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Guest Commentary

A railroad to Lake Placid is not sustainable

To date, the rail-vs.-trail debate has mostly touted the competing benefits of the different possible uses of the Adirondack rail corridor. By now, most readers have heard those arguments those ad infinitum. Mostly left out of the debate, however, is any discussion of just who and how many ...

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

June is LGBT Pride Month, a time when LGBTQI+ community members, family, friends and advocates acknowledge and celebrate the gift of diversity that is unique to each of us. Many municipalities host Pride Parades where LGBTQI+ community members outwardly profess their ability to live freely and ...

Are Republicans happier than Dems because they have fewer choices?

Have you ever stopped in the middle of the cereal aisle and stared blankly at the hundreds of brands to choose from? If you felt a sense of irritation set in while looking over the seemingly endless array of options, then you know what psychologist Barry Schwartz is talking about in his ...

Rep. Stefanik is an arts advocate

The arts have long struggled to develop a richly deserved recognition for their importance in the education of our youth, improving the quality of life for people of all ages and life experiences, and as a vital economic engine for our region through attracting visitors and creating jobs. ...

Changing the way we learn

Many promising ideas have been tried for improving education that address mental health issues that are related to schooling, only to be aborted by an administrative organization and a frame of mind resistant to change. This has prompted a call for systemic change, a process that will take ...

The future of coal

The “Green New Deal” proposed by New York congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts calls for, by 2030, “100% clean energy” for the U.S., which will consist of only wind, solar and hydroelectricity. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s more modest “Green ...

Slow down on legalizing marijuana

The New York state substance abuse treatment community has been involved in a high-stakes effort to oppose the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, and proponents were constantly saying that “it’s a done deal” or that “the train has left the station” so we had better ...

The high costs of a propane storage and transfer facility

The Hurley Brothers Inc. application to create a propane storage and transfer station will grow its business at the expense of Lake Placid-North Elba community. Their proposed Old Military Road site means real costs for our community. These cost impacts deserves careful consideration by our ...

Harriet Tubman and Trump’s racist agenda

In 2016 a poll was conducted to find out which American the country wanted to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. When it was all said and done, the person who had the most votes was the great abolitionist Harriet Tubman.  As with every other Obama initiative, Donald Trump has made it a ...

New photo restrictions raise worry about freedom in New York

An axiom runs through our legal training as journalists: There’s little privacy in public. The hypothetical scenario hasn’t changed in decades: If a couple does something illicit in their house. That’s private. If they do it on the street corner, that’s public. If they do it in front ...

Hope paddling park won’t block fishing like last one did

Having grown up about a quarter-mile from the dam/police station, some of my fondest childhood memories were made fishing this section of the Saranac River. Kids from Jenkins, Lake, South Hope, Petrova and other surrounding neighborhoods would spend countless hours fishing and playing in these ...

Let’s get on with it!

Ken Youngblood’s recent letter to the Enterprise envisioned the delights of a rail trail on the obsolete railroad corridor connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Let’s hope that, 10 years after this idea was seized upon by a newly formed group called Adirondack Recreational ...

Nix the neonics

What are neonics anyway? “Neonic” is shorthand for neonicotinoid pesticides. There is a saying that goes, “If a food ingredient is hard to pronounce, chances are it’s bad for you.” Well, neonicotinoid is hard to pronounce and very bad for pollinators. They are a class of ...

Energy, food and water: How much can we ask from the ocean?

Although vast amounts of the ocean remain unexplored, the things we do know about the largest habitat on Earth are enough to make us realize that humans, as stewards of this planet, have an innate responsibility to look after the ocean. This watery habitat covers 71% of the Earth’s ...

The bar

“Sunset and evening star, but one clear call for me. Let there be no moaning at the bar when I put out to sea.” So began a new admiralty judge when he first took the bench. The courtroom bar keeps the public outside side the “well” of the courtroom where court business is done. ...

The sacred vs. the propane

Recently proposed to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board by the Hurley Brothers, a local fuels dealer, is to convert an acre atop Vitvitsky Hill, the highest hill between the AuSable and Chubb rivers on Old Military Road, into a tank farm for LPG, liquefied propane gas, for unloading ...

Sad and absurd

Surfing radio stations I happened upon Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word,” and two lines jumped out at me: “It’s sad, so sad. And it’s getting more and more absurd.”  These 11 words perfectly capture the Trump presidency and likely caught my attention, as I had ...

Not a fan of whitewater park plan

Four hundred thousand dollars for a “whitewater kayak feature” in the village! Rebuild a river so people can play in their kayaks? First of all, rebuilding a river so it suits the needs of a single recreational group is a pretty disgusting and arrogant idea. We long ago learned what ...

The embarrassment of Kate Smith

In response to the title of Elizabeth Izzo’s article, “Did Kate Smith make up for racist songs,” I would suggest an answer in the negative, although perhaps her historical embarrassment may be put to good use in well-meaning dialogue. Kate Smith’s admirable words in her 1945 plea for ...

Mueller report vindicates the work of journalists

There was a time, 15 or so years ago, when I was making several trips a year to Washington, D.C. While killing time before a meeting, I’d often stroll over to the White House grounds and just stare at it. I was in awe, even as an adult, of my country and of the presidency. I can’t ...