Guest Commentary

Balance power in the school system

“All politics are local” is a phrase attributed to Tip O’Neill in 1982, a former speaker of the House. The same can be said about education. What happens in education happens at the local level. Its not that politics or education exist in a vacuum; they don’t. But after all is said and ...

Life after prison in New York state

With each criminal conviction, the state of New York matter-of-factly tells the defendants how long they will spend behind bars. Hidden from view, in the “fine print,” is a long list of additional penalties attached to these convictions.  Only upon leaving prison and while attempting ...

Science or political science?

In paleoclimatologist Dr. Curt Stager’s recent Adirondack Almanack piece about me, it’s startling that he so openly disavows traditional science. Consider his 2011 quote: “… my preference is for refraining from aggressive activist stances. I do so because I value science itself ...

Acts of God or human failure?

A few weeks ago, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told the Christian Broadcasting Network: “I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times. ... And I think he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s here.” Sanders is hardly alone in ...

Closing pool is a safety, wellness issue

I am writing this letter to appeal to all the parents whose children have learned to swim at the North Country Community College pool, to the folks who have used this pool to aid in rehabilitating injuries, to all the people who use the pool for general fitness, and to any organization or ...

The southern border wall may be coming. Do you know why? A quiz

President Trump has declared a national emergency in an attempt to override Congress’s refusal to even partially fund what could easily become a $30 billion project. If the national emergency declaration is not overridden, the funds will come from approved military projects. Do we fully ...

Jussie Smollett and due process

On Feb. 21 the Chicago Police Department held a press conference to announce the arrest of Jussie Smollett for filing a false police report. The superintendent of the Chicago police department said, “This morning I come to you as a black man who spent his entire life living in the city of ...

Long campaign has suppressed teaching kids at their own speed

The 1960s are often considered a productive era of fresh educational ideas. This enthusiasm was begun after the post-Sputnik panic about failures in education, especially in mathematics and science education, combined with the Vietnam situation. At the forefront for finding ways to correct ...

Jobs + income = housing and affordability

Concern about housing and affordability in Lake Placid should focus, in part, on bringing better-paying jobs into the area. Homeowners who rent out their homes on a short-term basis are also part of Lake Placid and are concerned as well about housing affordability. We’d like to have a ...

Pool can fit with NCCC’s mission

I have read with interest numerous recent letters to the editor opposing the potential closing of the North Country Community College pool, and write to offer both context and to suggest potential opportunities for maintaining this vital community resource. Given the figures shared by the ...

Join AuSable Valley Rotary to keep it alive

Is voluntarism dying in our communities? Last year Lake Placid’s Kiwanis Club folded after more than 90 years of service, due to dwindling membership. The impact on people in our community has been significant. Traditions such as the Teddy Bear Picnic, the elementary school dictionary ...

This is not an easy task, but we believe it can be done

Thank you for the news coverage and editorial regarding the proposed regulations of short-term rentals in Lake Placid. This is very important for Lake Placid right now, but our neighboring communities are likely to experience the same issues in the near future. We are homeowners on Lake ...

Facts of abortion aren’t so simple

When I saw the news about this new law in New York state, being a bit disturbed, I looked up the law because I wanted to know the facts. In a recent interview, CNN spoke with two ob-gyns: Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president of health policy at the American College of Obstetricians and ...

Vacation rentals pushing me out

It has been with great interest reading articles in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise about the hearing on short-term vacation rental regulations in Lake Placid. Affordable housing has been talked about and reported on for years, yet few concrete steps have been taken to resolve concerns. ...

Missing piece in Trump’s wall is GOP support

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress never really wanted to build the wall. It wasn’t a priority like tax cuts, which are a raison d’etre of Republican domestic policy. And it wasn’t their own campaign pledge to voters, like the vow to repeal and replace Obamacare that became hard ...

Rental owners unfairly blamed

In the discussion surrounding regulation of home sharing in Lake Placid and North Elba, one notion is clear and unambiguous: People love and treasure this area. As the Daily Enterprise has reported, there also is widespread agreement that some regulations of short-term rentals are ...

‘Prophet of Freedom’

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) is one of the towering figures in American history. In his masterful biography of Douglass, Yale University historian David Blight states the former slave was an intellectual, the author of hundreds of speeches and editorials, a political philosopher and activist, ...

Cuts to SLCS art program

To: Diane Fox, superintendent, school board members, and school district residents, The Saranac Lake Central School District has been fortunate to have had talented high school art teachers like Doc Ward and the current teachers, Jennifer Moore and Valerie Patterson. The artistic ...

Adirondack concerns for protecting America’s remaining wilderness increase

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) in preparation of oil and gas lease sales in our country’s largest wildlife refuge — namely, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The EIS, released in December, is the latest action by the ...

Advice to board candidates

I’d like to take this time to inform the residents of the town of North Elba that I will not be seeking a fourth term as a North Elba town councilman. It has been an honor to serve this community for the last 11 years on the town board, and the Lake Placid school board for four years ...