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Guest Commentary

Bill Branson, take a hike

 Bill Branson has again misleadingly claimed that rail is better than trail for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor (“Correcting the rail-trail record,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Jan. 7), asserting that pro-trail arguments are based on “incorrect facts and bad logic.” Let’s ...

When did caring about the planet become a liberal idea?

There is a disconnect in our community between the call to climate action and the commitment to doing it. More people than ever want to put a stop to climate change. Our local governments and establishments all acknowledge the existence of climate change, but when it comes to ADDRESSING this ...

A day in the life of Ice Palace workers

Are you considering becoming a new volunteer at the Ice Palace but wonder what it entails? Here is a snapshot of a “typical” day. Lots of factors can affect this, as the job flow is fluid given the number of volunteers, seasoned workers, weather and equipment failure, to name a few. ...

Correcting the rail-trail record

My concerns result from the Guest Commentary in the Dec. 20, 2019, Adirondack Daily Enterprise that presented arguments in favor of rail removal between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. The commentary relied on incorrect facts and bad logic. I am compelled to correct the record. First, the ...

We don’t want another war

About 18 years ago, in late September of 2001, I wrote a column about watching local teens at a Street Jam as they did skateboard tricks on a ramp in the middle of downtown Glens Falls. I marveled at how brave they were, spinning off their boards and falling and rolling over on the road, and ...

Please (at least try to) find out the facts before issuing an opinion

It was extraordinarily disappointing to me to read Peter Crowley’s editorial about a bill aiming to raise the New York state excise tax on beer over 115%. From the title of “Have a brew, support higher education” being glib, careless and misleading, Mr. Crowley is portraying my industry ...

Investment in sustainable jobs must follow cut to food stamps

After nearly 20 years as a social worker trained in conflict resolution, I have learned some valuable lessons about the ways people communicate with one another. What doesn’t work so well is assuming that someone has bad intentions just because they have different opinions. For example, I ...

Those still railing about the rail trail should choo on this

It’s time to get moving when it comes to what promises to be one of the most unique rail to trail conversions in the United States. My faith in the Adirondack Rail Trail’s impact is based on having biked several thousand miles of rail trails in multiple states, all the while bearing witness ...

What the Bills mean to Buffalo

To some it may seem like just a game — not to Buffalo Bills fans. Football is a game to those who have a favorite team, a team that wins or loses and becomes a point of discussion over a cup of morning coffee or a beer after work. This changes entirely when your favorite team happens to be ...

A local look at consolidation

The topic of health care consolidation — or the coming together of hospitals, doctors and other types of providers — has been in the news quite a bit recently. In fact, early last month, the Health Reform Oversight Committee of the Vermont Legislature heard from a Stanford University ...

Politicians acting like children

It’s exasperating to witness adults praising elected politicians with little or no indication or consideration of relevant facts that might be either supporting or questioning their conclusions. It’s exasperating since logical thinking and moral maturity are expected in the behaviors of ...

Big win for Tupper, giant loss for Saranac Lake

It would appear the people and businesses of Saranac Lake will be the biggest losers in New York state’s most recent plan to destroy the northern end of the Adirondack railroad. The merchants and politicians of Lake Placid are probably correct in believing they need not be connected to the ...

A world of urban deserts 

Between 1964 and 2019, global population more than doubled from 3.26 billion to 7.7 billion. Worldwide water consumption also more than doubled during this time frame. According to the World Resources Institute, 17 countries are designated “extremely high” water risk — that is, they are ...

Rep. Stefanik continues to put party before country

It is clear there are two different sets of facts being presented to the American public when it comes to impeachment. Truth is on trial, and I fear the public will be a hung jury. I was struck by a comment from one reader on our website Tuesday: “We are way past educating voters. ...

Ripping up tracks makes no sense

To: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Re: Future of the Adirondack Railroad between Remsen and Lake Placid, and changes to unit management plan - The DEC and state of New York are still itching to tear up the rails between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. I have ...

Gov. Cuomo’s golden opportunity to safeguard the Adirondack Park

Hats off to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for moving New York state to the forefront in the fight against climate change with his goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050. The governor has gone all out to put New York state on a carbon-neutral path while we still have a chance to save our planet. ...

Bogus claims cloud rail-trail debate

Dear Gov. Cuomo: New York state has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to prop up Adirondack Scenic Railroad operations along the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor — for example, recently providing $791,000 for ASR’s new maintenance facility in north Utica. However, ASR President Bill ...

Down memory lane

As the Trump impeachment inquiry has unfolded, I’ve been musing over memories of the Senate Watergate committee, whose meetings we watched on our small black-and-white TV back in 1974. I particularly remember how two of the three Republican members of that committee, only slightly ...

It’s time for Rep. Elise Stefanik to choose a side in climate crisis

The time has come for Rep. Elise Stefanik to choose a side in the climate change crisis. She must decide if she values the lives of the North Country’s youth or money. Since she has taken office, Rep. Stefanik has taken over $100,000 from fossil fuel giants like Koch Industries and ...

Mayor’s project gets favored treatment

I was pleased to see in a recent edition of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that a local business had cleared an important site plan review hurdle with the Development Board. What does not please me is the apparent uneven approval process that seems to favor certain projects. The Dew Drop Inn ...