April 15, 2014

Letters to the Editor: April 15, 2014


---- — Elmore staff thanked

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to express our gratitude to Elmore SPCA’s staff for their generosity and support for the Animal Science Veterinary Assistant Program at Champlain Valley Educational Services, CV-TEC.

Elmore staff provided a great opportunity for the ASVA students to learn at their facility with hands-on experience. It is the knowledge and kindness of their staff that made our time there a positive educational experience.

We look forward to maintaining a working relationship with Elmore’s SPCA in the future. Their time spent with us is greatly appreciated.

Any reader that is considering giving an animal a lifelong, loving home, please go see the staff at Elmore SPCA. They will guide you in choosing the perfect pet for your home.


CV-TEC instructor


Wonderful ideas

TO THE EDITOR: I recently have read and heard of the wonderful ideas about improving our City of Plattsburgh’s economy and its appearance from our Mayor Jim Calnon.

If only he was the president of our great country: USA.




Beautiful alternatives

TO THE EDITOR: There has never been any harassment from any prayer participant, nor any flyers “thrown” at anyone going into Planned Parenthood.

No obscenities have ever been directed at anyone. The people are praying for the mother and baby out of love and concern, offering support and life-giving alternatives. 

The obscenities mentioned are usually directed at those of us praying. Never would any of these individuals praying utter an obscenity or show meanness to anyone entering or leaving.

Maybe PP finds it difficult to understand the concern we feel for these women entering those doors of death? We want to save the life of a child but also save the mother from the lifelong pain of regret after choosing to abort her child. The stories post-abortive women share are available in the following books: “Unplanned,” by Johnson; “40 Days for Life,” by Bereit; and “Recall Abortion,” by Morena. When the hearts and minds of these women tell them that this decision was wrong,  it haunts them the rest of their lives.

Entire families suffer when a child’s life is killed through abortion. Grief has no boundaries.

“Project Rachel” and “Rachel’s Vineyard” are two programs that are available to help post-abortive women. 

The sidewalk counselor mentioned simply touched the man’s shoulder to help him realize that this baby, his child, was already developing in the womb of his girlfriend and that she very much wanted their child. Why was no one there supporting her right to choose life while he was forcing her to abort their child? 

We will continue to be present because women are changing their minds. Do not let death be the “choice” we hand mothers. We can do much better than that.

Love offers beautiful alternatives.




Reverse mortgages

TO THE EDITOR: This Letter to the Editor, which is not in the realm of my usual writings, would probably have reached more readers if I had been a TV actor, but here are my feelings relative to the barrage of TV advertisements for reverse mortgages.

They are financially dangerous to anyone that does not fully understand the ramifications of such a loan until it is too late.

Offering your life’s biggest investment without first understanding the terms, or not seeking legal advice, could be the biggest mistake of your life.

This letter is especially aimed at those in need of financial help or facing retirement without adequate funds or investments, who believes that this type of loan is their salvation.

Most all these advertisements for the loans are performed by actors or names and faces that will be recognized by the viewers due to the staged performance of that individual from previous exposure.

There are many people who ridicule Wikipedia, but if you want a clear understanding of how a reverse mortgage works, and the pitfalls that one might incur, visit the website: It could make a big difference in your retirement or needs.

Remember it is always best to seek advice from a lawyer, banker or investment broker first.

And to make it clear to the readers, I have no interest in or need the benefits so advertised on TV other than my desire to alert many of the public that might let their guard down while searching for a better future.




Pet Walk fundraiser

TO THE EDITOR: This year, the week of May 5 to 11 marks both Be Kind to Animals Week and National Pet Week.

These events both recognize and celebrate the life-saving and other services provided by animal shelters such as our local Adirondack Humane Society.

To help celebrate these events, AHS will host our 15th-annual Pet Walk from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Melissa L. Penfield Park, 139 Boynton Ave., Plattsburgh.

This is our major fundraising event of the year, and all proceeds from this event support our shelter and its ongoing services and programs.

This year, we will feature music, refreshments, local vendors, dog contests, a dog painting party, storytelling from Gordie Little and demonstrations from the Search & Rescue K9 unit. 

The Adirondack Humane Society invites members of the Plattsburgh community to participate in Pet Walk 2014, talk with the staff and meet the many animals we have available for adoption at the shelter, located at 134 Idaho Ave. You can view our animals up for adoption at

The AHS serves the community in numerous ways: assisting people in adopting a new animal companion, returning lost animals to their human families, offering programs to promote responsible pet ownership, providing financial assistance for spay and neuter of pets, to name only a few. 

Since we opened in August 1998, more than 5,600 animals have found loving homes, and AHS has been financially supportive in spaying/neutering of more than 3,400 animals. 

So, if possible, please participate and support Pet Walk 2014. Visit us and discover other ways that you can help our area’s many animals in need.

For more information on Pet Walk or Adirondack Humane Society, please call us at 561-7297.


Board of Directors

Adirondack Humane Society


Literacy crucial

TO THE EDITOR: Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties would like to thank the Lake Placid Rotary Club and its Literacy Committee for hosting another successful Trivia Night on April 1 at the Comfort Inn in Lake Placid.

This fun-filled and friendly event brought more than 150 people together to raise much-needed funds for local literacy projects.

Team Learned Lukers, led by Bob Hanna, claimed first place, followed by the Literacy Bombers, led by Cheryl Schiller. After a tough tiebreaker, third place was awarded to team Maple Madness, led by Sybil Quayle.

Literacy Volunteers is a charitable organization that enables people over the age of 16 to achieve personal goals through student-centered literacy tutoring.

Literacy Volunteers and the adult learners we support benefit directly from the funds raised by the Rotary Club.

Literacy is crucial to building strong communities. Without literacy, adults must follow others, wait for answers and hope for opportunities.

Literacy leads — to employment, independence and opportunities. It is the foundation of education, and when adults read, their children read. When families read, our communities become more active and stronger.

Support from the Rotary Club ensures that our adult literacy programs continue to changes lives of residents in the Tri-Lakes region. We would not be able to deliver our effective and proven programs without their help.


Literacy Volunteers director