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Editorials

Water is still cold; wear a PFD

We have been surprised to see a whole lot of canoes on the tops of cars driving through Saranac Lake. It’s not just us. Erin Hanczyk, spokesperson for Region 5 of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said she’s been surprised to see so many, too. Early to mid April is ...

Not the time to burn

It’s pretty dry out there — so dry that a forecast of rain early this week dried up. National Weather Service meteorologists in Burlington, Vermont, still say our area might get rain Wednesday through Friday — possibly mixed with snow Friday — but in a tweet Monday they said it ...

Straw Poll, April 5-11

This week’s Straw Poll: New York made it easier to vote last year due to COVID-19, and more people voted. Once the pandemic ends, should it keep these election rules or revert to the old ones? -- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users ...

Hope for a break on immigration reform

Most Americans cannot fathom living in a place where it seems preferable to live in holding facilities in another country than to return. Most of us have no idea what it is like to truly live in fear that drives us to risk everything just for a chance at a better life for our kids. Many of ...

Defending ourselves better against scams

Scams of all sorts have grown more frequent in recent years — maybe even more so in this last year, judging by what we hear from readers and loved ones, and what we see come into our own phones and email. Friday’s Enterprise contained an in-depth report by Aaron Cerbone about ...

Vaccines are how we win the race

The world is engaged in a race between vaccinations and the coronavirus’s new strains. Some of these mutated variants spread much more easily than the original — which was plenty contagious enough — but so far, at least, they aren’t breaking through the vaccines’ protection. In ...

Suddenly, marijuana is legal

Marijuana legalization in New York creeped up slowly for many years, but it still felt distant. In the end, though, it happened very quickly. Despite this news coming out in print on April 1, it is not an April Fool’s joke, even though it might feel like one. Suddenly on Wednesday it ...

Don’t make excuses for fraternity hazing

Most of us have a tendency to look back on our youth through a filter. Our antics were harmless … kids will be kids. When we are reminded how reckless we were, sometimes we go into a defensive stance. We did nothing wrong, and young people doing the same thing now shouldn’t be in trouble ...

Congratulations to the Volunteer of the Year

Inside today’s Enterprise you’ll find the 2021 edition of the Community Resource Directory. If you’re reading this online, you can find it on our website under “Guides” in the top menu. You can pick up a free copy in the front vestibule of our office (54 Broadway, Saranac ...

No Vacation Photo Contest again this year

We know many people have already been taking vacations to warmer places this winter, especially after getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. Also, we know many families are going to travel for spring break, which starts this weekend for Saranac Lake and Lake Placid schools, with other local ...

Straw Poll, March 15-21

This week’s Straw Poll: Should big sporting events be held in Lake Placid this summer? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Big summer events are a big risk

In candidate forums we hosted on March 7, we asked everyone running for the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees if they would say no to big Lake Placid summer events if there is no major improvement in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what conditions would have to be met for them to say yes. Art ...

Voters’ choices ready to serve Lake Placid

We are happy to add our congratulations to Tuesday’s village election winners and our thanks to all the candidates who put themselves out there to serve their neighbors. Lake Placid had the only competitive village election in our readership area this year, and it was a big one. As Craig ...

Straw Poll, March 8-14

This week’s Straw Poll: Is COVID reopening happening too fast, too slow or about right? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Oversight of federal loans needed

For small businesses and organizations around the country, the emergency loan programs set up by the federal government in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic were a godsend. Loans such as those through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program were given at ...

Springing back

Many of us had been enjoying the winter. It wasn’t that cold, but it also hadn’t thawed, so it was great for outdoor recreation. Skiers, snowmobilers and ice anglers were all happy. Snow shovelers, not so much, but hey, that’s good exercise, too. But when we went out in the warm ...

With Cuomo, it’s cumulative

It’s not just the multiple accusations of sexual harassment — and now one of sexual assault. It’s not just the undercounting, by some 50%, of how many New York nursing home residents died of COVID-19. It’s cumulative. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pluses, to be sure, but he keeps filling the ...

Straw Poll, March 1 to 7

This week’s Straw Poll: What is the most pressing issue facing the village of Lake Placid? Budget/taxes ¯ Business/economy ¯ Housing/rentals ¯ Infrastructure/Main Street ¯ Parking/transit ¯ Transparency ¯ Something else --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent ...

It’s been a great winter for outdoor rec

As this pandemic winter began, we prayed that it would be a good one for outdoor recreation. It would have added insult to injury to have one of those loaded with freeze-thaw cycles, when slush and sleet are predominant. This winter, of all winters, people needed to get outside and do fun ...

Did Cuomo watch harassment videos?

Two years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court with new sexual harassment prevention laws. Many people remember it well — there were a boatload of forms for workers to sign and videos to watch to educate workers about proper workplace ...