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Guest Commentary

Response to Adirondack Council’s position on ATVs

In the Oct. 8, 2019, Adirondack Daily Enterprise article, “Council sues over ATV trail through state land in western Adirondacks,” Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway is quoted: “ATVs have their place in this park on private lands, farms, construction sites and logging ...

Response to Adirondack Council’s position on ATVs

In the Oct. 8, 2019, Adirondack Daily Enterprise article, “Council sues over ATV trail through state land in western Adirondacks,” Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway is quoted: “ATVs have their place in this park on private lands, farms, construction sites and logging ...

Thanks from the rugby community

The goal posts are long removed, the lines have faded, and most of our bumps and bruises are gone, but rugby is still on our minds. The 46th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament has come and gone, fall rugby seasons have started and the Can-Am board members are on to planning next year’s ...

Persuaded

This impeachment inquiry (which I favor) has occasioned frequent reference to our Constitution, which has set me to thinking about that word. What does it mean to “constitute” something? Why do we say of someone that they have a “strong constitution”? Trump took the most solemn of ...

Stefanik’s closed-off approach does not serve anyone

Being a reporter has gotten more difficult in this 24-7 news climate with posting updates on stories throughout the day and blogging, posting to social media. We are also taking more of our own photos and video. There is a lot more responsibility. And there are other hindrances. Instead of ...

Impeachment reveals US priorities

As reported by the Washington Post, a new Quinnipiac University poll released shows that support for impeaching Trump and removing him from office has grown from 37% of registered voters to 47% in the latest survey. In the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “The polls have changed ...

Beating a broken drum

Over the past few months Donald Trump’s tweets, speeches and behavior have reached new heights (depths?) in arrogance, egomania and lying that mandate an end to his perilous presidency in 2020 — or sooner. In a July 4 address, Trump gave the nation some apparently unknown facts about ...

‘Climate change and reality.’ Really?

Keith Gorgas’ guidance for young climate activists (“Climate change and reality,” Adiorndack Daily Enterprise Guest Commentary, Sept. 23) is, “First of all, we must look at the whole picture,” and examine how complex some environmental issues are. “Secondly, we must act locally in ...

LGBTQ Pride events to be held in Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh

Adirondack North Country Pride returns to Plattsburgh on Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. in Trinity Park. This is the fourth annual pride event celebrating diversity, inclusion and respect for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical capability or ...

Climate change and reality

Seeing pictures and reading the report of some many young people assembled in Saranac Lake to voice their concerns about the destruction of our environment was both heartwarming and nostalgic to me. Back in 1963, the late Geraldine Dodge enlisted me as one of her “child warriors” to help ...

A longer view

In my very first Guest Commentary, just prior to the 2016 presidential election (“A better way to greatness” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Oct. 10), I predicted that then-candidate Donald Trump would be unable to fulfill his promise to “make America great again” because he lacked the ...

Join Global Climate Strike Sept. 20

I am noticing a startling trend among people now a days. This trend is apathy towards climate change. When I talk with individuals about this issue, they often express concern but do not go beyond this action. Simply, people care about climate change, but not enough to help stop it. And I ...

Fascism at the gate

Countless books and articles these days allege that democracies are dying worldwide. (footnote 1) We can have our pick of definitions, causes and culprits, but basically it seems many democracies are simply not solving social problems. And so, dissatisfied populations turn to ...

Ticketing hikers like this makes no sense; charge a fee instead

To the editor: Thank you for taking the time to read my letter of protest to town officials about the parking issues I experienced on Sunday, Sept. 1. I am requesting that you print my letter in your newspaper. It is my attempt at a common-sense solution to a serious and ongoing problem. I ...

When the government doesn’t like what you say

In one fell swoop, some California legislators attempted to diminish both the First and Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution — and they may have taken their cue from Albany. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution labeling the National ...

It’s those little things in life that make it so grand

By the time I reached the lobby of the movie theater, I could wait no longer. I had to text my son. These were words he needed to hear. So I stood there in the middle of the multiplex, pecking away at the keys as I tried to convey my joy, my wife standing off to side assuming this must ...

Corporate State stifles freedom

This broadside was inspired by an ad lurking in the Enterprise Aug. 19, but you may note that my missive does not begin, as instructed, with the phrase “Dear Editor,” even though the ad flat-out tells us to “share your opinion by submitting a Letter to the Editor.” Americans should ...

Amend Constitution for Mount Van Hoevenberg

In the Daily Enterprise editorial “State lets itself bypass ‘forever wild’” on Aug. 30, the paper called attention to the tree cutting and construction at the Mount Van Hoevenberg winter sports facility, managed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The paper raised questions ...

Giving hatred a deadly voice, part 2

Both the El Paso mass murderer and the killer of three people (two Hispanic children, ages 6 and 13, and a young African-American man) at a California garlic festival espoused white nationalist views and sentiments. While the motives and political views of the Ohio mass murderer (killed by ...

Giving hatred a deadly voice, part 1

After a gun-related mass murder, the inane babbling of right-wing politicos and pundits is as certain as day following night. Candice Keller, a Republican state representative from Ohio, stated that “transgender, homosexual and drag queen advocates” along with video games “are to ...