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Opinion

Winter view of the northern sky

Columns

Turning to the north, this week, we see the great bear rising from the northeastern horizon. In the fall, Ursa Major walks along the northern horizon seeking a den for hibernation. It spends the spring rising so that it’s at its highest with the bear’s back knee, marked by Psi Ursae Majoris ...

Rail-trail debate mustn’t be guided by inaccurate usage estimates

Columns

(Editor’s note: The following was submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, which would convert 34 miles of railroad between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid into a multi-use trail and upgrade 45 miles ...

Poll results, Jan. 6-13

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: Should the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees solicit and review public comments before putting a Main Street overhaul out to bid?- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Seeking daylight on Mount Morris

Editorials

By no means is the Adirondack Club and Resort project out of the woods yet, but now it may now know which way is north, and perhaps can navigate its way into the clear from there. Michael Foxman and Tom Lawson’s Preserve Associates company is too beset by debt to continue the Tupper Lake ...

Madeline Clark’s call to action

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I am writing to affirm Madeline Clark’s Jan. 8 Guest Commentary that climate change threatens our health, livelihood, security, wildlife, the natural environment, basically life as we know it, regardless of who we are, our politics or culture. Depending on our ages, we ...

Smoking and diabetes

Letters to the editor

To the editor: No one starts out in life thinking they are going to be a smoker or a diabetic. We come into the idea of smoking through curiosity, peer pressure or constant tobacco advertising and marketing. These two health issues rise out of each other, depending on exposure and lifestyle. ...

Bernie is a sure loser

Letters to the editor

To the editor: There are several Democratic presidential candidates who support Medicare for All who also happen to be viable general election candidates (unlike Bernie Sanders, who has no realistic chance of being elected president). If you actually want to see Medicare for All ...

Thank you

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I would like to thank the Saranac Lake Adult Center, Kinney Drugs (manager Mr. Knoble and staff) and the community for helping to make a special holiday for over 40 of our local seniors! The Christmas tree provided by Kinney is always a fun and easy way for the community ...

Learn from your mistakes

Columns

We live in the northern part of New York state, and I have never seen a winter when it didn’t snow and, of course, cause roads to become slippery. OK, I’m being facetious, but my point is that if we chose to live in Franklin County, we must drive on roads that are slippery and difficult ...

Hiker buses will help with parking crunch

Editorials

We are very glad to hear that Essex County Public Transportation, with help from the state, plans to start a serious shuttle bus system to take hikers to and from trailheads on state Route 73. The county plans to run buses for 16 hours a day from July through Labor Day, scaling back a bit in ...

Earthquake rocked Tri-Lakes in 1983

Columns

The above full headline, in 72-point type in the Enterprise of Oct. 7, 1983, read: “Earthquake rocks Tri-Lakes,” with the clever, quaking letters as shown. I am sure that headline was designed and written by my friend Charles Decker (Dr. John Decker’s brother), the Enterprise editor ...

Bail reform must focus on public safety

Columns

On Jan. 1, 2020, dramatic changes to New York’s criminal justice system took effect, shifting priority from crime victims to benefit criminals, even allowing the release of violent felons. New York’s approach to bail reform was rushed, insensitive, destabilizing and flat-out ...

‘Spot on’ information about measles

Columns

Parents have been spotting me out and about and when they do, they are asking me more and more questions about measles. To answer their questions, let me spread some information about this disease, rather than the measles virus itself. - What is it, and how does it spread? - Measles ...

Behind the curve

Columns

An issue that keeps popping up, both on the internet and in conversation, is something that 50 years ago was no issue at all. It is, should cursive writing be taught in our schools? Whether the response is a yea or nay seems to break down by age: Older peeps think it bloody well should be ...

National debt growth is not sustainable

Editorials

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

When the patient is the diagnosis

Columns

Even highly trained, dedicated physicians make mistakes, and one study concluded that every year, upward of 12 million Americans (about 5% of outpatient encounters) leave a doctor’s office with an incorrect medical diagnosis. Drs. Hardeep Singh of the Baylor College of Medicine and Michael ...

My name is Emma

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dear People Who Look At Me Funny, Did you know, I am just like you? People don’t understand. I am strong. I am funny. I am smart. I get frustrated when people don’t listen to me. I am strong because I have Rett syndrome and I have had back surgery. I work hard ...

Mitten system

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I enjoyed Spencer Morrissey’s article in Embark on winter hiking and his sidebar on Outdoor Research mittens. I wear a similar pair of OR shell mitts when skiing in the backcountry, but my layering system differs from Spencer’s. Others might want to try it. I wear a ...

Carnival Court thanks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Jan. 6, the Winter Carnival Court held its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Belvedere Restaurant. Profits from this dinner are used to purchase the outfits and other necessities for the Court. We are pleased to report that this year’s dinner was a resounding ...

Railroad fell short in several ways

Columns

The recent commentary by Bill Branson, “Correcting the rail-trail record,” is actually what is in need of correcting. Mr. Branson continues to repeat the charge that the economic benefits of rail operations have not materialized because “New York State has never fulfilled its ...