Editorials

Day of the dead

Monday is our day of the dead in the United States of America. It’s not wrong to have fun with family and friends on this long weekend, but as with the Latin American Dia de Muertos, make sure to keep in mind those who have died. On this particular holiday, specifically remember the ...

Time for representative government at the APA

Governors have, for a long time, had a hard time keeping up with churn on the state Adirondack Park Agency board. But now it’s gotten really bad. Seven of the governor’s eight appointments to the APA board were set to be up in the air this summer, which means Gov. Andrew Cuomo could ...

Things that do and don’t make our final DRI list

Saranac Lake submitted more funding requests to the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative then could be filled — that’s how this grant program is supposed to work. The state officials who make the final decisions want some options. Of the nearly $15 million worth of requests Saranac Lake ...

Textalyzer bill should be set aside for now

There were legitimate questions about the so-called Textalyzer device when it was making news a couple of years ago. Why have so few of them been answered? The Textalyzer is a device that would scan a driver’s cellphone if they were in a car accident and see if the person responsible ...

VA, military must do better for women

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

Immigration reform, yes. Driver’s licenses, no.

People call them either “illegal” or “undocumented” immigrants, depending on how much they resent them. Both terms are flawed. “Undocumented” soft-pedals the seriousness of the matter, making it sound like someone just lost their documents. “Illegal” suggests the person could ...

The plane truth

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat this week — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max ...

State’s stance on motorized bikes needs some readjusting

Perhaps New York state should rethink its stance that motorized bicycles are not allowed on public highways or sidewalks. One has to think that motorized bicycles are a way to reduce vehicle congestion in bigger cities. The motorized bicycles, which come in gas-powered and electric models, ...

A different way of burying the dead

Folks in Washington state are considering what many people out in the hinterlands would consider a strange new law — at least partly on the grounds of protecting the environment. Washington legislators have approved a bill, now awaiting action by the governor, to allow composting of human ...

More heroes to thank

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Life-saving courage was shown by a ...

Help us celebrate Rising Stars

The huge baby boom generation is retiring in droves, and their parents’ generation has largely passed away. It’s part of the cycle of life, and it presents a great opportunity for a younger generation to step up and fill its roles in our society. Some of our younger community members ...

New NCCC president is several steps ahead

Congratulations to Joseph Keegan, who was named Wednesday as the next president of North Country Community College. It is a rare and special opportunity for NCCC to have a president who is both an alum and an employee. As a student, Keegan studied general liberal arts at NCCC en route to a ...

A home run for Saranac Lake

What wonderful news that Saranac Lake is getting a pro baseball team this summer. Enterprise readers responded on social media with the same kind of excitement we had when we heard about it in the newsroom. The Surge will move here from Old Orchard Beach, Maine, an oceanfront tourist town ...

Not many left to teach about the Holocaust

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Conservation worth funding

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Hero gave his life to save others

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When ...

Get those vacation photos in

All the school spring breaks are now over, even Long Lake’s, which was last week. We know those of you who went away took some great photos of your travels. We saw some of those on Facebook, and they looked very cool — or perhaps we should say warm, compared to April in the ...

Poll results, April 22-29

This week’s Web Poll: Is your home prepared for flooding? Yes, No, Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Let ‘Our Kate’ Smith rest in peace

The latest hubbub over racism in the United States comes from radio, recording, television and film star Kate Smith, who recorded a version of Irving Berlin’s song “God Bless America” in 1939 and is buried in her adopted Adirondack Mountain home of Lake Placid.  In short, the ...

New helicopter is needed and welcome

It’s good news that the New York State Police got a Huey (Bell UH-1A) helicopter from the U.S. military and is sending it up here, to supplement the helicopter already stationed at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear. The existing chopper has gotten a lot of use, largely to ...