Letters to the editor

Divide state

To the editor: Separating New York state from the sewer of the world is a great idea and will save taxpayers tons of money. Remove the counties of Bronx, New York, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk and Nassau. Allow the real NYS to grow economically by eliminating every one of Cuomo’s ...

Fire department auxiliary seeks members

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary would like to thank the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for publishing a photo of the charter members of the group this past January. The auxiliary was re-established in the spring of 2018 after most of the charter members ...

Working together to prevent chronic disease

To the editor: A comprehensive, community approach to chronic disease prevention not only improves health outcomes — it staves off health problems before they occur. That belief is the foundation of the new North Country Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition, which held its first meeting ...

Why make pot legal?

To the editor: Why are we so stupid? Tell me something, people, do you think smoking pot is safe? Do you? Do you feel safe traveling from home to employment, from town to town or from state to state while people who drive and smoke pot is all right? Do you think that smoking pot is ...

Thank you, Lake Placid

To the editor: We’d like to thank again the three motorists who stopped to help us when our car was stuck in the snow along Route 86 near Monument Falls. On Monday, Feb. 25 around noon, we were driving toward Lake Placid when our car got stuck in deep snow, and within a minute, three ...

Get screened for colon cancer

To the editor: March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so on behalf of the Cancer Services Program of Northeastern NY, we’d like to share some valuable information and clear up a few myths about colon cancer. All men and women ages 50 to 75 years old should be screened regularly for ...

Ham radio course offered

To the editor: The Adirondack Amateur Radio Association, which provides the north-central Adirondacks with emergency communications resources, will be conducting a free 2.5-day training course leading to Federal Communications Commission Amateur Radio Technician Class License March 27 and 30 ...

Many thanks for supporting knockerball fundraiser

To the editor: The Canaras yearbook staff recently hosted a knockerball tournament at Saranac Lake High School in the gymnasium. This tournament was a fundraiser to benefit the 2019 Canaras yearbook, which is primarily self-funded. Over 150 high school students turned out for the event, ...

Don’t raise occupancy tax; make short-term rentals pay sales tax instead

To the editor: To the board of Essex County supervisors: I am responding to a recent article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, which stated the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (James McKenna) is requesting a 2 percent rate hike to the current 3 percent occupancy tax. I do not ...

Don’t over- regulate short-term rentals

To the editor: My name is Peter Bolos, and regarding short-term rentals in Lake Placid, these are my thoughts. My wife and I have been visiting Lake Placid for many, many years now. We can’t help but notice, over the last six or seven years, how many of the older homes in the Hillcrest ...

Toward a harmonious resolution

To the editor: As a homeowner with a short-term rental property in Lake Placid, I am reflecting on the recent talk of doubling the size of a hotel in the town, as well as the discussions of more new hotels in the planning stages. This is evidence that Lake Placid’s tourist industry is ...

Calling the Saranac Lake Class of 1969

To the editor: The Class of 1969 of Saranac Lake and Pius X High School are having a 50th class reunion Aug. 15 to 18. If you would like to attend but have not been contacted, call or text me at 518-354-3122, or email Dave Witkowski at davewitkowski@charter.net. Deadline is June ...

Dew Drop is too important to fail

To the editor: I was deeply disappointed to hear of the demise of the Dew Drop Inn renovation project. I’m sure many others were as well. It is hard to understand how the Saranac Lake village administration could redefine a special zoning district out into the middle of Lake Flower for the ...

Injured officer and Department of Corrections

To the editor: I want to start off saying I hope the officers at Adirondack Correctional Facility have a speedy recovery. [Editor’s note: Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook was renamed Adirondack Adolescent Offender Facility in fall 2018.] Now I want to know if the state of ...

Ice Palace thanks

To the editor: As usual this year, I have a long list of people and businesses to thank. I thank the Department of Environmental Conservation for getting the site of the palace graded so well at the end of its dredging project. The grading and opening up of the site allowed us to build a ...

Sad that Stefanik rep misrepresented Green New Deal

To the editor: It was discouraging, if not depressing, to read Elise Stefanik’s response to the Green New Deal, as expressed by her communications director, Maddie Anderson. That Stefanik may not agree with proposals outlined in the Green New Deal is fine. But to outright lie about the ...

Transient rentals in Key West vs. Adirondacks

To the editor: My family has had a camp at Lake Clear for 60 years. Each summer I still visit there for a month or more. However, I live full-time in Key West, Florida. Here, we have a substantial short-term rental market, or as we call them, “transient rentals.” Our city island is ...

Thanks for making home bleachers accessible

To the editor: I enjoy going to see the Saranac Lake High School football games at Wilson-Raymond Field. This past season I found that the bleachers had been changed, and I was no longer able to safely get on the same side as the SL fans. At 81 and using a walker, I was unable to gain access ...

‘Tide turning on Amazon’? Yes, but …

To the editor: The editorial in this weekend’s paper (Feb. 16) repeats two common misconceptions about the now-defunct Amazon deal. First, Amazon itself did not “lead the vanguard that has smashed brick-and-mortar retail stores” in our state. That act of civic vandalism was and is ...

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. ...