Letters to the editor

In defense of black flies

To the editor: Defending the nasty little critters may seem silly or an oxymoron, but black flies are indicators of clear mountain water. They lay their eggs in fresh-flowing clear mountain water. The good news is they don’t carry disease. Mosquitos lay their eggs in fetid pools of ...

Class of 1979 reunion

To the editor: The Saranac Lake Class of 1979 is having a reunion the weekend of July 26. If you can attend, and for additional info, please email at slclassof1979@gmail.com. If you know anyone sister , brother, son or daughter, etc., who was in our class, please let them know! Forty ...

Last call for SLHS graduates of the 1980s

To the editor: The date for our first annual Saranac Lake High School Redskins 1980s reunion is sneaking up on us quickly! It will be held on Saturday, July 6. Final deadline to submit payment of $40 per person is June 25. If you plan to attend and have yet to pay, you can submit payment ...

Arthur Volmrich, actor

To the editor: Jeweler Arthur Volmrich loved to perform. He danced with a Bulgarian folk group in Pittsburgh before moving to Lake Placid. He appeared often with the Community Theatre Players and Pendragon. He even got paid one summer to play the lawyer in “Deathtrap” at Lake Placid ...

Stefanik and the Violence Against Women Act

To the editor: Elise Stefanik recently made an impassioned statement on the House floor for the protection of women. The subject was a new House version of the Violence Against Women Act to be sent on to the Senate. The act requires reauthorization to remain in effect. Stefanik voted ...

Hometown Heroes for the town of Black Brook and Jay

To the editor: The townships of Black Brook and Jay Hometown Heroes Banner Project committee would like to thank those families that decided to honor their military veteran loved one with a banner for the 2019 year. The volunteer four-person committee began working on the project in the ...

Thanks for help with Saranac Lake After Prom Party

To the editor: On the evening of May 11, after the Saranac Lake Prom, and into the wee hours of the morning on May 12, nearly 150 students from Saranac Lake high school attended the Saranac Lake After Prom Party. There were games, a hypnotist show, lots of food and prizes ...

Adirondack Pickleball gives thanks

To the editor: Adirondack Pickleball’s 2018-19 season is about to close. We would like to say “thank you” to the three local venues that provide space for us to play. Thank you to Bill Borzilleri for arranging time and gym space on Thursday evening at Lake Placid Elementary. ...

Abortion bans devalue women

To the editor: Women’s rights and healthcare are under siege in the U.S. Fortunately, in New York the passage of the Reproductive Health Act ensures that women in NY have access to a full range of reproductive healthcare services now and in the future. Passage of Roe v Wade in 1973 ...

Russia successfully attacked us, and Trump was the beneficiary

To the editor: When I shared with friends that I was beginning to read “The Mueller Report,” the most frequent response was, “Why waste your time?” As our president would say, “Sad!” Here’s my answer: It’s important, because it reveals a presidency that is actually a ...

American Legion thanks

To the editor: On Friday, May 31 the American Legion Auxiliary Post 326 had a spaghetti dinner and 50/50 raffle to benefit our programs. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support us and bought 50/50 tickets. We would especially like to thank the Olympic Training Center, Jack ...

My Marine

To the editor: He was only a boy in high school when he heard the Marine recruiter say — “Come join our fine Corps, young lads. We’ll guide you on your way.” - He was just barely 17 when he took the final oath. His parents saddened when he left, he aimed to please them ...

Another successful year of the Lake Placid After Prom Party

To the editor: The 2019 Lake Placid After Prom Party has come and gone for another year, but the memories will last a lifetime! The highlight of the night was a car giveaway won by a very deserving senior! The hypnotist show added a lot of fun to the night! Other activities included ...

A question for men protesting Planned Parenthood

To the editor: It never seems to amaze me that a woman’s right to health providers is questioned. So to all you guys out there who feel that need to control a woman’s mind and body, I have a question. Why it that when I volunteered at Planned Parenthood (in New York) and clinics ...

Victims of incest/rape shouldn’t be forced to have children

To the editor: I am appalled by the sheer cold-heartedness and cruelty of some conservative-Republicans in forcing victims/survivors of incest to give birth to the children of their evil predators. I guess they feel that these women and girls have not suffered enough and have not been ...

What will our children say?

To the editor: The last year or two has seen an unusual number of U.S. natural disasters: major hurricanes, massive Midwest floods, way too many deadly tornadoes, severe wildfires, subzero cold spells, some of the hottest years on record, etc. The rest of the world has likewise suffered ...

Fourth-grade slavery and anti-anti-discrimination training

To the editor: Please do not judge too harshly the teacher in Watertown who had white students bid to buy black students as slaves. The exercise reminds me of an affirmative action activity in my workplace many years ago. To illustrate prejudice, we blue-eyed people were to be ...

Thank you, from Northern Lights School

To the editor: Northern Lights School would like to say a sincere thank-you to all of the local businesses, community members, friends and family, near and far, who participated in our very successful first annual Online MayFaire Silent Auction fundraiser. We had donations from over 60 ...

Aid in dying is not assisted suicide

To the editor: Re: “Speak up about assisted suicide legislation,” May 28 Contrary to the author’s claims in the May 27 letter to the editor, “Speak up about assisted suicide legislation,” medical aid in dying is not assisted suicide. Medical aid in dying allows mentally ...

Whitewater park could help Saranac Lake

To the editor: Thankfully, it’s not up to me to decide which projects should receive Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding. Each has merit and showcases exactly why Saranac Lake received the funding pledge in the first place. There are, however, a number of projects that will ...