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Opinion

Saranac Lake Lions Club supports student climate strike

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Friday, Oct. 20 students from Saranac Lake High School will host students from Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Keene Valley, Paul Smith’s College and North Country Community College at an event to be held in Riverside Park. The rally, which is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m., ...

So much for the governor’s energy plan, part 2

Letters to the editor

To the editor: In an earlier to the editor (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Aug. 31) I calculated what would be needed to build a solar-electric power plant (SPP) to replace the soon-to-be-closed 2,000 MWe Indian Point Energy Center in Westchester County. A consortium of foreign ...

Something’s off about Elizabeth Warren

Columns

Ed Rendell recently whacked Elizabeth Warren when she bashed Joe Biden for taking rich donors’ money. The former Pennsylvania governor wrote that he himself had run a “swanky” fundraiser for Warren’s Senate race, for which she thanked him royally. Furthermore, she transferred $10.4 ...

Student debt: the next taxpayer bailout

Columns

More than 10 years ago, taxpayers bailed out banks and auto companies that were reeling from the Great Recession. More recently, farmers, who have been hurt by the trade war with China, are being bailed out. The next taxpayer bailout could be for those who are burdened with student loan ...

The pool is warm

Letters to the editor

To the editor: A while ago, I mentioned to a friend that I was enjoying aqua aerobics at the North Country Community College pool. She responded, “Isn’t it cold?” I was happy to tell her that was ancient history! Years ago, the pool had a well-deserved reputation for frigid ...

Let’s agree on producing less trash

Columns

I’ve always enjoyed going to the dump. Once a month on a Saturday morning, I would cheerily announce to my family members that I was taking the trash to the dump, and ask if anyone wanted to join me. It became a “thing” for me as they blearily wondered about my sanity. I would ...

Trump won — again

Columns

WASHINGTON — Watching the Democratic presidential debate Thursday night left one clear impression: Donald Trump won. Please don’t shoot the messenger. My left index finger recoiled a bit as it reached for the “T” on the keyboard. But it’s true for this reason: Democrats are too ...

Share why you value the Enterprise

Editorials

This is the Enterprise’s 125th year of serving the local community, and its 93rd as a daily. How has a small cluster of villages and hamlets, the largest of which is home to just 5,200 people (that would be Saranac Lake, according to last year’s U.S. Census Bureau estimate), support a DAILY ...

Work zone workers may not be what you think

Columns

You can’t drive very far between April and October in the North Country and not encounter a highway work zone. The window for doing road work is relatively short. But work zones mean delays, and drivers don’t like delays. In work zones, the most pressing thing is the safety of the workers ...

Arguments over electability are an annoying diversion

Columns

Our subject today is a word. It seems to be the word of the moment, at least on the political left. One can hardly read an opinion page or watch cable news without confronting this tiresome term, this irksome idiom. For the love of heaven, people, please stop saying ...

Support 20-somethings; build apartments

Editorials

If you want your local community to succeed long term, the best thing you can do is to make it a good place for people in their 20s to live. Every small town in America, pretty much, worries about losing its children. Many high school graduates leave town and never come back. At that age, ...

How about politics in 1949?

Columns

The last two weeks has had this space filled with local sports stories, mostly baseball. But there was plenty of action in other fields, as witnessed by the stories in the August 1949 Enterprises, retrieved from the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. This headline in the ...

Ingenuity inspires

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I love touring by bicycle. My old Cannondale puts me within reach of the people along the way. I’ll never forget the first time I bicycled down the Baja Peninsula back in the ’80s. The Federal Republic had built three or four new El Presidente hotels strategically placed ...

Heading off concussion concerns

Columns

Parents of children playing contact sports have been heading me off at the pass asking me if they need to worry after their child has had a concussion. - What is a concussion? - A concussion is a temporary loss of brain function due to a direct injury to the head and a shifting of the ...

Bring back Lake Placid neighborhoods

Editorials

Whether it’s a moratorium on new short-term vacation rentals in residental zones, a flat-out ban on these types of uses in residential zones, a restriction to only let full-time residents have short-term rentals in residential zones — or another solution that may work — the village of ...

Latham man’s obituary sends strong message on smoking

Letters to the editor

To the editor: “If you’re a smoker — quit now.” These words ring out loud and clear in a powerful obituary written by Geoffrey Turner, a Latham man who passed away earlier this year. Instead of reflecting on his personal or career accomplishments, Turner used his obituary to send ...

Grateful for landowners who support public access

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Some of the best outdoor adventures rely on the right mix of public and private lands. On Sept. 15, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Forest Service will host a Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day. The board and staff of the Northern ...

Much activity at the Saranac Lake library

Columns

Watercolors and alcohol inks by the artists of Cosmic Studios will continue to be on display in the Cantwell Room through Oct. 26. The exhibit will be open during the Third Thursday Art Walk on Sept. 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. --- Great Comedy The 1934 movie “The Thin Man,” starring ...

Hong Kong’s summer of heroic dissent

Columns

The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai’s home targeted one of this city’s foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer’s ongoing protest “a martyrdom movement” and “a last-straw movement.” It has an intensity and dynamic ...

The Promised Land’s broken promise

Columns

From the time I was hatched, I knew what Mount Pisgah was. It was My Home Town’s local ski slope. What else could it be? Well, as I was to learn, long after my hatching, it was a lot more. In the Old Testament, Mount Pisgah was the peak from which Moses got to see the Promised Land. And ...