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Editorials

Confronting racist symbols is hard but necessary

We are happy to see that on Thursday the Tupper Lake Town Council passed a resolution announcing that not only does it oppose racism, but it also discourages citizens from spreading racism by displaying racist symbols. Municipal government can’t require that racist symbols be removed, and ...

The bigger test is beyond Election Day

The upcoming election is a major crossroads for this nation. The two paths before us are perhaps more widely divergent than at any time in recent memory. And the number of political campaign signs we’ve seen while driving around the North Country is more than we ever remember seeing ...

Loads of letters

You might not know this if the Enterprise is the only newspaper you read, but there are papers all over this nation that don’t get many letters to the editor. Whether it’s due to politeness or apathy or disconnectedness, that’s a form of social distancing that does no good for ...

Straw Poll results, Oct. 5-12

This week’s Straw Poll: Is New York state’s new Cliffside Mountain Coaster at Mount Van Hoevenberg a good investment? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Elections may not feel peaceful, but they are

Election time — for some, it’s game time. They embrace the crackling energy and the confrontation between candidates vying for leadership. For others, it is draining, depressing and scary to see our country divided, seemingly torn apart into rival factions. They can’t wait for the ...

Do the census right

Knowing how many people live where in the United States is more than a matter of satisfying curiosity or writing books on demographics and geography. The census conducted every decade has enormous ramifications. How $1.5 trillion in federal funding is doled out to localities and states, ...

Good to see openness on police changes

Government transparency and public participation are increasingly underway in the village of Saranac Lake’s implementation of police reforms Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered for all police departments. Progressive activists have spoken out strongly about the village’s hiring of Lexipol, a ...

Straw Poll results, Sept. 28 to Oct. 5

This week’s Straw Poll: Whom do you support for representative of New York’s 21st Congressional District? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Hoping president recovers, and learns

The president of our nation, and several other national figures he recently associated with, are among the 7.4 million Americans stricken with COVID-19. Like him or loathe him, let’s all come together as a nation in hoping for his strong recovery. We also hope President Donald Trump and ...

Preparing for a Halloween like no other

At least there will be no shortage of masks. So goes one joke about Halloween 2020. It will be upon us in just a few weeks. Halloween rivals Christmas in some ways in popularity among children. Each October, they delight in dressing up and ringing doorbells or knocking on doors, greeting ...

Straw Poll results, Sept. 21-28

This week’s Straw Poll: Whom do you favor for president in the Nov. 3 election? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Fix the system that failed Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor’s family is right: The system failed her. She should be alive today, but she is not. It is too late to save Taylor, who died in a hail of bullets from three police officers in Louisville, Kentucky one night in March. It is not too late for law enforcement officials ...

Mountains & Valley

MOUNTAIN — to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee for choosing the perfect theme for our frozen festivities in 2021 — “Mask-erade.” Remember, our Winter Carnival was started in the 1890s by tuberculosis patients. This one is going to be different, and it’s going to be fantastic ...

Get the vaccine you can get now, for flu

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another killer is about to take the stage, however. “Regular” influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — strikes ...

Tests would be much better than temperature checks

At the beginning of each in-person class day in the Tri-Lakes area, no student is allowed to enter a school building without first getting a temperature check and filling out short checklist, asking if they are experiencing other symptoms or have knowingly been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. ...

Ginsburg’s manner made her a role model

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology ...

Straw Poll results, Sept. 14-21

This week’s Straw Poll: Did you plant a garden this year, and if so, how has it done? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Saranac Lake voters paying more attention

The spirit of democracy has risen again in Saranac Lake. Specifically, we are excited that voter turnout in Tuesday’s village board election was much higher than usual. We are also grateful to all four candidates or their willingness to put themselves out there, and we congratulate winners ...

Straw Poll results, Sept. 8-14

Are you willing to compromise on what you think is right for the United States, to help heal the nation’s political divide? 757 votes: Yes: 196, 26% No: 514, 68% Undecided: 47, 6% ——— This week’s Straw Poll: Should fans to be allowed in the stands at NFL football ...

Permits? No, do these things for High Peaks

Let’s say the state of New York decides to institute a permit system for hikers and backcountry campers to gain access to the most popular trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area, with the goal of protecting the resource — the woods, waters and wildlife. Yes, it would limit the number of ...