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Opinion

The best things in life are free —like libraries

Columns

I’ve been an avid reader almost all my life. Of course, that was no big deal when I was a kid since everyone was a reader of one kind or another. TV hadn’t yet become the national drug of choice, and reading was pretty much the only game in town. Sure, there was radio, and everyone ...

Listen to the mighty Class of 2020

Editorials

Cheers could be heard from Saranac Lake to Onchiota on Tuesday as the staff of Saranac Lake High School organized a caravan to stop at the graduates’ homes and present them with lawn signs in celebration of their 2020 graduation. A different kind of parade was done Sunday in the town of ...

Stefanik and Trump

Columns

Elise Stefanik has said, “I’m honored to have been chosen as a New York state chair for the Trump campaign in 2020.” So, Elise, you are honored to support a president: ¯ whose delayed, divisive, erratic and, on occasion, bizarre approach to the COVID-19 virus, and whose failure to ...

Lockdown imprisons our youth

Columns

The current lockdown, social isolation and cancellations of all extracurricular activities for our youth is an irresponsible and detrimental health policy for our nation’s young people. Without a doubt, it is a gross violation of medical ethics and public policy to mandate that youth be ...

Bryjak, ‘Science Friday’ sent us a warning

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Adirondack residents are always fortunate to have the Daily Enterprise help meet our vital information needs, but never more so than in this time of pandemic and shutdown. The ADE not only keeps us aware of our communities’ struggles and resources as we encounter our own ...

Require masks

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Open letter to mayors and town supervisors: I finally realized today that it up to each of you to set rules for face masks in your own jurisdictions. Therefore, I beg all of you to make them mandatory in indoor spaces. I have stopped giving my business to any store that ...

Skerryvore

Columns

“Skerryvore” — the name was synonymous with terror for generations of mariners who had to navigate the waters of the North Irish Channel off the west coast of Scotland. In their superstitious, seafaring minds, the infamous reef, which stretched for 7 miles, was a monstrous submarine ...

Don’t need Gates Foundation to tell us schools need computers

Editorials

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he has enlisted the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in reimagining education in New York state, in light of the distance learning forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. Honestly, though, how many New Yorkers would choose the founder of ...

Victory gardens — an old idea is new again

Columns

Grow-it-yourself food. During this time of pandemic, it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Especially if you’re, like me, extremely apprehensive about the possibility of becoming exposed to COVID-19 while grocery shopping. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to avoid going out in ...

A love letter

Columns

This is NOT a love letter to our federal government. The government has mostly failed us in this pandemic through incompetence, ignorance and a disdain for science. Many have suffered and died because of a lack of preparedness and, once the scope of the pandemic became evident, an incompetent ...

Managed ‘care’ for 911?

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Local government revenues are way down due to the virus crisis. They need to save money, so why not implement managed care for emergency services?! It’ll work like this: Your car is on fire, so you call 911. Instead of a dispatcher, you get a case manager. It’s expensive ...

Conservatives should give back federal aid

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I believe that all conservatives and Republicans should return their unemployment insurance benefits checks to the U.S. Department of Labor because most of them want to cut and reduce spending on the federal government social programs that help the middle and lower classes. ...

Food for all

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Because of our farming community, the North Country is in a unique position to provide food for neighbors who are strapped for money during the COVID-19 crisis. At the same time, we can support our neighbors who are local farmers, food processors, restaurant owners, caterers ...

Face shield project wraps up

Columns

As fears of the virus and a lack of personal protective equipment for health care workers began to swell in our region, new uses for 3D printers began to circulate. Our Associate Head of School Tom “Brody” Broderick quickly jumped into a leadership role, teaming up with local ...

Straw Poll results, April 27 to May 4

Editorials

This week’s Straw Poll: How has your physical and mental health fared amid the COVID-19 lockdown? --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

What wilderness means

Columns

Over the past few weeks I’ve written the words “wilderness” and “wild nature” dozens of times. I often use them casually to refer to any place on a trail or mountain, in the woods, and so on. It occurred to me today, though, that wilderness is perhaps not a word that should be used so ...

‘This other Eden, demi-paradise’

Columns

In William Shakespeare’s “Richard II,” John of Gaunt, an aging, frail power broker, approaches his death while considering the rule of his wretched nephew Richard. Richard, poor kid, was made king at age 10 and, though essentially a fop, has to struggle with two great problems: his ...

Grateful hearts, helping hands, thoughtful gifts

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The word for 2020 is “unprecedented,” and it is everywhere. As our small mountain communities remain hunkered down, the innovation of response to meet the needs of many has been a blessing. As pastor to the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake, I have witnessed ...