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Opinion

Dog in front seat blamed in local crash

Columns

I have on several occasions written one of these articles on the dangers of having a dog (or any pet) on the driver’s lap or anywhere in the front seat, where the animal could interfere with the driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. Even if the pet doesn’t come into contact with ...

Elizabeth Warren’s lie

Columns

Elizabeth Warren is branching out. The Massachusetts senator, who has made a career of unfairly maligning bankers and other alleged capitalist malefactors, is now smearing the criminal justice system, too. In a speech at a historically black college in New Orleans, she declared that ...

Liberals against freedom of conscience

Columns

Why is it considered “liberal” to compel others to say or fund things they don’t believe? That’s a question raised by three Supreme Court decisions this year. And it’s a puzzling development for those of us old enough to remember when liberals championed free speech — even advocacy ...

Police reports for August 1932

Columns

Well, the first entries in the police blotter for August were pretty simple but by Aug. 3 the police had their hands full with a drunk who “put up a fight.” While reading the first two entries just think of what goes on in today’s world that would prompt a call to the police. I try ...

Don’t just visit; move here

Editorials

Credit Noelle Short for this idea. The Long Lake Central School superintendent, who worked as an Enterprise reporter right out of college, said it in a recent Brief Bio profile in the Adirondack Explorer magazine several months ago. One of the Brief Bio questions is always about what the ...

Taxes in all but name

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Elise Stefanik is streaming a TV ad untruthfully accusing Terra Cobb of excessive increases in taxes while she was a St. Lawrence County legislator. Stefanik knows that her assertions are untrue; the St. Lawrence County records have been widely published, yet Stefanik has ...

Are Globalists plotting a counter-revolution?

Columns

On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the E.U. drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.” Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone? We know not. But, on ...

Tourism is good, but it’s good to diversify

Editorials

Tourism is up in the Adirondacks, according to reports by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the North Country Chamber of Commerce. That’s easy to believe, based on what we’ve seen and heard this summer. Local residents tell us they see more visitors in town, and local business owners tell us it’s one ...

Trump is coming to the district thanks to Elise

Letters to the editor

To the editor: After many months of hoping the President would answer the invitation from our Congresswoman, we finally get a response. He is coming to Fort Drum to sign the National Defense Authorization Act with Rep. Elise Stefanik in front of the brave men and women who will receive ...

Advice for the president

Columns

Dear Mr. President, “Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother”? It’s a song lyric from the musical “The Pajama Game,” but fitting here. There is a way you can hang onto your base, keeping them engaged, energized, without the constant Twitter assaults on those who ...

The best medicine, the worst comedians

Columns

From my vast and objective study of the professions, I’ve concluded the least funny are doctors. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that they can’t have wit, humor, or senses of irony. They can. And some do. But when it comes to thems what can dish out the rib-tickling, side-splitting, ...

Library sails through the summer months

Columns

Labor Day Weekend The library will be closed on Sept. 1, 2, and 3 in observance of the holiday. --- Saturday Hours The library will again be open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning September 8. --- In appreciation A tremendous thank you to ...

Lessons from the Emmett Till case

Columns

“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.” So says Carolyn Bryant Donham in historian Timothy B. Tyson’s 2017 book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.” You keep hoping for more, hoping to hear her wrestle with her crime, explain how she could have done what she did ...

Woodruff Street business deserves answers

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I could not be happier for Saranac Lake to have won the $10 million grant from New York state. But while new money will be put into worthwhile enterprises, the arts and our public spaces, what is happening to the businesses on Woodruff Street as they have to deal with the ...

The lantern bearers

Columns

“To find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing” — RLS, Saranac Lake --- William James, philosopher and psychologist, leader of the philosophical movement of Pragmatism in America and brother of the novelist Henry James, liked this second essay by Robert ...

Poor Portland progressives

Columns

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” — L.P. Hartley WASHINGTON — They do things differently in Portland, but not because it is a foreign country, although many Americans might wish it were: At this moment, it is one national embarrassment too many. ...

Extreme Tubing at the Olympic Ski Jumps

Columns

I’m really not a daredevil. I just want to face a few of my fears without crying like a baby. I’ve gone on the Experience Outdoors zipline and repelled down treetop platforms. I’ve driven the Gabriel’s Farmhouse Go Karts and Snowmobile trails. I’ve learned that I’m a bit braver than ...

As state grants go, this one is solid

Editorials

It’s generally appropriate for our common purse of tax money to pay for things that benefit the public, especially in cases where the private market economy will not easily and reliably provide such things. That often comes in the form of publicly owned assets such as roads, water-sewer ...