Letters to the editor

Thanks, DSPs

To the editor:Citizen Advocates, North Star Family of Services, began doing business in Franklin County 40 years ago this past August with a small dedicated staff who believed in helping those with disabilities lead a full life. The agency has grown to be one of the largest private employers in ...

Wrong-site surgery

To the editor:Last spring a Kaiser Permanente general practitioner checked my sore left foot, said "cellulitis" and sent me to radiology in case there was a fracture. The order that reached radiology called for X-rays on my right foot."It happens all the time," said the GP.After looking at my ...

Shirley Seney memories

To the editor:Every editor of the Lake Placid News has a Shirley Seney story. I count myself among the blessed number who have a great many stories and memories of Shirley, who was a giant in the life of my adopted hometown for a half-century. Her many years of service as a member of the school ...

Paul Smith’s name-change proposal is questionable

To the editor:As a former Paul Smith's College student, I am familiar with the proposal to rename the college and am strongly opposed.As the battle rages on, the group Alumni and Friends Against Changing Paul Smith's College's Name has uncovered many interesting points about the proposal. I ...

Respect the right to free speech

To the editor:"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it," is a paraphrase of a Voltaire writing. It sums up what the First Amendment of the United States Constitution is about (the very FIRST one) and one of the bedrock principles that makes our country ...

Flower theft prevented giving

To the editor:This is Dan Wikoff from the Garden Center in Ray Brook. Every year at the end of each season, in the middle of July I donate the flowers that have not been sold to a nonprofit and then deliver the rest to the seniors in the Tri-Lakes areas free of charge, and distribute the ...

Barrett strays from truth

To the editor:I am the Essex County Republican Committee chairman. In a recent article ("Conservative primary this week for county judge" in Wednesday's Enterprise), Brian Barrett was quoted as saying he was not allowed to appear before the Republican Committee. The truth is Mr. Barrett never ...

Taxpayers pushed Cycle Adirondacks

To the editor:"Cycle Ad'ks was an instant classic" (letter, Sept. 4)? Let's not hope so. The event organizers were expecting 600; only 150 came. One saw the dozen portable toilets in Saranac Lake's Riverside Park and the empty space at North Country Community College where the revelers were ...

Glenn MacNeill for DA

To the editor:I urge all Franklin County Democrats to vote for Glenn MacNeill for district attorney in their party's primary this Thursday, Sept. 10. DA Andy Schrader hired Glenn years ago as his assistant in the north end of the county. Glenn aggressively prosecuted driving-while-intoxicated ...

Brian Barrett for judge

To the editor:I am writing on behalf of Brian P. Barrett, who is a candidate for Essex County court judge.I have known Brian for the past 15 years, both in a professional capacity and more importantly as a true friend. Brian upholds the values instilled in him by his family. He has proven ...

Big media focus on big-money candidates

To the editor:The 2016 presidential election is well over a year away, and there are many candidates vying for their parties' nominations: as many as 17 Republicans and around five so far on the Democratic side.As a supporter of Sen. Sanders, I've made the following observation regarding the ...

Calling the SLHS Class of ’85

To the editor:The Saranac Lake High School graduating class of 1985 is looking for its classmates to return home for our 30th class reunion.We plan on having an informal gathering on Friday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Downhill Grill. Saturday festivities feature a family picnic at Fish Creek ...

Stripes

To the editor:See yourself in stripes? The Champlain Valley chapter of football referees is actively recruiting new members to become officials. If interested, please contact 518-643-5259 or ccfoa01@gmail.com.Regards,Eric BennettSaranac Lake Middle School dean of studentsSaranac Lake Central ...

College isn’t telling the truth about finances

To the editor:On Tuesday, Sept. 2, attorneys for Paul Smith's College replied to the petition filed by Scott Van Laer and the 3,000-plus-member alumni group against changing the school's name in Franklin County court. Attorneys for the school claim that the 3,000-plus-member Facebook group is ...

Students, alumni are heirs of Phelps Smith

To the editor:Here is a copy of a letter I just emailed to the attorney general. My hope is that by some chance, the Honorable Judge Ellis reads this and allows us to make our case.-Dear Sir,I recently wrote you concerning the whole debacle involving the Joan Weill purchasing of Paul Smith's ...

Businesses have to maximize profits

To the editor:Recently someone brought up the issue of how employers treat their employees in the Lake Placid region, specifically that such treatment was negative.In Essex County, there are many capital-generating businesses based on seasonal tourism, with long periods in between of little or ...

Cycle Ad’ks was an instant classic

To the editor:Wow! We knew Wildlife Conservation Society's Cycle Adirondacks bicycle tour had the potential to be special. We just weren't sure how special. Then we started hearing the ideas Saranac Lake had to welcome and embrace this event. We started to fully understand your passion for your ...

Vote Carriero in DA primary

To the editor:Many of us know Craig Carriero not just as candidate for Franklin County district attorney but as a friend and volunteer coach for his sons' baseball, football and hockey teams. As a youth coach, Craig volunteers his time to teach children fundamentals of the game while also ...

Why rush a hike?

To the editor:My friend Pete and I recently did an overnight hike on the Northville-Placid Trail. We started at Averyville Road trailhead and went to Wanika Falls. We camped just before the falls at a designated campsite. I went to high school with Pete, and he has great stories about his ...

Don’t mess with campaign signs

To the editor:In this contentious election season, emotions are high and loyalties run deep. It is only natural to want our preferred candidates to succeed in their quest for office and to do all we can to help this outcome.The Essex County Sheriff's Office has received calls and complaints ...