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Editorials

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 ...

A new day of infamy

(Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published in the Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2001. Then-Features Editor Bruce Young wrote it on deadline that morning, with input from other staff members, as news of the attacks unfolded and as other staff members scrambled to get it into the paper. ...

Straw Poll results, Aug. 31 to Sept. 7

This week’s Straw Poll: Are you willing to compromise on what you think is right for the United States to help heal the nation’s political divide? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Straw Poll results, Aug. 24-31

Do you plan to vote by absentee ballot in national and/or local elections this fall? Yes: 253, 32% No: 501, 63% Undecided: 39, 5% ______ This week’s Straw Poll: Does it concern you that Rep. Elise Stefanik calls Joe Biden “far-left” when he was among the most conservative of ...

Time to show we care

There isn’t much local people can do to prevent things like the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Essex Center in Elizabethtown, other than expressing horror — and maybe calling on state and federal leaders to do more to protect nursing homes. But there is something we all can do for the people ...

Fix test result lag now

It is appalling that the Essex Center in Elizabethtown had to wait 19 days to get the results of its weekly, state-mandated COVID-19 tests for all staff. That delay opened a gigantic hole in the nursing home’s defenses for the coronavirus to run right through. And it did. Five people are ...

Living with each other

This is a different kind of editorial. Rather than address a specific issue or occurrence, today we feel the need to state an underlying philosophy. It’s meant to cover a lot of ground. Feel free to apply it to anything from national politics to interpersonal quibbles. If there is one ...

Straw Poll results, Aug. 17-24

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you plan to vote by absentee ballot in national and/or local elections this fall? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Will COVID vaccine be rationed?

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 ...

Don’t forget to talk to your local veterans

A century from now, how many Americans will even know about the Bataan Death March? Will those who read about it believe anyone could be so cruel to other human beings? Will the skeptical conclude the accounts are myths, horror stories that could never have happened? Ed Jackfert knew ...

Census needs more time, not less

Giving Americans a month less to respond to the 2020 Census may be the most ridiculous proposal to come out of Washington this year. The idea should be discarded. Original plans for the Census called for an Oct. 31 deadline for people to respond to it with information about themselves and ...

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 ...

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 ...