Planning boards are a good and necessary part of town government. But they must work efficiently if they are to be effective and fair to the citizens they are meant to serve.

A case in point is a kennel application for a special-use permit made to the New Scotland Planning board in April. The planning board has yet to make a decision, and next meets on Nov. 7.

Lauren Bachner wants to turn existing buildings into a dog day care and kennel at 425 Unionville-Feura Bush Road. The decision should not take eight months.

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

Often in life we are faced with difficult situations. Sadly many take matters into their own hands and end their lives.

We must remember the joys of life far outweigh the sorrows. The sadness may seem relentless; however, suicide is a hurtful and rash act and it deeply wounds those who know and love us.

To the Editor:

OK, I'm on a mission — a fundraising mission; it's been a few years since I've asked friends and family for money, so I figure you must have a few dollars burning a hole in your pockets or purses — especially if you were a former camper up at Camp Little Notch in Fort Ann, New York.

To the Editor:

The environment is the most important part of our community.

We think that we should start a program called Green.  In the program, we would clean up the environment.

To the Editor:

Every year at one of the town's parks they should have a fundraiser to donate money, food, toys, blankets, and clothes to people in need of them.

They should do this because it is for charity and a very good cause.  At this donation, we could sell Girl Scout cookies, baked goods, and other items.

To the Editor:

We think that we need safer equipment on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo school playground because some kids fall off the equipment and get seriously injured.