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Opinion

These are my mountains

Columns

Recent editorials and letters in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise have suggested I stay off hiking trails, start fishing and canoeing, don’t mountain bike and stop riding my road bike, and to even stop using my hiking poles. I’m not buying it. I moved here 18 years ago from the ...

Flaggers play important role in traffic safety

Columns

Flaggers, flagperson, or flagmen as we used to know it, are vital to both vehicle safety and to worker safety. Unfortunately, drivers are too often annoyed by them when approaching a work zone or encountering a flagger when motoring about. Our vast infrastructure, roads and highways ...

Compromise, but keep principles

Columns

Recent discussion on the “PBS News Hour” focused on concern that our democratic processes require compromise and how that seems to have been replaced with open conflict between political parties. Upon hearing this, I turned to the dictionary to determine the official definitions of ...

Solidarity with the Capital Gazette

Editorials

Like probably every newspaper staff around the country — and millions of other Americans — we were horrified Thursday at a mass murder at a daily newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland. Police said it was a pre-planned solo attack, in which a 38-year-old man walked into the offices of ...

Stefanik knows the economy and us

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Small businesses are a huge part of the upstate economy; families depend on these businesses for their everyday lives. Thankfully, no one understands this better than Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who grew up with her family relying on their own small business. She knows the ...

The ‘Beanie’ Barnet-Trotty Veck Story, part 2

Columns

In this space last week was the story of the Trotty Veck Messengers, a little booklet published in Saranac Lake starting in 1915 by two young men, Seymour Eaton Jr., ad Charles Swasey Barnet who arrived in Saranac Lake stricken with tuberculosis. They eventually published and sold 4 ...

Something must change

Columns

The Leader-Herald of Gloversville on the mass murder at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, June 29: “There are no 40-hour weeks, no big paydays — just a passion for telling stories from our community. We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school ...

Thanks for good primary news

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Kudos to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for your thorough and objective reporting on the 21st District primary campaigns. From the beginning you carried the public debates and meetings. You were careful to give each candidate equal space in interviews and background articles. ...

Beyond the fog: A morning paddle on Osgood

Columns

It was so foggy that we basically paddled until we saw land in front of us and then turned. Sure, I could have gotten out the map and compass, but that’s no fun. So as Aaron and I made our way into the gray, we kept an eye out for land and only had to make a couple of course corrections ...

Republicans have changed

Letters to the editor

To the editor: As the 2018 national election season is now upon us, I want to try to inform as many of my fellow Americans as possible about how the 2018 national Republican Party is different from the one that I grew up knowing in the 1950s and 1960s. The major difference is that back then, ...

These questions are for the birds

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Statuesque cardinal in your regal red, why is your chest puffed out? Have you not seen the blue jay in vibrant blues arrayed? And might I add, a little rude at the feeder, Mr. Blue Jay, aka Cyanocitta cristat. Is that Latin for lacking in decorum at the feeding forum? Are you ...

State suffers as Cuomo fixates on U.S. politics

Editorials

The state Legislature ended its session last week with a whimper. Sports betting, early voting, bail reform, legislation benefitting child sex abuse victims, procurement reform and a database of deals all fell by the wayside when the final gavel struck to end the session. Governing is the ...

Cruelty is not a policy

Columns

Our country is engaged in an uncivil war. We make cultural or political skirmishes into front-page news, where tweets rule and common sense is nowhere to be found. It has gone too far — we need to move way up the scale to where each of us examines his or her conscience while asking what is ...

Book on Vietnam War is worth reading

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I recently read “Blue Devils in Vietnam,” a memorable chronology of the war experiences of 34 Vietnam veterans who had attended Geneseo (NY) Central School. The individuals who did the most to pursue this nonprofit project are veterans Jim DeCamp, Tony Gurak, Roger Johnson ...

Supreme Court corrects itself

Columns

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is especially admirable when correcting especially deplorable prior decisions, as with the 1954 school desegregation decision rejecting a 1896 decision’s “separate but equal” doctrine. It did so again last Wednesday, overturning a 41-year-old precedent ...

Wishy-washy wishin’

Columns

Last week I wrote about my experience at my first Friends of the Library sale, which also happened to be the Friends first sale, back in the summer of ‘55. I told about a little kiddies’ amusement section they’d set up behind the library and its two main attractions. One was a penny ...

Home advantage was minimal against Cobb

Editorials

Congratulations to Tedra Cobb of Canton, who on Tuesday was elected the Democratic Party nominee in New York’s 21st Congressional District, which spans the North Country. She killed it in our area, just like she did almost everywhere else in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. As primary day ...

A $10 million wish list?

Columns

This is in reply to the May 22 article titled “$10 million wish list.” As a business owner, here are my thoughts. We’re going after grant money to revitalize our village and particularly the business district. But has anyone bothered to ask themselves how we got this way in the first ...

‘The Wrong Box’

Columns

For three days in the dead of winter 1917, the stepchildren of Robert Louis Stevenson, namely Lloyd Osbourne and Mrs. Isobel Field, were honored guests in the mountain village the author once called his “little Switzerland in the Adirondacks,” which is Saranac Lake. For Lloyd, it was a ...