Letters to the editor

Great sister would make a great judge

To the editor:I have known Julie Garcia all my life; she's my sister. Julie has had many adventures and life experiences that make her the perfect candidate for Supreme Court judge.We grew up in a family of six children during the boom of mining in our small town of Witherbee and the ...

Bugs in Essex Co. bed tax on vacation rentals

To the editor:The proposed bed tax expansion, to include private rentals, in Essex County needs a closer look than has been disclosed so far. It may have some potential legal issues.First let's understand what the bed tax expansion is mostly all about.1. Hotel and motel owners want to increase ...

PSC name change might set a bad precedent

To the editor:I don't profess to any legalistic background, but I have been pondering the attempt to change the name of Paul Smith's College, and the possibilities of it opening a Pandora's box of future civil actions by anyone who feels they may have been "wronged" by the OUTCOME OF A WILL, ...

B’dale Boosters bring back golf tournament

To the editor:The Bloomingdale Boosters Golf Classic came to life again on Sept. 6 at the beautiful Saranac Inn Golf Club, after an absence of 12 years since the Loon Lake Golf Course closed. This event supports the Boosters' sports programs for the children of the greater Bloomingdale area.The ...

Garcia is fair, reliable and down-to-earth

To the editor:I am writing this letter on behalf of Julie Garcia, who is a candidate for Supreme Court.Integrity, honesty and trustworthy are the words that come to mind when I think of Julie Garcia. She is hard working and dependable. Julie is a local candidate who knows the law. Julie is a ...

Happy birthday, Shirley Hosler

To the editor:Shirley Hosler is the Mother Theresa of Saranac Lake.Recently, in one 24-hour period, she cleaned out a garage of dishes, Christmas decorations, fiber-optic Christmas tree and natural Christmas tree stand. Then she quickly found a place to dispose of the dishes, donated the ...

Wonderful trail addition

To the editor:I read with interest your article on the opening of the Heaven Hill trails at the end of Bear Cub Road in Lake Placid. I have now hiked these new trails as well as hiked, skied, run and mountain biked on the existing, companion trails at Henry's Woods. Both sets of trails are ...

Glad boathouses are demolished

To the editor:As one of the neighbors involved in the illegal boathouse case, I read with interest your recent article on the last chapter in this five-year saga.Watching the demolition of the boathouses was tragic. What an enormous squandering of resources: From the lost hours of labor by the ...

Garcia would be great for judge

To the editor:I have had the pleasure of knowing Julie Garcia for the past eight years, both personally and professionally, retaining her as my attorney.I first met Julie when I was the president of the Boquet River Theatre Festival children's summer stock theatre venue in Whallonsburgh. I was ...

Watch Sanders debate

To the editor:As we draw closer to the 2016 election, which will decide who the 45th president of the United States will be, it has never been more critical for voters to be informed as to the qualifications and positions of the candidates.Domestically and internationally, it is arguably one of ...

APA should approve Saranac Lake Marina

To the editor:Many residents in the area and visitors, too, have used the docks and moorings at the former Crescent Bay Marina as the only access to the beautiful Saranac chain of lakes. Many do not have trailers, towing vehicles or the physical stamina to launch and haul out their craft, which ...

Thanks for helping Relay for Life team

To the editor:I would like to thank everyone who donated to my team in the Relay for Life in Lake Placid. We raised over $6,000, which is great. I know my mom would be proud of us. She was a fighter just like us, so next year we will be back doing the same thing.We had a great team; that is for ...

The fall of the Republican Party?

To the editor:John Boehner's resignation as speaker of the House after Pope Francis addressed Congress may be just a coincidence; however, many of us think the holiness of the pope may have influenced his decision. John Boehner, on the other hand, did not have control over the extremists in the ...

Glad Stefanik opposes Iran deal

To the editor:I felt compelled to write in response to a recent letter to the editor regarding Democrat congressional candidate Mike Derrick's stance on the Iran deal - the same deal he did not have a public stance on before coming out publicly in support of it.Iran is the largest state sponsor ...

Tenure is no golden ticket

To the editor:We were pleased to read your editorial, "State should ease off on teachers" (Sept. 21).You made excellent points about how the conditions of teaching and learning in a school can affect gains in student learning and in particular gains measured by standardized test scores. We'd ...

Kindergarten classes too big

To the editor:This is an edited version of a letter I sent to the Saranac Lake Central School District superintendent earlier today (Sept. 24):Dear Diane Fox,I am writing this letter the morning after Curriculum Night at Petrova Elementary School. I came home with very mixed feelings about the ...

Railroad must be retained

To the editor:I am on the board of the Adirondack Carousel and a native of Saranac Lake. Because of both connections, I am very concerned with the plans for the Adirondack railroad. The presence of the railroad in Saranac Lake is historically and currently most important. It has been a frequent ...

Correction: wrong Branch of the family

To parents who share this concern, please voice your opinion with the superintendent's office. The decision to reduce the number of kindergarten teachers in our district does not serve our best interests nor those of our children.Sincerely,Audrey SchwartzbergSaranac LakeRailroad must be ...

Not much hope

To the editor:The Paul Smith's College Board of Trustees' approval of what is hopefully an ill-fated money/naming grab shows they lack appropriate oversight and transparency. While I hope the state's attorney general's office will utilize its vast powers in overseeing charitable trusts to ...

A cheap renaming

To the editor:Regarding the Paul Smith's-Joan Weill debate, maybe we need to look at the amount Weill is offering, a mere $20 million. David Geffen gave $100 million to Lincoln Center in New york City to rename Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, with his name. (He'd already ...