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Editorials

Support 20-somethings; build apartments

If you want your local community to succeed long term, the best thing you can do is to make it a good place for people in their 20s to live. Every small town in America, pretty much, worries about losing its children. Many high school graduates leave town and never come back. At that age, ...

Bring back Lake Placid neighborhoods

Whether it’s a moratorium on new short-term vacation rentals in residental zones, a flat-out ban on these types of uses in residential zones, a restriction to only let full-time residents have short-term rentals in residential zones — or another solution that may work — the village of ...

Let’s not wait for a tragedy to unite us

On Wednesday as we listened to people recall Sept. 11, 2001, we were reminded of how the purpose of terrorism is not primarily to kill people but to paralyze their spirit. That can be accomplished by sowing fear, and also by sowing division. We remembered how Americans defeated the 9/11 ...

A new day of infamy

(Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published in the Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2001. Then-Features Editor Bruce Young wrote it on deadline that morning, with input from other staff members, as news of the attacks unfolded and as other staff members scrambled to get it into the paper. ...

Poll results, Sept. 2-9

This week’s Web Poll: Should state and local officials work on establishing hiker shuttle buses from Lake Placid to Keene, as well as to Wilmington? -- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Mountains & Valleys

VALLEY — to thousands of gallons of raw sewage that spilled into the Saranac River by the Pine Street bridge. The Ray Brook federal prison’s sewer line ruptured here when it was finally unclogged after several days. We’re very glad the line is now operational, with a temporary bypass in ...

Poll results, Aug. 26 to Sept. 2

This week’s Web Poll: Should short-term rentals be restricted in the Lake Placid area? - These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

State lets itself bypass ‘forever wild’

New York state has a double standard for its Adirondack Forest Preserve: It can let its own agencies break the law, but no one else can. Earlier this year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation let the state Olympic Regional Development Authority cut trees on Forest Preserve ...

Selfish buyer can’t stop the News

Unless you are a subscriber to the Lake Placid News, it was difficult to find last week’s issue of the paper at any of our Lake Placid vendors. Someone went around to the places that sell our newspaper in Lake Placid — from small businesses to big chain grocery stores — and bought all ...

Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN to one of the most vivid public hearings ever, in Lake Placid Monday evening on short-term rental rules. Roughly 200 people attended, 48 spoke — roughly half for, half against — and their statements were heartfelt and real. The village and town board members, who sat silently like ...

Don’t scrape more money from plates

There are 75 million reasons for New York to make the state’s drivers get new license plates — one for each dollar the state expects to make from a scheme released last week in the guise of a fun new contest to choose the state’s new license plate design. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the new ...

Poll results, Aug. 19-26

This week’s Web Poll: Should the state give away firewood to families in need from trees cut at the Olympic Sports Complex? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

R.I.P., River Pigs

We were ready to root for the River Pigs. Granted, we will root for Tupper Lake’s upcoming Empire Professional Baseball League team no matter what it is named, but upon hearing the proposed name announced, we were intrigued. The team will play on the shore of Raquette Pond, where the river ...

Be wary of Taliban

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Reckless gun stunts

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn that amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all.  What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears ...

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 ...