Press-Republican

June 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: June 11, 2013


Press-Republican

---- — Liberals, business

TO THE EDITOR: After five decades of harassment and high taxes, corporate America has practically ceased operations in New York state.

Now the liberal governor of New York has discovered that we can’t all work for the ever-expanding corrections, social services and education industries. Someone has to pay the taxes, and this requires a large tax base.

Trying to make nice to formerly outcast corporations to lure them back by TV ads reminds me of the liberals’ newfound love for the troops. No spitting or name calling now.

These wolves in sheep clothing shouldn’t fool anyone. Leopards don’t change their spots.

We conservatives are not on the same wave-length with the philosophical cousins of Bill Ayres, Bernadine Dorn, Kathy Boudin, Angela Davis, Martin Sostre and anti-aircraft gunner Jane Fonda.

Corporate CEOs should tell New York liberals to go hug a tree.

KENNETH G. BARCOMB

Altona

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Mooers Library

TO THE EDITOR: I congratulate the Town of Mooers for being a forward-looking community by building a new Library/Community Center.

Small towns, like Mooers, definitely need a Library/Community Center.

Libraries must change with the times and must offer more than just books, although books will always be important. Computers, e-books and community-sponsored classes must also be available.

Many people are working to make this possible. First was the Mooers Library Board, who realized they could not comply with the Americans with Disability Act in their present location.

Next, the Town Council and many of the residents of Mooers supported the idea of a new building, and a search for the proper location followed.

Dr. Wayne Evans and Susan Evans, president of the Mooers Library Board, generously donated a portion of land directly across the street from Mooers Elementary School. This is a perfect location because the children will have easy access to the Library/Community Center. This is especially important because the school no longer has a librarian.

Mooers Librarian Jackie Madison, got busy and started researching grants that will help with the expense. Many dedicated volunteers have offered to help with the move and with the running of the new library.

This is small-town living at its best.

ANN HOBSON

Plattsburgh

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Special memories

TO THE EDITOR: A remarkable experience began when I stepped of the Amtrak train in Port Henry.

Rita Collins was my greeter and taxi to her motel. That evening, I met Janet Beebe, Bernadette Trow and Linda Kelly at a pizza party there.

These four women made the next two days among the most memorable in my travels. A Cheney Peak hike, a walk across the bridge to Vermont plus breakfast and visits with Rita are now rich memories. Thank you, ladies, and Port Henry.

BARBARA RICHARDS

Salt Lake City

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AVCS reunion

TO THE EDITOR: The AuSable Valley Class of 1978 will be holding their 35th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Keeseville Elks Lodge.

We are looking to contact all classmates to attend this reunion.

Any classmate may contact me by email at mccgood@yahoo.com or on Facebook to be added to the contact list to receive all the up-to-date details for the reunion.

PEGGY McCALLISTER

AuSable Forks

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Bullying response

TO THE EDITOR: My son is a fourth-grade student at Northern Adirondack Central School.

He has been bullied by other children in the past. I have scheduled meetings, and those meetings have been canceled and my calls not returned for rescheduling.

I ended up giving up until it was brought to my attention that a staff member was bullying my son. In July 2012, the Dignity for All Students Act was passed. The school is supposed to have a “zero tolerance” policy.

I am very disappointed by the response from the school on all bullying accounts, especially when it came to a staff member bullying a student.

I am writing this letter in hopes it reaches other parents from the Northern Adirondack School District. Talk to your kids, and please ask if they have felt bullied or singled out or intimidated.

We are our children’s only advocates. We need to stick together. If your child has had similar things happen, please feel free to contact me by email at mindyst.hilaire@yahoo.com or by phone at 493-3834.

MINDY ST. HILAIRE

West Chazy

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Carpenter’s leadership

TO THE EDITOR: I am shocked that current City Councilor Tim Carpenter did not receive his party’s endorsement for the upcoming election.

I have been privileged to see Tim in action as the city liaison to Plattsburgh Public Library. He worked tirelessly to improve the library’s financial picture and to establish a system for more effective dealing with personnel issues. Not content to merely attend board meetings and give advice, he brokered a three-way deal between the union, the city and the Library Board that saved at-risk jobs and balanced the budget.

Tim has the kind of leadership that is farsighted. He is always discussing ideas for the future. He reads people well and is a skilled negotiator.

I can’t imagine anyone better suited to continue acting as city councilor.

BRENDA PHILLIPS

Plattsburgh

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Stray cats

TO THE EDITOR: Here’s my story: Over the years, I’ve rescued more than 20 stray cats.

I know, insane, right? Believe me, I’m not the only one.

The problem is when I tried to bring a stray last summer to a local animal shelter, I was told they had no room. The following week, I read that they took in some animals from out of state from a kill shelter.

While I find it laudable that they’re saving lives, shouldn’t local animals be given priority? The donations come from local citizens.

That stray cat made it through the winter and proceeded to have babies and then abandoned them. I now have a litter of kittens, and that same shelter won’t even return repeated calls or e-mails asking for help or advice. I’m at a loss on what to do.

We need some kind of solution for the local feral cat problem. There are a lot of good people out there who are trying to help, including Victoria St. John, but maybe there needs to be some kind of penalty or fine for irresponsible cat owners who don’t spay or neuter their animals. The fines could be used to pay for taking care of the feral cat population.

I hope this sparks some conversation on finding a solution.

TAMMY REYELL

Plattsburgh