TO THE EDITOR: I learned that State Sen. Betty Little voted against giving additional resources to public schools but voted to give a huge giveaway to private and charter schools.
Sen. Little and her colleagues in the State Senate have chosen to give only $217 million additional dollars to public-school children while creating $675 million in tax credits over three years that would essentially allow the state to fund private and charter schools.
Our children all over the North Country and all over the state have lost art, music, lab science, etc. in the past few years due to constant state underfunding of schools.
If the budget passes today with the Senate’s funding structure intact, our local schools will be laying off more teachers, cutting more programs and making our graduates less competitive.
To all of those who deeply care for the well-being of all our children, not just those whose parents have the means to cover for the public school’s losses, I urge you to call Sen. Little today to let her know that you will not stand for a proposal that will make (now for the sixth year) more cuts to schools.
Please tell her that our schools need $600,000 more in funding to stop these cuts. Our children deserve it.
TO THE EDITOR: I’d like to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who was involved in Lake Placid’s Olympic homecoming parade planning and execution.
In particular, I’d like to thank the Olympic Regional Development Authority, Jim Morganson, Butch Martin, town and village officials, Lake Placid Convention & Visitors Bureau, Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid Fire & Rescue, Lake Placid High School Marching Band and Chorus, NYSEF, the Parade Planning Committee, Dr. Joe Clauss and Coyote Fireworks Company and anyone else involved that I may have missed.