TO THE EDITOR: On Dec. 10, my husband and I rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Price Chopper in Champlain. We witnessed a great deal of generosity.
There is one particular gesture that will warm our hearts far into the New Year. A little boy had been given a quarter for the candy machines. As he was passing the bucket, he paused. He fingered the coin, looking at the candy. It took a moment before he decided. The Red Bucket won.
We pray that the wise men and women, whoever they are, will pass laws and regulations to protect this little boy and the millions like him from the terror that lurks.
JEROLYN AND RODNEY WRIGHT
TO THE EDITOR: After this latest tragedy in Newtown, CT, one wonders what it will take to change laws to protect the innocent.
Should we become patriots and storm Washington, D.C., with our muskets (oops! — we are now in the age of assault rifles and semi-automatics with full clips).
We, as responsible voters, must tell those who represent us our feelings, whether on gun control or facing the “fiscal cliff.”
We cannot sit back and complain any longer. We all must leave a positive footprint in the sand and help our fellow mankind.
BARBARA E. HUNT
TO THE EDITOR: Mr. Fenimore’s letter (In My Opinion, Dec. 11) should sound an alarm for every one of us voting citizens.
More and more often, we are hearing of town and local governments who refuse to let their constituents speak. The voters, as in this case, are told outright to remain silent. In other cases, cumbersome rules are set up to discourage all discussion.
The voters are regarded as silent sheep; the towns and municipalities become towns without a voice. It’s a practice that’s unethical, if not illegal.
We might all do well to take a lesson from Hitler’s Germany: Their people lost their voice in government a little at a time; soon they were being dragged from their homes in the middle of the night.
When we lose our right to be heard, whether in local government or because our news media won’t allow it, we risk losing our voice forever and, in turn, our democracy.
Let’s all resolve to follow Mr. Fenimore’s example and speak up. If dissenting voices are heard, we’ll know that our democracy is still intact and alive.
TO THE EDITOR: I am a Lake Placid native and a senior at St. Lawrence University. This semester, as part of an environmental communication class, I am studying and blogging about the harmful effects of litter on animals in the Adirondacks and on SLU’s campus.
I noticed trash on my street and thought about the deer we often see roaming the neighborhood. To think we have wildlife and garbage in the same area fueled me into educating Adirondack residents and students on campus. I decided to take pictures of trash and document its location, while also researching how harmful it is for animals to come in contact with human garbage.
After some research, I have learned how species can form habits of looking for scraps in residential areas or landfills. Bears, for instance, will stop at nothing to break into a dumpster or trashcan in order to salvage any remains for themselves. If a bear finds a specific area where trash is present, it will return and become reliant on that for food.
Bears aren’t the only animals seen in mountainous areas; garbage can affect all animals in the same way. By mistaking trash for food, animals are liable to consume garbage. This can block their digestive system, which can be fatal. Significant means of prevention are to properly dispose trash in a garbage can and to not litter.
Instead of preserving their natural Adirondack habitat, we’re continuously making it more dangerous for them by leaving refuse on the ground. Also, the more trash that is prevalent, the more likely people will litter. We are not only endangering indigenous species but are also devaluing the land where we live.
With a little effort, we can greatly improve the beautiful nature and wildlife that surrounds us.