Editorials

NY needs to rein in business giveaways

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 ...

Bergdahl deserves prison, but not for life

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 ...

Parsing priority projects for state subsidies

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 ...

A hotel grant to give taxpayers the Blues

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 ...

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Web Poll results, Oct. 9-16

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.

Darkness behind the silver screen

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of others, but they inhabit a pretty sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady stream. Among those ...

The Gavin Power Plant on the Ohio River in Cheshire, Ohio, is fired by coal.
(Photo provided — Wikimedia Commons)

Defend Adirondacks against out-of-state toxins

It’s sad but not surprising that the Trump administration is scrapping the Clean Power Plan. Donald Trump said before and after he was elected president that he would do so, and the man he appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was a longtime warrior against ...

It’s registration day

Today is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 7 election, or to change the party affiliation in time to vote in next year’s primary elections. We wrote a three-part editorial series about this two weeks ago, but reminders help, so here is the basic information again. ¯ If you ...

Congress should renew CHIP soon

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued, but they haven’t done so yet. They need to. CHIP funding stopped on Sept. 30, and states, which use this funding plus their own to cover kids’ health care, ...

Rein in risky loans for private colleges

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

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Web Poll results, Oct. 2-9

This week’s Web Poll: How interested are you in news leading up to the Winter Olympics in February? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Release records on JFK assassination

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

NY’s unfriendliness to business is about more than taxes

While there can be debate about how much New York is working to improve its friendliness to business, the fact remains that the state ranks poorly on most rankings of tax and business climates. The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., think tank, ranks New York 49th out of 50 ...

Who delivers to your home every day?

As service disappears in the way of the milkman, grocery home deliveries and the family doctor who makes house calls, one thing that still remains is the trusted newspaper carrier. When we have a young person who wants to sign up for a delivery route, we feel it is a good opportunity to show ...

With a new sign this summer, Saranac Lake’s visitor welcome center at the Harrietstown Town Hall is open in the heart of downtown, run by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. ROOST’s administration offices and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office remain at the North Elba Town House on River Street, where a new ROOST sign was erected. A chamber of commerce sign is expected to be erected soon.
(Enterprise photo — Catherine Moore)

Chamber is Saranac Lake’s business hub

Local businesses teaming up to promote and protect their interests and those of their home community — that’s the definition of a chamber of commerce. They have an important role to play. If they don’t do well, we all suffer. The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has gone through ...

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Web Poll results, Sept. 25 to Oct. 2

This week’s Web Poll: Do you agree with a judge’s ruling against a state rails-to-trails plan in the Adirondacks? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

Why registering to vote is important

Voting is a duty of all citizens; your country needs you to do it. The more of us who vote, the stronger our decisions as a people. It’s also a privilege to vote in a free, fair and honest election. Much of the world does not have that. Don’t you want to have a say in who will ...

How to register to vote

One can register many different ways, but basically it comes down to getting your hands on a registration form, filling it out and submitting it to your county board of elections. First, though, you may want to check whether you are registered and, if so, what address and political party ...

Two weeks left to change your party for 2018 primaries

Oct. 13, two weeks from today — that’s the deadline to change the party affiliation on your voter registration in time to vote in next year’s primary elections. We repeat: Next year’s primary election — not this year’s. Crazy, right? Not only do we have to endure the modern-day ...

Still paying for not vetting Race the Top

It is pretty common to see New York officials sue the federal government these days. The state has threatened to join lawsuits over repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, changes to environmental regulations and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins’ ...