Letters to the editor

Social Security, Medicare are also threatened

To the editor: A question for those who voted for Trump and Stefanik: Did you expect them to take away the Affordable Care Act, condemning 6,796 people just in Warren County to no health care insurance? Or destroying Social Security and Medicare (called “privatization”)? That is exactly ...

Haves and have-nots of Essex County

To the editor: So recently I have seen a clear effort in the old Valley News to sanctify the efforts led by Chris Moran (footnote 1) to rid the countryside of older cars. The only experience I have had with Mr. Moran was in his function on the planning board, and I think I can fairly say ...

Time to go

To the editor: I just met a couple of guys at Larkin’s store who were putting gas in their two sleds on their trailer. They asked where the trailhead was to ride to Lake Placid; they were going to park here. I told them the trail was a block away. Then I had to explain that with the low ...

Arson and the Affordable Care Act

To the editor: On Friday, Jan. 13, Rep. Elise Stefanik voted to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). This vote is a precursor to the final vote on the Budget Reconciliation Bill, which will be taken during the next month. It is expected that the Budget Reconciliation ...

Resort is too big for its site

To the editor: Re: Lake Flower Resort: The developers of this project are seeking a massive and unprecedented variance from the shoreline setback requirements of the Adirondack Park Agency. The following has been submitted to the APA as part of the public hearing process: The variance ...

Field trip idea

To the editor: I recently paid my taxes in Harrietstown Town Hall. While waiting for someone to meet me afterward, I looked down at the steps that lead to the bowels of the building. To my surprise, I saw the fossilized remains of nautilidae. These are precursors of octopuses, cuttle fish, ...

Court dinner thanks

To the editor: On Jan. 9, the Winter Carnival Court held its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Belvedere Restaurant. Profits from this dinner are used to purchase the outfits and other necessities for the court. We are pleased to report that this year’s dinner was a resounding ...

Reject resort proposal

To the editor: I am a longtime resident of Saranac Lake. Lately I have been splitting my time between Saranac Lake and California, where my family lives. For the last few years, it seems that every time I return home for Christmas, this hotel is back in the news. And once again I find myself ...

Education that focuses on 21st-century skills

To the editor: Walk around the classrooms at Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES’ Adirondack Educational Center, and you will see students moving. Gone are the rows of desks where students sat and listened to the teacher; that model has been replaced with dynamic and interactive learning ...

County leader makes racist Facebook post

To the editor: Re: Joel LaPierre’s Obamanation: I am appalled and offended by the ugly and blatantly racist remarks St. Lawrence County Legislator Joel L. LaPierre made about President Obama in a recent Facebook posting. I am not writing here to argue the pros and cons of Mr. Obama’s ...

Doctors, patients worry about end of ACA

To the editor: Just today, my doctor spoke with me about her concerns over the threat of the Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act. She explained that it’s hard enough with insurance companies directing everything hospitals do, but now we have to worry about uninsured patients ...

Why are people against Lake Flower hotel?

To the editor: I read with much sadness the negativity that is surrounding the proposed Lake Flower hotel. One has to only drive through Lake Placid and see the beautiful hotels all lit up for Christmas, and the flowers and decorations at other times of the year. What a difference between ...

Don’t pave our paradise

To the editor: Last night I saw a film from the 1970s with Joni Mitchell singing. I couldn’t help but think that we will soon be singing her words of lament: - “They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot ...

Confirmation hearings and the lost art of cross-examination

To the editor: Every once in a while, I appreciate my legal education and training. At the moment, I am finding the Senate confirmation hearings for the Trump Cabinet appointees painful to watch and pretty pointless in direction. It appears next to impossible for a sitting U.S. senator to ...

Electors are part of the rules in U.S. elections

To the editor: I have read many post-election letters criticizing the Electoral College. Without naming names, some folks should review their civics notes. First and foremost, we do not live in a democracy! Our founding fathers were intelligent people who had lived under the suppression of ...

Writer echoes fear felt across the nation

To the editor: I just wanted to tip my hat to you for running Yvona Fast’s commentary, “Continued resistance.” She expresses the fear and trepidation being felt all over America right now. I live in Burlington, where finding such a commentary in a local paper would not be out of the ...

Mad about insult to Obama

To the editor: I think that Mr. Robert Whitehead is absolutely a jerk. He has no right to say what he did about President Barack Obama the way he did. How does he know what his Trump will do or act like when he is in office? Mr. Whitehead, you need to apologize for those stupid ...

March for Unity and Respect in Plattsburgh

To the editor: Inspired by the Washington, D.C., march, to counteract the negativity that surrounds us and because we cannot attend the D.C. march, I and a group of community members got together and decided to hold a local march in Plattsburgh, entitled North Country March for Unity and ...

Thanks for help at Christmas

To the editor: I want to thank everyone for helping me with all my nursing homes, soldiers and the 46 gifts for children. We did a very good job this year. Also a special thank-you to Paul Herrmann for all he does for me, to Bob Brown for taking me over to Mr. Mike’s Pizza in Lake ...

Great holidays at Will Rogers

To the editor: We had a very busy Christmas season here at Will Rogers. The place was decorated beautifully. Amy and Debbie from the activities department did the decorating. Those ladies worked so hard to make it all happen. I am sure the other residents would like to thank all who ...