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Franklin wrestled with religion

April 17, 2014 Benjamin Franklin has been described as being deceptively simple but in reality a man of enormous complexity. more »»

Being led astray

April 16, 2014 Tony Goodwin’s Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates letter in the Enterprise of April 5 contains some troubling statements. They’re troubling because they lead people astray. more »»

System thinking in education

April 15, 2014 In the midst of another standardized testing cycle, here is something to think about. I taught the sixth grade at the Congdon Campus School at SUNY Potsdam in 1956. more »»

Mayor should foster, not squelch, public debate

April 14, 2014 In the April 4 Enterprise, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau attacked Protect the Adirondacks for raising questions about the 300-foot long, 59-foot high, $15 million hotel proposed for the north... more »»

The latest Franklin County disappointment

April 11, 2014 Several weeks ago, we learned that County Manager Thomas Leitz, is “miffed.” Now the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is reporting that Legislator Paul Maroun is “really disappointed, really disappointed. more »»

A hard look at rail/trail figures

April 10, 2014 Advocates of converting the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to a trail have made quite a number of claims about how it would be cheaper to create this trail than to restore it as a railroa. more »»

The importance of learning how to make things

April 9, 2014 Progress isn’t always for the better. I have taught for many years that America is now a service-based economy and that this transition is a natural progression that we must learn to adapt to. more »»

Why not Clyde Rabideau Park?

April 8, 2014 I would like to second Mayor Clyde Rabideau’s suggestion, in his commentary March 27, that we “keep an open mind about the proposed hotel on Lake Flower.” Good advice. more »»

Pastors respond to ‘Noah’ review

April 7, 2014 By The Rev. Randy Cross, Adirondack Alliance Church, Saranac Lake; The Rev. Ann S. Gaillard, rector, Episcopal Church of St. more »»

Rails hampered snowmobile season

April 5, 2014 An odd but successful winter — thank you very much. Now you must have noticed? After a December tease, it was almost the end of January before we were totally busy. more »»

Failed logic on ripping up rails

April 2, 2014 So not much has changed since the first of the year insofar as any word from New York state about the future of the travel corridor. And like everyone else, we, too, are disappointed by that. more »»

(Commentary withdrawn)

April 1, 2014 Editor's note: Fletcher Allen Health Care officials say the Enterprise was not supposed to be sent the Guest Commentary published Tuesday, April 1. more »»

Can we really afford to not provide college courses in our prisons?

March 31, 2014 Recently, state Sen. Patty Ritchie started a petition to oppose Gov. Cuomo’s Feb. 16 proposal to provide opportunities for the incarcerated to work toward earning a college degree. more »»

To build a fire

March 29, 2014 It’s cold. March 26, and I wake to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit. The furnace started at 5 a.m., but it takes awhile to heat the old farmhouse. The weight of five blankets holds my warmth. more »»

‘Noah’ takes Christians to the deep end of the pool

March 28, 2014 “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, is being marketed as a kind of action-disaster movie — think “Gladiator” meets “Armageddon. more »»

Boards will resolve hotel problems

March 27, 2014 I ask that everyone keep an open mind about the proposed hotel on Lake Flower. more »»

March is LGBT Health Month

March 26, 2014 If I may be permitted to open this commentary from the announcement of New York State Empire State Pride Agenda’s website regarding March being LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) Health Month: ... more »»

Maybe put hotel somewhere else

March 25, 2014 Since moving to Saranac Lake almost two decades ago, I’ve often explored the village with my cameras, looking for interesting angles and beautiful vista. more »»

Who speaks for the voiceless?

March 24, 2014 Who speaks for Ghanson Debrosse? Before he was born, many people did. Anti-abortion groups did. Churches did. Protesters did. And lawmakers did. more »»

Yawning at anonymous posts

March 24, 2014 Beats me how new apps like “Secret” and “Whisper” are going to make big money. Presumably, that is the objective of their Silicon Valley creators. These apps combine social networking with anonymity. more »»



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