Letters to the editor

SLHS-SPX High School 50th reunion dates set

To the editor:Class of 1965, this one's for you!Come back to Saranac Lake for the weekend of Sept. 11-13, and celebrate the early leaf turning along with the FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY of having graduated from Saranac Lake High School and St. Pius X High School. (For those of you who are scratching ...

A great night at the carousel

To the editor:The Adirondack Carousel hosted its third annual "A Night in the Park" summer gala on July 11. It was a successful and fun-filled evening. To all of our volunteers and the individuals and businesses that generously donated food and auction items, thank you: Blue Line Brewery, ...

DEC chases out boat-renting family

To the editor:I was just informed that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is planning on canceling vending services within state parks in hopes of making more money.This goes against the DEC mission statement and will hurt local business such as the Paeglows, who have ...

A great ump

To the editor:Last night, we had our boys Major (10-12-year-old) championship baseball game. The Elks Club beat McKenzie's Grill in an evenly matched game. It was great baseball. However, this letter is not about that game.The Saranac Lake Youth Baseball and Softball Association would like to ...

Graffiti of the rich

To the editor:When I worked at Paul Smith's College library (2002 to 2006) at a salary of about $8.50 per hour, Joan Weill's name was on the new library and a huge portrait of the Weill couple hung over the upstairs landing. I thought these were deserved though somewhat overdone tributes to a ...

Name isn’t what’s important

To the editor:A number of people have asked me what I think about the Paul Smith's College name change. My answer is this: Paul Smith's College is a place, not a name. A place that the Smith family wanted to provide students the opportunity to learn and live in a very unique and special place. ...

A senseless way to anger alumni

To the editor:After some thought ... this really pisses me off. It is a damn shame that an institution has to pimp itself out for $20 million, alienating current and former students and faculty alike. Furthermore, having all these town hall meetings will most likely prove useless because ...

That’s not a gift

To the editor:From Webster's:"gift. noun"1. something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present."Twenty million dollars, only given if a name is changed, is not a gift; it is a payoff. Katherine ...

Outsider’s ego

To the editor:I was born in Saranac Lake.My father and his eight siblings were all born and educated in Saranac Lake.I still have many cousins there.My grandfather and his brother were major businessmen in the area.That all being said, I, as a native son, cannot believe that woman in charge of ...

Is Trump next?

To the editor:I just hope Donald Trump doesn't come forward with a $30 million donation to Paul Smith's College. Then the name would have to be Donald Trump-Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College, a real mouthful.Joan Weill should do the honorable thing and withdraw her demand to have her name added ...

Does $20M price end here?

To the editor:In Monday's Enterprise, Joan Weill expresses her opinion that the name change will help the college appeal more to prospective donors. I wonder if she (and the college) fully understand the implications of that policy. Does it mean that every $20 million donor will have their name ...

Losing Smitties

To the editor: The reason Paul Smith's College is being changed to Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College is to attract more big donors. I get it, but in doing so you lose the tradition, heritage, pride and integrity of the school, and you lose the support of thousands of alumni.Many of the Facebook ...

A good tradeoff

To the editor:As a neighbor to the Paul Smith's campus and a grateful beneficiary of some its facilities (post office, library and student-run restaurants), I have followed with dismay the reaction of some well-meaning alumni and staff to the proposed name change or, as I prefer to see it, name ...

Bad things happen when police don’t investigate

To the editor:In May of 2014, this newspaper reported that I was arrested by the Tupper Lake police on a charge of trespassing. (This happened on my own property). I was arrested because a person who was being evicted from one of my rental units, for back rent and utilities, filed a false ...

An unconscionable offense

To the editor:As both an alumnus of Paul Smith's College and a resident of Paul Smiths, I am vehemently opposed to changing the name of the college to satisfy the egomaniacal whims of an individual who wants to buy her way into infamy. It is an assault on Paul Smith, the man, and an insult to ...

Rename Paul Smith’s College? No

To the editor:I hope that the court has more sense than the Board of Regents did in its vote to rename Paul Smiths.I'm sure that throughout the history of the college there are many others who have given generous donations to the college and not expected anything in return. Maybe they didn't ...

How about Joan Weill Campus instead?

To the editor:I am a 1959 graduate of Paul Smith's Collage and am alarmed to see my college torn apart by the recent name change issue. I strongly agree with those who see this decision as wrong. Having said that, I am well aware and deeply grateful for all Joan Weill and her husband have done ...

Joan Weillville

To the editor:If the Supreme Court of New York heeds the loud protestations of Phelps Smith oh, wait Phelps can't loudly protest 'cause he's dead Well, anyway if the court upholds the will, maybe Joan Weill would be interested in our Little City. For $20 million we could rename Saranac Lake ...

Don’t add more wolves and cougars

To the editor:Regarding the introduction of cougars and wolves:I find that it is not necessary to introduce these wildlife animals to our Adirondacks as they are already here.I, personally, have witnessed a beautiful silver gray wolf cross the one-vehicle access road practically next to my ...

Let the voters decide

To the editor:Essex County candidates Brian Barrett and Luke Hudak, running for county judge and county clerk, respectively, expect to conduct vigorous campaigns this fall. Will they be able to, or will the incumbents and their operatives play an inside game to keep Barrett and Hudak off the ...