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Guest Commentary

Placid-us or HEIN-ous?

Commentary on reporter Elizabeth Izzo’s “Officials set third public hearing on short-term rental regs,” Feb. 13, and the planned hearing on Feb. 25 at the Conference Center: Short-term accommodations in residential properties, competing with commercial hostelries, cause both benefits ...

Malignant narcissist?

Erich Fromm, a Holocaust survivor who became a well-known psychologist, wanted to understand something. He, his family, and his people suffered unthinkably at the hands of Hitler. Fromm looked around at Stalin, Mao, Franco and Mussolini. He wondered, “How does a human being become such ...

Bill Branson invited to enjoy delights of biking a rail trail

Who says the rail-to-trail conversion of the travel corridor connecting the Tri-Lakes won’t give the area a big boost? Bill Branson has been saying so, over and over. He seems skeptical about rail trails everywhere, despite their proven success. Most recently, he pooh-poohed the benefits of ...

Don’t think the climate is changing? Go to the Adirondacks

A Baltimore grade school classmate of mine continues to doubt the science of climate change. He loves to raise the debate over the “hockeystick curve” and all the uncertainties of the science. Any data I provide on rising CO2 levels elicits a polite response accompanied by countervailing ...

Fire and ice

It was almost exactly 100 years ago (in December 1920) that Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice” was first published. The poem goes like this: “Some say the world will end in fire, / some say in ice. / From what I’ve tasted of desire, / I hold with those who favor fire. / But if it had ...

Unfair to blame only rental owners

In response to the Feb. 5 column by Dan Reilly, “Our community and vacation rentals,” I would like to say I completely understand Mr. Reilly’s feelings and agree there should be some proactive regulation put in place to protect the community’s character. I am an owner of a residential ...

Stefanik joins legion of mean tweeters

On Monday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik posted a puzzling tweet, at least for those of us who did not watch the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Here is the tweet: “Last night was a big night for TaxinTedra’s top Hollywood donors at The Oscars. They spent the evening attacking dairy ...

An open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, about Bill Branson

Gov. Cuomo, as a leader in the effort to convert the travel corridor connecting the Tri-Lakes area into a recreational trail for residents and visitors, for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and winter sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, you should know that Bill Branson’s latest ...

Slavery: divinely inspired and medically approved 

Since the first slave ships arrived in the English North American colonies in 1619, there have been numerous myths about the physiological, intellectual and emotional differences between black and white people. For example, it was routinely believed that blacks had larger sex organs and ...

The new ‘Teflon Don’

In the spring of 1980, a boy on a mini-bike darted into the path of a neighbor’s car and died. The boy was the son of the notorious New York mobster, John Gotti. The neighbor tried in vain to apologize to the family, but received only death threats in response. Just before he was to move his ...

Trees are the answer to climate change

I am writing in response to Paul Herrmann’s Jan. 30 Adirondack Daily Enterprise letter to the editor. I would like to respond to the self-described “tree-hugging, flatland, liberal” Paul Herrmann and his questioning why we cut trees. Paul is correct that the over-harvesting of trees ...

No harm, no foul? No way

“No harm, no foul” means even though someone has participated in misconduct, that person should be excused because nothing and no one has come to harm. Under this rule, you can get away with trying practically anything and will not be punished if caught before someone or something gets ...

Our community and vacation rentals

Over 20% of water and sewer bills in the village of Saranac Lake are now mailed out of town. I hope that got your attention. It’s a big number. The percentage in Lake Placid is much higher. These simple statistics represent a significant demographic change that has accelerated in the past 10 ...

In the ongoing rail-trail debate, consider locals vs. non-locals

I write in response to the recent commentary by Dick Beamish regarding the rail-trail debate and in particular my prior writing about the Virginia Creeper Trail. Before the lesson begins, I first want to point out to Mr. Beamish his incomplete knowledge of tourism and especially how tourist ...

Elise Stefanik saw an opportunity that won’t necessarily help us

Elise Stefanik, that fresh-faced breath of country air who took our local political scene by storm in 2014, has changed. She is unrecognizable from that first campaign when she became the youngest woman elected to Congress. In those more innocent times, she repeated over and over again ...

Comparing Trump to Nixon is misguided

By painstakingly outlining the architecture of the Ukraine scheme, the impeachment managers successfully described how Trump put self-interest ahead of the nation’s priorities. If anyone denies he did something illegal after hearing the case against him, they were not paying attention ...

Be skeptical of trail assumptions

I’ve been following the rail and trail debates in the paper for quite some time. As a business owner, I find myself bothered by the “projections” of the trail folks. They’ve done reports that are projecting the amount of folks that will come and use the trail. A better word for the ...

Ten years of wishful thinking

Ten years ago, the debate over rail vs. trail began in earnest, and the proponents on both sides are still going strong. The debate has been centered on the best use of the old railroad line connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Many see this 34-mile stretch of publicly owned ...

Medicare for all is a fantasy

Not only did I work in health care in New York as both practice manager and subsequently as a department administrator, supervising clinics at New York University Medical Center, I have done medical billing and health care budgeting. Secondly, I am now a senior with a Medicare Advantage ...

New York’s parole merry-go-round

State-run parole and probation programs are designed to keep persons convicted of crimes — including a very large number of nonviolent crimes — out of prison. But in New York, according to a recent Council of State Governments study, “Confined and Costly: How Supervision Violations are ...