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Letters to the editor

While our backs are turned …

To the editor: While our backs are turned, trying to figure out who is in or outside of our COVID “bubble” or, for some of us, whether we can return to work/school/with child care, pay the rent, buy food or repair the car, there are companies who are gleefully capitalizing on the ...

The flower planters are back

To the editor: With spring comes a rebirth of our beautiful natural surroundings. The Downtown Advisory Board of Saranac Lake recognizes the importance of the reawakening for our business community and is excited to see that the beautiful flower displays in the 45 gray planters will once ...

Good neighbors make a place

To the editor: As a person of faith, I shouldn’t be surprised by the generosity of others and the helping hands of providence, but I occasionally find myself chastened and wonderfully awed. The many hands that come together to make Saranac Lake a righteous community are found in varied ...

We still need governor to have emergency powers

To the editor: Dear fellow North Country citizens: As we listen to today’s news of over 40,000 new coronavirus cases in the United States, we should thank our lucky stars for a governor who listened to the health experts and followed the science. I am alarmed at Assemblyman Stec ...

Elise supports our vets

To the editor: The United States has always prided itself on its strong military. It’s an organization filled with over a million brave men and women willing to sacrifice everything to protect this country from our enemies. Because of their limitless courage and commitment, the U.S. ...

Elise Stefanik supports education

To the editor: Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has secured educational resources for many individuals residing in the North Country. Throughout her time in office, Congresswoman Stefanik has worked tirelessly to ensure that effective policy was created to elevate education and job ...

Meadowbrook hairdresser

To the editor: As someone who works at the facility, I feel obliged to say that as unfortunate as the situation is, keeping the hairdresser from entering Meadowbrook Healthcare is the right decision. COVID cases are going up again across the country; it’s only a matter of time before ...

Sad to see we haven’t made so much progress against racism

To the editor: For God’s sake, all the cops-killing-black-men news! A goodly portion on video! Every day! I, aging (hell, OK, aged) middle-class white guy, thought racial progress had been — well — progressing since my formative years in the (ulp!) ’60s. Nope. No way. Oh ...

Wrong way to fight racism

To the editor: In the recent article “Panel explains how to be ‘anti-racist,’” assumptions are made that white citizens in America possess a subconscious, implicit bias and racism, influenced by our country’s heritage, and whose economy was built on slavery since 1619, ...

In tune with Mother Nature

To the editor: Have you ever stepped outside your door only to be greeted by a chorus of birdsong? It’s a truly uplifting experience and one to be repeated over and over again. That medley of sounds consists of chirps, beeps, twitters, knocks, hoots, squawks and tunes of all sorts, ...

Women’s Civic Chamber honors SLHS senior, eighth-graders

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Women’s Civic Chamber is proud to announce the results of their annual Senior Scholarship and the Eighth Grade Essay Contest. The Scholarship Selection Committee would also like to recognize the WCC membership, who despite COVID-19 safety protocols ...

Grants from anonymous donor

To the editor: The Adirondack Artists Guild recently received a second grant from an an anonymous donor, administered by the Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation. We deeply appreciate these thoughtful gifts from the donor or donors. The gallery at 52 Main St. has been closed for three ...

2020 Good Neighbor awards

To the editor: For over 40 years, the Keough family has sponsored the Good Neighbor awards in our local schools. Normally a member of our family would present the award to the recipients at the awards ceremony. But with the changes this year due to the pandemic restrictions, we were not ...

Help keep sick people alive

To the editor: I’d like to thank Saranac Lake for keeping me alive and thriving during this pandemic. I have 18 chronic illnesses, and I am going blind. Since I was a child spending summers at my grandparents’ camp in Old Forge, I have known Saranac Lake was magical. Now I am lucky ...

Youth center says Black Lives Matter

To the editor: We, the board and staff of the Saranac Lake Youth Center, support the Black Lives Matter Movement. We grieve with the family of George Floyd and so many others who have lost their lives to racial violence, and we are encouraged by so many who are peacefully demonstrating for ...

Rotary Club of Saranac Lake proud of SUN grants

To the editor: When COVID-19 caught fire, life as we knew it went up in flames, but bucket brigades of neighbors sprang into action to help our region turn down the heat. How did they do this? Through kindness, compassion and generosity. The Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation has ...

Pride Day 2020

To the editor: On April 25, 2000, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill that granted same-sex couples the opportunity to enjoy the rights, responsibilities and benefits of marriage through “civil union.” This was in response to a Vermont Supreme Court ruling the previous ...

More lies

To the editor: On average, 22 per day, as per Glenn Kessler (Washington Post Fact Checker) — that’s the number of lies Trump tells. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Trump “soldier,” may not be far behind. A recent mailer sent by her described her response to the COVID-19 crisis. It said she ...

Why didn’t Saranac Lake tell us about salt in water?

To the editor: The village of Saranac Lake’s drinking water now comes with a warning label: too much salt for some people. That’s the opening line from the Adirondack Explorer’s recent article dated June 12. It’s certainly news to me. The salt level detected in 20 samples, per the ...

Traffic on Hillcrest Avenue

To the editor: I am writing in support of Caitlin Wargo’s opinion regarding increased traffic on Hillcrest Avenue. Hillcrest is currently an active street for playing children, dog walkers and individuals out for a stroll. There are no sidewalks on Hillcrest, an issue which I believe ...