VALLEY - A letter to the editor from JoAnne Haig DeFoe, which we published Thursday, highlighted a serious problem for local pet owners - finding an apartment that allows their animal friends. Enterprise employees who own pets and rent have had the same problem over the years, and we've also heard about it from many others, especially over the last few years.
We can certainly understand landlords' reasoning behind their "no pets" clause; a Guest Commentary by Eric Holmlund about breaking in a new puppy, published Friday, reminded us all of how pets chew, claw and have accidents. But it's so common to have pets that it's amazing that they are banned from the vast majority of apartments.
Ms. DeFoe's suggestions of additional deposits or monthly fees for pet-owning tenants are reasonable. This would let landlords repair the damage pets do, discourage tenants from having pets they can't afford to cover and still give those who are responsible for their pets a place to live in this community. It's sad to see someone who truly wants to move here be shut out over something as fixable as this.
MOUNTAIN - It's that time of year again, when people in the Saranac Lake area happily nominate local citizens they admire to be king and queen of the annual Winter Carnival. This year there's less time to nominate than in past years - the deadline will be Thursday, and notice was only given last Wednesday - but don't let that hold you back. If you can think of someone who deserves this community honor, someone who has given selflessly for the common good over the years, jump on the opportunity and nominate them. A nomination form for the queen was printed on page 4 of the Enterprise last Wednesday, Jan. 12, and one followed for king on the same page Thursday, Jan. 13.
As you fill out the forms, remember that each nomination must be signed and include the nominee's volunteer services history. Each nomination must be made separately. When you're done with that, clip out the form and mail it to the Winter Carnival, c/o Adirondack Daily Enterprise, P.O. Box 318, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. You can also drop off your nomination at the Enterprise office at 54 Broadway or the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office at 193 River St.
VALLEY - While state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli made some good points, he wasn't entirely right on Monday when he warned against the state selling assets to private entities. The state owns 27 golf courses, for instance; in a time of economic crisis, if someone wants to buy these, it would be a good idea to sell some or all of them. Of course, that would require the state laying off the employees who work at these facilities, but layoffs will have to happen to get state government back to a size New Yorkers can afford - a reality check Mr. DiNapoli has yet to vocally acknowledge. It's only logical to guess that this is because public-employee unions were instrumental in getting out the votes needed for him to defeat Harry Wilson in the November election.