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Editorials

Scammers can target children, too

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Good leadership

Robert “Roby” Politi has been an excellent North Elba town supervisor these last 12 years, and before that was an excellent mayor of Lake Placid village. He has now presided over his last municipal board meeting, and we wish him well as he spends more time with his grandchildren. Politi ...

Space Force as a separate branch would be inefficient

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

State can’t keep squeezing money from its taxpayers

With the state facing a $6.1 billion budget deficit, nearly half of which (roughly $4 billion) is tied to the state’s Medicaid program, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, told reporters in Albany recently that the state will have to raise revenue to cover the shortfall. Get ready for ...

Lawmakers mustn’t let governor change elections without them

The state Legislature has a little more than a week to decide to hold a special session if it wants to make any changes to the Public Campaign Finance Commission’s recommendations. Legislative leadership should do so. Many will always view the Public Campaign Finance Commission’s work ...

Poll results, Dec. 6-16

This week’s Web Poll: Would you use a trail for biking, snowmobiling, jogging, etc., converted from the railroad tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Building a peaceful world through sports

As the world’s best bobsled and skeleton athletes compete again this weekend during the IBSF World Cup races at Lake Placid’s Mount Van Hoevenberg, we continue to be in awe that this tiny Adirondack village claimed a stake in the Olympic movement for the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games ...

Don’t ignore climate crisis

To the editor: I participated in the Dec. 6 Sunrise Movement demonstration in Trinity Park (Plattsburgh). We walked with Sunrise members to the nearby Clinton County Government Building, where various governmental entities, including Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s Plattsburgh office, are ...

Let’s honor Americans who deserve honoring

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: Memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...

Snoopy’s here, so it must be the holidays

The holidays are upon us, and everywhere there are signs of the season. Some are obvious, like lights, decorations and music. Others are less obvious and you have to look for them. One of our favorite signs of the season appears on Page A2 of today’s Enterprise. It's the little “Shopping ...

A model legislator

Betty Little should be the model for everyone who ever runs for elected office. She announced this week she will retire at the end of 2020, when her current term ends. Here in the North Country and in the Capitol, she is respected by members of both parties. She will be missed, but we ...

Community colleges are important

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...

Be warm this winter, but first, be safe

With winter comes the need to heat our homes — and an increased need for caution. One way to keep warm is space heaters, which officials remind must not be plugged into power strips, but rather directly into a wall outlet, because of the increased energy load. Many power strips can ...

Base asylum cases on facts, not technicalities

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Thanks to caregivers

Chances are you or someone close to you has been in need of help from a caregiver. November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, and we want people to be aware that there are available services for those times we can’t do it ourselves. The decision is usually difficult to make, but ...

Election security should be a shared priority

If America is to remain America, we need to make sure our voting is what voters believe it to be, and not a sham controlled by cheaters. As politics has become more of a high-stakes game, its battlefields these days swirl around its own core mechanism — elections. U.S. diplomats have ...

It’s coming fast and furious; shop locally

Here comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday — all named to bring you attention to shopping for the holidays. With one less week than last year between Black Friday and Christmas, you are probably feeling the pressure. Relax, we know how to get your ...

Thanksgiving thoughts

What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving? A few things spring to mind: ¯ We’re thankful to live here, in the Tri-Lakes communities of the Adirondacks, small towns filled with our kind of people and surrounded by natural beauty. There’s no place we’d rather be. ¯ We’re glad ...

Let’s calm down and live with each other

We know these are tense times, politically, but instead of diving into the hysteria, we wish more people would take a deep breath, keep calm and carry on. Or better yet, do this: Stop, listen (or read), learn, make an informed decision, and then act on it. Decades in the newspaper ...

Suing Juul will help smoke out the truth

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...