Guest Commentary

Climbers need Route 73 parking, too

Recreational use in the Adirondack Forest Preserve has been increasing at a noticeable rate for the last several years. Most notably, hiker traffic has exploded in the High Peaks Wilderness and gone beyond the current carrying capacity of many trails and parking areas. This explosion in hiker ...

For Mark Coleman of Ampersound, music is more than just music

What odds would you give for a brick-and-mortar music store to survive for more than a year in a city today? How about in an isolated Adirondack town of 5,000 people?  Saranac Lake’s Mark Coleman opened his music shop in 1989. Saranac Lake is more than just another town; it is a ...

Psychology and education

Who is in a better position to understand the problems of education than a competent psychiatrist whose interest in psychoanalysis focuses on mental activity, both its physical and psychological dimensions, who has dealt with the results of education on a very personal basis with troubled ...

Enact a permit system in High Peaks

Ms. Elizabeth Izzo reported on DEC (state Department of Environmental Conservation)-Essex County discussions (July 3) about Route 73 parking restrictions, hiker shuttles, hiker education, new trailheads and possible hiking fees in the High Peaks Wilderness. Some of these steps are good but ...

A new era for New York’s environment

Hands down, the biggest winner from this year’s legislative session was the environment. From start to finish, we saw the beginning of a new era for our environment. From the most aggressive climate law in the nation to congestion pricing to banning offshore drilling, 2019 was a banner year. ...

Voters for Change, explained

I am writing in response to Mr. Joe Spadaro’s letter that appeared in last Thursday’s (June 27) Adirondack Daily Enterprise. As this is the second time Mr. Spadaro has referred to our organization, Adirondack Voters for Change, within the past year, I feel it is necessary to answer his ...

Red Cloud spoke the truth

On July 2, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that Independence Day “will be celebrated by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival ... from one End of this Continent to the other.” While the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War that resulted in the ...

The false narrative of unmanned drones and Trump’s responsibility to lead

The unmanned drone narrative is wrong. Someone is always operating these highly sophisticated killing/surveillance machines. Militarized drones may be maneuvered thousands of miles away by human pilots, but they are always being flown by someone. More to the point, they are being used by human ...

Children’s blood is on our hands

We have blood on our hands. It’s the blood of six innocent immigrant children who were held in U.S. custody after coming on their own or with their families to our borders begging for safety. The names of these six lost souls are Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle (10), Jakelin Caal Maquin ...

Essex County Board of Supervisors to rest of state: ‘We got this’

Without much fanfare on Thursday, June 13, the New York State Court of Appeals rendered a decision that received little attention. Given the statewide implications and Essex County’s involvement, it’s a shame. Local leaders, election commissioners and attorneys across this state were ...

Clearing the waters

We write in response to a few letters and an editorial written recently in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise regarding the proposed whitewater park on the Saranac River downstream of the LaPan bridge in Saranac Lake. We greatly appreciate and value feedback from everyone, including local ...

Conservation failure of epic proportion

This morning (June 22) I read that the Conservation Fund, which works to conserve working forests around the country, recently put more than 50,000 acres of Adirondack forests under protection so the land can continue to support local jobs and allow recreational access. The nonprofit purchased ...

Mugshot ‘ban’ has not been a ban

For reasons that were never really explained, our governor decided earlier this year that mugshots of criminals didn’t belong in the public arena. It was part of a wide-ranging effort to make life easier for criminals at a time when crime has sunk to historic lows in New York, with bail ...

A railroad to Lake Placid is not sustainable

To date, the rail-vs.-trail debate has mostly touted the competing benefits of the different possible uses of the Adirondack rail corridor. By now, most readers have heard those arguments those ad infinitum. Mostly left out of the debate, however, is any discussion of just who and how many ...

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

June is LGBT Pride Month, a time when LGBTQI+ community members, family, friends and advocates acknowledge and celebrate the gift of diversity that is unique to each of us. Many municipalities host Pride Parades where LGBTQI+ community members outwardly profess their ability to live freely and ...

Are Republicans happier than Dems because they have fewer choices?

Have you ever stopped in the middle of the cereal aisle and stared blankly at the hundreds of brands to choose from? If you felt a sense of irritation set in while looking over the seemingly endless array of options, then you know what psychologist Barry Schwartz is talking about in his ...

Rep. Stefanik is an arts advocate

The arts have long struggled to develop a richly deserved recognition for their importance in the education of our youth, improving the quality of life for people of all ages and life experiences, and as a vital economic engine for our region through attracting visitors and creating jobs. ...

Changing the way we learn

Many promising ideas have been tried for improving education that address mental health issues that are related to schooling, only to be aborted by an administrative organization and a frame of mind resistant to change. This has prompted a call for systemic change, a process that will take ...

The future of coal

The “Green New Deal” proposed by New York congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts calls for, by 2030, “100% clean energy” for the U.S., which will consist of only wind, solar and hydroelectricity. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s more modest “Green ...

Slow down on legalizing marijuana

The New York state substance abuse treatment community has been involved in a high-stakes effort to oppose the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, and proponents were constantly saying that “it’s a done deal” or that “the train has left the station” so we had better ...