June 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor: June 6, 2013


---- — Pulse Ox bill

TO THE EDITOR: Our son, Luke, was born with congenital mitral stenosis and had a valvuloplasty of the mitral valve before he turned 2.

Thanks to advanced technology, Luke is now a happy and healthy 3-year-old.

The State Assembly recently passed the Pulse Ox bill that will help detect critical congenital heart defects early. Pulse ox is a simple, noninvasive, inexpensive test on all newborns before they leave the hospital.

It puts a sensor on a baby’s finger and toe to check their blood oxygen level. A low level could indicate that the most common birth defect is present: a congenital heart defect. Early diagnosis of congenital heart defects can save a baby’s life.

The Pulse Ox bill is now in the State Senate, but there are just days remaining in the legislative session. Please join us in supporting the American Heart Association’s efforts to pass this bill. Urge your state senator to not delay passage of this lifesaving measure.

Wider use of the Pulse Ox test could help identify more than 90 percent of heart defects.

Thirteen other states already require the simple test. In New Jersey, just hours after the screening law took effect, a newborn’s life was saved because of the results of this test.

Every day without this test could mean another baby’s life lost. We treasure Luke every day and hope other children born with congenital heart defects can have the same outcome he has.


AuSable Forks


Keeseville petition

TO THE EDITOR: Several Keeseville village residents are circulating a petition to vote on the Village Dissolution Plan.

We have heard from many that another vote would happen when the plan was presented to the public. An additional vote will occur only if village residents request so by petition.

The Village Board is now working on the plan and will be holding public hearings. It is in our best interest to attend these public hearings to make the best decision for our future.

The first public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 11 at the Village Offices.

I did research on villages that have dissolved and found, to my surprise, that services were lost and taxes increased after the second year of dissolution. The town that inherited the village said they did not see clearly what was facing them and increased all levels of town government in some way.

Since 2010, research showed 16 villages went for dissolution; out of these 16, only three did dissolve, with 13 not dissolving. What does this tell us? Dissolution is not always the best way to solve our concerns.

Contrary to what some may want us to think, not all committee members are in favor of the plan, nor are they in favor of dissolution at this time. Committee members have signed the petition to request a second vote. Village/Town Board members have signed the petition. If members of the committee and Village/Town Board members feel uncertain, it makes me wonder about the study/plan.