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Editorials

Congrats to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Congratulations to the four people inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 26 - former Olympic Regional Development Authority Board Chairman Pat Barrett, former ski shop owner/operator Francis Thaire Bryant, Nordic combined Olympic medalist Billy Demong and current Lake ...

Adirondack Daily Enterprise celebrates 125 years with special history edition

Last week's Lake Placid News print edition landed with a nice heavy thud - a whole lot of reading material for a mere $1.25. In addition to a newspaper packed with news, and the Lake Placid Placid Film Festival preview guidebook, there was a special section celebrating 125 years of our sister ...

Use buses to get hikers where they want to go

The Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year for hiking in the Adirondacks, and the increased popularity of this activity in the High Peaks was certainly apparent as we drove along state Route 73, which was lined with parked cars around ...

Grant request choices could have been better

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council's new annual report notes that New York state has set certain priorities it wants regions to address in their grant proposals this year: child care, "placemaking," environmental justice and workforce development.In recent years it's been ...

First responders deserve support

It's been a rough few months for tragic accidents. It's been one of those times when terrible things happen in quick succession, and there isn't really any common thread to connect them. Some deaths and injury accidents have been on the roads; others have been in the water. Many have been local ...

Real question is, how much climate change will we let happen?

Unfortunately, the issue of climate change has become tied up in partisan politics. Because one party says it's a top priority, the other says it isn't. They seem to care more about beating each other than saving everyone.Instead of treating it as a campaign topic, we should treat this as a ...

Taking kids’ personal information comes back to bite YouTube

Attorneys general in states throughout the country may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service.Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their parents' consent. ...

Let’s make Lake Placid’s neighborhoods great again

Whether it's a moratorium on new short-term vacation rentals in residental zones, a flat-out ban on these types of uses in residential zones, a restriction to only let full-time residents have short-term rentals in residential zones - or another solution that may work - the village of Lake ...

Don’t scrape more money from New York’s license plates

There are 75 million reasons for New York to make the state's drivers get new license plates - one for each dollar the state expects to make from a scheme released last week in the guise of a fun new contest to choose the state's new license plate design.Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the new plates ...

Rotary Club needs stuffed toys

When the Rotary Club of Lake Placid took over the annual Teddy Bear Picnic last year - continuing a tradition that began with the now-defunct Lake Placid Kiwanis Club in the early 1990s - it once again did a great service to this community.And the Rotarians could certainly use your help right ...

Reckless gun stunts

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn that amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn't funny at all. What is wrong with these people?Recently, in the wake of mass murders in ...

Lake Placid fortunate to have summer music

And just like that, it's over. Summer concerts in Lake Placid ended this week for two groups with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta's final Symphony Series concert Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and the Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series concert - Southern Rock Night with the ...

$100M sticker shock

To a lot of people, it's baffling that the state Olympic Regional Development Authority is proposing to spend $100 million on an overhaul of a single winter sports venue, the Lake Placid Olympic Center.That's after an overhaul of the Nordic-biathlon-bobsled-luge-skeleton complex at Mount Van ...

Grumbling continues over events, upgrades, but that is healthy

When we shared updates of the Ironman Lake Placid swim at Mirror Lake Sunday morning, July 28, on the Lake Placid News Facebook page, we weren't surprised to see a mix of people who support the event and those who are turned off - even angered - by it.There are several issues being argued, but ...

Preston had plenty of optimism for Wilmington

Along with the rest of the region, we were deeply saddened to hear about the death of Wilmington town Supervisor Randy Preston on July 18, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, particularly to his wife Michelle.Over the years of covering local politics and community news, we ...

One doesn’t have to look far to find community spirit

Smaller communities in the Olympic Region have a long history of community spirit - places such as Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley and AuSable Forks - where year-round residents always band together to improve their hamlets and help their neighbors. It's this small-town life - ...

Putting in the effort to mitigate tourism

We in the Adirondacks are in an experimental stage of dealing with an increased number of hikers that exceeds the capacity of our infrastructure - roads, parking, trails, etc. - around Lake Placid and Keene.In a small-ish way, it's part of a global issue of overtourism - tourism that exceeds an ...

APA imbalance

For years, we've heard people from Albany to Ray Brook talk about the importance of balance - between protecting nature and allowing human activity - in managing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park.Like governors before him, Andrew Cuomo has paid a lot of lip service to "balance." But his recent ...

‘Free store’ at transfer station is a great idea

The town of Lake George is trying something new to reuse what is not so new. It would be a good idea for the Tri-Lakes area, too.Lake George is starting a "free store" at its dump - OK, its garbage transfer station and recycling center - where people can leave items they need to get rid of but ...