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December 3, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 3, 2013

Distracted drivers

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to take a moment to send thanks to the principals at Northern Adirondack, Seton Catholic, Chazy Central and Saranac high schools for allowing our Trauma Program to present distracted-driving education at your schools in October.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data this year highlights the disturbing fact that distracted driving accounts for 75 percent of teen deaths in our nation. Distracted driving is no accident; it is a conscious choice endangering the driver, passenger or unsuspecting victim.

I most appreciate the kindness and respect demonstrated by the students and faculty at all of the participating high schools.

It is my sincere hope that our efforts help dissuade drivers from unnecessary pain, disability or death from choosing to drive distracted.

KAREN PREVE

Trauma Program coordinator

CVPH Medical Center

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Wibecan applauded

TO THE EDITOR: I appreciate Ken Wibecan’s all-too-seldom columns in the Press-Republican.

His writing invites the reader to share in life experiences that invoke both pleasant and challenging reactions. I enjoyed his coverage of the New York City blues scene as well as his glimpse into history when he and a friend were sent to Washington, D.C., to cover Martin Luther King.

I even sense that he feels his dogs are as special as I feel mine are.

I wish to thank him for writing his recent column, “The Confederate Flag Blues.” In voicing his very personal fears, along with those of his visiting sister, Ken challenges us to be more aware of the symbols we choose and to consider “what they might mean to others.”

Thanks, Ken. Please write more often. You have a lot of fans.

MARGOT J. ZEGLIS

Plattsburgh

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