Opinion

NY needs to rein in business giveaways

Editorials

We appreciate that regional rather than Albany officials screen the projects New York’s Regional Economic Development Councils put up for state funding. Still, though, it’s not a democratic process — the North Country council’s members are not elected. Therefore, it’s important for ...

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Saranac Lake police blotter, October 1929

Columns

[From time to time there will be an old Enterprise photo featured with this column that has no relationship to the column subject…as in today’s column. I now have two old scrapbooks, which I will tell more about later, loaded with pictures, that are just aching to be exposed again.] Dogs ...

When making people uncomfortable is the point

Columns

It “makes some people uncomfortable.” That was the explanation Kenny Holloway, a school board official in Biloxi, Mississippi, gave the Sun Herald newspaper last week, for the board’s decision to remove from its eighth-grade curriculum a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, Harper ...

Bergdahl deserves prison, but not for life

Editorials

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. Bergdahl has pleaded guilty in a military court to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. An Army judge is ...

Constitutional convention offers best hope for New York democracy

Columns

On Nov. 7, for the first time in 20 years, New Yorkers have the opportunity to break free from the gridlock of Albany and bring about meaningful reforms to state government that have stalled for years under the governor and the state Legislature. This year’s election brings with it the ...

Sidewalk art thank-you

Letters to the editor

To the editor: On Thursday, Oct. 5, the Saranac Lake Lions Club hosted its fifth annual Sidewalk Art Poster Contest and Art Show at St. Bernard’s School. Students created their own “sidewalk art” using chalk on black paper. During the gallery-style art show, students, families, ...

Between Pop Rocks and a hard place

Columns

I’m not a great fan of holidays because almost none of them celebrate the reason they were created. The most egregious example is Christmas, which now seems less a celebration of peace on earth goodwill to all, than a manic spending spree and shlock-a-palooza. The commercial hype used to ...

Dems yelp as Trump upholds constitution

Columns

Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most recent ...

Parsing priority projects for state subsidies

Editorials

Last week the North Country Regional Economic Development Council released its 2017 progress report that, among other things, listed its priority projects for the state grant pledges the governor will announce in early December. On Wednesday we took a dim view of a $5.9 million request to ...

State should appeal, turn rails into trail

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dear Gov. Cuomo: My wife and I are writing to ask you to use all the legal resources of the state of New York to appeal Judge Main’s decision to stop the further construction of the multi-use trail, option 7, on 34 miles of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit ...

Where jean shorts come from

Columns

I’m feeling particularly old when I take my daughter shopping for a pair of jeans and she comes out of the dressing room wearing a waistband and the shredded remains of what used to be pant legs. Now to be clear, I don’t have a lot of rules when it comes to what my children wear. I ...

Planning and execution

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Option 6 specified that a trail should be built within the corridor wherever feasible. This option meets the needs and desires of all factions/groups interested in the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. The lack of a trail is evidence of the lack of will. There was ...

A hotel grant to give taxpayers the Blues

Editorials

New York state pledges so many economic development grants that it’s hard to keep up with them all. We would love to see the state reduce the amount of taxpayer funds it gives out to for-profit business plans, therefore raising the standards for what kind of private enterprise taxpayers will ...

Library helps find relatives

Letters to the editor

To the editor: I want to thank Michele Tucker at the Saranac Lake Free Library for helping me to find my lost family. We found a relative in California who is related to my grandmother, who is her great-grandmother. We also found a lady in Florida who is my aunt and is her grandmother and ...

Broccoli and pasta make quick weeknight meals

Columns

One common vegetable present on most lists of superfoods is broccoli. This nutritional superstar is low in calories, and just one cup provides over a hundred percent of your daily value of vitamin K and vitamin C. It has more vitamin C than an orange, as much calcium as a glass of milk, and ...

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Garage sale find tells woman’s long lost tale

Columns

“An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman,” by Susan M. Ouellette --- In an era of Facebook and Twitter, it can be a treat to find someone describing their thoughts and activities during an earlier era in longhand. Is it a love of history that makes discovery of a journal that valuable to us? ...

Johnny Carson > Jimmy Kimmel

Columns

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn’t care about losing Republican viewers. We’re a long way from Johnny Carson, whose “Tonight Show” was a national institution that enjoyed a broad ...

Stefanik continues to disappoint

Letters to the editor

To the editor I know I will get a meaningless form letter in response to this email, thanking me for contacting you and letting me know that as you travel the district, you hear concerns from many people about taxes. Well, despite the fact that you’ve never talked to me, never acknowledged ...

This is what democracy looks like

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Last night (Monday, Oct. 16) the Harrietstown Town Hall became an Adirondack forum and carried on the ideals of modern politics that go back to the ancient Roman Forum. The evening was hosted by Adirondack Voters for Change, and invitations were made to all the candidates ...

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Web Poll results, Oct. 9-16

Editorials

This week’s Web Poll: What do you think of New York spending about $8 billion a year on economic development, the most of any state? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.