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Guest Commentary

Stefanik’s ticket to the show

While he may not know how to pronounce her last name, President Donald Trump understands that U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik will support him through thick and thin. Stefanik was slow to embrace Trump when he began his presidential bid for the 2016 election. She kept him at arm’s ...

Mae Julia Palumbo

Mae Julia Palumbo, 94, of Lake Placid passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid. Mrs. Palumbo was born May 1, 1925, in Plattsburgh. She is the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Lesperance) Cartier. Calling hours will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 from 1 to 2 ...

Trail has been great for Damascus, Va.

Re: “Correcting the rail-trail record”: I would like to provide a bit of information regarding Bill Branson of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s “Correcting the rail-trail record” column from Jan 7. I think that his using a 20-year-old study is a bit misleading in his ...

Three ways to really improve education

Despite Common Core and more testing, reading and math scores haven’t budged in a decade” (National Assessment of Educational Progress). “Specifically, 35% of fourth graders were proficient in reading in 2019, slightly down from 37% in 2017 and barely up from 33% of such students ...

Rail-trail debate mustn’t be guided by inaccurate usage estimates

(Editor’s note: The following was submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, which would convert 34 miles of railroad between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid into a multi-use trail and upgrade 45 miles ...

Bail reform must focus on public safety

On Jan. 1, 2020, dramatic changes to New York’s criminal justice system took effect, shifting priority from crime victims to benefit criminals, even allowing the release of violent felons. New York’s approach to bail reform was rushed, insensitive, destabilizing and flat-out ...

When the patient is the diagnosis

Even highly trained, dedicated physicians make mistakes, and one study concluded that every year, upward of 12 million Americans (about 5% of outpatient encounters) leave a doctor’s office with an incorrect medical diagnosis. Drs. Hardeep Singh of the Baylor College of Medicine and Michael ...

Railroad fell short in several ways

The recent commentary by Bill Branson, “Correcting the rail-trail record,” is actually what is in need of correcting. Mr. Branson continues to repeat the charge that the economic benefits of rail operations have not materialized because “New York State has never fulfilled its ...

Bill Branson, take a hike

 Bill Branson has again misleadingly claimed that rail is better than trail for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor (“Correcting the rail-trail record,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Jan. 7), asserting that pro-trail arguments are based on “incorrect facts and bad logic.” Let’s ...

When did caring about the planet become a liberal idea?

There is a disconnect in our community between the call to climate action and the commitment to doing it. More people than ever want to put a stop to climate change. Our local governments and establishments all acknowledge the existence of climate change, but when it comes to ADDRESSING this ...

A day in the life of Ice Palace workers

Are you considering becoming a new volunteer at the Ice Palace but wonder what it entails? Here is a snapshot of a “typical” day. Lots of factors can affect this, as the job flow is fluid given the number of volunteers, seasoned workers, weather and equipment failure, to name a few. ...

Correcting the rail-trail record

My concerns result from the Guest Commentary in the Dec. 20, 2019, Adirondack Daily Enterprise that presented arguments in favor of rail removal between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. The commentary relied on incorrect facts and bad logic. I am compelled to correct the record. First, the ...

We don’t want another war

About 18 years ago, in late September of 2001, I wrote a column about watching local teens at a Street Jam as they did skateboard tricks on a ramp in the middle of downtown Glens Falls. I marveled at how brave they were, spinning off their boards and falling and rolling over on the road, and ...

Please (at least try to) find out the facts before issuing an opinion

It was extraordinarily disappointing to me to read Peter Crowley’s editorial about a bill aiming to raise the New York state excise tax on beer over 115%. From the title of “Have a brew, support higher education” being glib, careless and misleading, Mr. Crowley is portraying my industry ...

Investment in sustainable jobs must follow cut to food stamps

After nearly 20 years as a social worker trained in conflict resolution, I have learned some valuable lessons about the ways people communicate with one another. What doesn’t work so well is assuming that someone has bad intentions just because they have different opinions. For example, I ...

Those still railing about the rail trail should choo on this

It’s time to get moving when it comes to what promises to be one of the most unique rail to trail conversions in the United States. My faith in the Adirondack Rail Trail’s impact is based on having biked several thousand miles of rail trails in multiple states, all the while bearing witness ...

What the Bills mean to Buffalo

To some it may seem like just a game — not to Buffalo Bills fans. Football is a game to those who have a favorite team, a team that wins or loses and becomes a point of discussion over a cup of morning coffee or a beer after work. This changes entirely when your favorite team happens to be ...

A local look at consolidation

The topic of health care consolidation — or the coming together of hospitals, doctors and other types of providers — has been in the news quite a bit recently. In fact, early last month, the Health Reform Oversight Committee of the Vermont Legislature heard from a Stanford University ...

Politicians acting like children

It’s exasperating to witness adults praising elected politicians with little or no indication or consideration of relevant facts that might be either supporting or questioning their conclusions. It’s exasperating since logical thinking and moral maturity are expected in the behaviors of ...

Big win for Tupper, giant loss for Saranac Lake

It would appear the people and businesses of Saranac Lake will be the biggest losers in New York state’s most recent plan to destroy the northern end of the Adirondack railroad. The merchants and politicians of Lake Placid are probably correct in believing they need not be connected to the ...