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Editorials

COVID research needs to be priority

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

Make America smart again

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissention in the United States. If not, it should. We ...

Let’s plan ahead who gets vaccine first

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

More of a ’60s Democrat

To the editor: Something that a lot of conservative-Republicans say to me is that, in THEIR view, today’s Democrats PANDER TO and BOW TO all minority groups and sub-groups. They don’t think that the Democrats of the 1960s pandered as much as today’s do. And they believe that they ...

Whitney Park should be protected, not state-owned

By all accounts, Whitney Park is a treasure — a 36,000-acre tract full of 22 connected lakes and ponds. The few human impacts — 80 miles of roads, 20 miles of trails, a logging operation, a great camp complex and a few other structures — practically melt into the vastness of its mostly ...

Help our neighbors with COVID-19

In many respects, COVID-19 is all the U.S. health care system can handle, and more. By Sunday, nearly 155,000 Americans had succumbed to the disease. Though enormous progress has been made since the pandemic first breached U.S. defenses last winter, challenges remain. Among them is ...

Don’t let anyone divide us

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election less than three months away, that comes as no surprise. There is ...

Straw Poll results, July 27 to Aug. 3

This week’s Straw Poll: Should New York state try to buy the 36,000-acre Whitney Park, which has an asking price of $180 million? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Justice for all

It shouldn’t be that hard. When a person goes above and beyond the call of duty to do admirable work, that person should be rewarded, at least with praise if not anything else. And when a person screws up and does something wrong, that person should face appropriate consequences. That is ...

College COVID rules are important

Many U.S. colleges and universities are preparing to reopen for the fall semester, with in-person classes scheduled widely. It is understandable that many students, parents and college officials are on edge. Science is on their side, in a way. COVID-19 seems to be most dangerous for older ...

Let’s limit coronavirus so it doesn’t get into nursing homes

About 40% of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with preexisting health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to happen. Many of the deaths occurred during the early ...

Congress must help local, state government soon

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

Let’s be careful

We love to travel and get together with friends — especially in summer. After six months of winter hibernation when we hardly see our neighbors, the warm summer sun compels us to get out, get about and socialize. But right now, sadly, is a time when it’s usually best to resist that ...

Straw Poll results, July 20-27

This week’s Straw Poll: Should bars be required to serve meals? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

One size fits none

Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t want to give up his emergency powers. An executive action last week suggests maybe he should. The governor took steps to limit bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases climbed in some parts of New York. Those increases haven’t come with as significant an ...

Public shouldn’t be exiled on Main Street

We are disappointed in the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees for not holding a hearing or seeking any other kind of input from the public at large before voting to solicit construction bids for a huge overhaul of Main Street downtown. The $8 million price tag, mostly paid by state ...

New reporter comes here from LA

You may have noticed a new reporter’s byline here at the Enterprise. Amy Scattergood has taken over the Saranac Lake beat and will also cover arts and entertainment, especially once we bring back the Weekender section from its coronavirus hiatus. She moved here for Los Angeles, where she ...

Straw Poll results, July 13-20

This week’s Straw Poll: Should resisting arrest be raised from a misdemeanor to a felony, as the New York State Sheriffs Association is requesting? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

2020-21 can be the ‘Year of Inclusion’

Northwood School officials have tapped into something with their theme for the 2020-21 school year, and we think the Adirondack region — possibly the entire state — should join them. The theme is “Fighting Inequality. Embracing Inclusion.” Now that racial injustice and inequality ...

Want to return to normal? Wear a mask

It is good news that schools in the North Country should be able to open in September with at least some form of in-person learning. Now, the hard work begins. School districts have until July 31 to submit reopening plans to the state Education Department. There is much yet to be ...