Letters to the editor

It’s been a great run, with great people

To the editor: To the people of Lake Placid and North Elba ... I want to say thank you for your confidence. It has truly been a privilege and a pleasure to represent you for the last 25 years. To my fellow town board members, I sincerely appreciate your tolerance, support and guidance. ...

Why doesn’t Spectrum televise Carnival events anymore?

To the editor: Regarding Spectrum: I am writing regarding the Carnival parade. Not everyone has the ability to stream, and there are those like me who cannot attend the parade due to age, health reasons or other disabilities. If you can stream, why can’t you televise it so all could ...

Community spirit

To the editor: I’ve always been amazed at the community spirit of this great town. When something changes and a new problem has to be addressed, it’s the spirit of the community that comes out to meet the challenge. The winter book sale at the Saranac Lake Free Library needed help to ...

Why doesn’t Trump pay for wall himself?

To the editor: Trump, you want money for the wall, why not dig into your pocket for it? Why are you wanting us Americans, especially the poor and middle class, to pay for something that you want most of all? Maybe you should look at the rich for your problem, not us poor and ...

Giving your agitated golden retriever beer

To the editor: I wanted to say how sad it was to witness a clearly agitated and socially uncomfortable golden retriever at Lake Placid over the weekend. A friend and I were celebrating a birthday outside the Steak and Seafood restaurant in Placid. There is a little fire pit you can sit and ...

Are you eligible for tax breaks?

To the editor: For residents 65 years of age and older, the deadline to renew your Enhanced STAR and Senior Citizens exemptions is Friday, March 1. At least one owner needs to be 65 years of age (or turning 65 before Dec. 31, 2019). Eligibility is based on income reported to the Internal ...

Keep rental regs as they are

To the editor: I feel the survey results that your paper released were skewed, since you track votes by the “IP” of the voter. There will be people with multiple IPs who may have voted numerous times. We understand your disclaimer, but it still puts in people’s mind that this survey is ...

Arts education is vital

To the editor: I’m a local artist, a member of NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery as well as a member of Saranac Lake Artworks, the Pastel Society of America, and a board member of the Adirondack Pastel Society. I want to address the issue of potential staff cuts in the arts department of the ...

Short-term rentals change neighborhoods

To the editor: Longtime local residents and property owners such as myself worry the penetration of short-term vacation rentals in any neighborhood will change the character and transform the quality of life of the area. It’s important to know how short-term vacation rentals are ...

Response to the Reproductive Health Act

To the editor: As everyone in New York and across the country knows, New York is in the lead with its progressive agendas. Abortion is now legal up till birth for any reason — “later term abortion,” as coined by the “choice” crowd! Abortion has been removed from the Penal Code; an ...

Opposed to vacation rental restrictions

To the editor: Dear Lake Placid decision-makers: I would like to object about the recent proposal to restrict vacation rentals to a three-day minimum and a 16-person limit. I think this is very unfair. The people who have invested in this type of vacation home and share it with groups need ...

Making assumptions

To the editor: I would like to assume that most of my fellow countrymen are thoughtful, intelligent folk. Having made that assumption, I ask myself why anyone would believe in the innocence of a president who constantly tries to cast doubt on investigations into circumstances involving his ...

Thanks from Catholic Daughters, K. of C.

To the editor: Our 2019 Winter Carnival Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser was a huge success, and many local projects for students will benefit. The Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Bernard 787 and Knights of Columbus Council 599 want to thank the following organizations and local ...

Girl Scouts’ focus on girls’ leadership would diminish in co-ed troop

To the editor: A recent article about the Boy Scouts’ recent moves (Feb. 5, “Paul Smiths Boy Scouts add troop for girls”) unfortunately didn’t contain context from Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. I hope I can shed some light on this. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has ...

Don’t cut SLHS art faculty in half

To the editor: Dear Saranac Lake Central School board members: I am strongly opposed to the removal of a full-time art teacher position following Valerie Patterson’s retirement. The benefits to the school, its students and the community as a whole far outweigh the costs to the school ...

Wish list

To the editor: 1. New York state armory on New York state Route 3 becomes a community recreation center. 2. New York state takes over Medicaid costs to lower land taxes. 3. U.S. re-arms its Trident submarines with defensive missiles. Paul Herrmann Saranac Lake

Dems default to circular firing squad again

To the editor: I sure have learned a lot this week. I used to think that, to most Democrats, a person’s record of 35 years of service, integrity, honesty and respect for all people (with a 90 percent African-American vote in favor for governor) would outweigh a racist and unfortunate ...

Tell board to keep art teacher

To the editor: It has come to my attention that the school board for Saranac Lake Central School District is considering slashing the position of high school art teacher upon Valerie Patterson’s retirement this June. Many of my friends and, by extension, their friends are bemoaning this ...

Don’t cut an art teaching post

To the editor: I just read that the Saranac Lake Board of Education is considering eliminating one of the high school art teacher positions after Valerie Patterson retires this year. This is so troubling on many levels, but the one that hits home for me is what my daughter Lila’s life in ...

Yes, abortion is complicated, but how can we allow it right up to birth?

To the editor: It’s hard to find the words to describe the shame and sadness that comes with being a New Yorker after the passing of legislation that allows for the abortion of a baby until the day of his or her birth. The argument concerning the beginning of life at conception is behind ...