Press-Republican

September 15, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 15, 2012

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TO THE EDITOR:  I am president of the local chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon, and I would like to thank all the business, teams and people who helped make our first Cancer Awareness Softball tournament as big success.

A special thanks to Frank Darrah, Tim Snow, Barry Ano and Jeremy Garrant for helping me umpire all the games. Also Tammy, Jan, Larry, Judy and Roland for manning the concession stands all day. To Howard and Jodi Fleisher for all the behind-the-scenes work you both did. And the American Legion in West Plattsburgh for allowing us to host our event there.

We had a great day, and thanks to all the teams that came out and supported our cause. The funds raised will go a long ways to help and support women and children in our area battling cancer.

Again, thank you to anyone I may have forgotten, as there were so many that helped make this fundraiser a success.

I hope to see everyone at our second-annual Cancer Awareness Tournament next year.

JIM GARRANT

Chapter president Northern New Guardians of the Ribbon

 

Obama hypocritical

TO THE EDITOR: I find it very interesting that President Obama chooses to accuse the Republican candidates and past presidents of all kinds of misdeeds, including oppression of minorities, women and the middle class, then puts forward Bill Clinton in TV ads and as his keynote speaker.

It shows that he says one thing and then does the other.

Bill has been accused of rape (Juanita Broaddrick), is a philanderer (Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Gracen and Monica Lewinsky), accused of misuse of power (Troopergate and Whitewater) and a sexual predator (Kathleen Willey). He is hardly a friend to women.

Bill also signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act and instituted “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” He is hardly a friend of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual Community.

Bill also ordered the unauthorized bombing of Iraq (Operation Desert Fox, lasting from Dec. 16 to 19, 1998) and Afghanistan in 1998. The prelude to 9/11?

And remember these prophetic words from his 1998 State of the Union address: “Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade, and much of his nation’s wealth, not on providing for the Iraqi people, but on developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. The United Nations weapons inspectors have done a truly remarkable job, finding and destroying more of Iraq’s arsenal than was destroyed during the entire Gulf War. Now, Saddam Hussein wants to stop them from completing their mission. I know I speak for everyone in this chamber, Republicans and Democrats, when I say to Saddam Hussein, ‘You cannot defy the will of the world,’ and when I say to him, ‘You have used weapons of mass destruction before; we are determined to deny you the capacity to use them again.’”

DAN WARD

Saranac Lake

 

Young smokers

TO THE EDITOR: The latest report of the surgeon general included some devastating statistics.

Every day, more than 1,200 people in the United States die due to smoking. For each of these deaths, at least two youths or young adults become regular smokers.

Almost 90 percent of those replacement smokers smoke their first cigarette by age 18. Almost no one starts smoking after age 25. In other words, nearly 9 out of 10 smokers started smoking by age 18, and 99 percent started by age 26.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, tobacco companies spend more than a million dollars an hour in this country to promote their product. Youths are targeted through point-of-sale marketing, when tobacco products and advertisements are highly visible where purchases are made, such as by the registers in convenience stores, grocery stores and pharmacies.

Many tobacco products on the market appeal to youth specifically, in their packaging and/or flavor.

Covering up tobacco products by implementing display regulations may help contribute to a decrease in youth smoking rates locally, as it has in other countries, including Canada.

Community partnerships, like Adirondack Tobacco Free Network, focus their actions toward protecting youth from tobacco marketing. This is achieved through community education and mobilization.

Adirondack Tobacco Free Network can provide informational materials about reducing tobacco advertising and promotion in your community, as well as tobacco-free policy development or tobacco cessation.

If you are interested in learning more about how tobacco marketing influences youth behavior and smoking rates, visit www.tobaccofreenys.org.

CHRISTA VanCOUR SR.

Senior public health educator

Clinton County Health Department

 

Feeding children

TO THE EDITOR: The Mission of Hope Golf Tournament Committee wishes to acknowledge all those people and businesses who contributed to our recent successful golf outing at The Barracks Golf Course.

All proceeds were donated to the Children Feeding Children Program of the North Country Mission of Hope. These proceeds allow us to provide early education students with a daily hot meal and a multi-vitamin throughout the school year.

Many thanks are extended to Steve and Michael Farrell of McSweeney’s, our primary sponsor; Delores and David Vivian, for the buffet and great golf course; and Kathleen Fessette, for the printing of the programs and sponsor signs.

Special recognition is given to the following sponsors:

Platinum Level: Champlain National Bank, Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. and The Penny Saver.

Gold Level: Alan Pellerin Construction, Bob’s Instant Plumbing, Church Oil Co., Hamel Construction, Landrock Consulting, Murray/Brankman and Worldwide Warehouse & Distribution.

Silver Level: Brown Funeral Home, Centennial Abstract Co., Payson Stoughton Jewelers, Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis and TD Bank.

Bronze Level: Abbot, Frenyea, Russell & Coffey, PC, American Legion Post 504, Casella Waste Management, CV Audiology, Donlon & Barcomb, High Peaks Dental, Liquor & Wine Warehouse, R.W. Walker Funeral Home, Transborder Global Freight Systems, Ufirst FCU, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel and the Barracks Golf Course.

A salute and grateful appreciation goes out to all those who contributed our outstanding prizes, and lastly, but very sincerely, we thank all golfers who continue to support this very worthwhile fundraiser.

Committee members: Judy and Marcel Charland, Alice Church, Kathy Eppler, Clark and Kathleen Everleth, Steve Farrell, Sara LaTemplio, Marty Mannix, Joan Riani and “Butch” and Jack Snell.

BUTCH SNELL

Plattsburgh

 

Childish antics

TO THE EDITOR: This letter has transpired due to the lack of common decency and respect given as a neighbor of the AuSable Forks Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament.

Days previous to this year’s tournament I asked, via email, the committee’s team coordinator and assistant director with help in trying to curb the midnight hour issues that occur every year. The response I received was, we don’t have control over people after the games.

To set the record straight, I support people playing softball. The issues aren’t about playing softball. People arguing, squealing tires, hollering and playing music until 2 a.m. are the issues.

Playing softball is a public event but do after-event disturbances fall under any kind of noise ordinance or disturbing the peace? All I asked for was some consideration.

What did I get in return? The announcer decided to close the tournament Sunday evening by asking the crowd to blow their horns in front of our home, in which at least 15 people obliged until 11:30 p.m. I was informed days later my name was announced during opening night with disparaging comments made. It was also suggested by a committee member for me to leave town for the weekend.

Really? This is a community leader’s resolve? It’s only once a year. No one should have to tolerate this once a year.

To all who participated in these childish antics, I say shame on you. Treat people how you want to be treated.

SPENCER REYNOLDS

AuSable Forks