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Editorials

More important than ever to shop locally

What kind of a hometown would any of us have if our local businesses went away? That question is less hypothetical and more serious now than it has been in generations. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the national economy, and many small businesses have been closed or on life support for ...

Lessons for NY from this year’s election

It’s amazing that New York state still has races that are undecided some three weeks after the Nov. 3 election. It’s no wonder state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria and Democratic deputy majority leader in the state Senate, has introduced legislation to speed up the counting of absentee ...

Gratitude is essential

Alright, folks — it’s time to get thankful. Seriously, we know this COVID-19 pandemic stinks, and so does our deep political divide. This chilly, wet, dim November weather can drag one’s mood down pretty low. And each of us has our own personal reasons to feel down and out: Maybe ...

Straw Poll results, Nov. 16-23

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you think Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him by widespread fraud have merit? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Unfair for NY to lead schools on about bus aid

It’s one thing for New York state to withhold or cut aid to schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every school should have been expecting the state to take action as it wrestles with a multi-billion-dollar deficit — and, to their credit, many schools took preemptive action. But ...

Mountains & Valleys

VALLEY — “Now is the winter of our discontent” — that opening line of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” applies well to our current COVID-19 situation. People here, on the whole, have done well about wearing masks and social distancing, and as a result of that (at least we like ...

Trump should let Biden in on security briefings

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. It does ...

Protecting nursing homes is top priority

Thankfully, we have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. All of Essex County’s 16 COVID deaths (including one who went home to Clinton County before dying) were related to the Essex ...

Straw Poll results, Nov. 9-16

Are you taking extra precautions now that Franklin and Essex County COVID-19 numbers are particularly high? Yes: 572 votes, 67% No: 265 votes, 31% Undecided: 17 votes, 2% -- This week’s Straw Poll: Are you getting together with family from other households this ...

Gathering guidance is right, but enforcement?

Should people take part in large gatherings of any kind, or small indoor gatherings between people of different households? No, probably not, and probably not at Thanksgiving, either. COVID-19 has never been more prevalent in the Tri-Lakes area as it is right now. We need to stop the spread and ...

Helping hands in tough times

The last couple of weeks have been a wild ride here at the Enterprise.  At the end of October we lost our Saranac Lake reporter, Amy Scattergood. As we had announced in July when she arrived, we were only able to hire her because of a generous grant the Adirondack Foundation offered ...

Appreciating veterans

Now that the Enterprise is home-delivered mostly by mail, we don’t publish on postal holidays, including Veterans Day. Between that and the whirlwind that hit us Monday — after we found out one of our staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 and that six more had been ordered to ...

CARES should cover COVID test fees

COVID-19 testing is more than a matter of individuals safeguarding their own health and that of their families. It has become an important tool in limiting the disease’s spread. Recognizing that, members of Congress included an important testing provision in the CARES Act approved earlier ...

Vaccine priorities

Once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, demand for it will be enormous. Plainly, there will not be enough to go around, probably for several months. Thoughtful plans will be needed to set priorities for the limited amounts of vaccine that will be available at first. Federal officials ...

Campaign signs have served their purpose

There are still many votes left to be counted, but there are none left to be cast. Therefore, the season when people try to sway each other toward their preferred candidates has passed. And as the leaves fall from the trees, so must campaign signs drop away from roadsides and yards. The ...

99.9% census claim isn’t credible

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9% of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the ...

Look for election results online, not in Wednesday print edition

Normally with an election, Enterprise readers can expect to pick up the next day’s paper and find out who won. This time will be different. Wednesday’s print edition will not have any election results. Check the Enterprise website, though, because there we will post whatever results are ...

Straw Poll results, Oct. 26 to Nov. 2

This week’s Straw Poll: How anxious have you been about this election? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

You have to be pretty evil to attack hospitals

At least the Russian and Iranian operatives attempting to influence public opinion in advance of the election have ideological goals. Not so with a more dangerous class of hackers — freelancers willing to kill for money. Federal officials warned last week of a new wave of online extortion ...

Scary time

It’s Halloween, on a Saturday. It’s the night of a Blue Moon — the second full moon in a month. It’s the night when we set our clocks back an hour for the end of Daylight Savings Time. There’s the pandemic, which is surging in its second wave after already killing a quarter-million ...