Letters to the editor

God job on clearing snow

To the editor: Just wanted to take a moment to say how fortunate we are to have such a capable town and village highway crew, as evident in the amazing job they did in in snow removal during the recent blizzard. Our Main Street was cleared and open to traffic in record time, in comparison to ...

Saranac Lake High School Spanish Club students and chaperones pose with villagers wearing traditional garb in Peru, where the school group traveled over spring break.
(Photo provided by the Saranac Lake High School Spanish Club)

Spanish Club is grateful for community support

To the editor: The Saranac Lake High School Spanish Club has just returned home from a great adventure in South America, where 21 students and six adult chaperones experienced a journey of personal growth and Spanish education over 15 days. Our trip’s highlights included home stays ...

Concern about a fiesta theme

To the editor: Dear friends, I want to share the letter that I wrote to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. I heard it wasn’t read at the meeting, so I wanted to share. Thank you for reading. Dear Saranac Lake Carnival Committee, I appreciate your hard work in bringing us a ...

Help at cemetery

To the editor: The help flag is flying over our beautiful and historical Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake. The winter was really tough on those huge, 100-plus-year-old pine trees, and many big limbs are lying all around on the grounds, in addition to bushels and bushels of pine ...

Don’t ticket Hotel Saranac construction vehicles

To the editor: I was outraged to read in Tuesday’s paper (April 25) that the village is even considering the possibility of giving parking tickets to construction vehicles that are parked on Main Street for more than two hours. Of course it creates a bit of inconvenience now, but think ...

Religion can help heal discord

To the editor: To all: I would like to invite everyone to take a little time and invest in unifying as a whole, peaceful society. It just seems that everywhere we turn there is divisiveness that is reinforced with ever-increasing levels of discord. It appears that we tend to dig in our ...

Drop the charges

To the editor: Regarding the case of Tanveer Hussain: The district attorney says she is “waiting on some evidentiary items,” which we guess is DA-speak for “waiting for evidence.” How could there be more evidence? There are no lab results to come back, and none of the newspaper ...

How about a compromise on museum name?

To the editor: Some museums try hard to help us remember the past, where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going in the future. Changing the name is like forgetting the past, even though that is not meant or intended. Change can be great, but in this case, why don’t we ...

Please don’t cut trees

To the editor: Dear people and families: I would like you to stop cutting down trees. The trees are beautiful. They give us more privacy and clean oxygen. Thank you, Rose Wenzler Age 7 Lake Placid

Deja vu

To the editor: In 1962, the youngest elected American president was John F. Kennedy, and he confronted a young, revolutionary dictator of Cuba named Fidel Castro. The confrontation was caused when it was discovered by surveillance that this tropical nation, only a stone’s throw away from ...

Garden Bros. Circus is cruel, dangerous

To the editor: I was very disappointed to see that while numerous venues have been cutting ties with the Garden Bros. Circus, given their well-documented record of animal abuse and public endangerment, the Saranac Lake Civic Center is welcoming this notorious outfit (“Circus, with ...

Neocon history misunderstood

To the editor: If anybody bothered to read the op-ed article about neoconservatives by conservative editor Rich Lowry in Wednesday’s paper, their focus should be on his statement that “neoconservative is a term of abuse.” He also misunderstood the history of that word and the concept ...

Campaigning to prevent sexual assault

To the editor: On behalf of Sexual Assault Services of Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, we write to remind our community that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As we align with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s theme, “Engaging New Voices,” we ...

Thanks for help with Mad Hatter’s Ball

To the editor: On Wednesday, March 29, Creative Healing Connections raised $8,000 to provide support for local women living with cancer and other chronic diseases, women veterans and caregivers. We would like to thank the following who helped make CHC’s 2017 Mad Hatter’s Ball so ...

How young elephants are trained is cruel

To the editor: I was disheartened to read that Saranac Lake will host an event which features “live elephants” as entertainment. While the circus may be treating them humanely now as adults, it is the taking of the elephants as babies that is the most horrifying. The following is from ...

Urge Trump to show tax returns

To the editor: Ms. Elise Stefanik: You have been elected twice now in our district and run largely on a platform of transparency and accessibility: “One of my most important commitments to families across the North Country is to be accessible and transparent.” You’ve also ...

Blunt talk on drugs is overdue

To the editor: The letter from Frank Whitelaw was long overdue. It was well written, covered all the bases and needed to be said. The gentle approach to dealing with the drug problem has failed miserably. Let kids see the reality of life while they still have safety nets and guidance to fall ...

Thanks to Moose for help

To the editor: Please allow me the opportunity to publicly thank each and every one who contributed to my benefit held recently at the Saranac Lake Moose Lodge 457. A very special thank-you to Carol DeFuria, my buddy, for her vision, and my Moose Lodge 457 family, both men and women, for ...

The real role of the federal government

To the editor: What is the primary goal, the only real role for the federal government? Defense? Politicians wanting to reduce the size of federal government and take money away from programs that help everyday Americans often tout this. Does the federal government have obligations other ...

Mushroom farmers unite on Earth Day at Paul Smith’s

To the editor: The Adirondack Mycology Club will be holding its annual spring mushroom cultivation workshop on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at Paul Smith’s College. A lot of people plant trees on Earth Day, which is great, but how about planting some mushroom spawn in ...