TO THE EDITOR: In 1987, World War II veteran Roger Durbin asked Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat from Ohio, if a World War II memorial could be built.
Kaptur introduced the World War II Memorial Act as HR 3742 on Dec. 10. The resolution authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a World War II memorial in “Washington, D.C., or its environs.”
It was not voted on before the end of the session and was not passed.
In 1989 and 1991, Kaptur introduced similar legislation, but these bills suffered the same fate and did not become law.
Kaptur reintroduced legislation in the House a fourth time as HR 682 on Jan. 27, 1993. On March 17, 1993, the Senate approved the act, and the House approved an amended version of the bill on May 4.
On May 12, the Senate also approved the amended bill, and the World War II Memorial Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 25 of that year.
On Sept. 30, President Clinton appointed an advisory board to pick a site and raise funding to build the WW 2 Veterans Memorial.
A massive fundraising campaign raised $197 million, and $16 million was provided by the government.
Seven years later, ground was broken on September 2001.
The memorial opened three years later on April 29, 2004.
World War 2 officially ended on Sept. 2, 1945, the WW2 Veterans Memorial opened on April 29, 2004 — 59 years later.
Do you know how many WW2 veterans died during that time?
The number of WWII veterans who died before their memorial was built was 14,649,757.
Today, fewer than 1,462, 809 WWII veterans still living. They are dying at a rate of 670 per day.
TO THE EDITOR: With great joy, the Kent-Delord House Museum Board, staff and members report the success of our first-ever golf tournament, Old House Old Course Old Brewery Golf Tournament, held Aug. 1, 2013 at Bluff Point Golf Resort.
Thank you first to Don Bainbridge, our golf guru, for his tireless and creative work to make this the happy day it turned out to be.
Our generous sponsors have our sincere gratitude: Plattsburgh Distributing Inc. and Yeungling Brewery, Jeffords Steel and Engineering Co., Dr. Jeffrey Buran, Grant Schneider, Plattsburgh Ford, Bill McBride Chevrolet, Liquor and Wine Warehouse, Bechard Enterprise, Brown Funeral Home, Niles and Bracy, Champlain Valley Electric Supply Co., Plattsburgh Boat Basin, Abbot, Frenyea and Russell and Stafford, Piller and Murnane.
Our supporters added so much to our bottom line: Roger Kennedy, Arnie’s Restaurant, Butch Snell, Northern Insuring, Bill McBride Chevrolet, Gilbert Smith, DDS, Charles Papke, OD, X-Plo/E-Z Sto, Bob and Linda Parks.
Thanks to all the businesses and individuals who
provided awesome prizes and gifts: Yeungling Brewery, Plattsburgh Distributing, Jay Peak, Bluff Point Golf Resort, Anthony’s Restaurant, Craigwood Golf Course, John Bernardi, Steve Frederick, TD Bank, Fleet Promotional Products LLC, Pat Loughan, Ground Force 1 and Steve Carpenter.
And finally, the museum thanks the golf committee members: Don and Charlie Bainbridge, Ara Asadourian, Rusty Bigelow, Linda Parks, Sally Booth and Jack and Donna Bell.
DONNA G. BELL
Kent-Delord House Museum
TO THE EDITOR: For 25 years, the Child Care Council of the North Country has been instrumental in the North Country in supporting families and child-care professionals who endeavor to raise healthy, educated children.
They have done this by providing support with creative and dynamic programs, services and resources.
I first learned of the Child Care Council about 18 years ago when I brought my two nieces to a playgroup offered at their family resource center, Family Connections.
The girls had so much fun that when I was caring for them, I made attending playgroups at the center part of our weekly routine.
Not long after that I started volunteering at the center. I have watched it grow and serve families and child-care professionals not only in Plattsburgh, but throughout Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties.
Congratulations to Executive Director Jamie Basiliere and the staff of the Child Care Council as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.
TO THE EDITOR: Only in Progressive Liberal America where I can’t smoke in my car with kids under 16, smoke in my house or rent if I am one, smoke in a car I don’t own, 40 feet from a government building or on certain public property, they charge me $4.25 a pack, to maintain.
But, if my head hurts from thinking about it, I can get medical marijuana to relieve it and smoke it anywhere I want.
Cigarettes have never impaired my driving, but pot did. I smell bad from my second-hand smoke, but you won’t hear me say “What? There’s a test today?”
Keep the people stupid. They’ll vote for you. Or maybe the stupid people need to get the pot, and vote Republican.
PETER J. MOORE
TO THE EDITOR: Every September, we take time to acknowledge a dedicated group of people known as direct support professionals.
These individuals work directly to support people with developmental disabilities to live, work and play in community settings.
They often go unrecognized by the general public, but they are our friends, neighbors and community members, who work all hours of the day, every day of the year to make life better for our most vulnerable citizens.
You may see one of these hard workers in the grocery store helping someone with their shopping or accompanying someone to a religious event or to a local recreational facility.
They also help people with disabilities with all aspects of daily living: bathing, dressing, feeding, accessing health care, managing their finances and much more. The work is hard, and the financial rewards are not always great, but the people who are direct support professionals are a dedicated group of employees.
They help people live full, meaningful lives, rich with hope and companionship, and the knowledge that they are part of a caring community. They help enrich all of our lives.
If you happen to know or see someone who is a direct support professional, take the time to thank them for their work. Our society is a better place because of the work they do.
Citizen Advocates Inc.