April 10, 2013

Budget letter deadline set

This is the time of year when many people have the most emphatic opinions about what is going on in their school districts. The Press-Republican wants to help them get their voices heard.

School boards are making important decisions right now that will affect a wide range of people in the community. Not one district in the area has been spared from cuts. Those that result in job losses or program curtailments have the biggest impact, of course, but at every school, changes are being made that probably wouldn’t be happening if money were not an issue.

For better or worse, those changes will alter the equation for students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and community residents. They will mean new ways of approaching the already stressed system of educating our young people and could have bearing on their future careers and lives.

So it is important that everyone has a chance to give their input. Earlier this year, we urged people to attend school-board meetings and let officials know what direction they want to see the budget go. Some residents and parents and a few students have done that.

But we hope many others will express themselves through our Letters to the Editor forum. We receive 2,000 to 3,000 letters a year from people who want to share their views on a wide range of issues. It is one of the best-read parts of the Press-Republican, both in print and online.

It is easy to participate. Just write a letter that doesn’t exceed 300 words (that is a strict limit, no exceptions) and list your name, address and phone number. We don’t allow anonymous Letters to the Editor.

Email your letter to or mail it to Editor Lois Clermont, Press-Republican, P.O. Box 459, Plattsburgh NY 12901.

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