Editorials

Seek broadband funding ASAP

President Donald Trump revealed two pieces of big news April 12 — one of them of enormous importance to millions of Americans who do not yet enjoy technology taken for granted by many of their neighbors. Some of those second-class tech citizens live right here in our state. Trump talked ...

Wrong place, wrong time on Depot plan

Since the 1970s there has been talk of developing the vacant former railroad yards around Saranac Lake’s Union Depot train station. In the late 2000s, the village developed a “vision concept” depicting the Depot area as a residential neighborhood sprinkled with mixed-use buildings: ...

Don’t think cathedral can be rebuilt quickly

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine ...

Poll results, April 15-22

This week’s Web Poll: Did you go on a vacation or have a staycation over spring break? Vacation, Staycation, Neither --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Be kind. Pass it on.

The world can seem like a pretty scary place sometimes. It’s easy to get discouraged with constant scenes of violence, destruction, political disarray and poverty. Many of us are looking for any small way to make a difference. Turns out a small act of kindness can have ripple effects far ...

Think about next winter’s salt use now

With summer around the corner, it’s time to plan for winter. Yes, you heard me right. As I take my winter slacks to the dry cleaner, you can tell I’m from the North Country with salt rings around the bottom of the pant legs. I need to clean and polish my salt stained shoes and boots, ...

Poll results, April 8-15

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with New York state’s decision to eliminate cash bail for arrestees, except for violent felonies? Yes, No, Undecided These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Poll results, April 1-8

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with New York state’s decision to no longer have police release booking photos of arrestees, except when there is a specific law enforcement reason to do so? Yes, No, Undecided --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the ...

Is state Education Department up to the task of fixing tests?

The union representing New York’s teachers sounded an alarm Monday about the next round of testing for third- through eighth-graders in New York’s schools. Sure enough, issues with computer-based testing — one of the union’s six concerns outlined Monday — came true this week. The ...

At least we won’t have secret arrests

The state Legislature apparently negotiated a way to prevent Gov. Andrew Cuomo from making all arrest booking information secret statewide, except when police have a special reason to release it. Any society with secret arrests is not free. State leaders compromised and arranged for ...

Poll results, March 25 to April 1

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with New York state banning or charging a 5-cent fee for plastic shopping bags? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Pack your Enterprise for vacation photos

Technically, the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox, was a week-and-a-half ago. Hah! Winter’s cold and snow have hung on, and many people are itching to get out of town, preferably in a southerly direction. School spring break is a good time to do that. North Country Community College ...

Albany should focus on budget at budget time

Budgets are statements of values. How you spend money is often a more accurate depiction of your priorities than the words you say. Therefore, New York state’s government leaders should commit their attention right now to a spending plan for the 2019-20 fiscal year that is estimated to cost ...

The real threat is disunity

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Release Mueller’s report on investigation

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is ...

Web Poll results, March 18-25

This week’s Web Poll: Which of the four finalist themes do you like best for the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Trump keeps insulting McCain, after death

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn, well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...

NCCC pool should be kept open

It was good that North Country Community College conducted a survey about public use of its pool, but it didn’t ask the big question: Do you want the pool to continue to exist? The college did, however, allow additional comments at the end of the survey, and dozens of people posted ...

One senator per county makes sense but isn’t likely

Even though it’s unlikely to go anywhere, legislation proposed by state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, to change the way Senate districts are apportioned makes a lot of sense. Griffo wants to reduce the number of Senate districts from 63 to 62 and then give each of New York’s 62 counties ...

U.S. should help control Ebola

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra ...