TO THE EDITOR: February is National Parent Leadership Month.
Parents Anonymous Inc. has created National Parent Leadership Month to recognize the extraordinary courage and tenacity of parents who have reached out to make improvements in their families and communities.
With the creation of National Parent Leadership Month, the Child Care Coordinating Council honors parents for their vital roles in strengthening their families and communities. Their active involvement helps generate awareness on critical issues affecting children, including child abuse and neglect and education.
For more information on Parents Anonymous support groups in Franklin and Clinton County, please call 561-4999 and ask for Peggy.
Parents Anonymous coordinator
TO THE EDITOR: I helped my dad bring his dog, Jorge, to a local veterinarian service on New Year’s Day to have his dog put down.
My mom called different veterinarians to see how much it would cost. We were surprised how expensive it would be on a holiday. She got quotes from two of them. One told my mom (I was also at my parents’ place) that it would cost $230.
When my dad and I arrived and signed the consent to put him to sleep, the assistant told me and my dad it would cost about $195. Then the doctor spoke with her assistant, and the price went up to $301.61. The reason it went up was that the burial wasn’t included in the first price given to my mom over the phone.
Imagine the shock when we were told it was $301.61. The price that we were given, $230, on the phone is what we should have paid. My parents aren’t rich. It’s heartbreaking enough when you put an animal down. I know it was New Year’s Day, but really.
Be careful choosing a veterinarian. My dog won’t be going there, for sure.
United Way drive
TO THE EDITOR: It has been said that our true character is demonstrated when times are tough.
I’ve lived in this area all my life, and I’ve seen the people of Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties demonstrate awesome character in difficult times. We’ve banded together during floods and ice storms, when catastrophic events happened and when businesses closed their doors and people lost their jobs.
We’ve pulled together to help others when it would have been easier to walk away.
In these tough economic times, we have the opportunity to band together and show others our character. There are hundreds of people in our area who need our assistance and they depend on the agencies supported by the United Way.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. is in the midst of its annual campaign to raise funds for the benefit of the 40 agencies that provide for the needs of our friends and neighbors. Giving to the United Way is the most efficient and effective way to pool our donations to help the most people because 100 percent of the money you donate stays in this area and helps people you know.
When you’re contacted about donating to the United Way, please pledge generously. The economic times are tough, but this is the time when we can all band together to help others, like we’ve done in the past. This is the time for our character to shine.
Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties residents who are not part of a campaign through their employer but still want to participate may send their donation directly to the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc, 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
2014 campaign co-chair