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Editorials

Poll results, Aug. 12-19

This week’s Web Poll: Should a possible pro baseball team in Tupper Lake be called the River Pigs, as proposed? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Philadelphia standoff showed police mettle

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police went to a ...

Board of Regents should take its time on this decision

The discussion over whether or not New York state should continue requiring its students to pass five Regents examinations before graduating from high school misses a larger point. For too many students, the work they do from kindergarten through 12th grade isn’t preparing them for life ...

Public lands, public roads, public interest

Hikers coming to the Adirondacks in larger numbers, and the insufficiency of the park’s resources and infrastructure to properly handle the wave — that’s been one of the biggest news stories of the last few years. This summer, the problem has largely flared up along state Route 73, where ...

$100M sticker shock

To a lot of people, it’s baffling that the state Olympic Regional Development Authority is proposing to spend $100 million on an overhaul of a single winter sports venue, the Lake Placid Olympic Center. That’s after an overhaul of the Nordic-biathlon-bobsled-luge-skeleton complex at ...

Poll results, Aug. 5-12

This week’s Web Poll: What do you think is the most important thing the government can do to reduce mass shootings?Restrict what guns are legal ¯ Enhance background checks for gun buyers ¯ Invest more in mental health ¯ None of the above ¯ All of the above ¯ Undecided - These polls ...

Neighbors, watch out for each other

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was ...

Seeking old Enterprises

Hopefully you read earlier this week about how, at long last, we learned the date of the first issue of this newspaper: Feb. 21, 1895. For generations we had thought the Adirondack Enterprise (then a weekly) was first published sometime in 1894, but we couldn’t verify that because so few ...

History detective work corrects error

Sometimes when people dig into their family history, they find surprises. Some find an illegitimate relative, a changed surname or a hidden passion. We found our birth year was different than we had thought. We have been touting “since 1894” in our masthead for years. The Enterprise ...

Moose hour is over

Moose sightings are rare in New York state. Many year-round Adirondack residents have never seen one, and even those who have often won’t miss the opportunity to see another. Then throw in thousands of visitors and part-time residents in peak tourism season, and you have a massive number of ...

Poll results, July 22-29

We're continuing this poll for a second week: Do you think you have an adequate retirement plan? - These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Customer service training is a great community service

Workers and employers, listen up. Just about all of us serve customers in some way: whether we build houses or build sandwiches, tend bar or tend flowerbeds, write traffic tickets or write news articles. It’s critically important to serve those customers with an attitude and manner that ...

Good work on DRI

We’ve been to countless public announcements and press conferences over the years, and the one Thursday morning in downtown Saranac Lake was one of the best. It was short, sweet, honest and genuinely newsworthy. It also took place outside on a beautiful sunny summer day in the heart of ...

How to be eco-friendly when you’re dead

Forget black at a funeral. Think green. Many cities are running out of burial space and conventional casket-in-ground burials change our environment, not only by introducing a lot of different materials to the soil, but also destabilizing it and preventing development. While it’s nice ...

Drug makers flooded U.S. with opioids

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Space travel opens our optimism

For some Americans, the 1960s was a time when it was easy to worry about both our individual futures and that of our nation. A bloody war in Vietnam dominated headlines. The young president who inspired us to ask what we could do for our country had been assassinated. We watched in horror ...

Poll results, July 15-22

This week’s Web Poll: Do you think you have an adequate retirement plan? -- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Epstein should have been sent away years ago

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN — to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for planning to build restrooms at the River Street boat launch. Restrooms were in the original plans when the boat launch was proposed. We are also excited for a Saranac Lake village proposal, funded with help from the state ...

What were Tennessee leaders thinking?

What on earth possessed Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to back declaring each July 13 as “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” in his state? A satisfactory answer to that probably is not on the horizon. Lee faced controversy earlier this summer in saying he had no problem in signing a proclamation ...