Letters to the editor

Green burial is an option in the North Country

To the editor: I hope that your May 15 editorial — “A different way of burying the dead” — leads readers to realize there are already green burial alternatives to expensive cemetery interments and energy-intensive cremation. You don’t have to go as far as Washington state’s ...

Not being politically correct

To the editor: What kind of a nation do we live in? One that is very troubled. We have an epidemic of teen suicide, addiction to drugs, pornography, murder. All because mankind has no HOPE! The U.S. Supreme Court issued two bans on prayer in public schools. The first ban came in 1962, ...

Spring cancer screenings

To the editor: It’s been a long winter. Happily, the roads are now cleared of ice and snow, and the temperatures are warming. The flowers are even thinking of blooming. Getting around in this nice weather is much easier, so May is a great month to get your breast, cervical and colorectal ...

SLVFD Golf Tournament thanks

To the editor: On May 11, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department held its seventh annual Golf Tournament fundraiser at the Saranac Inn Golf Club. One hundred thirty-six golfers from all around the area came out to enjoy a cool spring day and to show their support for the fire ...

About Kate Smith

To the editor: What on earth were the Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers thinking? Perhaps that people would boycott them, or that they would be seen as racist if they continued placement of the Kate Smith’s statue as well as her voice singing “God Bless America.” During the mid ...

Trump keeps hurting USA

To the editor: Hey America, are we still here? Tell me, America, are we still alive, or are we dead? Because of Trump, the USA is nothing, and I mean nothing. China does not want anything more to do with the USA, and we rely on them for certain supplies and materials that they have. Now ...

Restaurant Week backs the Back Pack food program

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Central School District would like to thank the entire community for their ongoing and generous support of the students in our district. Recently, Community Bank sponsored a food drive in conjunction with the Eat ADK Restaurant Week committee in an effort to ...

Thanks for prom and After Prom Party

To the editor: The 2019 Saranac Lake High School prom was back at the Whiteface Club and Resort this year. It looked wonderful, but most importantly the kids had a great time. I want to thank Cecily Dramm and Kathy McHugh for their countless hours making this night happen. The prom ...

North Country Family Physicians has been a treasure

To the editor: I’ve lived in St. Regis Falls since 1960, and there has always been a doctor in town at least once a week until this year. The fact that we no longer have this great asset has made me feel I should write a note of appreciation and thanks to the three “young” doctors who ...

Stefanik and the Mueller report

To the editor: Anyone can read the Mueller report (www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf). Stefanik’s statement that “the Mueller report was very clear that there was no collusion, no conspiracy” is overstated partisan spin. Nowhere in the report is the statement, “There was no ...

Don’t delay impeachment for political reasons

To the editor: Call it OCD if you will; place it in a more apt category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders if you will, but at some time every day of my life since 2016, I find that I say to myself with something far more morbid than childlike wonder, “Donald ...

Reasons against giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses

To the editor: A New York state senator claims that opposition to the Green Light Bill, legislation providing a driver’s license to undocumented aliens, suffers from “an education problem.” As a former state assemblyman, I agree. The legislators supporting this bill failed to educate ...

Legacy Trail in Florida attracts hundreds of thousands

To the editor: I took this picture of a poster on a storyboard along Venice, Florida’s Legacy Trail. Read what it has to say. A mere 10-mile initial stretch attracted over 240,000 bicyclers, skateboarders, joggers and walkers during the first 10 years of the trail’s existence. Due to ...

That ol’ Trump magic

To the editor: Hello, all you readers. That creep Mueller was a flop, just like I predicted about a year-and-a-half ago. I said he was more corrupt than Trump and all his media pictures of that rock jaw were hype. Sadly there is no one in the Democratic Party who is less corrupt than Trump; ...

Gas fumes are bad for you

To the editor: So I continue to marvel at just how gullible the Essex County government is in going with the so-called flow? It seems to me that if there were any thought behind this new project, that the town would ask Stewart’s to take the corner accoss from the Chevy dealer where the ...

Correction

To the editor: This is a correction to my letter to the editor of May 7. My anesthesiologist was Lorraine Norris, MD. She did a wonderful knee block and spinal for my total knee replacement. Couldn’t ask for better. You rock, Lorraine! Thanks. Barbara J. Ryan Bloomingdale

Support nursing home staffing bill

To the editor: Some people and organizations question the merits of “a so-called staffing bill” designed to implement minimum staff requirements for New York state nursing homes. They state that focus should be on low-ranking nursing homes and not ones with high-quality ...

Excellent care

To the editor: I’m writing this following a total knee replacement here in Saranac Lake. First of all, thanks to Dr. Smith and his staff. The office scheduled everything I needed, and Dr. Smith was great. I couldn’t have asked for better orthopedic care. Our hospital is fantastic. ...

Tending a village

To the editor: Tending to an entire village isn’t easy; I bet that most people don’t/can’t/won’t understand how much goes on, and the timeline in which to get certain goals met. Most jobs have more to them then what appears. Sadly/annoyingly/“understandably,” there are folks ...

Getting proactive about fighting climate change

To the editor: Having grown up, worked, and spent time in central and northern New York, I’m not surprised that people are moving toward acceptance of climate change. This isn’t a political issue, as it has been miscast by self-interested politicians across the country. It’s a survival ...