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Guest Commentary

On visiting the Adirondacks in the time of COVID-19

When to lift the restrictions under which we’ve been living since March should depend on local conditions. In New York City, where the number of new cases of COVID-19 is still over 2,500 per day, a major concern is “flattening the curve.” On the other hand, in some North Country ...

Differences between Lincoln and Trump are stark

While Joseph Biden chimes in from a studio in his basement, President Trump has the biggest bully pulpit in the world, including the ability to stage a town hall in the lustrous shadow of the Lincoln Memorial — an effective display of political theater that reminded a weary nation coming out ...

Venturing into unknown territory

If you are reading this, somewhere in your lineage were ancestors who ventured out to unknown territories in search of new lands to settle in and raise families. This is still occurring across the globe. At our borders are individuals looking for asylum from the plights of their countries. We ...

Stefanik and Trump

Elise Stefanik has said, “I’m honored to have been chosen as a New York state chair for the Trump campaign in 2020.” So, Elise, you are honored to support a president: ¯ whose delayed, divisive, erratic and, on occasion, bizarre approach to the COVID-19 virus, and whose failure to ...

Lockdown imprisons our youth

The current lockdown, social isolation and cancellations of all extracurricular activities for our youth is an irresponsible and detrimental health policy for our nation’s young people. Without a doubt, it is a gross violation of medical ethics and public policy to mandate that youth be ...

A love letter

This is NOT a love letter to our federal government. The government has mostly failed us in this pandemic through incompetence, ignorance and a disdain for science. Many have suffered and died because of a lack of preparedness and, once the scope of the pandemic became evident, an incompetent ...

Face shield project wraps up

As fears of the virus and a lack of personal protective equipment for health care workers began to swell in our region, new uses for 3D printers began to circulate. Our Associate Head of School Tom “Brody” Broderick quickly jumped into a leadership role, teaming up with local ...

‘This other Eden, demi-paradise’

In William Shakespeare’s “Richard II,” John of Gaunt, an aging, frail power broker, approaches his death while considering the rule of his wretched nephew Richard. Richard, poor kid, was made king at age 10 and, though essentially a fop, has to struggle with two great problems: his ...

Planning for the new normal, now

Last week, the application process for federal relief programs started again due to additional funding for emergency loans. Businesses and organizations in this community were busy checking on the status of their already submitted applications or spent time trying to figure out how to apply. ...

Just another step

There’s a simple beauty to hiking — you need only put one foot in front of the next. You don’t need to do intense calculations. You don’t need to do somersaults. You only need to keep walking. Even if you’re struggling at home, even if your life is in shambles, even if the world ...

History sends a warning about pandemic second waves

In his thoroughly researched and masterfully written book, “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” John Barry argues that although it can never be proved conclusively, evidence suggests the 1918 pandemic (Spanish Flu) started between Feb. 28 and March 2 of ...

Let Mother Nature help you

Living here in the Adirondacks, I enjoy the beauty surrounding me and the challenges brought forth by life itself. I have found that when I encounter difficulties in my life — stresses and anxieties — I take it all to Mother Nature. I speak it all out loud to her. Whether I’m inside, ...

Travel corridor plan needs work

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s long-awaited amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor management plan has reached the Adirondack Park Agency in Ray Brook for a determination of compliance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. This is the second time ...

Coronavirus as national stress test?

Recently on the “PBS News Hour,” David Brooks called COVID-19 a national stress test for how well and long we can maintain our collective faith in institutions and each other. Indeed, the coronavirus has shaken the very foundations of society as we all know it. But to call it a stress ...

Newspapers need to get through this time

Newspapers in the United States have traveled rough seas to the First Amendment freedoms we enjoy today. From the colonial Stamp Act through wartime censorship to today, when thousands of newspapers were slammed with the public health emergency known as COVID-19, people who work for newspapers ...

Scenes from a future movie

Beginning: Image of a lake appears on screen. Zoom in on a pair of mallards and a dozen geese gracefully swimming. Zoom out, revealing the image as recorded on a phone camera. Split screen: Another image of a clear blue sky, some soft white clouds. Absent are jet vapor trails. Screen ...

Feds can help newspapers with aid, ads

During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face masks. Your local newspaper provides the news and information unique to your community: where the testing ...

Who dealt this mess anyway?

(Editor’s note: In an editorial on Monday, March 30, the Enterprise invited local religious leaders to share sermons with the community through the newspaper’s Opinion page, since they are not allowed to hold services in person. This is one of the responses.) - Isaiah 53:6 (ESV): ...

They won; I’ve resigned as coroner

It’s very disheartening when you put your heart, soul and effort into a job you care so much about, only to have the very people you work for do everything they can to sabotage you. That’s why I have resigned as Essex County coroner. I made the mistake of expecting the county ...

Letters from the Porch: The great outdoors

Many Saranac Lakers find themselves heading outside during these unsettling times. In the woods around us we find a sense of peace, a place where human worries and sickness feel far away. In fact, the natural environment of the Adirondacks is at the heart of our history as a center for ...