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Saranac Lake police blotter, October 1929

[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

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 ...

Between Pop Rocks and a hard place

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 ...

Constitutional convention offers best hope for New York democracy

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 ...

Dems yelp as Trump upholds constitution

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 ...

Where jean shorts come from

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 ...

Broccoli and pasta make quick weeknight meals

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

“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

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 ...

Trump’s long history of holding health care hostage

The story of Donald Trump and health coverage rightly starts with the story of Donald Trump and William Trump. William was born in 1999, fighting for his life. He suffered seizures, and his breathing stopped twice. William’s medical bills were enormous. That’s when Donald tried to ...

A dearth of virtue and the death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON — Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody’s a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the point, when everyone’s slurping from the same trough, who’s a pig? Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein’s face as he ...

Without maintenance by the Adirondack Railway Presevation Society, the rail corridor is already starting to flood and wash away between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, as seen Oct. 7.
(Photo provided — Doug Vensel)

On the wrong side of the law, the facts and history

That headline is a capsule description of Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and the state following Justice Main’s ruling on the rail trail plan. Let’s start with two items: the corridor classification and the title issue. ARTA claims these are minor and easily fixed. They’re wrong ...

Unbelted in rear seats extremely dangerous

Unrestrained rear-seat occupants were nearly 8 times as likely to sustain a serious injury in a crash as restrained rear-seat occupants. So, if you want to increase your chances of a serious injury in a crash by 800 percent, than don’t bother to buckle up when riding in the back seat! ...

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Notes from a scrapbook, 1976, ’77, ’78

I have no idea who gave me this scrapbook loaded with photos and stories about the churches, the politicians and the firefighters. It is bound in a thick, brown faux leather cover with 14-by-10-inch pages. So if the kind person who left it for me, probably years ago, thank you, and make ...

A lone whitetail doe stands on watch while assessing the danger poised by the scent of humans in the cool morning air.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Muzzleloader season to kick off amid rainy forecast

Foul weather always seems to mark the opening day of muzzleloader season, which will kick off over the weekend of Oct. 14. Hunters should prepare accordingly by weatherizing their firearms to ensure a reliable discharge despite the foul, wet weather that’s typical of the season. It is ...

Spies a’plenty

If you ask100 people to name the most famous 1960s spy, I’d bet at least 99 of them would say James Bond. But while Bond may’ve been the spy, he wasn’t the only one — not by a long shot. During the ’60s, thanks to the Cold War and its runaway nationalism and paranoia, spies were ...

Larry Master will present the first Library Luncheon Series program, “Adirondack Wildlife-Past and Present.” The programs are presented free of charge from November until April.
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Library Luncheon series begins Nov. 2

Coordinator Rosalie Fontana is pleased to announce that our very popular Library Luncheon Series will resume at noon on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room with Larry Master, conservation biologist, zoologist and wildlife photographer, presenting “Adirondack ...

The auto industry has a glamorous past but an opaque future

DETROIT — Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering ...

Will you wed work till death do you part?

Many Americans now face retirement, hearts full of dreams, bank accounts full of nothing. For them, those Wall Street ads showing silver-haired couples sailing warm blue seas may seem aspirations beyond their grasp. Instead, they may find themselves the 72-year-old hired to drive the platinum ...

Censorship in Seattle

If it were a plague, the government would rush to quarantine the infected, as occurred during Europe’s Black Death in the 14th century. An immigration debate at Seattle University School of Law is a plague of a different sort, but deadly in a different way. The victim here is the right to ...