February 23, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 23, 2013


---- — Inappropriate music

TO THE EDITOR: It has come to my attention that music containing inappropriate content is being played in our schools.

I am particularly concerned about this happening in elementary schools. 

Recently, my sister attended a school dance, and I was shocked to hear some of the songs that were played at this event. One song, in particular, contains lyrics that promote very inappropriate behavior.

This dance was attended by children as young as kindergarten-age students. I feel there is no excuse for music with this unsuitable content to be played around children of this age.

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask schools to play music that does not contain inappropriate content or innuendos. So many popular songs contain messages that support immoral behavior and have hateful messages. Even the catchiest song can have these ideas hidden between its toe-tapping beat and rhyming lyrics.

There are plenty of songs written for younger audiences that would be perfect for these events. These songs are age suitable and about subjects children can relate to — and many are even educational.

Unless we speak up to stop this from happening, our children will continue to be exposed to this music. Elementary-age students have no need for the negative messages that are sent by “popular” and “hip” music.

Please stand up against this music being played in our schools.




Tobacco deaths

TO THE EDITOR: Did you know that tobacco products cause more deaths than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined?

This is a fact according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). We have to do something to make this number decrease.

In March 2012, the surgeon general declared tobacco use a pediatric epidemic. It is our children’s lives that we are trying to save.

Big Tobacco is winning the fight in New York. Their intentional marketing to our youth appears to be working. More than 90 percent of adults who smoke started by the age of 18 and 99 percent by the age of 26.

I have three grandchildren and don’t want any of them to die from a tobacco-related illness and I am willing to make a stand for them. Are you, for your children and grandchildren? We need to let our legislators know that this pediatric epidemic is important for the sake of our children.

New York state has reduced their spending on tobacco-control programs by 50 percent since 2008. It is important that these programs continue to receive funding to ensure that our message is not lost.

Please reach out to our legislators and let them know how you feel. Together, we can and will make a difference.

Let them know that we need to continue receiving the funding for these programs to save our children and grandchildren’s lives.


Community executive

Rouses Point

American Cancer Society Inc.


Durham tribute

TO THE EDITOR: My friend and colleague, Richard Durham, Sr., passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

I worked with “Mr. D” (as we respectfully and affectionately called him) at the Plattsburgh Housing Authority from 1986 to 1991.

In my opinion, he was the perfect example of a dedicated public servant. He had compassion for the tenants and employees and studied every option for the benefit of all before making decisions. He was a watchful custodian of taxpayers’ funds.

He was honest, straightforward and handled problems without delay, and when the work was done, gave credit to those who deserved it. He enjoyed a good laugh to lighten up the day.

I lost touch with Mr. D after retirement but will always remember him as an important influence in my life.

May God rest his soul.


Retired accountant

Public Housing Authority