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Guest Commentary

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 ...

Why it’s time to stop using the word ‘immigrant’

In his book, “Atlas Of A Lost World,” author Craig Childs points out that “The first arrivals (to the Americas) keep getting older and older because we’re finding more evidence as time goes on. Right now we can solidly say that people were across the Americas by 15,000 years ago. ...

New hotel great for Saranac Lake

Now that the new hotel is under construction on Lake Flower, the naysayers have come out of the woodwork again, commenting on social media about the elevator shaft … hello! The comment that bothers me the most, however, is the suggestion that the area should have been made into a ...

Skeptical about JRB’s review of Hurley Brothers propane tank

At the Aug. 21 meeting of the Town of North Elba/Village of Lake Placid Joint Review Board, there was a brief progress update regarding controversial application by MWH LLC/Hurley Bros. (case No. 1007) to locate and operate a bulk propane storage and transfer facility at 132 Old Military ...

Hamburg, Germany: 1968 vs. 2019

I first saw Hamburg on my way to Berlin to study German in summer 1968. After three years of high-school French and six weeks in France, I flunked my college French placement exam. I had to take another language, and German fit my schedule. When I asked my freshman adviser what I should do ...

Franklin Falls farm boy looks back

It hadn’t occurred to me until I received an email from Walt Ryan that it’s been 70 years since we graduated from the Saranac Lake Central School. He forwarded the plans being developed by Bud Drutz for a reunion Sept. 20 to 22. Much has happened since 1949 that began with formal schooling ...

Getting into the swim

Since I got involved with the campaign to save the North Country Community College pool, several people have told me, “I didn’t know the pool was open to the public.” Other people have said that they would like to use the pool, but they don’t know when it’s open, how to pay for ...

The Community Lunchbox: a quarter-century of service

The Community Lunchbox is now in its 25th year of continuous operation. The Community Lunchbox provides two hot luncheon meals per week for those in the community in need of the nurturing benefit of food and fellowship. Prior to the beginning of the Community Lunchbox, then-pastor of St ...

Open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Save the APA

Dear Gov. Cuomo: The Adirondack Park Agency is weaker today than at any time in its 48-year history. That the fault rests with your office is both unfortunate and surprising: unfortunate because the APA was created to protect the Adirondack Park from damaging use and development but is now ...

Tigers are wild and shouldn’t be in circus shows

I am submitting this regarding the tiger story and the helpless, defenseless creatures caught in the exploitation for human entertainment in the Ohio circus. My name is Rachel Cohen McDermott. I am a member of the group Coalition of Animal Rights Enthusiasts and a financial professional of ...