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Opinion

US-Canada border

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Re: “Vaccine ‘passport’ possible border reopening tool,” April 5 (by Joe Mahoney, CNHI): I have been supervising students (working on COVID-related research) in my laboratory since the pandemic began last year. I have taught some of my smaller courses in person. I ...

Hope for a break on immigration reform

Editorials

Most Americans cannot fathom living in a place where it seems preferable to live in holding facilities in another country than to return. Most of us have no idea what it is like to truly live in fear that drives us to risk everything just for a chance at a better life for our kids. Many of ...

Green and gold: coltsfoot and dandelion

Columns

Spring has sprung in a big way! The ice is off the lakes. The birds are back. Crocus is blooming in our garden and coltsfoot along the path. Dandelion greens appear where snow has melted. Common and ubiquitous, both dandelions (Taraxacum officinalis) and coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) were ...

Defending ourselves better against scams

Editorials

Scams of all sorts have grown more frequent in recent years — maybe even more so in this last year, judging by what we hear from readers and loved ones, and what we see come into our own phones and email. Friday’s Enterprise contained an in-depth report by Aaron Cerbone about ...

Tupper Lake village election, 1932

Columns

We missed the big election in Tupper Lake held March 15 by 89 years. This story is for my niece Patti Sparks Littlefield, town supervisor of Tupper Lake, and Paul Maroun, mayor of the village of Tupper Lake. Patti’s dad John Sparks and I were pals since we were teenagers. Anyone who ...

Preventing child abuse is everybody’s business

Columns

Since this month is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, I thought it wouldn’t be harmful for me to talk about this most serious topic. More than 1 million infants and children are abused every year in this country physically, sexually or emotionally. Additional sad facts are that ...

The Great Skelley End-Around

Columns

Last week’s column, about the chopping down of Paul Smith’s College’s major landmark and school logo, the Leaning Pine, had some inaccuracies in it. I said that because the college prez, Dr. Buxton, hated everything about the state, he wouldn’t have had the miscreant arrested, but ...

RLS adventures

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to thank Mike Delahant for his wonderful columns on Robert Louis Stevenson. As a child here in Saranac Lake, my mother would read the stories and poems of RLS to my sister and me. She took us on many walks and occasionally would walk us over to his cottage. I ...

RLS in the South Seas

Columns

“On the 16th of April, 1888, Stevenson and party left Saranac Lake. After spending a fortnight in New York, where, as always in cities, his health quickly flagged again, he went for the month of May into seaside quarters at Union House, Manasquan, on the New Jersey coast, for the sake of ...

Vaccines are how we win the race

Editorials

The world is engaged in a race between vaccinations and the coronavirus’s new strains. Some of these mutated variants spread much more easily than the original — which was plenty contagious enough — but so far, at least, they aren’t breaking through the vaccines’ protection. In ...

They’re back

Columns

It’s spring, and after months of being locked down, people are getting outside again. Just a reminder, though: The longer, warmer days of April are also the start of tick season, the peak of which lasts through August. Ticks commonly overwinter by “nesting” in groups, taking refuge ...

What we learned

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Hard lessons: Your chances of contracting COVID-19 are much higher if you are poor, Black or brown, a front-line or “essential” worker, or unable to work from home; if you live in a state where someone tells you the economy is more important than public health; or ...

Spring planting

Columns

A few weeks ago with our first warm spell, my mind turned to spring planting. Out the windows, snow still blanketed the ground. That first wave of sunshine with temperatures that prompt skipping hat and mittens — leaving coats unzipped as we venture outside, and rolling down the windows in ...

History of April Fool’s Day

Columns

I always breathe a sigh of relief when I’m able to pass April Fool’s Day relatively unscathed. As my children become more wily, the antics become more alarming. It’s to the point now where I’ve had to ask that we no longer include death or destruction as part of a prank. I’m not sure ...

Looking forward to the Saranac Lake Commmon Ground Community Garden

Columns

Chilly mornings, sunny afternoons, deep puddles of water on Lake Flower Avenue and the honking of geese returning to their summer haven — all signs of spring in the Adirondacks. It is the beginning of the season of rebirth and the beginning of the end to this frightening pandemic — what a ...

April is National Donate Life Month

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Adirondack Health and the Center for Donation and Transplant (CDT) are teaming up to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors to honor those that saved lives through the gift of donation. Despite the challenges that came with COVID-19, CDT had ...

A European Delight: Gnocchi

Columns

Gnocchi. These delicate, fluffy Italian dumplings probably originated in Italy’s Veneto region, but they’re traditional throughout Europe. In Germany and Poland, they’re known as kopytka (little hooves). The Italian word gnocchi translates as “small lumps” and originates from the ...

Defining ‘no stopping, standing, parking’ terms

Columns

I had a recent inquiry to explain again the difference in the terms “no stopping,” “no standing” and “no parking,” and just what they mean. So let’s review exactly how Vehicle and Traffic Law views these definitions. The term “park” or “parking” is pretty basic — we ...

A big problem

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Congressional testimony recently established that big tech made good money fostering wild conspiracy theories and enabling the Jan. 6 insurrection. News flash: Corporate America is hard at work in many other areas using price-fixing, intimidation and social chaos, all for ...