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Guest Commentary

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 ...

The new ‘Teflon Don’

In the spring of 1980, a boy on a mini-bike darted into the path of a neighbor’s car and died. The boy was the son of the notorious New York mobster, John Gotti. The neighbor tried in vain to apologize to the family, but received only death threats in response. Just before he was to move his ...

Trees are the answer to climate change

I am writing in response to Paul Herrmann’s Jan. 30 Adirondack Daily Enterprise letter to the editor. I would like to respond to the self-described “tree-hugging, flatland, liberal” Paul Herrmann and his questioning why we cut trees. Paul is correct that the over-harvesting of trees ...

No harm, no foul? No way

“No harm, no foul” means even though someone has participated in misconduct, that person should be excused because nothing and no one has come to harm. Under this rule, you can get away with trying practically anything and will not be punished if caught before someone or something gets ...

Our community and vacation rentals

Over 20% of water and sewer bills in the village of Saranac Lake are now mailed out of town. I hope that got your attention. It’s a big number. The percentage in Lake Placid is much higher. These simple statistics represent a significant demographic change that has accelerated in the past 10 ...

In the ongoing rail-trail debate, consider locals vs. non-locals

I write in response to the recent commentary by Dick Beamish regarding the rail-trail debate and in particular my prior writing about the Virginia Creeper Trail. Before the lesson begins, I first want to point out to Mr. Beamish his incomplete knowledge of tourism and especially how tourist ...

Elise Stefanik saw an opportunity that won’t necessarily help us

Elise Stefanik, that fresh-faced breath of country air who took our local political scene by storm in 2014, has changed. She is unrecognizable from that first campaign when she became the youngest woman elected to Congress. In those more innocent times, she repeated over and over again ...

Comparing Trump to Nixon is misguided

By painstakingly outlining the architecture of the Ukraine scheme, the impeachment managers successfully described how Trump put self-interest ahead of the nation’s priorities. If anyone denies he did something illegal after hearing the case against him, they were not paying attention ...

Be skeptical of trail assumptions

I’ve been following the rail and trail debates in the paper for quite some time. As a business owner, I find myself bothered by the “projections” of the trail folks. They’ve done reports that are projecting the amount of folks that will come and use the trail. A better word for the ...

Ten years of wishful thinking

Ten years ago, the debate over rail vs. trail began in earnest, and the proponents on both sides are still going strong. The debate has been centered on the best use of the old railroad line connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Many see this 34-mile stretch of publicly owned ...

Medicare for all is a fantasy

Not only did I work in health care in New York as both practice manager and subsequently as a department administrator, supervising clinics at New York University Medical Center, I have done medical billing and health care budgeting. Secondly, I am now a senior with a Medicare Advantage ...

New York’s parole merry-go-round

State-run parole and probation programs are designed to keep persons convicted of crimes — including a very large number of nonviolent crimes — out of prison. But in New York, according to a recent Council of State Governments study, “Confined and Costly: How Supervision Violations are ...

Hell was a place called Auschwitz

This week marks 75 years since Soviet troops stormed the gates of hell. Hell was near a Polish town called Oswiecim. Hell was a place called Auschwitz. Seven and a half decades later, the murder factory has all but passed from living memory, been swallowed by that great maw called ...

Going back to the rail system could help in a lot of ways

After reading a letter to the editor from Michael Wright in Damascus, Virginia, I thought, I have been there about six times; have I missed something? So I decided to do some research, and I called some local people and businesses in Virginia about the Virginia Creeper Trail. As I ...

Stefanik’s ticket to the show

While he may not know how to pronounce her last name, President Donald Trump understands that U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik will support him through thick and thin. Stefanik was slow to embrace Trump when he began his presidential bid for the 2016 election. She kept him at arm’s ...

Mae Julia Palumbo

Mae Julia Palumbo, 94, of Lake Placid passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid. Mrs. Palumbo was born May 1, 1925, in Plattsburgh. She is the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Lesperance) Cartier. Calling hours will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 from 1 to 2 ...

Trail has been great for Damascus, Va.

Re: “Correcting the rail-trail record”: I would like to provide a bit of information regarding Bill Branson of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s “Correcting the rail-trail record” column from Jan 7. I think that his using a 20-year-old study is a bit misleading in his ...