Press-Republican

November 26, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 26, 2012

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a difference

TO THE EDITOR: Last year, I began my letter saying that Hospice of the North Country will assist a record number of individuals and their families.

Amazingly and with the staff, volunteers and physicians who refer, we will exceed our record number from last year. How grateful we are for your expression of confidence in our Malone and Plattsburgh staff members. They provide excellent and expert care from the heart and make a difference in every life they serve.

Nationally, November is a time to recognize hospice services. Our greatest strength is our staff and volunteers who provide not only clinical care but emotional support during end of life.

We thank our physician community for trusting us with their care and our Hospice leadership team for their continued support of their staff and volunteers. Undoubtedly, you or someone you know has had the opportunity to receive assistance from Hospice staff. You know firsthand the difference it makes for both the patients and their families. 

Soon, we will kick off of our Light Up a Life Campaign of giving. Please participate by remembering loved ones who have died. By doing so, you support the vital work being done by your local hospice. We exist because of people like you. People who know what it is to have comfort, care, dignity and compassion at the end of life. 

In my last year as president and chair of the board, I continue to be humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know this outstanding organization serving two communities. I want to thank our staff, volunteers, referring physicians, the leadership team and my fellow board members. You all make a difference at this most critical time of life.

CINDIE GARDNER

Board of Directors president

Hospice of the North Country

Appalled

about group

TO THE EDITOR: I am appalled, as a pro-choice lesbian womynist, that Plattsburgh State students have started a “pro-life” group on campus.

While I do believe in freedom of speech and freedom of opinions, many elements of having a “pro-life” group on campus are detrimental to female students.

First, is the misnomer “pro-life,” why I use quotations. Someone who is against abortion and infanticide is not “pro-life.” These individuals are anti-choice because they do not believe in a women’s right to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to full term.

Someone who is pro-life is someone who cares about the life of all people — from children to women to those who are too impoverished to take care of themselves and their families. People who are against abortion and contraception are only after protecting the unborn, not the lives of women who are not allowed to make educated decisions about their own bodies.

Abortion is never an easy decision. Now imagine, you are a college student, pregnant, not sure what your options really are, and now there is a group on campus that is telling you that your only ethical option is to carry the pregnancy to full term. How would you feel if you wanted an abortion? Shame? Embarrassment? Well, that is the reality for female students at PSU now.

I researched abortions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and discovered that it happened all the time but was a hushed topic women did not feel comfortable discussing. There was no anti-choice group on campus there, and women still felt humiliation over abortions. My heart goes out to students struggling with this. Please visit Planned Parenthood to learn your options.

Any students interested in creating a pro-choice group, email me at unitewomennync@gmail.com.

CONSTANCE MANDEVILLE

Champlain

Repeating

history

TO THE EDITOR: Declared history repeats itself? Obama is the present-day version of Jimmy Carter, and I’ll never forget that debacle. He and Jimmy are ideological twins; their policies caused more reoccurring nausea than drinking outdated cans of Billy Beer.

A 250-pound bikini-clad maiden sunbathing on a crowded beach and Obama’s governance leave a lot to be desired. When stated “things are looking better,” it’s probably not the fully dressed maiden exiting the beach but the realization of Obama leaving office?

The documented drug-consuming community organizer and peanut farmer Carter will go down in history as dismal failures, both lacking the prior leadership experience necessary for successful governance. They’re well-qualified additions to the ever-increasing “liberals hall of shame.” Their presidential pictures should be displayed side by side; duel incompetency could be witnessed in a single viewing.

I suggest this display of public disgrace be instituted in a White House toilet room; have a door person collecting entry money and create a “pay for view” experience. With toilet use as a secondary function, observers could be standing or sitting; thus viewing necessities are physical dexterity, suitable vision and toilet paper. On second thought. let the public in free; nobody would pay to see them, and why jeopardize toilet privileges?

It’s very annoying listening to Obama’s vocal expulsions or a dog barking excessively. I prefer the dog; at least it’s not lying. He would be impossible to “lie detector;” it would produce too many graph inflections. You don’t need a machine to know he’s lying; just listen to him.   

Obama’s my automatic television remote. He comes on, starts to speak, and the channel changes. My advice for today: “Never let a barking dog lie or lose your remote.”

THOMAS IRWIN

Peru

Veteran

support

TO THE EDITOR: I wish to thank North Country supporters for your generosity and patriotism. Because of you, we taught 26 combat wounded from Fort Drum how to play golf this year.

To them, this is not simply a game. It is a step in their rehabilitation, teaching self-confidence, concentration and motivation to rebuild their lives.

Let me share this letter:

“If you only knew how much golf means to us. I tried to kill myself last February because of things that happened in Iraq. I didn’t want to heal or even think I had a problem. My wife left me because I didn’t seek help and she didn’t want to be with someone that probably won’t work again in his life.

“Do you know the only thing that keeps me going? Golf. I never have seizures out there. It amazes me that something so frustrating as golf can be hasn’t made me mad. Being out there clears my mind, and I don’t think about anything but hitting that ball.

“Every day, I look forward to two things: golf and seeing my child. If I didn’t have that, I wouldn’t be anywhere right now. Therapy doesn’t help, but golf does. Thank you so much for helping people like me.”

Be proud. Each time a veteran pats me on the back, they are really patting you on your back. They thank the professionals who teach them to swing a club with a prosthetic leg or arm; owners and managers for reduced greens fees; tournament volunteers; and Vietnam veterans who say, “Welcome home, kid. We’ve got your back.” 

To businesses and those who donate, thank you for helping me bring these young men and women back to the world of the living.

FRANK P. DORCHAK JR.

Regional Manager

Salute Military Golf Association

New York chapter