Letters to the editor

There is no demand for rail service in the Adirondacks

To the editor: I agree that the idea of a demand for rail service on this corridor in the Adirondacks is wildly exaggerated. I also don’t believe that the scenery along the railroad is any better than what people would get traveling up 28 to Route 3 and north by car or bus. But alas, ...

Re: ‘Suicide is suicide,’ June 24

To the editor: I was by my sister Joan Kline’s side when she used Vermont’s medical aid-in-dying law in 2015 to peacefully end her suffering from terminal ovarian cancer. As a result of this unforgettable experience, I’m a strong supporter of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act, and ...

LPCA thanks community for Volunteer Day

To the editor: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts staff would like to thank the many volunteers who came out to take part in Volunteer Day with Pickers Paradise on Sunday, June 23. Over 20 people from the community came together to replant flowers around our marquee, pick up trash and help ...

Muller Report is readable and available

To the editor: People across the political spectrum might conclude that the Mueller Report is not worth reading because (1) it is filled with incomprehensible legal jargon; (2) it is too expensive to purchase and too long to read; (3) the salient parts have been redacted; (4) the report ...

Change?

To the editor: Election season is now upon us, which has caused my reflection on the current state of affairs. I soon realized that we are being governed by a single political party from the top on down. I respectfully suspect that such a state is not in everyone’s interest. I remind your ...

Response to Mr. Miner

To the editor: It is unfortunate that Mr. Miner associates suicide with the end-of-life choices made by dying individuals and their families. As an ordained and formerly settled minister of religion, and a mental health professional, I have spent many hours helping individuals choose to ...

Adoptees can now get birth certificates

To the editor: I am thrilled to tell you that the New York state Legislature passed the bill that will make it possible for adoptees to acquire a certified copy of their original birth certificate at age 18. The bill passed by an overwhelming vote of 127 to 2 and 56-6 in Senate. It will ...

‘You’ve come, and we’re delighted!’

To the editor: This is the time of year when, as a community and particularly as a business community, we should reflect upon how fortunate we are to have one of the premier horse shows in the world coming to our area. The first week of the show (starting June 25) would be a relatively ...

Boy Scouts give thanks

To the editor: Saranac Lake Boy Scout Troop 1 would like to send out our sincere thanks to Coakley Home & Hardware, Hyde Mobil and Kinney Drugs for allowing us to hold bake sales at their businesses last Saturday. In addition, Coakley’s generously donated all the hamburgers, hotdogs, ...

Suicide is suicide

To the editor:  How unfortunate that a physician in our community has the temerity to attempt to redefine our current language and ethics to achieve an ideological outcome. Dr. Federman’s June 1 letter does exactly that. Regarding suicide — quite simply, to quote a popular movie, “I ...

Hoffman for Saranac Lake Walk of Fame

To the editor: I heard about the Saranac Lake Walk of Fame and think that Leslie Hoffman should be considered. I would like to nominate her for that honor. Leslie was born in 1955 at the old General Hospital. As a child she marched in the Fourth of July Kiddie Parade and marched with ...

We need a better representative in Congress

To the editor: In 2016 — at the height of the opioid overdose epidemic — Congress passed legislation limiting the power of the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop suspicious shipments of opioids. This legislation followed a decade-long $2.5 lobbying effort by the drug companies ...

Imagine

To the editor: Is anyone out there tired? Tired of constant drama? Tired of worrying about the future? Tired of feeling powerless? Tired of seemingly insurmountable problems and divisions? Tired of battle as our go-to method of resolving conflict? Tired of thinking our ...

Hospice thanks L.P. Quinn

To the editor: We’d like to express our appreciation to the students, teachers, staff, parents and principal, Dr. Michele Pinard of L.P. Quinn Elementary School, for your ongoing support of hospice care in our North Country communities. For many years, the school district and community ...

Are you ready for a second term of Trump?

To the editor: What’s wrong with us, people? Hey people, do you know that the United States of America is going downhill? Do you feel safe in your world? Other countries are beginning to hate us because of Trump. Other countries like Iran, who wants to get rid of us again, and ...

Stop using Styrofoam

To the editor: Styrofoam. It seems to be everywhere: a coffee cup at the drive-up window, the containers for leftovers and take-out food from any number of local restaurants and delicatessens. It’s in our UPS deliveries. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s inexcusable. Styrofoam has ...

Women’s College Scholarship thanks

To the editor: We would like to pause in the middle of our Swing into Summer Raffle to thank the many business owners and institutions who have helped us during this rewarding fundraiser. Many businesses contributed monetary prizes, gift certificates or special vacation packages, ...

Fix Olive Street in Saranac Lake

To the editor: I am writing about the condition of Olive Street and what’s being done about it. From what I see, there isn’t anything being done. How long are they going to wait before something happens to a person or someone’s car? Something did happen. I went into a pothole, and ...

In defense of black flies

To the editor: Defending the nasty little critters may seem silly or an oxymoron, but black flies are indicators of clear mountain water. They lay their eggs in fresh-flowing clear mountain water. The good news is they don’t carry disease. Mosquitos lay their eggs in fetid pools of ...

Class of 1979 reunion

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Class of 1979 is having a reunion the weekend of July 26. If you can attend, and for additional info, please email at slclassof1979@gmail.com. If you know anyone sister , brother, son or daughter, etc., who was in our class, please let them know! Forty ...