Opinion

‘The Amateur Emigrant,’ part II

Columns

From the Clyde to Sandy Hook --- “Naturally his first visit to America, a land without class distinctions, was to him (Robert Louis Stevenson) an event of extraordinary interest. The privations he endured as an amateur emigrant caused him much less suffering than his friends, who could ...

Restaurant Week backs the Back Pack food program

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Central School District would like to thank the entire community for their ongoing and generous support of the students in our district. Recently, Community Bank sponsored a food drive in conjunction with the Eat ADK Restaurant Week committee in an effort to ...

April showers bring … May green!

Columns

Spring has come to the Adirondacks. The lakes are open. Loons, geese, ducks, robins, and songbirds have returned. The snow is gone, and the brown earth and dry winter grass is now a bright spring green. Trees are starting to leaf out. Spring symbolizes new life. After a long, dark winter, the ...

Deer ticks — the bugs that bite

Columns

A few years ago, I was in the Champlain Valley helping to clear a trail. Just to let you know even with huge signs warning me to be careful of ticks, I did everything wrong. I walked through tall grassy areas with dark pants, shirt, and socks. I didn’t check my clothes before getting in the ...

A different way of burying the dead

Editorials

Folks in Washington state are considering what many people out in the hinterlands would consider a strange new law — at least partly on the grounds of protecting the environment. Washington legislators have approved a bill, now awaiting action by the governor, to allow composting of human ...

Sad and absurd

Columns

Surfing radio stations I happened upon Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word,” and two lines jumped out at me: “It’s sad, so sad. And it’s getting more and more absurd.”  These 11 words perfectly capture the Trump presidency and likely caught my attention, as I had ...

Thanks for prom and After Prom Party

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The 2019 Saranac Lake High School prom was back at the Whiteface Club and Resort this year. It looked wonderful, but most importantly the kids had a great time. I want to thank Cecily Dramm and Kathy McHugh for their countless hours making this night happen. The prom ...

A crime story too good to miss

Columns

“In the Bleak Mid-Winter” is a crime novel that has been out since 2002, but if you haven’t read it, or even if you have, it’s a good one to crack open. I read this story not long after it was first published, and it was tons of fun to read again. Julia Spencer-Fleming has ...

North Country Family Physicians has been a treasure

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I’ve lived in St. Regis Falls since 1960, and there has always been a doctor in town at least once a week until this year. The fact that we no longer have this great asset has made me feel I should write a note of appreciation and thanks to the three “young” doctors who ...

Stefanik and the Mueller report

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Anyone can read the Mueller report (www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf). Stefanik’s statement that “the Mueller report was very clear that there was no collusion, no conspiracy” is overstated partisan spin. Nowhere in the report is the statement, “There was no ...

Don’t delay impeachment for political reasons

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Call it OCD if you will; place it in a more apt category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders if you will, but at some time every day of my life since 2016, I find that I say to myself with something far more morbid than childlike wonder, “Donald ...

More heroes to thank

Editorials

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Life-saving courage was shown by a ...

Drop the ‘A’ word

Columns

Roadway fatalities are soaring at rates not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers. The operative words here are “caused by drivers.” So don’t call them accidents anymore! This is the position of a growing number of safety advocates, ...

For Joe Biden, on China it’s still the 1990s

Columns

Once upon a time, May 1 — May Day — was a day for working-class parades in factory towns. This year, it was a day for Joe Biden, to set off on his third presidential campaign in 32 years, to make news on the stump, not in a working-class venue but in the university town of Iowa City, now ...

Help us celebrate Rising Stars

Editorials

The huge baby boom generation is retiring in droves, and their parents’ generation has largely passed away. It’s part of the cycle of life, and it presents a great opportunity for a younger generation to step up and fill its roles in our society. Some of our younger community members ...

Strolling through history at Owen and Copperas

Columns

WILMINGTON — With the state Department of Environmental Conservation asking hikers to stay below 2,500 feet in elevation during mud season, Monday’s sunshine and summer-like weather provided a good chance to check out a pair of ponds, even if the water was too cold to go swimming. Owen ...

A bigger bang for your buck, 1933

Columns

There were at least four weekly tabloid size newspapers that sprang up over the years to compete with The Enterprise which will be celebrating its 150 Anniversary this year. None lasted very long. I have a copy of one, The Advertiser, dated Friday, Sept. 29, 1933 from which I will mine ...

Delving deep into the kill vs. kiln debate

Columns

So, is it Cooper Kiln Pond or Cooper Kill Pond? I have seen it both ways. The USGS map for the region reads “Cooper Kill Pond,” while other maps and writings call it “Cooper Kiln Pond.” A kill is a Dutch word meaning creek. It is commonly used where the Dutch settled — the ...

Another elected representative shames her supporters

Columns

In St. Lawrence County, scores of people showed up at a recent county Legislature meeting and about 40 made comments after a Republican legislator from Massena, Rita Curran, put up a post on her Facebook page attacking Muslims. Many of them wanted Curran to resign, but the board voted 10-5 ...