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Guest Commentary

Morally bankrupt bluster and bravado 

Over the years, President Trump has repeatedly stated that Americans should “stand proudly” during the national anthem and has severely chastised individuals he considers disrespectful to the flag and American military personnel.  Trump has been especially critical of National Football ...

Protect reproductive rights; stop Adirondack Pregnancy Center

“You have a big mouth,” Saranac Lake Development Board member Elias Pelletieri spat at me during last week’s Development Board meeting. The comment came at the end of my public comment opposing the proposal for the Adirondack Pregnancy Center, which is seeking establishment at 20 Academy ...

Please fix our roads, governor

An open letter to Andrew Cuomo from an Adirondack Park resident: For as long as the Adirondack Park has existed, its existence has been based on tourism. The park itself was established because tourists wanted to see the region protected from the ravages of industry. From the Great Camps ...

You don’t own the ’80 hockey team

In a recent Enterprise opinion article, Senior Staff Writer Lou Reuter found it troubling that Olympic “Dream Team” hockey players appeared prominently at a Donald Trump political rally. His article’s first half wins our interest and appreciation as Lou enthusiastically recounts ...

Don’t change land use code

Re: Feb. 25 public hearing We the people — the voters and residents, owners, renters and commercial businesses — need to become more vocal and involved. We need to press both the town of North Elba and the village of Lake Placid boards to stop with this nonsense of changing our land use ...

In defense of Rep. Elise Stefanik

I can no longer sit idly by at the harsh criticisms of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, such as the recent article by Ken Tingley of the Post-Star. Ken attacked her fundraising, as if that is not commonplace with political candidates. Is he kidding? I realize Democrats are very much the majority ...

Trump holds New Yorkers hostage

Many of us here in the North Country cross the Canadian border almost daily to do business or to visit relatives in Quebec, and we have joined our country’s Trusted Traveler Program so that we may cross back and forth into Canada without undue and unpredictable delay. We have gone to some ...

Chili: a concise and biased history

I have followed Yvona Fast for decades, always insightful and an obviously talented chef, but her Feb. 20 Weekender article on chili seemed to miss the mark. She included beans, which requires comment and, perhaps, aprobation. Chile con carne is a stew of chile peppers (Capsicum annuum) and ...

Big problem with bail reform

New York state’s new “bail reform law” is flawed in many respects; regardless, it went into effect Jan. 1. You may be asking yourself, what does this law entail, and how will it affect the criminal justice system? After serving 29 years in law enforcement, I felt compelled to share with ...

On psychology and education

In 2009, seven years before the elections of 2016, Niall Bradley wrote about psychopaths in “From Truth to Power: Souless Psychopaths Rule Our World”: “While psychopaths promote vigorously certain ideologies, they are blatant liars and feel no attachment to the words they utter. ...

Perhaps not planning to vote?

To vote or not to vote is my new dilemma. I have participated in the election process at all levels since able to do so. After witnessing the fiasco of a predetermined impeachment trial, the public gets to appreciate tainted and partisan politics at its highest level. The nation has not ...

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 ...