Editorials

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Better to miss eclipse than to damage eyes

Americans have an exciting opportunity to witness a solar eclipse early Monday afternoon, but it’s dangerous as well. When the moon passes in front of the sun Monday, don’t look at it directly. Looking through a telescope, binoculars or camera lens is not safe, either. NASA warns, ...

Send military to Venezuela? No

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

Don’t blame police for Charlottesville melee

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been ...

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Trump still emboldens white supremacists

Hundreds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen and other white supremacists shamelessly reviving Hitler’s torchlight parades and Nazi salutes; carrying clubs and shields, accompanied by their own militia brandishing semi-automatic rifles and pistols; the crowd waving swastikas, Confederate flags and other ...

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Web Poll results, August 8-15

This week’s Web Poll: Whom do you prefer for Harrietstown Town Council? Ed Goetz, Ron Keough, Jordanna Mallach, Tracey Schrader, Undecided --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Congress must set Postal Service free

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t cover defense firm’s fancy cars

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

DOJ’s announcement is a threat to readers

The Enterprise, an Associated Press member, endorses this statement by Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors: --- As the leaders of America’s newsrooms, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors come together to express ...

Get a biodigester that fits North Elba

For much of U.S. history, refuse was discarded just about anywhere: fields, forests, pits, rivers, lakes and oceans. Then, for generations, trash was collected and dumped into landfills. People started recycling in the 1980s and ’90s, lessening the landfill load somewhat. Composting some food ...

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A badge and a big heart

Matt Dana, 27, a sergeant with the Tupper Lake Police Department, died this week while off duty at his home, leaving the community in mourning yet again this year. Being a cop was in Matt’s heart. He excelled at every challenge thrown at him, including his newfound rank of sergeant, which ...

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Web Poll results, July 31 – Aug. 7

This week’s Web Poll: Should the Saranac Lake Central School District build an artificial turf sports field? These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Chris Knight smiles on assignment for the Enterprise at the 2014 Winter Olympic is Sochi, Russia.
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Farewell to a trusted news reporter

Chris Knight has been Saranac Lake’s premier news reporter for 16 years: almost eight years at WNBZ radio and then eight more at the Enterprise. Now he’s leaving the news business, and we congratulate North Country Community College for not messing around in reviving its long-dormant ...

Stick to facts on case of Indian snowshoer

Let’s make sure we all understand the facts, such as they are publicly known, in the case of a snowshoe racer from India’s Kashmir region who is set to stand trial for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old Saranac Lake girl. The reason we write this is that many of ...

Slow down, be careful on busy streets

“Stop and smell the roses,” as the old saying goes, instead of running them over by rushing around. It can be pretty risky just walking across the road on the crosswalk, or walking on a sidewalk with distracted people moving at a fast clip in cars, or on bicycles or skateboards. Just ...

President made valid point about upstate

It is no surprise that some New Yorkers are upset with the way President Donald Trump spoke about New York state recently. They may be even more upset when they realize the state’s population trends prove Trump’s message was on point. Last week, Wisconsin beat out Oneida County in New ...

Cameras and trails would both help

Joyriders on all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes can’t be left to run rampant and damage public and private property in Tupper Lake simply because police officers have trouble catching them. Cameras, which village officials are considering, are a legitimate tool for fighting vandalism and ...

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Web Poll results, July 24-31

This week’s Web Poll: Should the village of Tupper Lake use surveillance cameras to catch joyriders on ATVs or dirt bikes? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik improves record on pollution

We’re glad the North Country’s congressional representative, Elise Stefanik, voted to retain clean air rules — one of only two Republicans from New York and 11 nationwide to do so. They didn’t prevail, though. The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to stall Obama-era ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — We’re glad to see that the truly excellent Wild Center is such a huge draw, and that Tupper Lake businesses are benefitting from the nature museum’s popularity. The large crowds at the Wild Center, even on weekdays, prompted us to have our new reporter Aaron Cerbone talk to ...

Roedels were right to drop lawsuit

We’re glad Roedel Companies dropped its lawsuits against the village of Saranac Lake and the developers who plan to build the Lake Flower Resort and Spa. We did not like to see the company rehabilitating the beautiful Hotel Saranac pick this fight. By backing down on its own, the Roedel ...