into Canada without undue and unpredictable delay. We have gone to some ...

Chili: a concise and biased history

I have followed Yvona Fast for decades, always insightful and an obviously talented chef, but her Feb. 20 Weekender article on chili seemed to miss the mark. She included beans, which requires comment and, perhaps, aprobation. Chile con carne is a stew of chile peppers (Capsicum annuum) and ...

Unacceptable!

On Friday, Feb. 7 there was a major snowstorm in much of upstate New York, with Franklin County getting around 15 to 20 inches. Most of that Friday saw intense snowfall, with accumulating snow on our roads despite constant plowing by the various highway departments. Although with all county ...

Adirondack winter vacations

I could not believe my eyes as I stumbled across — er, I mean, went to my systematically, automatically prearranged, numbered files of old Enterprise copies and found this … An eight-page copy of the Enterprise, dated Jan. 2, 1954, a mere 66 years ago — a special edition with a ...

Big problem with bail reform

New York state’s new “bail reform law” is flawed in many respects; regardless, it went into effect Jan. 1. You may be asking yourself, what does this law entail, and how will it affect the criminal justice system? After serving 29 years in law enforcement, I felt compelled to share with ...

Playing safely with a dog

With children and dogs out and about as spring approaches, something is bound to happen when the two groups encounter each other, particularly if a child provokes a dog resulting in a dog provoking a child. Believe it or not, there are over 4.5 million dog bites that occur each year. If you ...

Now you see it …

If you ever decide to become a magician, you must learn The First Law of Magic, which is this: There’s no such thing as magic. Huh? What? No such thing as magic? Am I toying with you? Not at all. There’s a very good reason magicians never reveal a secret: namely, to spare ...

On psychology and education

In 2009, seven years before the elections of 2016, Niall Bradley wrote about psychopaths in “From Truth to Power: Souless Psychopaths Rule Our World”: “While psychopaths promote vigorously certain ideologies, they are blatant liars and feel no attachment to the words they utter. ...

Please tell us: How has music impacted you?

I’ll admit it. I’m a real sucker for Instagram. As soon as I start scrolling through artsy photos and funny videos, it’s hard to stop. First, I’m checking out supermodel Ashley Graham and her new baby, next I’m watching two guys build a primitive swimming pool out of mud and palm ...