Letters to the editor

Ecumenical Charity thanks

To the editor:The Ecumenical Charity Program thanks everyone for their donations of clothing, work, etc., to the thrift shop located at George Bliss Lane, Lake Placid. Without your donations of either food, clothing or money, the program would not be able to offer the aid to those in need.The ...

Pendragon gala a huge success

To the editor:On behalf of Pendragon Theatre's board and staff, we would like to send a huge thank-you to the community and our donors for making our annual gala a huge success. Without your support, we wouldn't be here! A special thanks goes to our auctioneer, Lonnie Ford.Without the support ...

Obscene vanity

To the editor:The obscene vanity of Wall Street billionaire Sanford Weill and his wife Joan goes way beyond the typical "edifice complex" of the super-rich, who make big donations to hospitals, universities, museums and other institutions in exchange for putting their names on the buildings. In ...

Too loud a giver

To the editor:I gather that Joan Weill has not heard of St. Matthew's admonition to do your giving in secret.Bruce SmallTucson, Arizona

Renaming has precedent

To the editor:I have read in The New York Times about the gift in return for a name change of Paul Smith's College.Your readers should know the same thing happened at Duke University. It was known as Trinity College, and the name was changed in 1924 to Duke University when the $40 million Duke ...

A $20M threat

To the editor:What a classy woman. She loves the college so much she's holding it for ransom to the tune of $20 million and threatening it with insolvency if it won't beatify her by changing the name to Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College. I wish I had $20 million to match (anonymously) her pledge ...

Joan Weill is no Joan Kroc

To the editor:In reading the interesting article in The New York Times on the proposed name change of Paul Smith's College to reflect the generosity of one of its most important donors, Joan Weill, I must say outright that the Weills' remarkable support of this institution appears commendable ...

Layer on the donors’ names

To the editor:The solution is obvious: "The Paul Smith College at Joan Weill University." That's what the University of Virginia does - aggregates donor names. The football field is "Carl Smith Center, Home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium." It used to be the "Lady Astor Tennis ...

‘Dang Canadian drivers’ prompt self-examination

To the editor:I have found myself driving around Plattsburgh last week cursing the drivers - primarily from Canada. Come on, you know you have done it too - "Dang Canadian drivers, learn to drive!"It starts with Canadian drivers, and then it moves to out-of-state drivers. I mean let's be ...

‘Two Guys’ thank you

To the editor:On Monday, July 21, the fundraiser "Two Guys, One Goal: Beat Cancer" took place at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. With the generous support of LPCA Director James Lemons and his staffers Nick and Doug, this event went from a notion to a successful program in a matter of a ...

Clearing the air about forestry education

To the editor:As director of the Paul Smith's College forestry program, I read with interest the recent letter regarding the management of the college's forest lands.Whenever private forestland is open to public recreation, questions regarding potential degradation are bound to arise. It's ...

Open letter to Sen. Schumer on Iran deal

To the editor:Sen. Schumer:I am very disappointed that you have chosen to oppose the nuclear agreement that the United States and our allies worked out with Iran. While hardly perfect, at the very least this agreement significantly delays the time when Iran could develop a nuclear weapon. ...

New sidewalk in River Street park? No

To the editor:I think the proposed new sidewalk for the park is a bad idea, and here's why:1. There already is a sidewalk along the park.2. The park is presently unhealthy and disgusting because of the goose excrement that abounds. The new sidewalk would also be littered, as is the existing ...

Raise smoking age to 21

To the editor:Should we raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21?The Centers for Disease Control issued a press release in July announcing a recently published study that found 3 out of 4 adults support the concept of raising the minimum legal age for purchase of tobacco products to 21. The ...

A good example to less generous rich people

To the editor:The controversy about the Paul Smith's College name change has been interesting. The mission that was envisioned in the establishment of the college seems to require a substantial infusion of money in order to be accomplished. Finch, Pruyn and International Paper both have job ...

Hoping name change is dropped

To the editor:The Adirondacks! What a beautifully fantastic region to live in and/or to visit. I have been visiting these wonderful mountains and lakes for over 30 years, the first time being when one of our sons entered Paul Smith's College. I now have three children and several grandchildren ...

Clear-cutting at Paul Smith’s is alarming

To the editor:Yesterday while I was exploring the Jackrabbit Trail through Paul Smith's College property, I came upon a very disturbing sight: the clear-cutting and demolition of vast tracks of forested lands.As I wandered off the trail and hiked around a bit, I found many areas that are ...

KB golf tournament thanks

To the editor:Sunday, Aug. 9 marked the eighth annual Kevin Broderick (KB) Memorial Golf Tournament at Craig Wood Golf Course. Sixty-four golfers, on 16 teams, ranging from 24 to 85 years of age, played golf in Kevin's memory. Kevin, a teacher and goalie coach at National Sports Academy, passed ...

Politically connected but still wrong

To the editor:Maybe the folks who want to destroy the railroad that connects Lake Placid to Utica, Boston, New York and the rest of the world are finally comfortable in the knowledge that they got what they paid for. Maybe they are just letting their guard down. Maybe we should question their ...

Rallying for Sanders in the North Country

To the editor:On Wednesday, July 29, in about 3,000 locations across the United States, over 100,000 supporters of Bernie Sanders registered to watch his speech via live video feed.At 4 Palmer St. in Plattsburgh, despite the sweltering temperatures, about 200 enthusiastic Clinton, Essex and ...