Letters to the editor

Stefanik climate resolution does nothing

To the editor: Congresswoman Elise Stefanik introduced a resolution entitled “Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to conservative environmental stewardship.” Be forewarned: This is not a resolution that is seriously looking to tackle climate change. This is an ...

Dance-athon helped Women’s Civic Chamber

To the editor: On Saturday, March 11, the Saranac Lake Women’s Civic Chamber held a fun and successful Dance-athon fundraiser at the Elks Lodge. We would like to thank everyone who came out to participate and congratulate our dance winners: Kristen Parker, Becky and John O’Neill, and ...

We need health care that works for families and our economy

To the editor: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed that the American Health Care Act would result in cutting life-saving health care coverage for 24 million people. The AHCA would allow insurance companies to raise premiums and out-of-pocket costs, especially for seniors. ...

Brad MacDowell reached out to grieving family

To the editor: With great sadness we learned today of the sudden passing of Brad MacDowell. In April 2014, three months after the death of our son, Brad wrote to us. We were delighted to hear from a local of Saranac Lake who lived in a log cabin by the lake and could see Scarface ...

Go back to the drawing board

To the editor: On March 20, Chris Collins, R-N.Y., House representative serving the Buffalo area, added an amendment to the House GOP health care plan that shifts the cost of Medicaid from New York counties to the state. His goal is to make the House GOP health care plan more attractive to ...

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Fund drive supports Sheriffs’ Summer Camp

To the editor: I encourage residents to support the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, which began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Essex County this week. You will soon be seeing a fund drive letter in your mailbox. We do NOT solicit funds by telephone, and as a general rule, ...

Confident in Pendragon

To the editor: While I have not been involved with Pendragon since I left Saranac Lake about four years ago, I have always been concerned about the theater’s future. It would be a hard thing for a founder not to hope that things would continue to grow and change in a positive way. I ...

Many thanks

To the editor: I would like to thank all my wonderful neighbors on St. Regis Avenue for cleaning my driveway after the big storm while I was sick with the flu. Thank you all so much. August Simpson Bloomingdale

Trump isn’t helping middle class

To the editor: While most of the news about Trump is about his tweets, his wall, the Russians — there is something in the administration that will affect more of us in a harder way than any of that. Trump’s treasury director, Steve Mnuchin, plans to eliminate the property tax deduction. ...

Stefanik backs major attack on workers’ rights

To the editor: Should your employer know if you have a genetic predisposition to cancer or other disease? Rep. Elise Stefanik thinks so. She co-sponsored H.R. 1313, the innocently titled “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,” which would give employers access to your genetic ...

DPW did great in snowstorm

To the editor: The “Big Storm” has come and gone, but left behind is a greater appreciation for the work our Department of Public Works does on a regular basis. When I saw the amount of snow facing our workers, I thought it would take a week to put things back to normal. Obviously, I ...

Where everyone knows your name

To the editor: Thank you all who came to the show on Friday night. Moving to Saranac Lake has been nothing short of wonderful. I feel more alive here then anywhere I’ve lived, and part of that is because of how kind, giving and fun you all are. A big thank-you to Adam Harris and ...

New health plan would hurt the non-rich

To the editor: The proposed House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, if adopted, will hurt enrollees while providing big tax breaks for wealthy Americans. Under the current ACA, someone in the 21st Congressional District earning $25,000 per year can qualify for about ...

Thanks for helping Dewey add land

To the editor: Dewey Mountain Recreation Center was founded in 1980 by the town of Harrietstown, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and many dedicated volunteers, all inspired by Lake Placid’s Winter Olympic Games. For the past 37 years, Dewey’s trails have crossed a 13-acre ...

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NY needs more detox centers, not fewer

To the editor: St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy has closed its detox unit. I find this very upsetting during this heroin epidemic. When I asked “why,” I was told they have “discontinued acute care but still have an inpatient substance abuse rehab unit.” I asked if a patient in ...

Parking garage, eminent domain both bad ideas

To the editor: I oppose the consideration of the building of a parking garage in the proposed location (the middle of Main Street) as well as taking the museum lot by eminent domain. At the town hall public meeting March 13, I agreed with many of the participants in regard to taking over any ...

ORDA did great with nordic ski championships

To the editor: Over the first 10 days of March, our Olympic region hosted the 2017 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s junior national cross-country skiing championships. Over 400 boys and girls, ranging from 14 to 20 years old, competed in three different age categories for 24 U.S. ...

An ode to Pat Howard

To the editor: I returned from a trip and found my friend and cousin Pat Howard had died. It was such a shock because I had talked with him a few days before I left … now wishing that talk had been much longer. The Harrietstown town board has voted to place a plaque at the Adirondack ...

A tax cut plan disguised as a health care plan

To the editor: Elise Stefanik says she thinks the health care bill that Paul Ryan is currently trying to push through Congress, the first legislative effort to implement the Trump agenda, is moving in the right direction. Of course, the “right direction” depends on what the goal is. If ...

In support of Tanveer Hussain

To the editor: I’ve read several letters to the editor in the past few days regarding the case of Mr. Hussain, and my heart breaks for this poor man. I can’t imagine what it must be like for him being so far from home and basically unable to communicate. Everyone is believed to be ...