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Guest Commentary

A history lesson … the vacant lot next to me

I purchased 117 Broadway back in November 1981. Next door was Bob Agnew’s building, which housed his business, Standard Tire and Supply, on the right side of the property. If you stand on the property, you can still see the remains of the building’s foundation. And on the left side of that ...

Summer hate wave

Racism and hatred of the other is as American as the Fourth of July, baseball and apple pie. Nathan Bedford Forrest Day is observed every July 13 (his birthday) in Tennessee, and there is a bust of the Confederate general in the state Capitol building. Forrest (1821-1877) was in command of ...

Coroner invites investigation

A Ways and Means public hearing was held on July 29 in Elizabethtown with regard to the proposed law that will govern coroners in Essex County. This was the third hearing. Progress is being made. The process is not neat or pretty. I have attended and spoken at all of the hearings and will ...

Stefanik defends Trump

Elise Stefanik has publicly stated that she does not believe Donald Trump is a racist. After voting not to condemn his comments telling four women-of-color members of Congress to “go back where you came from,” she has come out in support of a presidential administration that is routinely ...

Good job, Saranac Lake

In regard to your editorial, “Good work on DRI” I would like to congratulate Saranac Lake, its citizens and mayor for setting such a wonderful example of how the Downtown Revitalization Initiative should be used for community benefit. At the end of your editorial, you also captivated ...

The natural gas pipeline sham

How much public necessity goes into a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” authorizing the construction of a natural gas pipeline? Let’s take a look. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in 2017, granted National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation a certificate of public ...

The Adirondack travel corridor: boondoggle or public benefit?

Bill Branson of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad wants to take over all of the state-owned travel corridor that runs from Remsen (21 miles north of Utica) 119 miles north to Lake Placid. This would extend his Utica-based tourist train route to 140 miles, twice the length of any other tourist ...

Extend rail trail to Big Moose

To: John Schmid, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254; adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov ---  Dear Sir, I am responding to DEC and the state Department of Transportation’s request for suggestions for future use of the Remsen-Lake Placid ...

Climbers need Route 73 parking, too

Recreational use in the Adirondack Forest Preserve has been increasing at a noticeable rate for the last several years. Most notably, hiker traffic has exploded in the High Peaks Wilderness and gone beyond the current carrying capacity of many trails and parking areas. This explosion in hiker ...

For Mark Coleman of Ampersound, music is more than just music

What odds would you give for a brick-and-mortar music store to survive for more than a year in a city today? How about in an isolated Adirondack town of 5,000 people?  Saranac Lake’s Mark Coleman opened his music shop in 1989. Saranac Lake is more than just another town; it is a ...

Psychology and education

Who is in a better position to understand the problems of education than a competent psychiatrist whose interest in psychoanalysis focuses on mental activity, both its physical and psychological dimensions, who has dealt with the results of education on a very personal basis with troubled ...

Enact a permit system in High Peaks

Ms. Elizabeth Izzo reported on DEC (state Department of Environmental Conservation)-Essex County discussions (July 3) about Route 73 parking restrictions, hiker shuttles, hiker education, new trailheads and possible hiking fees in the High Peaks Wilderness. Some of these steps are good but ...

A new era for New York’s environment

Hands down, the biggest winner from this year’s legislative session was the environment. From start to finish, we saw the beginning of a new era for our environment. From the most aggressive climate law in the nation to congestion pricing to banning offshore drilling, 2019 was a banner year. ...

Voters for Change, explained

I am writing in response to Mr. Joe Spadaro’s letter that appeared in last Thursday’s (June 27) Adirondack Daily Enterprise. As this is the second time Mr. Spadaro has referred to our organization, Adirondack Voters for Change, within the past year, I feel it is necessary to answer his ...

Red Cloud spoke the truth

On July 2, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that Independence Day “will be celebrated by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival ... from one End of this Continent to the other.” While the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War that resulted in the ...

The false narrative of unmanned drones and Trump’s responsibility to lead

The unmanned drone narrative is wrong. Someone is always operating these highly sophisticated killing/surveillance machines. Militarized drones may be maneuvered thousands of miles away by human pilots, but they are always being flown by someone. More to the point, they are being used by human ...

Children’s blood is on our hands

We have blood on our hands. It’s the blood of six innocent immigrant children who were held in U.S. custody after coming on their own or with their families to our borders begging for safety. The names of these six lost souls are Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle (10), Jakelin Caal Maquin ...

Essex County Board of Supervisors to rest of state: ‘We got this’

Without much fanfare on Thursday, June 13, the New York State Court of Appeals rendered a decision that received little attention. Given the statewide implications and Essex County’s involvement, it’s a shame. Local leaders, election commissioners and attorneys across this state were ...

Clearing the waters

We write in response to a few letters and an editorial written recently in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise regarding the proposed whitewater park on the Saranac River downstream of the LaPan bridge in Saranac Lake. We greatly appreciate and value feedback from everyone, including local ...

Conservation failure of epic proportion

This morning (June 22) I read that the Conservation Fund, which works to conserve working forests around the country, recently put more than 50,000 acres of Adirondack forests under protection so the land can continue to support local jobs and allow recreational access. The nonprofit purchased ...