Opinion

50 St. Patrick’s Days ago

Columns

After a lifetime spent in the company of the rogues, the rascals and, yes, the phonies of politics, I have concluded that American voters are searching for one of two presidential types: a warm conservative with a generous heart or a tough liberal with a steel backbone. As the late wise ...

Dodgy behavior in governor’s office

Editorials

Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t legally tainted by Tuesday’s conviction of a former top aide on federal bribery and fraud charges. During an election year, however, we hope voters remember the trial of Joseph Percoco, a man once likened to a brother by Cuomo, and Steven Aiello, an executive of ...

Politics at school

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I was told that politics is not to be pushed into schools and you are not to even give out a pen with someone’s name on it running for office, but it seems that it is OK now to bring politics into school. From what I read on the students’ walkout, that two Democrats who ...

And then along came Russ

Columns

Last week’s column was about my struggle to get accepted into a Master’s program. The struggle had only one cause — I wanted an MA in English lit, but I’d been an American history major. Here’s the thing: Grad schools are fueled by a near-bulletproof fiction. It is in ...

Hillary, stop. Please.

Columns

WASHINGTON — She can’t let go. She can’t stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she’s telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places and then ...

Keep it up, Saranac Lake students

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I want to congratulate the throng of Saranac Lake High School students who braved the storm this morning for the National School Walkout. It was so inspiring to me, a recent retiree, to see these kids refuse to let this massacre be forgotten. They led a sobering minute of ...

Don’t price people out of national parks

Editorials

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Reasons to re-elect Rabideau

Letters to the editor

To the editor: When I first purchased property here in the village six years ago, Clyde Rabideau was one of the first persons I called, having been referred to him by more than one local as being a reputable contractor. He and his men, in fact, did a fine job on the renovation of my ...

Robert Louis Stevenson on dreams

Columns

“We only guide ourselves, and only know ourselves, by these air-painted pictures of the past.” — RLS, Saranac Lake Thomas Stevenson beheld his first and last baby was to give him a nickname—”Smout”—Scottish lingo for the small fry of salmon, because Robert Louis Stevenson was ...

Elon Musk’s age of exploration

Columns

Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he’s building will be able to do short “up and down” flights by next year. Musk’s goal is to colonize Mars, a delightfully daft idea that has ...

Delaneys have been great for Outing Club

Letters to the editor

To the editor: To Brian and Karen Delaney: The occasion that prompts this letter is Karen’s retiring from the Lake Placid Outing Club’s Board of Directors after her many years of commitment and good counsel. On behalf of the thousands of kids and hundreds of parents, we wish to extend ...

BluSeed offers free children’s spring break art classes

Columns

Sometimes all the stars align. That is what happened after a friend suggested I send a quick email to Saranac Lake’s BluSeed Studios Artistic Director Carol Marie Vossler about the possibility of working together. My children grew up participating in the Weibrecht AfterSchool Workshops at ...

Student walkout can be a lesson for all

Editorials

It’s a busy day at Saranac Lake High School. Today sophomores take a field trip to the Enterprise Job Fair at North Country Community College. Also it’s the annual Wellness Fair, which is always a fairly big production for students. And it’s Pi Day (March 14, 3/14, 3.14 … get it?), ...

In defense of our teenagers

Columns

As a community member, as a mother and as a teacher, I feel compelled to respond to the Facebook commentary regarding the Adirondack Daily Enterprise article titled “Students plan walkout March 14.” The role a community plays in raising our children cannot be underestimated. I feel ...

ARTA member makes a false claim on Facebook

Letters to the editor

To the editor: With the talk of the rail trail fired up again after the proposal of the Adirondack Park Agency rule change,” it seems that Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates is once again stopping at nothing when it comes to complete out-and-out lies to deceive the public on trying to ...

Web Poll results, March 5-12

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: How should high schools respond to students walking out of class for 17 minutes Wednesday in memorial for 17 students murdered recently in Parkland, Florida? --- Welcome it, Try to minimize the disruption, Punish those who walk out, Undecided --- This poll is not ...

Many have helped Dewey grow

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Sometimes it is difficult to find the right words to say a meaningful, sincere thank-you. On last Thursday, the Dewey Mountain Recreational Center had its end-of-the-winter youth program for the season. The Dewey Mountain Friends, staff and parents do a pizza party with ...

Tools of the astronomers: finding distance

Columns

Through the years, I’ve written of the distances to stars and galaxies, but have never explained how astronomers have determined those distances. Finding these is actually one of the most challenging aspects of astronomers and measurements are still rife with uncertainty. The first tool ...

How do we handle the facts-challenged among us?

Columns

So what should we say to Robert Ussery? He’s an antagonist in a story of breathtaking emotional cruelty that unfolded Monday. It seems Pastor Frank Pomeroy was sitting in his car near his church in Sutherland Springs, just east of San Antonio, when, he says, a man and woman approached the ...