Work to improve fest
Regarding “Disappointing Festival,” July 20-26), I highly disagree with you, however you are entitled to your own opinion. Anonymously complaining about it isn’t going to help better Summerfest. If you’re not just looking for attention and really are trying to help the community why not actually mention ways that it could improve. Or you could contact the board of the chamber with your ideas for improvement.
Why threaten SS?
Dear Mr. President, I heard you say you will not guarantee Social Security checks if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. Why is the scare always to do with Social Security, Medicare and our soldiers’ pay? Why not stop your pay, your staff, and that of Congress and the Senate to save more money for our country? Why use seniors, soldiers and our needy as examples? Take the money from those who take no risks and reap the benefits!
Regarding “Don’t Keep Obama” (Sound Off, July 20-26): Another letter writer doing the bidding of Paul Ryan. The budget deficits faced by the United States are primarily the result of military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, and secondarily the result of Bush-era tax cuts. Allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire as scheduled (restoring top marginal tax rates to a level still far below Reagan-era rates) would halve projected deficits. It’s bizarre that so many angry Americans would rather listen to the insanity peddled by McConnell and Boehner than the estimates of credible economists.
Village should act now
With all the discussion about dissolution and the possibility of a vote to make that decision, why aren’t our village leaders taking any steps to salvage the village government structure? There are a few things that they (mayor and trustees) could be doing to reduce costs to taxpayers, right now. For example, they could have decided to remove their free medical coverage for starters. Dissolution may not be the right answer in the end, but where is our approach to fiscal responsibility as a solution to the complaints of high taxes?
DeKalb ‘Ticket to the Future’ planning underway, open meetings Thursday
DEKALB JUNCTION -- Residents of the Town of DeKalb are invited to participate in one of the community meetings to be held tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Sunrise Valley Apartments, 26 Josephine St.
The meetings will explore how residents view their community today and what they would like to see change -- or not change -- in the next 10 years.
This is the second step in a process which began in July with the mailing of a survey to every town resident who owns property or is registered to vote.
Former Potsdam resident named vice-chair of Clarkson's board
POTSDAM -- Karel K. Czanderna, a former Potsdam resident and alumna of Clarkson University's class of 1977, was elected vice chair of the Clarkson University board of trustees at their last meeting.
Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Sr. will continue to serve as distinguished vice chair.
Canton Community Sale Saturday at Pavilion
CANTON – The Fifth Annual Canton Community Sale will be Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Canton Pavilion on outer Lincoln Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vendors include garage sale, flea market, coins, crafts, wooden items, collectables, glassware, furniture and much more.
Space still available, $20 for a 15 ft by 15 ft space.
Entertainment throughout the day, great bargains, and the concession stand will be open.
For more information call Sally at the Canton Chamber office at 386-8255.
Stained glass window class at Ladies First in Rensselaer Falls Saturday
Sally Hartman and Richard Ashley show the vintage window he will use for the demonstration of the leaded window.
RENSSELAER FALLS -- Richard Ashley will present a leaded stained glass window demonstration at Morris Mill and sponsored by Ladies First Gallery at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
The workshop fee is $25 and will benefit the mill foundation fund.
Winthrop resident studied in Ireland as part of St. Lawrence University's summerterm
CANTON -- Conner Eldridge, of Winthrop, studied in Ireland this summer, as a participant in St. Lawrence University's Summerterm program there.
A member of the Class of 2013 at St. Lawrence, Eldridge is a graduate of St. Lawrence Central High School.
Participants in the program took two courses, Nationalism, Peace, and Conflict; and Literature, Popular Memory and Place.
The courses included time spent in Dublin, Galway City, Connemara and the Aran Islands, as well as Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland.
Eldridge is an English major at St. Lawrence.
Brent Carbino of Colton snapped this photo of his St. Bernard, Silas, resting outside.