MOUNTAIN - We're relieved that a U.S. Veterans Administration clinic in Saranac Lake will finally open on July 19, giving veterans easier access to resources than having to travel to Elizabethtown in inclement weather. Many thanks are due to Frank Karl of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3357 in Saranac Lake; his coordination and communication with political decision-makers helped locate it here. Congratulations are also due to Dan Reilly of HomEnergy for his perseverance in developing the commercial building that will host the clinic. His plan for economic development will definitely shift traffic to the Union Depot area when all is done. With the VA clinic, the Carousel and much more potential, that part of the village will experience a welcomed renewal.
VALLEY - A 60 percent cut in state funds for ComLinks' gleaning program is simply awful. Of all things in our bloated state government not to cut, food for the hungry should be at the top of the list.
MOUNTAIN - We appreciate those who work on holidays like the Fourth of July, like the people profiled in a story published on page 1 Tuesday. The service industry is essential to our economy here in the Adirondacks and should be treasured.
VALLEY - to owners of prominent property, especially in downtown centers, who keep it in terrible condition over the course of many years. This issue was recently brought before the Saranac Lake village board, which properly responded that it can act if there are objective problems but not on subjective concerns. This is really a job for the Village Improvement Society and/or the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, two once-powerful groups whose influence and activity have waned over the years.