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Letters to the editor

Tupper Lake out-of-control spending

To the editor: To the taxpayers of Tupper Lake: We know that our taxes are being spent on foolishness. The park is one of them, instead of our infrastructure. Our boards are spending like we got lots of money without bringing anything to the taxpayers attention. We all know that the ...

Medical ventilator and CPAP

To the editor: I am hearing in the news that the (potentially) upcoming bottleneck in the care of COVID-19 patients will be the lack of medical ventilators. I wonder if the following idea might have any use in an emergency. A CPAP machine in some ways does what a medical ventilator ...

How to keep pets safe amid pandemic

To the editor: A message to our valued community: The Tri-Lakes Humane Society is closely monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that, like us, our community is always concerned about the welfare of pets and people. It is important to know what’s happening and to ensure ...

It’s time to ‘Take Down Tobacco’

To the editor: The North Country Healthy Heart Network invites communities across the region to participate in this year’s Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action on March 18. Take Down Tobacco is a new take on Kick Butts Day, a project of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that was ...

Re: sidewalk on Route 30 in Tupper Lake

To the editor: To let you all know, we have received a letter from Watertown DOT (the Region 7 office of the state Department of Transportation) regarding the sidewalk on Route 30 in Tupper Lake. First, if any of you folks on the board read, I will quote what Plato and Schopenhauer and ...

Health crisis reminds us of Saranac Lake’s history

To the editor: Many years ago, Saranac Lake rallied to fight a deadly disease. Today’s news sure has us thinking about our local history. Tuberculosis killed 1 in 7 people in the late 1800s. Highly contagious and with no known cure, fear and stigma surrounded TB. Unlike the new virus we ...

Grateful for Cape Air

To the editor: Hi, I am writing to share my wife’s and my experience with our little airport and Cape Air. First, a little about us: Minda has lived here 20-plus years and I around 5-plus. We do foster care and have adopted a little guy with CF. We have been married four years and have ...

Close lodging to help stop COVID-19

To the editor: Sen. Betty Little: I’m asking that you petition the governor to put a moratorium on lodging services here temporarily. Saranac Lake and Lake Placid are especially vulnerable because of the exchange of cash that comes into the region from Westchester ...

Hospitality amidst chaos

To the editor: With all the travel arrangements tossed to the wind, there are a few who remain calm, cool, collected and provide the true Olympic Village brand of hospitality. A month ago I planned to return to my hometown for another ECAC hockey championship. Flying from Florida to ...

Dissenter needed on Saranac Lake board

To the editor: I am supporting the candidacy of Fred Balzac for the village board. More importantly, I’m urging readers to do the same and to get down to the town hall basement Wednesday between noon and 9 p.m. to do something about it: VOTE. All the years I’ve lived here, ...

Food pantry thanks

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry continues to benefit from the generosity of our community. We are very grateful for all the support that we have been given. The many organizations, churches, groups and schools continue to amaze us with creative ways to collect ...

Please vote for Rich Shapiro

To the editor: I’m writing to voice my support of Rich Shapiro in his reelection bid for Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees. I met Rich, along with his wife, Franklin County Legislator Lindy Ellis, shortly after I moved to Saranac Lake in 2016 and started working at the Saranac ...

Support for Elise Stefanik

To the editor: I am writing today to announce my support for our Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. I have known Elise since she first ran for office in 2014. From the first time I met her, Elise has shown to be a standout individual and truly a rising star. Elise has consistently proven to be ...

Saranac Lake logo designs

To the editor: Hello, my name’s Trevor Swinyer. I grew up in Vermontville and have been meaning to share a project I recently worked on with the community. I went to the Saranac Lake Middle School and High School growing up, and later graduated from North Country Community College with ...

Kindness in a difficult time

To the editor: In grieving the loss of our daughter Evvie, we want to graciously thank Father John Yonkovig, Mark Clark and M.B. Clark Funeral Homes, Matt Colby and the St. Agnes Cemetery, the Lake Placid Central School District and Northwood School for their care and support during such a ...

Best ski patrol in the East

To the editor: Dear Ski Patrol: I wanted to formally thank you for your dedication and expert assistance in caring for me due to injuries sustained at Whiteface on Feb. 8. I was finishing my day and skiing down Upper Boreen when I hit a patch of ice, lost my right ski and was launched ...

In praise of Rich Shapiro

To the editor: In times of political divisiveness there is hope that all politics are local. That might have been an offhand remark by Tip O’Neill, but it is still relevant. As for the upcoming village election Rich Shapiro, candidate for trustee, has demonstrated considerable civic ...

Thinking like a mountain

To the editor: The discussions, or rather the debate, about limiting access to some trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area during peak times renews the debate over how best to PRESERVE and MANAGE state lands. But let’s be clear about one thing: Things are out of control. The public is ...

Reorganize state primaries

To the editor: A political primary is a preliminary election in which the registered voters of a political party nominate candidates for office. The key word here is preliminary. The current system allows small states such as Iowa and New Hampshire (assisted by the media) to award ...

Support for Northern Lights

Note: The following letter was submitted to the Saranac Lake School Board on Tuesday March 3: Dear School Board and UPK Evaluation Committee Members: I am writing today to express my disappointment at the news that Northern Lights School was not selected as a district Universal PreK ...