United Way donation
TO THE EDITOR: I represent the United Way campaign team for the Adirondack Region.
United Way funds 40 agencies in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.
I co-lead one of these agencies: the Champlain Valley Chapter of Compassionate Friends. This is a self-help bereavement support group for families who have had children, grandchildren or a sibling die. This is run by volunteers only.
With the United Way funds, we can send out newsletters, run meetings, host a memorial walk and candle-lighting ceremony and hold fun events for members.
The United Way campaign is in full swing this holiday season, and with everyone hustling around to make sure we check everyone off our holiday lists, please consider giving a gift in honor or memory of a loved one to this year’s United Way campaign.
Holiday shopping is exhausting, so why not save some time and drop off a donation to the United Way Office on Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh.
There are always gifts to purchase for those hard- to-buy for people on our lists. Why not give a gift that will keep on giving? One gift will help 40 partner agencies.
If you have already done your shopping for this season, think about other times of the year when you are invited to anniversary and birthday parties, retirement parties and you just don’t know what to get. A gift to the United Way will take the guessing out of what to get them.
Imagine how proud the honoree would feel opening a card with a message inside saying where the gift went in their name.
Times are challenging in our world today. Please help our neighbors and together we will reach our goal. Last year alone, our 40 partner agencies helped more than 80,000 individuals collectively.
TO THE EDITOR: From the very beginning, I was disappointed in the Affordable Care Act that I call Obamacare.
Yes, we needed health-care reform but did we need a complete overhaul of the greatest health-care system in the world? We could have offered vouchers for the uninsured for health-care coverage, including people with pre-existing conditions.
The cost of 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce the law, $700 million to advertise, $67 million for the navigators and the cost of a failed website would have paid for the 30 million uninsured.
Meanwhile, the “law of the land” is not for all Americans.
At the start, I questioned the exemptions for special groups. Now, government workers do not have to follow the law they wrote and passed. The Senate voted down the Vitter Amendment that would have required Congress to follow “the law of the land.”
The government shutdown was caused because Republicans wanted fairness under the law. The media stayed true to Obama and blamed Republicans, but remember, not one Republican voted for Obamacare.
I believe this “wonderful” law should be followed by all Americans. How many more laws will be passed for only some American to follow?
TO THE EDITOR: As the 2013 fundraising season comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to recognize a friend, Rotarian and very talented artisan, Syd Ward.
While enjoying his retirement years from Ward Lumber, Syd continues to produce wood products but now in the form of beautiful cutting boards. From time to time, I will have the pleasure of saying hello to Syd at local event where he has the boards on display for purchase, and I am in always in complete awe at the talent he holds.
Syd not only sells the cutting boards but also donates a tremendous number of them to a variety of area fundraisers. He is always giving back to his community.
The next time you attend a local fundraiser or visit a farmers market, please look for Syd.
KELLY C. MURPHY