Letters to the editor

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 ...

Motorcycle Run for Hunger thanks

To the editor:The St. Paul's-Assumption Food Pantry second annual Motorcycle Run for Hunger, held on July 12, was a wonderful success! We had a beautiful day, lots of fun and fantastic support.We would like to thank the following businesses for their very generous donations and support: ...

Proposal sparks suspicion

To the editor:I read your article (July 17) about Paul Smith's College name change with great interest. Is it possible that a deal may have been struck between Ms. Dove and Mrs. Weill back on the campus of Cornell? ("I'll make you the president, and you can make me immortal.") This is an ...

Changing name like chopping Leaning Pine

To the editor:Changing Paul Smith's name is akin to cutting down the Leaning Pine again. The College of the Adirondacks should remain as it has since 1946 - Paul Smith's College.Generous benefactors should not be allowed to change the name of a historic institution.David PloofLake Placid

Unnecessary to cater to the super-rich

To the editor:With contributions from a few more of the super-rich, Paul Smith's College could become "Donald Trump-Martha Stewart-Bill Gates-Warren Buffett-Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College." (School T-shirts and sweatshirts will only be available in XXX-large). And just as the University of ...

It’s a good time to go solar

To the editor:Solarize Tri-Lakes, a community program sponsored by the town of Franklin and Adirondack North Country Association, would like to thank the Saranac Lake Farmers' Market and the Third Thursday Art Walk for giving us a spot at their events this week. With over 15 signed contracts as ...

Support bill to help museums, students

To the editor:I am writing to urge the elected officials in the Northern New York area to support the Museum Education Act introduced by Sen. Betty Little (Senate Bill 5001) and Assembly member Matthew Titone (Assembly Bill 8199).New York state has more museums, historical societies, zoos, ...