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Opinion

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 ...

‘I Believe In’

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The bending of starlight and my next breath, given unto me as the heart is given unto the chest. Or the summer  moon is given unto the Mohawk warrior. And I have faith in you,  kissing me, under Creeping Snowberry, in the wild gardens of Keene ...

Goodbye April, welcome May!

Columns

April seemed endless, surreal and strange. I’m so glad it’s May! The days are noticeably longer and temps have risen above 60 degrees F. The brown earth is transformed by green growth. Bright yellow coltsfoot blooms as it does every year. Crocuses, daffodils and scillas fill the ...

Mountains & Valleys

Editorials

MOUNTAIN — to local hospitals being allowed to do some elective surgeries and other procedures again. It’s for outpatients only, for now, but at least they’ll be able to make a little bit of money, and patients can get some health needs taken care of. Even combined with millions of ...

46er Running Challenge

Letters to the editor

To the editor: My son Colin, a seventh-grader at Lake Placid Middle School, and I have been running together a lot. Running has always been an important part of our relationship, but we’re finding we need it now more than ever. Without the typical opportunities to race, we decided to ...

Responsible leadership

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dear Mr. Wells: It’s amusing to read your vacuous letter of April 21 extolling accomplishments for a U.S. congressperson. You list Stefanik as a health care advocate for COVID-19. What about the Affordable Care Act? The record shows her opposed to it from the ...

Thanks, Stefanik

Letters to the editor

To the editor: This letter is about leadership, and effective representation versus pathetic complacency, narcissism and authoritarianism. From the very beginning of this crisis we have seen the federal government try to help Americans get through it, while here in New York state we have ...

Less traffic during COVID-19 may not mean fewer fatalities

Columns

Less traffic during COVID-19 may not mean fewer fatalitiesWith significantly less traffic because of the “Stay Home” mandates, and the “not much is open and no place to go” atmosphere that we are currently living in, you would expect crashes, injuries, and fatalities would be ...

Capable of civility

Columns

Just to let you know any ramblings occurring throughout this column are generally applied to me. Perhaps something may resonate with you and yours, but in no way are my written thoughts directed at one person. I have been called every name in the book and sometimes by my own child. This ...

Fill out census form

Editorials

Shockingly few people in the Adirondacks have been filling out their census forms. We need to do much better. On the U.S. Census Bureau’s interactive data map at 2020census.gov/response-rates, places with high response rates are shown in blue and those with low rates in brown. On a ...

‘The big blackout of ’93’

Columns

That was the headline on the Enterprise of Oct. 5, 1993, with the subhead, “Power tower topples near Malone, leaving thousands in the dark.” The story, bylined “By The Enterprise Staff,” covered a good 80% of page 1. Again, the following excerpts will cover the story in this small ...

Just another step

Columns

There’s a simple beauty to hiking — you need only put one foot in front of the next. You don’t need to do intense calculations. You don’t need to do somersaults. You only need to keep walking. Even if you’re struggling at home, even if your life is in shambles, even if the world ...

My business banking hero

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Well I have to tell you that I’m not a big contributor to letters to the editor in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. I do like to read them, but this will be only the second time I’ve written a letter to the editor. When COVID-19 first became included in our everyday ...