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Guest Commentary

This is not an easy task, but we believe it can be done

Thank you for the news coverage and editorial regarding the proposed regulations of short-term rentals in Lake Placid. This is very important for Lake Placid right now, but our neighboring communities are likely to experience the same issues in the near future. We are homeowners on Lake ...

Facts of abortion aren’t so simple

When I saw the news about this new law in New York state, being a bit disturbed, I looked up the law because I wanted to know the facts. In a recent interview, CNN spoke with two ob-gyns: Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president of health policy at the American College of Obstetricians and ...

Vacation rentals pushing me out

It has been with great interest reading articles in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise about the hearing on short-term vacation rental regulations in Lake Placid. Affordable housing has been talked about and reported on for years, yet few concrete steps have been taken to resolve concerns. ...

Missing piece in Trump’s wall is GOP support

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress never really wanted to build the wall. It wasn’t a priority like tax cuts, which are a raison d’etre of Republican domestic policy. And it wasn’t their own campaign pledge to voters, like the vow to repeal and replace Obamacare that became hard ...

Rental owners unfairly blamed

In the discussion surrounding regulation of home sharing in Lake Placid and North Elba, one notion is clear and unambiguous: People love and treasure this area. As the Daily Enterprise has reported, there also is widespread agreement that some regulations of short-term rentals are ...

‘Prophet of Freedom’

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) is one of the towering figures in American history. In his masterful biography of Douglass, Yale University historian David Blight states the former slave was an intellectual, the author of hundreds of speeches and editorials, a political philosopher and activist, ...

Cuts to SLCS art program

To: Diane Fox, superintendent, school board members, and school district residents, The Saranac Lake Central School District has been fortunate to have had talented high school art teachers like Doc Ward and the current teachers, Jennifer Moore and Valerie Patterson. The artistic ...

Adirondack concerns for protecting America’s remaining wilderness increase

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) in preparation of oil and gas lease sales in our country’s largest wildlife refuge — namely, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The EIS, released in December, is the latest action by the ...

Advice to board candidates

I’d like to take this time to inform the residents of the town of North Elba that I will not be seeking a fourth term as a North Elba town councilman. It has been an honor to serve this community for the last 11 years on the town board, and the Lake Placid school board for four years ...

The color pink

In 2015, when the Supreme Court issued its Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Barack Obama ordered the White House bathed in rainbow colors. This was an immature and inappropriate thing to do considering tens of millions of Americans opposed the decision, but it was ...

The lost cellphone

People have called fire departments for all sorts of stupid reasons: a cat stuck in a tree, a kid stuck in a toilet. I didn’t intend to, but (unintentionally) I called the fire department to find my cellphone. When winter hit in mid-October, it caught us unprepared. We didn’t have any ...

Despite rush to judgment, students at protest bear some responsibility

Despite the media’s initial rush to judgment and willingness to make a particular group represent all white people, black people and Native Americans, leading to an overly simplistic interpretation of what actually happened, I am still unsettled by the actions of the Catholic high school ...

The warm side of the fridge

In 2014, I moved from Redford to Saranac Lake, an hour’s drive from there to here. When I moved, I moved from my friends, an old hand-built house that I called home, my neighbors, everything. Over time I’ve come to accept that I’m going to be in Saranac Lake for a long time. For the ...

Light of God’s love needed most when it is darkest

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Debar Lodge should be for veterans

Our country is home to thousands of veterans — the men and women who have given so much to make this country what it is today. Unfortunately, many of them are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition brought on by the suffering, inhumanity and hardship that they had to ...

‘I can relate’

Well, a payday — or should I say, no payday — of the government shutdown has come and gone. I understand that there’s a lot of nervousness about rent, car payments, utility bills and so on. But hey, they’ll adjust; they always do. At least that’s what the Donald says because he ...

Adirondack rescue

To Mayor Clyde Rabideau, village of Saranac Lake: We are both experienced hikers and have climbed the 4,000-footers in New Hampshire (48) and Vermont (five). Beginning in 2017, we have focused on the Adirondacks, climbing 17 of the High Peaks that season and 18 more through August of 2018. On ...

Historic passage of GENDA

History was made in New York state last week when the New York State Senate, after 16 very long and often disappointing years, finally passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act granting basic human and civil rights protections to the Transgender and Non-Binary communities. GENDA had ...

Fun at the International Children’s Games

I was ecstatic when I was told I had been selected for the 2019 Lake Placid International Children’s Winter Games. I had written many essays, had letters of recommendation written about me, had been preparing athletically, and it all paid off. I was proud to be a member of Team Lake ...

Trump’s shutdown is an intentional attack on the federal government

When will the mainstream media start reporting the real story about why Trump is willing to stop the federal government from doing its business? Trump’s intentional assault on federal agencies is a direct result of his promise on the campaign trail to “drain the swamp.” On Dec. 22, ...