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October 10, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 10, 2013

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It is up to city government, in my opinion, to be the “flag waver” for downtown. As it is, there is little for the locals or the visitors to do downtown. Simply giving over parking spaces to restaurants for personal profit will not suffice.

Perhaps as a stipulation to giving over public space to private enterprise, the city can require these eateries be open on Sundays. Downtown is ugly, dirty and requires a massive cleanup. Who wants to spend time in an environment such as that?

STEVE GRAF

Plattsburgh

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Skills, personality

TO THE EDITOR: Paul O’Connell will be an outstanding councilor for the City of Plattsburgh.

He has the work ethic, personality and people skills to well serve Ward 4 and be an important team player on the Common Council.

I’ve known “Crusher” O’Connell for most of my life. I first met him playing across the line from him on the gridiron and on the ball diamond, as Crusher was a fiercely competitive athlete for “The Mount.” He played hard and hit harder, and when the game was over, he would be the first across the field to shake your hand. His teammates loved and respected him, and so did the opposing teams.

He naturally gets along with people, though he is no pushover. He says what must be said, but in a nice way.

Paul has worked hard all his life. He paid his dues, retiring from state corrections and then joined the Sheriff’s Department, while presiding over the St. Peter’s School Board. He’s one of those quiet — and noble — guys who do honest work each day to support a family while still finding the time to contribute to the community.

Crusher, too, is a family man, a grandfather now, and he knows how vital the city’s safety and quality of life are to keeping his children and grandchildren in Plattsburgh with solid job opportunities and futures. He’s ready to put his shoulder to wheel and push the Lake City in that sustainable direction.

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