TO THE EDITOR: I am offering this open letter to the taxpayers of the Ticonderoga Central School District. When you go to the polls on May 21, I hope you will support my candidacy for the Ticonderoga School Board.
Ticonderoga is a community I love, and I am proud to send my two children to the same school that I attended. Having served as past PTO president and as current chairperson of the Distinguished Young Woman of Ticonderoga scholarship program, I remain committed to supporting activities that add to our rich sense of community.
I have focused my professional career in education at both the high school and college levels. I am deeply committed to ensuring learning opportunities that support all students as they transition to their careers or higher education. Our students need — and deserve — a quality education.
If elected, I will work to improve communications between our School District and taxpayers and families. The challenges we face in our district cannot be solved without input from parents and, at times, from students. Ongoing discussions and idea sharing will be critical going forward.
There is no doubt that this is a fiscally challenging time for our district, as it is with many public school in New York state. A comprehensive educational program does not come cheaply, and I am committed to fiscal accountability and responsibility.
Building that educational program will require creative thinkers willing to balance limited financial resources with programs and services that meet the needs of all students.
I will bring a fresh perspective to these discussions. If you seek a change in direction and these priorities also matter to you, I welcome your vote on Tuesday, May 21.
TO THE EDITOR: After attending recent public forums about the Beekmantown School Board elections, it became clear that Ed Marin is the candidate of choice.
One of Mr. Marin’s best attributes is his respect for all school stakeholders.
He strives for high academic achievement for all students and realizes the importance of a well-rounded education. He inspires parents to take a proactive role in their children’s education and welcomes their participation at any level. He supports faculty and staff in their quest for student growth. He hears and validates the concerns of all taxpayers.
Mr. Marin has shown his strengths as a communicator, mediator and business leader. His experience has certainly helped the 2012-13 School Board work more cohesively. Ed continues to exemplify effective work ethics to create a productive team environment and uses his diverse background to foster district accountability and oversight.
If you want a board member who has a proven track record of effectively making change and want to see our community succeed, then Ed Marin represents you and is your choice for Beekmantown School Board.
He maintains his individuality with his own platform. He is not affiliated with any organized group but participates in discussion with all interested parties.
As a concerned senior citizen, living on a limited income, I believe that Mr. Marin will best fit the needs of the challenges facing our district in the coming years. I ask you to support him on May 21.
BARBARA A. GIBSON
TO THE EDITOR: Trust — To gain the trust of others one must demonstrate trustworthiness. Trust must be earned.
This is what our trust in Washington trust has gotten us:
Bailout of unions (GM).
Solyndra, Fast and Furious.
Refusal to enforce legally constituted laws, even after swearing to support and defend the Constitution.
Refusal to support the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court.
You must pass Obamacare to find out what is in it. Our North Country congressman who voted for Obamacare without reading the 2,000 pages.
A Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg who told the emerging Egyptian democracy that they should not use our Constitution as a model as it is too old to be relevant. What?
Your commentators, especially Gene Lyons, leave all the national problems at the feet of those evil, heartless Republicans.
In spite of all that I am told, this is one evil, heartless Republican who prays for the editors of this paper every Sunday. Even as I cling to my Bible and guns.
I am a proud Republican who does care about the less fortunate, homeless, sick, unemployed, the environment, the poor in Haiti, and I care deeply for the future for all our children and grandchildren. Did I mention that I do what I can to bring a little cheer to children in the hospital?
I only tell you all this to show the never-mentioned side of my Republican ideals and that it might just cause your writers to look “for the good” that many of us do.
Please explain to your readers why it is that only Republicans refuse to compromise.
I try to live my life following the advice of Republican Teddy Roosevelt to “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Bully!
TO THE EDITOR: We had the unfortunate happenstance of an untimely death in the family. I am writing to tell you that the funeral procession that happened in Adrian, Michigan, was impressive.
It was not due to the overly attendant funeral directors or anything like that. It has been a long time since I have seen the reverence and respect from strangers on the parade route such as that. Cars stopped at green lights to let the procession by. Cars and delivery trucks that were on the same route but coming at us pulled over and stopped until we went by. Runners on the side of the road would stop and bow their heads until we went by. People tilling gardens or mowing lawns would shut the machines down and stand with heads bowed.
We used to do this in the North Country. I can remember asking my Dad and Mom what it was all about. My Dad said it was respect for the dead, and that giving them a moment of silence would guide them to their final resting place and beyond. But most of all, it was for the family they behind for they are in mourning. That act of kindness and respect will be given back to you as many times as you lose someone, and that could be very many.
So the next time you see a funeral procession, think about the one small act of kindness you can do that has such a big impact on the family inside those vehicles. They won’t forget it.