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Guest Commentary

Harrietstown and the DMV

Since the coronavirus lockdown began last March, the Harrietstown town board has been holding Zoom meetings. The majestic town hall was entirely shut down in the early stages of the pandemic, but now the town offices are all fully staffed and operating by appointment. The merged town and ...

Please wear masks in Lake Placid

Dear citizens of North Elba and Lake Placid: What a busy and beautiful summer it has been. In spite of the lack of our Canadian friends and neighbors — as well as our major event clientele including participants and fans of the Lake Placid Horse Shows, lacrosse, Ironman and marathons — ...

Saranac Lake library partly opens

The Saranac Lake Free Library is very happy to announce that we will begin limited hours of “In-Person Browsing” browsing of books, audio books and DVDs at the library starting Tuesday, Sept. 29. The staff at the SLFL missed you all very much, and we are excited to see our patrons inside ...

Coping with trauma

Traumatic events affect us all in one way or another, even when they do not happen directly to us. An obvious example is the current COVID-19 pandemic. It has resulted in the deaths and severe illness of many people, causing great trauma for their families and friends. Additionally, dealing ...

Defending democratic socialism

Bravo to Carter Rowley, whose Sept. 18 letter on democratic socialism was spot on. Once again, we need to explain what “social” and “socialism” mean in MODERN DEMOCRACIES to people who think Democrats and progressives will turn America into a new USSR. Reading and hearing this ...

The meaning of the movement

While reading Mr. Hibbard’s Guest Commentary published by this periodical on Sept. 15, I felt compelled to answer his question: Why does the Black Lives Matter movement have an outsize reaction to the murder of Black Americans over those of other races? The key focuses of the Black Lives ...

Social Emotional Learning is a priority at St. Bernard’s this year

Due to the sudden shutdown in March, almost six months passed before children returned to school. Let’s keep in mind the critical socio-emotional supports that schools provide. Some children experience high levels of strife at home. Some are in families struggling with illness. Some parents ...

Education isn’t enough; permits needed for High Peaks Wilderness

Saturday’s editorial “Permit? No, do these things for the High Peaks” makes some excellent points, particularly regarding enforcement and trail maintenance. However, I believe it misses the mark regarding education and parking. As a longtime wilderness educator active at the local, ...

My humble opinion

With all the tragic unrest stemming from interactions between law enforcement and individual citizens, between differing ideologies and political factions, and between protesters (peaceful and violent) over racial conflicts and inequalities, I’m saddened to conclude there is little chance of ...

Arsonist who will extinguish the flames

In an interesting turn of events, the Republican Party has chosen to approach the November election without a policy platform. Although these documents historically have been of minor interest to voters in their entirety, they have contained statements of positions on specific issues that ...

Trumped-up history 

A disturbing thought crossed my mind recently — happens a lot in these troubling times. What if Donald Trump had been born and was politically active in bygone years? What might he have said and done? Here are four scenarios, each with a brief introduction.  The Tea Act of May 1773, ...

Consider the injustice of forced union dues

This Labor Day we should celebrate America’s hard working men and women, especially the nurses, supermarket clerks, and other frontline workers who have faced unprecedented challenges this year. But as we recognize and honor them, consider that many in your state can be legally forced to pay ...

Last bastion of a bygone era

This past weekend, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise featured the many long-standing businesses in the Tri-Lakes area. It compelled me to reminisce about Main Street in Lake Placid when I was a child, and how it has transformed over the years and multiple generations of my family’s seasonal ...

We’ll never be the same

The past three-and-a-half years have not been kind to those who dream. For those who dream of a long arc of Hegelian progress, a kind spirit moving the arc of history ever upward toward justice, this period has been nothing short of a nightmare. With my apologies to you who read this, I ...

APA soon to be tested

The Adirondack Park is one of the world’s natural treasures. It is not only the largest state or national park in the lower 48 states, but a rare example of how people and wild nature can peacefully coexist. The Adirondack Park Agency was created almost 50 years ago to help maintain this ...

Break free from Fox News

Democrats and Republicans convene every four years to nominate candidates for president and vice president, and to prepare a platform of principles and goals. - The new Democratic Party Platform - The new Democratic Party Platform is available at ...

Stefanik guilty of stolen valor

It seemed absurd that a sitting member of Congress would demand journalists take her seriously while berating a political rival for the “scandal” she manufactured last week. But U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, needed an outlet for her feigned indignation over what she called ...

And still they persisted

Bottles flying through the air. Men spitting on and slapping the women. Pushing and shoving mothers and their children. Men beating them, yelling terrible insults at working women, nurses, doctors, academic women in their robes, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from Howard University, ...

Public left in dark on selection of new SUNY chancellor

To Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, chair, SUNY Board of Trustees: Dear Dr. Tisch: The New York Coalition for Open Government is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing transparency in government issues. The fact that the SUNY Board of Trustees have selected a new ...

Response to Criticism of Adirondack Pregnancy Center

I am deeply troubled by some of the misinformation presented in a recent Guest Editorial and a letter to the Editor, both demanding that the Adirondack Pregnancy Center not be allowed to open in Saranac Lake. With 15 grandchildren in the area who may someday face heartrending and difficult ...