Opinion

Let’s get on with it!

Columns

Ken Youngblood’s recent letter to the Enterprise envisioned the delights of a rail trail on the obsolete railroad corridor connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Let’s hope that, 10 years after this idea was seized upon by a newly formed group called Adirondack Recreational ...

Pendragon is a community gem

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Pendragon — awesome! It may be affection that gets you there, but it is awe that keeps you talking about it later. Pendragon is a gift to the creative young people of our communities. “Young Playwrights” — “100 Dresses” — pure pleasure. My memories go ...

VA, military must do better for women

Editorials

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

Analysis of a collision

Columns

Last week’s article promoted the concept that crashes on our highways are not really accidents, which implies that nothing could have been done to prevent the incident from happening. It makes more sense to call them crashes or collisions, which is what they really are. Take a good look at ...

Nix the neonics

Columns

What are neonics anyway? “Neonic” is shorthand for neonicotinoid pesticides. There is a saying that goes, “If a food ingredient is hard to pronounce, chances are it’s bad for you.” Well, neonicotinoid is hard to pronounce and very bad for pollinators. They are a class of ...

Energy, food and water: How much can we ask from the ocean?

Columns

Although vast amounts of the ocean remain unexplored, the things we do know about the largest habitat on Earth are enough to make us realize that humans, as stewards of this planet, have an innate responsibility to look after the ocean. This watery habitat covers 71% of the Earth’s ...

Immigration reform, yes. Driver’s licenses, no.

Editorials

People call them either “illegal” or “undocumented” immigrants, depending on how much they resent them. Both terms are flawed. “Undocumented” soft-pedals the seriousness of the matter, making it sound like someone just lost their documents. “Illegal” suggests the person could ...

Canoeing/fishing trip to Little Clear and Grass

Columns

Canoeing is not one of those sports where the learning curve is beyond the average recreationist. However, it does take a sort of finesse and, quite honestly, patience with your fellow paddler. Much of what is unnerving to first-time canoegoers is the feeling of instability in the boat. ...

More breaking news from 1933

Columns

This is part two [part one May 11] from a September 1933 Saranac Lake newspaper, The Advertiser, a tabloid-size sheet published by Russell Dawson. --- The National Recovery Administration [NRA] was a very big deal. [See illustration] Merchants were happy to carry the NRA emblem on their ...

Green burial is an option in the North Country

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I hope that your May 15 editorial — “A different way of burying the dead” — leads readers to realize there are already green burial alternatives to expensive cemetery interments and energy-intensive cremation. You don’t have to go as far as Washington state’s ...

Not being politically correct

Letters to the editor

To the editor: What kind of a nation do we live in? One that is very troubled. We have an epidemic of teen suicide, addiction to drugs, pornography, murder. All because mankind has no HOPE! The U.S. Supreme Court issued two bans on prayer in public schools. The first ban came in 1962, ...

Spring cancer screenings

Letters to the editor

To the editor: It’s been a long winter. Happily, the roads are now cleared of ice and snow, and the temperatures are warming. The flowers are even thinking of blooming. Getting around in this nice weather is much easier, so May is a great month to get your breast, cervical and colorectal ...

The plane truth

Editorials

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat this week — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max ...

They who laugh last …

Columns

“I’ve got tomorrow off,” said Jen-Ex. “You wanna go on an adventure?” “An adventure?” I said. “Where to? Deepest, darkest Africa? Kathmandu? Tahiti?” “Nope,” she said. “Somewhere more exotic.” “Oh?” I said. “And where would that be?” “The garden ...

The bar

Columns

“Sunset and evening star, but one clear call for me. Let there be no moaning at the bar when I put out to sea.” So began a new admiralty judge when he first took the bench. The courtroom bar keeps the public outside side the “well” of the courtroom where court business is done. ...

SLVFD Golf Tournament thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On May 11, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department held its seventh annual Golf Tournament fundraiser at the Saranac Inn Golf Club. One hundred thirty-six golfers from all around the area came out to enjoy a cool spring day and to show their support for the fire ...

About Kate Smith

Letters to the editor

To the editor: What on earth were the Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers thinking? Perhaps that people would boycott them, or that they would be seen as racist if they continued placement of the Kate Smith’s statue as well as her voice singing “God Bless America.” During the mid ...

Trump keeps hurting USA

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Hey America, are we still here? Tell me, America, are we still alive, or are we dead? Because of Trump, the USA is nothing, and I mean nothing. China does not want anything more to do with the USA, and we rely on them for certain supplies and materials that they have. Now ...

State’s stance on motorized bikes needs some readjusting

Editorials

Perhaps New York state should rethink its stance that motorized bicycles are not allowed on public highways or sidewalks. One has to think that motorized bicycles are a way to reduce vehicle congestion in bigger cities. The motorized bicycles, which come in gas-powered and electric models, ...

The sacred vs. the propane

Columns

Recently proposed to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board by the Hurley Brothers, a local fuels dealer, is to convert an acre atop Vitvitsky Hill, the highest hill between the AuSable and Chubb rivers on Old Military Road, into a tank farm for LPG, liquefied propane gas, for unloading ...