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Opinion

Straw Poll results, Sept. 14-21

Editorials

This week’s Straw Poll: Did you plant a garden this year, and if so, how has it done? - This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Local business support waning

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would love to help support local restaurants and businesses during this pandemic. Unfortunately, I have had experiences that are keeping me from further patronizing or trying some of these places unless absolutely necessary (for groceries and medicine), and it is all their ...

The Cleveland Idiots

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Hello, Cleveland! Why is your city’s Major League Baseball franchise still called the Indians? It’s 2020, you know — time to let the 1950s go. Just like the Cleveland Indians franchise gave up their unbelievably offensive team logo “Chief Wahoo” (also known as ...

Save those green tomatoes from the frost, and enjoy them

Columns

The trees are turning; the winds are picking up; change is in the air. The autumn equinox is almost here, and fall is upon us. The past week brought not one but four nights below freezing. The tender harvest — tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, eggplant, beans — had to be gathered ...

Choosing my favorite plants

Columns

It is that time of year when I have to choose which plants live or die. It’s a yearly decision that I don’t take lightly. I have mostly potted or hanging plants because my dog, voles, mice, chipmunks, a woodchuck and rabbit decided years ago that I shouldn’t grow annuals directly into ...

The meaning of the movement

Columns

While reading Mr. Hibbard’s Guest Commentary published by this periodical on Sept. 15, I felt compelled to answer his question: Why does the Black Lives Matter movement have an outsize reaction to the murder of Black Americans over those of other races? The key focuses of the Black Lives ...

Paint is cheap, or is it?

Columns

A column last month discussed how centerline and edge line markings on our highways make driving easier and safer. That article explained the requirements that mandated pavement markings, where they were optional and where they were not recommended without a compelling engineering reason for ...

Nuclear weapons and Trump

Letters to the editor

To the editor: During the Cold War, the U.S. and the USSR deeply mistrusted each other. By the early 1960s, both had developed bombs over 1,000 times as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb. Eventually they each stockpiled over 30,000 nuclear warheads. Every administration since Eisenhower ...

Beholden to insurance and drug companies

Letters to the editor

To the editor: A few days ago, I was at our Kinney’s pharmacy waiting for a flu shot when an elderly gentleman came in to pick up his prescriptions. The pharmacist told him that the total was over $400. After a short conversation, he decided he did not need all of them and still ended up ...

We are more than neighbors

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I live in Cornwall, Vermont, a few miles from Crown Point. I support Tedra Cobb, candidate for U.S. Congress. She is an articulate former St. Lawrence County legislator who has fought for health care and the North Country economy her whole professional life. Why am ...

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Letters to the editor

To the editor: Hello, I am a 17-year-old high school senior, and I’ve been making art cards for family and friends for years. I recently created Be Optimistic Postcards to help spread positivity through this pandemic. I understand that we all need something to look forward to in our ...

Saranac Lake voters paying more attention

Editorials

The spirit of democracy has risen again in Saranac Lake. Specifically, we are excited that voter turnout in Tuesday’s village board election was much higher than usual. We are also grateful to all four candidates or their willingness to put themselves out there, and we congratulate winners ...

‘Every village needs a junkyard’

Columns

That was the title of a column I wrote 50 years ago, substituting for Enterprise columnist Bill McLaughlin, who was on vacation. Now, before we get to that, I want to say a few words about my friend, the late Orville Paye. If any town or village residents remember Orville at all, it was ...

Fall colors getting brighter every day

Columns

The best thing that happened to me on Thursday was finding the long-lost hex wrench I use to raise and lower the seat on my bicycle. After riding all summer long with my seat a little too low, I brought it up a couple inches, and on Friday, I took off on a three-hour ride on crisp, sunny ...

Teaming up to train village police on crisis intervention

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Everyone has been affected by COVID-19 with varying degrees of emotional intensity. Many have experienced heightened anxiety and isolation, and for those living with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder, the ability to manage symptoms and to access support ...

Thanks to those who beautify Saranac Lake

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Accolades to our small-town “care takers” who endeavor to make our small community beautiful. The flowers along Main Street are so beautiful, the lady painting decoratively the lamp posts — we have so much to be thankful here. God bless Saranac ...

Clock is ticking for Congress to act on hunger

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Kids in this nation are struggling to get enough to eat, including right here in New York. Congress has the opportunity to change that, but it must act now. According to estimates, anywhere from 14 million to 17 million kids today aren’t getting the food they need ...

Cotton was right about sending in troops

Letters to the editor

To the editor: In my June 26 letter, I agreed with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who in his June 3 New York Times essay, “Send in the Troops,” contended America’s military should help stop the violence, vandalism and looting that are plunging many American cities into anarchy, when ...

America’s future in the balance

Letters to the editor

To the editor: America has voted for the progressive candidate for president in six of the last seven presidential elections, yet two of those Democratic presidential administrations were supplanted by right-wing ideologues: George W. Bush and Donald Trump. Where would America be today if ...

Vote for Biden; he honors those who serve

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I trace my roots here to the Air Force base, like many of my North Country neighbors. My dad was assigned to Plattsburgh in 1968. He went to Vietnam for my senior year of high school, and I will never forget the daily worry of listening to the body counts, jumping at each ...