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Guest Commentary

Buy Whitney Park for Forest Preserve

The editorial “Whitney Park should be protected, not state-owned” (August 8, 2020) was a sad read. It was sad because it seems that the Adirondack Daily Enterprise has given up on its editorial advocacy for better management of the Forest Preserve. It was also sad because the editorial was ...

‘Former rocker’ still rocks on

In Bob Seidenstein’s August 7 column, “If you ain’t rockin’ it, don’t be knockin’ it,” he dismisses the assertion of a highly published neuroscientist because, I’m afraid, I used an ambiguous term in a guest commentary article published on July 28 (”We all love our teenage ...

Medication assisted treatment and addiction

Addiction is a complicated and difficult illness for anyone and everyone involved. For most people, the process of getting clean is a slow and difficult one, filled with many obstacles. It takes a lot of trial and error and is often just as painful and frustrating for loved ones as it is for ...

Census response is important

Your response to the Census is critical! It's easy, and it only takes a few minutes. The Census data helps direct the distribution of $675 billion in federal money each year. This funding goes to local villages and towns, to health care organizations such as hospitals, safety-net clinics, ...

Keep Saranac Lake blooming

One hundred and ten years ago a group of foresighted women came together in a small village to form an association dedicated to improving the aesthetics of their town. Early on they realized that an important component of that mission entailed the outright purchase of land so that it ...

Pregnancy center, moving forward

A recent Guest Commentary from David Lynch entitled “Stop the Adirondack Pregnancy Center” argues what the Adirondack Pregnancy Center is going to do before it even opens. The village has welcomed and embraced faith-based organizations like Samaritan House and Grace Pantry that serve our ...

When freedom rings hollow 

The renowned Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl (1905-1997) argued that freedom is not the “last word” in values and the ordering of human societies. Frankl stated freedom is only half the truth; the other half is responsibility. The just society will balance ...

Listen to community, not company for police reform ideas

I want to commend the Saranac Lake village board for tabling the allocation of $11,000 to Lexipol, a corporation that promises to provide law enforcement departments “with a ‘policy that is always up to date’ containing ‘legally defensible content’ that will ‘protect your agency ...

Gratitude in crisis

Over three weeks ago on a Monday morning, I brought my 18-year-old grandson in to the Adirondack Medical Center Saranac Lake emergency room. He had a fever of 102.4, sweats, dizziness, shortness of breath and weakness. His condition worsened by the hour, and I was not sure what was happening ...

Common Ground Garden — a special community place

There is something magical about growing your own food. Knowing where your food comes from, watching daily progress as vegetables draw their nourishment from the soil and the rain, paying attention to the flowers as they turn to the fruit of the plant, the leaves spread their wings, lettuce ...

We all love our teenage tunes best

Bob Seidenstein’s July 24 column, “Schlock and roll,” brings to mind the way every generation grows up thinking “their” music — i.e., the pop music of their adolescence — is the only thing worth listening to. When Don McLean sings “the day the music died” in his 1971 hit ...

Stop the Adirondack Pregnancy Center

The Adirondack Pregnancy Center is a crisis pregnancy center. Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are anti-choice organizations that try to convince women not to have an abortion. Despite presenting themselves as legitimate health care facilities, CPCs do not provide women with “comprehensive, ...

Finding my happy place

I’m a New Yorker — a Manhattanite. After spending four months in my apartment sheltering in place, then witnessing the looting by opportunist and career criminals of businesses that were barely surviving due to being closed, it was time for me to leave my beloved city and get into ...

Racism is a tool of the rich

I am an anthropologist who studies educational systems and human learning. Those of us in this area of research know that human beings are not born racist. Rather, racism is learned, and racism is learned because it is given power by a status quo that values it. There has been much ...

Milfoil action needed on Lake Flower, Oseetah

Milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, is growing in abundance in Lake Flower and Oseetah Lake. The milfoil is spreading. Information on milfoil can be found on the New York state invasive species website: http://nyis.info/invasive_species/eurasian-watermilfoil. The following is a quote from ...

Remote teaching must be done right

Opening up in-person education during the coronavirus pandemic is considered a high-risk. An alternative is called remote learning. A more accurate label would be remote teaching; whether or not learning occurs is yet to be determined. Recent experience with remote teaching has demonstrated ...

Trump’s threat to Obamacare

Does it make sense, especially during a pandemic, to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare)? Donald Trump and the Republican Party evidently think so. Last month, the Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare. This case was originally brought by 18 ...

The boogaloo president

If the word “boogaloo” is not yet in your vocabulary, it is time to put it there ASAP. The Summer 2020 SPLC Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center describes it this way: “Many far-right extremists — including many in the anti-government movement — believe that the country is ...

Is Trump mentally ill, corrupt, incompetent, racist, or all four?

A new book written by Mary Trump, a Ph.D. clinical psychologist who is also a niece of President Donald Trump, is entitled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” It discusses how Donald Trump’s “deep-seated insecurities have created in him ...

‘Denkmal’ — ‘time to think’

Now and then societies go through growing pains. This is one of those times, and the only way out is through. As we debate the removal of Confederate monuments and symbols, many countries are reckoning with their own colonial pasts and current racial inequities. This is a time to reflect. No ...