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The spirituality of Earth care

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a crimp in our Earth Day festivities, even as it has given us a glimpse of a natural world benefitting from our human absence. Whales frolic in the Mediterranean, the Himalayas have unparalleled visibility, and global greenhouse gas emissions have fallen. As we ...

Boondoggle vs. bonanza

First, I offer my solace to those throughout New York state affected by the coronavirus. The following is from my submission to the Adirondack Park Agency regarding the state’s plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. The state proposes to convert the 34 miles of railroad between ...

Letters from the Porch: The joy of exercise

365体育网站 The old neighborhoods of Saranac Lake are lively these days as people of all ages take a break from solitude to go out walking at all hours. Like the tuberculosis patients of the past, we are eager to stretch our legs, breathe some fresh air and wave to a friendly face across the ...

DePuy’s fierce looks belied kindness

365体育网站I met Dick DePuy covering my first village board meeting on my very first day working at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. It was November 1986, and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Sure, I had gotten a degree in journalism at a New York City college and was thrilled to be in my very ...

Communities need their newspapers, and newspapers need their communities

From afar, the COVID-19 pandemic is generating news of such terrifying magnitude that it is nearly too overwhelming to comprehend. Millions are suffering, and thousands are dying. Economies are collapsing. The world seems out of control. That’s the big picture, which you can learn about ...

Pandemic meets epidemic

What happens when the COVID-19 pandemic meets the epidemic of addiction, including opioid and heroin overdoses and deaths? St. Joseph’s and other addiction treatment programs are required to do a challenging balancing act to promote COVID-19 safety while not abandoning the needs of ...

When the past is prologue

365体育网站 I believe that, in times of national crisis, we are better served by trying to contain the damage rather than to gratuitously attribute blame to those leading the country. However, such forbearance assumes that a leader exhibits certain qualities that are necessary in such challenging times. ...

New disease, no immunity

We are all concerned about the current COVID-19 virus, and I wanted to try to bring some common sense to the situation and shed some light on where we may be headed. Most of us have been sheltering at home and trying to cope with being out of work, unable to go out to a movie or for a dinner ...

Doctors, you have failed us

365体育网站 Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive powers went to a whole new level compared to other governors on March 3, when legislators passed a bill with only 15 “no” votes out of 210, giving him sweeping new powers allowing him to disregard any existing law he deems necessary to fight the ...

On evil

(Editor’s note: In an editorial on Monday, March 30, the Enterprise invited local religious leaders to share sermons with the community through the newspaper’s Opinion page, since they are not allowed to hold services in person. This is one of the responses.) --- The struggle against ...

Letters from the Porch: Arts, crafts gave patients a sense of purpose

During the years Saranac Lake was a health resort, many tuberculosis patients filled their time by making arts and crafts. These activities furnished a crucial sense of purpose for people struggling with isolation and boredom. Before antibiotics, there was no real cure for TB, so doctors ...

My times are in your hands …

(Editor’s note: In an editorial on Monday, March 30, the Enterprise invited local religious leaders to share sermons with the community through the newspaper’s Opinion page, since they are not allowed to hold services in person. This is one of the responses.) --- From Psalm 31: “Be ...

New to the area as COVID-19 hits

A tight Indian hug and namaste to all my readers. This is how I want to greet because I am bored of saying “Hello” for too long. My name is Shivani Sharma (I never use my last name to emphasize on my individuality, but I want to share my last name in this instance). I am a 25-year-old ...

Who should be tested for the coronavirus?

In order to be tested for the coronavirus, you’ve got to have symptoms of COVID-19. Demand for the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test has exceeded the supply, forcing health care providers to limit testing. With a death rate at least 10 times the flu, concern about being infected is ...

Storm’s coming …

I belong to a group that meets regularly to talk about various things. Not politics. We try to start insightful conversations to raise the level of thinking. I gain insights and perspective with every discussion. This beautiful little community of Saranac Lake is exhibiting the same ...

Helping neighbors — now

This March, our world turned upside down: COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, many of our favorite local establishments closed, friends and neighbors lost their jobs, and social distancing became a necessity to protect our families and flatten the curve of new infections. At Adirondack ...

Do words matter?

I have just made a call to Congresswoman Stefanik. I have demanded — yes, I demanded — to know when she knew about COVID-19. For three months she has had her phone town halls. I know; I have been on every one of the three. Once I got to ask a question. I may not have called her, but ...

A God who is near

365体育网站 (Editor’s note: In an editorial on Monday, March 30, the Enterprise invited local religious leaders to share sermons with the community through the newspaper’s Opinion page, since they are not allowed to hold services in person. This is one of the responses.) --- Greetings, And thank ...

‘The darkest valley’ (Psalm 23)

365体育网站 (Editor’s note: In an editorial on Monday, March 30, the Enterprise invited local religious leaders to share sermons with the community through the newspaper’s Opinion page, since they are not allowed to hold services in person. This is the first response.) - For millions of ...

‘Improvise, adapt and overcome’

In the distance we hear the rumble of a rolling thunder and that thunder is COVID-19. The apex of this pandemic will strike the New York City region, already in great peril, in a week or two, and Saranac Lake may follow two weeks later, all according to the facts as we have them right now. ...