November 9, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 9, 2012


---- — Getting involved

TO THE EDITOR: This is a community we can be proud of. No matter what comes our way, we seem to find the means to work effectively together to make it a better place in which to live.

Our business, educational and civic leaders work together to be proactive in order to enhance our way of life.

Due to community vision and leadership, we have another grassroots groundswell of positive activity brewing, and this is far reaching and all inclusive.

Vision2Action has sprung to life and encompasses every aspect of our community. It has become a call to arms for all of us to join in, take responsibility and make a difference for the future of our community.

Vision2Action has already put before us four forums that have showcased arts and culture, recreation, transportation and education. All of these initiatives are in need of volunteer participation. We all have the opportunity to step up and accept that it is our responsibility to do what we can in order to make our community the best it can be.

It really does “take a village” to educate our children and create an environment in which we all can flourish.

If you were unable to attend any or all of the four forums in 2012, there will be opportunities to catch up in 2013. In January, Vision2Action will present its report card of how progress is going. As this movement of community engagement moves forward, there will be more opportunities to get involved. If we don’t participate, others will be making the decisions for us.

As we have often heard during the past year, “if the people lead, the leaders will follow.”

To find how you can get involved and be an important participant in the future of Clinton County, please check out




American Smoke-Out

TO THE EDITOR: Thursday, Nov. 15, is the Great American Smoke-Out, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

If you are a smoker, this is a great time to think about quitting. Use this day to talk with your doctor, prepare yourself for a quit date or think about why it is important to quit. Tobacco use kills about 438,000 Americans and 25,000 New Yorkers a year. To quit is hard, but it can be done with some help and advice.

The first step in quitting is to plan for it, pick a quit date, a day that you are ready to stop using tobacco. Think about your daily routines and habits. What time of day do you have your first cigarette? Where are you when you smoke? What are you doing while smoking (coffee, talking on phone, driving, etc.)? Why did you get the urge to smoke?

Knowing these triggers helps to learn how to change them. Prepare a kit to keep with you (gum, candy, cinnamon sticks, toothpicks). Clean your house, car and work space. Throw away all tobacco products, lighters and ashtrays before your quit date.

Tell your friends, family and coworkers that you are quitting. Make a list about why you want to quit and how it will make your life better.

Seek help and advice. Talk to your health-care provider because he/she can help you find a medication that will work for you. They can talk to you about what you might feel when you quit and how to deal with those feelings.

It is with great hope that the Great American Smoke-Out will be the first day to start the steps to have a life without tobacco use.

The New York State Quitline (1-866-697-8487) is also available to you. It is a free service for New York state residents.


Tobacco dependence specialist

North Country Healthy Heart Network Inc.


Forces of disjunction

TO THE EDITOR: Can this nation, half free and half Marxist, survive the forces of disjunction?

America would not be divided equally in disunion, but torn asunder by the whirlwind. War would not be limited to the 1 percent who volunteer but could become the new normal for us all. Survivor would not be on television, but the looter at your doorstep.

To trust your fortunes to the benevolence of socialist promises is to place your soul into hands of ice. For the first time in history, the future of America is not a bright and shining city on a hill but a deadly valley of dark shadows.

Obama makes it worse, and Romney makes it better, but only a return to the first principals of our Constitutional Republic can make it go away. The process must be democratic but the results constitutional, regardless of the will of the mob.




Monster Dash

TO THE EDITOR: Medicine Horse Farm would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, community and participants who made the second-annual Medicine Horse Farm Monster Dash 5K & Goblin Gallop Run/Walk a resounding success.

Our gratitude to our sponsors: Champlain National Bank, Press-Republican, Lake City Primary Care, Road ID, Graphix Ink, Champlain Valley Cardiology and Dr.Jeffrey Gretz.

Thankful for our volunteers and their talents: Champlain National Bank staff; Beekmantown Fire Department; SUNY Plattsburgh Community Service Club, men’s baseball team, Cardinal Points and Project Help; Clinton Community women’s soccer team; Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department; Rob Hoffmen; John and Judy Russell; Mr. and Mrs. Wilson; Billie-Jo Martineau; Thelma Rock; Heather Lewis; Laurie Laughan; Becca Newell; Peggy LaPierre; Christina Loren; Michelle Ratliff; Barbie O’Neil and Meie.

Please keep us in mind for next year’s Monster Dash/Goblin Gallop by visiting our website events page for updates.

Medicine Horse farm is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization serving participants with disabilities in partnership with horses and is a PATH International Center.

I have not stopped giving thanks for you and remembering you in my prayers.



Medicine Horse Farm


Impressive event

TO THE EDITOR: Cheers to Carrie Pertak, Anita Johnson and the Crown Point Relay For Life Committee — what a magnificent job you did in organizing such an impressive event.

Your endless hours of work was exhibited in this heart-warming night. Kudos also go out to all the teams for the donations that they raised for the American Cancer Society.

Everyone has been touched in some way by this horrible disease. What a wonderful way to honor those who have won the battle and remembering those who have lost their crusade, at the same time raising money to fight cancer.

If you missed this year’s event, mark your calendar for next year. You will be glad you did.


Crown Point