To the Adirondack Journal:
Congratulations, you did it, sensationalism at best.
All I asked for at the town meeting to possibly reinstate the monthly trip to the Racino and the $500 per year to help defray some expenses in the operation of the Lake George Senior Center with incetencials (sic), which by the way, was discontinued by the new administration.
The seniors never asked for any subsidies from the town to go gambling, unless you consider a once a month trip to Saratoga Racino a heavy financial burden to the taxpayers and the town of Lake George, you have my sincere sympathy. According to your claims, it seems the town is in a worse financial position than the seniors were aware. Our apologies!
You also wrote, as per a board member, the monies involved, would better serve the citizens of the town of Lake George by applying it to citizens who can't pay their taxes, insurances, mortgages, their children's college tuitions, medical bills, etc..... Sorry, we didn't realize the L.G. Senior Citizens were such a burden to our community.
One does not need to be a financial genius to figure out that you were not comparing apples to apples. However, if you wish to crunch numbers, let me say this: every citizen 55 and over, and I feel confident in saying that, paid more taxes, and contributed more to charities than citizens 54 and under in their lifetime.
Also keep in mind, the senior citizens were here before you. They fought in wars, and built our country, and now we want to criticize them for wanting to spend some of their social security at the Racino if they so choose? Oh yes, I forgot, they should pay someone's college tuition?
I feel your write-up was a slap in our face and a lack of respect to the senior citizens of Lake George, and if this is the way our society is moving, God help our children!
John H Herzog
Lake George Senior Citizen
(Editor’s Note: Our article merely reported the facts and various opinions aired at the Dec. 10 town board meeting on the issue of the town-supported gaming trips for seniors. We in no way promoted one side or another about whether taxpayers should or should not support trips for local seniors to the Saratoga Racino.
Particularly in tough economic times — when taxes are increasing yet many people have lost income and are stressed to pay their bills — citizens are indeed questioning the role of government and why it should pay through property taxes for recreational activities for a relatively few local citizens. They argue that such activities perhaps should be paid through voluntary donations rather than taxes, which are involuntary. Also, please note that our article did mention your statements supporting the trips, as well as observing that the seniors received a stipend from the Racino for gaming purposes, thus weren’t necessarily gambling with their own money.
Please note that we at the Adirondack Journal are committed to supporting our area seniors and we have done so through covering their activities quite closely — and we fully intend to continue doing so. There’s no question that our seniors have through the years made considerable contributions to our community and our nation!)