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Editorials

Wish it was easier to grieve virus victims

While patient privacy is important, so is public grief, and we wish there was not so much secrecy about deaths. We are grateful that relatively few North Country residents have died of COVID-19 so far — and none that we know of yet in the Tri-Lakes area — but given the recent outbreaks ...

Road salt reduction is long overdue

We are glad the Adirondack Park’s elected representatives — Republican and Democratic alike — and advocacy groups prevailed over the state Department of Transportation and convinced the governor to sign a road salt reduction bill the Legislature had passed almost unanimously in July. ...

Straw Poll, Nov. 30 to Dec. 7

Do you think some version of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival would be safe and feasible if the COVID-19 situation does not improve by February? Total votes: 1,118 Yes: 378, 34% No: 680, 61% Undecided: 60, less than 1% --- This week’s Straw Poll: Are you shopping locally for ...

Mountains & Valleys

VALLEY — to a record number of active positive COVID-19 cases in Franklin County. At least some of them have been traced to Thanksgiving gatherings, and the timing is also right when a spike was predicted to come from Thanksgiving meals. While there may be other ways the coronavirus spread, ...

Need to understand racial disparity in COVID deaths

Racial minorities have been hit far harder than white Americans by COVID-19. Throughout the epidemic, that has been a constant. But why? Theories abound. One is that African-Americans, whose average incomes are lower than those for whites, do not benefit from as high a quality of health ...

Straw Poll, Nov. 23-30

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you think some version of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival would be safe and feasible if the COVID-19 situation does not improve by February? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to ...

FDA must get it right, and fast, with vaccines

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a race against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. Two COVID-19 vaccines appear nearly ready to go. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA has to approve ...

More important than ever to shop locally

What kind of a hometown would any of us have if our local businesses went away? That question is less hypothetical and more serious now than it has been in generations. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the national economy, and many small businesses have been closed or on life support for ...

Lessons for NY from this year’s election

It’s amazing that New York state still has races that are undecided some three weeks after the Nov. 3 election. It’s no wonder state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria and Democratic deputy majority leader in the state Senate, has introduced legislation to speed up the counting of absentee ...

Gratitude is essential

Alright, folks — it’s time to get thankful. Seriously, we know this COVID-19 pandemic stinks, and so does our deep political divide. This chilly, wet, dim November weather can drag one’s mood down pretty low. And each of us has our own personal reasons to feel down and out: Maybe ...

Straw Poll results, Nov. 16-23

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you think Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him by widespread fraud have merit? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Unfair for NY to lead schools on about bus aid

It’s one thing for New York state to withhold or cut aid to schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every school should have been expecting the state to take action as it wrestles with a multi-billion-dollar deficit — and, to their credit, many schools took preemptive action. But ...

Mountains & Valleys

VALLEY — “Now is the winter of our discontent” — that opening line of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” applies well to our current COVID-19 situation. People here, on the whole, have done well about wearing masks and social distancing, and as a result of that (at least we like ...

Trump should let Biden in on security briefings

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. It does ...

Protecting nursing homes is top priority

Thankfully, we have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. All of Essex County’s 16 COVID deaths (including one who went home to Clinton County before dying) were related to the Essex ...

Straw Poll results, Nov. 9-16

Are you taking extra precautions now that Franklin and Essex County COVID-19 numbers are particularly high? Yes: 572 votes, 67% No: 265 votes, 31% Undecided: 17 votes, 2% -- This week’s Straw Poll: Are you getting together with family from other households this ...

Gathering guidance is right, but enforcement?

Should people take part in large gatherings of any kind, or small indoor gatherings between people of different households? No, probably not, and probably not at Thanksgiving, either. COVID-19 has never been more prevalent in the Tri-Lakes area as it is right now. We need to stop the spread and ...

Helping hands in tough times

The last couple of weeks have been a wild ride here at the Enterprise.  At the end of October we lost our Saranac Lake reporter, Amy Scattergood. As we had announced in July when she arrived, we were only able to hire her because of a generous grant the Adirondack Foundation offered ...

Appreciating veterans

Now that the Enterprise is home-delivered mostly by mail, we don’t publish on postal holidays, including Veterans Day. Between that and the whirlwind that hit us Monday — after we found out one of our staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 and that six more had been ordered to ...

CARES should cover COVID test fees

COVID-19 testing is more than a matter of individuals safeguarding their own health and that of their families. It has become an important tool in limiting the disease’s spread. Recognizing that, members of Congress included an important testing provision in the CARES Act approved earlier ...