Press-Republican

March 19, 2013

Letters to the Editor: March 19, 2013


Press-Republican

---- — Appreciates support

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to reach out and place a huge thank you to a few wonderful people out there.

First, I would like to thank David Benjamin for the wonderful fundraiser he put on for my father, Rodney Collins. David put a lot of time and effort into this fundraiser, which will help with expenses for my father’s chemo treatments and traveling.

I would also like to put another huge thank you out there for all those others who helped the day of the benefit. Whether it was putting together all the orders, delivering the food, placing an order or just donating money. It is all much appreciated.

It was great to see everyone come together and reach out in any way they could to help out our family. Thanks again.

BILLIE JO CARTER

Merrill

 

Driver on cell

TO THE EDITOR: What is wrong with people these days?

I was walking our family dog the other day on Cornelia Street. When we were about to cross the street near Grace Avenue, a lady in her car was on her cell phone and almost hit me and my dog.

How would the lady feel if she hit me or my dog?

I thought in New York state you are not allowed to use your cell phone unless it’s hands free? Where are the local police when something like this happens?

I think more people need to be more observant to what they are doing while driving a car instead of being on their cell phones. I feel cab drivers need to be monitored because they are breaking the law, as well.

JOHN SMITH

Plattsburgh

 

County problems

TO THE EDITOR: The recent comments concerning the heating system in the County Jail cap off the litany of problems that have plagued the project management by the county supervisors.

First, it took decades to summon the fortitude to build a new jail after the state declared the old one functionally moribund. Then they hired an architect that filed for bankruptcy before completion. The jail had a drop-dead deadline of October, then November, then December and then August. No definite date was set for the jail’s opening because many details hadn’t been included in the original plans.

Now the rugs are wearing out. A generator that serves the jail failed, and a second generator is being considered. The heating system worked improperly from the first day. We are now told the (heat) delivery system is actually designed for a southern clime and we have cold weather. So we will study the heating system with $1.2 million leftover funds (?) from the County Jail project account.

So our supervisors have learned from their mistakes? This is shown by how well we are progressing on our new radio system. A $2.4 million contract was let with Motorola for a system that was not expandable, so now it has to be increased for one that is. They purchased $2.5 million worth of radios, but have no idea how they will be installed. They are about $500,000 over their target right now, which includes the $1.2 million for the local radios which was not included in the original plan. We are paying $500,000 to a private lawyer because paperwork takes a great deal of time to prepare and to file. (Why do we have a county lawyer?) We are at $17 million and climbing.

Doesn’t someone out there think it is time we went to a County Legislature?

GEORGE W. KING

Westport