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Editorials

Straw Poll, Feb. 22 to 28

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you approve of the changes proposed for Saranac Lake village policing, such as increasing training for officers, having a mental health professional assist officers on calls, editing taser and pepper spray policies, and adding a citizen-police interface group? ...

Take on social media, but not for Trump

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

Straw Poll, Feb. 15-22

This week’s Straw Poll: So far, all things considered, how would you grade Gov. Andrew Cuomo on guiding New York through the coronavirus pandemic? A ¯ B ¯ C ¯ D ¯ F - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to ...

NY needs to provide education but stay within a budget

In 2017-18, New York spent $24,040 per pupil to educate its children. To put this another way, the cost of the education each New York student received equals a 2020 Nissan Altima from state government. The choices our state government makes regarding education spending, however, essentially ...

Looking at the Tops-Price Chopper merger

Grocery stores matter a great deal, and when they make changes, people pay close attention. They are our food sources, and shifts in store locations, prices and offerings can make huge differences in people’s household budgets, health and happiness. The merger of two of this area’s major ...

It’s about trust

It comes down to this: In a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, people rely on government more than usual — and they expect government leaders to be worthy of that increased trust. That doesn’t mean those leaders need to be perfect. Sure, it’s wonderful if government happens to have ...

Straw Poll, Feb. 8-15

This week’s Straw Poll: Do you approve of a state constitutional amendment proposal to give every New Yorker the right to clean air and water and a healthful environment? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to ...

Apparent cover-up deserves investigation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration made a critical mistake in March 2020 by ordering nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients for recovery — thus bringing the coronavirus into the place it was most deadly. And worse — much worse — it has now been confirmed that the governor and his ...

Straw Poll, Feb. 1-8

This week’s Straw Poll: Has anyone you know personally died of COVID-19? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Black History Month is time for learning

The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a stark reminder to the nation that, more ...

Be safe and smart for Super Bowl

We can still watch the Super Bowl with friends and extended family on Sunday, even during the COVID-19 pandemic — we just have to do it with everyone at their own home. Many of us would be conversing with our friends anyway by social media, text or phone. Do it that way. Here’s what the ...

Please don’t come for Winter Carnival

“Stay home.” That is what Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Branch has to say to people thinking of coming to Saranac Lake for our annual frigid festivities. He’s right. Please, if you are thinking of taking a drive up to Saranac Lake to see the Ice Palace and maybe the ...

NWHL experiment is lesson for local hockey

The coronavirus got inside what was supposed to be a “bubble,” and it burst. The National Women’s Hockey League’s two-week season in Lake Placid was limping into its playoffs after two of the six teams dropped out. Then the league called it all off on Wednesday afternoon, suspending ...

Public needed to know about COVID deaths in nursing homes

The state’s decision to classify COVID-19 deaths nursing home by the hospital where a person passed away, rather than the nursing home where they contracted the virus, is a big deal, despite what you hear from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Howard Zucker, state health commissioner. For months, ...

Straw Poll, Jan. 25 to Feb. 1

This week’s Straw Poll: Should high school basketball and hockey be allowed at this time? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Give independent redistricting a chance

The Independent Redistricting Commission approved by state voters back in 2014 (do you remember doing that?) is not perfect, but it should be given a chance to work as is. For time out of mind, New Yorkers let state legislators redraw their own districts after every new 10-year census ...

New housing is good, but what about what’s needed most?

Lake Placid desperately needs new housing, and three housing developments are in the works. That’s good. The real estate market caught fire this summer, and middle-class people are largely priced out. But only one of these developments would meet the community’s most pressing need. Last ...

Coronavirus is still all around us

We are heartbroken about a COVID-19 outbreak at the Champlain Valley Senior Community in Willsboro that sickened dozens of residents and killed two. CVSC owner Eli Schwartzberg, who grew up in Saranac Lake, told the Enterprise Tuesday, “To say we are devastated by this outbreak would be an ...

Ice Palace inspiration

We are grateful for and encouraged by the efforts being made by Saranac Lake Winter Carnival volunteers to work around obstacles. It was impressive to see how the Ice Palace Workers 101 were able to solidify a slush layer that developed on the palace’s cutting floor, Pontiac Bay, atop the ...

Legislators need strength in numbers

“There is strength in numbers, but organizing those numbers is one of the great challenges.” — John C. Mather, American astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate - John Mather probably wasn’t talking about the New York state Legislature in the quote we ...