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Guest Commentary

‘The darkest valley’ (Psalm 23)

(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 the first response.) - For millions of ...

‘Improvise, adapt and overcome’

In the distance we hear the rumble of a rolling thunder and that thunder is COVID-19. The apex of this pandemic will strike the New York City region, already in great peril, in a week or two, and Saranac Lake may follow two weeks later, all according to the facts as we have them right now. ...

Don’t let COVID-19 divide us

The Adirondack Park’s wild beauty and ecological health attract more than 12 million visitors per year from all over the world to a park with 130,000 year-round residents and 45,000 seasonal homeowners. Being the most popular rural region in New York is usually a strength. During a global ...

Together but not equal

As the coronavirus crisis becomes more ominous a phrase we increasingly hear is, “We are all in this together,” implying that all Americans are equally enduring the hardships of this disease. Nothing could be further from the truth, as every crisis this country has endured is a stark ...

Difficult choices

Documented cases of COVID-19 have now exceeded 140,000 in the U.S. The likely number of infections is far greater, given our failure in ramping up testing. Over 2,400 have died in the U.S. (Numbers from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Monday afternoon.) We read every day ...

The child who would/could be king

Adjectives that could best describe the mood Americans find themselves: angry, frustrated, alarmed, helpless, enraged, etc. Adjectives that could also describe the one person responsible for this state of affairs: childish, impetuous, vindictive, egomaniacal, bullying, selfish, hypocritical, ...

The coronavirus and our ‘wartime president’

I have, until now, strongly resisted the temptation to comment on the political aspects of the coronavirus pandemic and the role played in this spreading crisis by our commander-in-chief, President Trump. Some would say this is not the time to “play politics.” I disagree. It is a time, I ...

The trail option is blatantly obvious

I know to many this is not the most important consideration of the time, but it certainly adds to the preference of the trail over restoring rail service on the Thendara-to-Lake Placid travel corridor. Open, outdoor activity vs. mass transportation seating on trains? The current plan for ...

Correctional officers’ union at FCI Ray Brook sounds the alarm

Judging from the response of the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, we are grossly underprepared to properly react and reduce the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic at the Federal Correctional Institute at Ray Brook. The measures put in place are nothing more than an attempt to appear ...

Wear a mask

In New York state, the authorities have been telling us that we don’t need to wear masks. That just doesn’t make logical sense. Although masks do not provide absolute prevention against the spread of COVID-19, they would reduce the spread. Reducing the spread is essential. If we all wear ...

The best business book I ever read

Back in 1999 I graduated with a business degree from Empire State College, one of the State University colleges in New York. Even though I'd been in business for many years, I somehow felt I should do this. Getting the degree turned out to be a good thing. And it started me doing something I'm ...

Women’s choice doesn’t seem to be pregnancy center’s priority

On March 17, The Adirondack Pregnancy Center introduced itself through a statement to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. I was relieved to see this because, like many other community members, I have been concerned with the lack of transparency that has been surrounding this project thus far. ...

COVID-19 is a serious risk to elders

On behalf of the Association on Aging in New York, we would like to strongly encourage the public to consider the breadth of impact that COVID-19 will have on the aging population and their caregivers. The Aging network in New York state provides services and supports for older ...

The Adirondack Pregnancy Center — an introduction

The Adirondack Pregnancy Center Board of Directors would like to thank the village of Saranac Lake for welcoming the APC to the community. The early March site plan review meeting was not the place, nor did it afford us the time to share the totality of who we are, what we believe and what ...

Reply re: new pregnancy center

The article written by Carolyn (Koestner) was filled with slander, hate and discrimination against women in need. Have you ever been faced with a unplanned crisis pregnancy? Did you have nowhere to turn and no one to talk to? Were you scared, alone and hopeless, not knowing what to do? I ...

A green future

I have driven through the countryside in many regions over the years, and have always been intrigued by the wonderful barns that farmers used to build. How was it, I would ask myself, that a single family unit had the resources and motivation to build such impressive buildings? Only later did ...

Political indigestion

There’s an old gag that goes something like this: “What’s worse than biting into an apple and finding a worm?” “I don’t know. What?” “Finding half a worm!” For millions of Americans, the last three years of Donald Trump’s presidency felt like they had taken a ...

Adirondacks need internet upgrade

As anyone who spends even just a few hours here knows all too well, getting reliable and comprehensive cellular coverage and internet service inside the Blue Line is a challenge. The Adirondack Park, well known as America’s largest state park, encompasses 6 million acres that include ...

Who will help animal rehab center?

I’m writing today as a longtime lover of wildlife, a photographer of the same and a regular visitor to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. I have eagerly watched the facility grow and change to the unique facility it is today. Wendy and Steve Hall deserve our praise and admiration for their ...

Morally bankrupt bluster and bravado 

Over the years, President Trump has repeatedly stated that Americans should “stand proudly” during the national anthem and has severely chastised individuals he considers disrespectful to the flag and American military personnel.  Trump has been especially critical of National Football ...