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Letters to the editor

What the NRA doesn’t like to talk about

To the editor: I know that gun owners are adamant about their constitutional right to “bear arms” and they’re quick to recite the Second Amendment. But the NRA, politicians and gun magazines never seem to mention that, as with all rights granted in the Bill of Rights, those freedoms ...

Neighbors don’t like Rabideau’s townhouse plan

To the editor: Probably not a question that most people think about or are even are concerned with. However, this is exactly the question that the village of Saranac Lake Development Board is currently trying to answer. Recently, a local developer, Cedar Ridge Holdings Inc., also ...

Preservation vs. conservation

To the editor: New York state “constitutionalized” the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves to protect the Hudson River watershed and the New York City water supply. Logging had threatened both. Smoke from forest fires here could be seen there! Preservationists want the state to ...

Wilmington should welcome Dollar General

To the editor: Any conversation about a Dollar General locating in Wilmington? What are the objections? I would think it would be a welcome business in town. I realize that town folks want to keep the small-town feel. That is great, but locals and visitors alike deserve to have a few ...

Thank you, from a village board candidate

To the editor: Back on March 16, the village of Lake Placid went to the polls to choose a new mayor, two new trustees and a village justice. I went into Election Day not only hopeful, but also thankful and grateful to the people of the village that took the time to hear me out. As a ...

Women’s Civic Chamber serves Saranac Lake

To the editor: The Women’s Civic Chamber of Saranac Lake is comprised of members of the larger Saranac Lake area, and its purpose includes civic improvement and youth welfare. With in-person activities severely limited this past year, many of the events our community relies on to strengthen ...

Cultured meat for the climate

To the editor: In order to help meet our obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, the United States should invest public funds into cultured-meat research. For those who don’t know, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. This revolutionary protein will have a ...

‘Saving’ Social Security?

To the editor: Perhaps my personal “favorite” of today’s growing number of radical-right-wing conservative-Republican “greatest hits,” operating out of what Paul Krugman calls “bad faith” and what Jane Mayer calls using “stealth tactics,” is how they try to deceive, mislead ...

US-Canada border

To the editor: Re: “Vaccine ‘passport’ possible border reopening tool,” April 5 (by Joe Mahoney, CNHI): I have been supervising students (working on COVID-related research) in my laboratory since the pandemic began last year. I have taught some of my smaller courses in person. I ...

RLS adventures

To the editor: I would like to thank Mike Delahant for his wonderful columns on Robert Louis Stevenson. As a child here in Saranac Lake, my mother would read the stories and poems of RLS to my sister and me. She took us on many walks and occasionally would walk us over to his cottage. I ...

What we learned

To the editor: Hard lessons: Your chances of contracting COVID-19 are much higher if you are poor, Black or brown, a front-line or “essential” worker, or unable to work from home; if you live in a state where someone tells you the economy is more important than public health; or ...

Excelsior Pass is Cuomo’s April Fool’s prank one day early

To the editor: The Excelsior Pass touted in a coronavirus update from Gov. Cuomo (March 31) and mentioned in the New York Times on April 4 (“Here’s what you need to know about your vaccine card”) is all fluff. We both went through the online form multiple times, but it did not ...

April is National Donate Life Month

To the editor: Adirondack Health and the Center for Donation and Transplant (CDT) are teaming up to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors to honor those that saved lives through the gift of donation. Despite the challenges that came with COVID-19, CDT had ...

A big problem

To the editor: Congressional testimony recently established that big tech made good money fostering wild conspiracy theories and enabling the Jan. 6 insurrection. News flash: Corporate America is hard at work in many other areas using price-fixing, intimidation and social chaos, all for ...

Theater is weathering the storm

To the editor: Open letter to the Saranac Lake community: Over the past several years Pendragon Theatre has committed to an exciting and expanded vision for its role in the Saranac Lake community. It is our goal to become a more professional destination theater, which adds to the ...

Buying bags helps history

To the editor: We are so excited to share the news that Digital Abraham has been selected to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community and nonprofits while supporting the environment. For ...

SLK: gem of the Tri-Lakes

To the editor: The Harrietstown airport (SLK) is the crown jewel for the Capitol of the Adirondacks. Being able to balance the amenities and features you would find at a large urban airport with the quaint, hometown feel of a small regional airport is a contradiction in terms, but SLK does ...

A note on Kismet

To the editor: Growing up in India, one gets introduced to the concept of “Kismet” (Hindi) or “Naseeb” (Urdu) — destiny or fate. This concept is often a consolation for the vast masses of the unfortunate folk of the poor nation. This concept irked me at times. I viewed it as an ...

Loving our incarcerated neighbor

To the editor: The fact that inmates are being included in the next round of stimulus checks makes me happy. Treating inmates with dignity, respect and kindness in general makes me happy as a public theologian and Christian. I do not presume that everybody has the same faith system as ...

Police reform is not just about racism

To the editor: I hope that the community will consider the broader implications of the first-proposed Malone police reform plan that was allowed to be presented to the public. The author chosen states that Malone has seen its long decline after manufacturing was moved abroad, leading to ...