TO THE EDITOR: On Nov. 16, 2011, my wife heard three of the most feared words in the English language: “You Have Cancer.”
With these three words, we started our journey down a road of hope, optimism failure and setbacks . But this letter isn’t about that.
When radiation and chemo failed, the only option was surgery. Fortunately, one of the best otolaryngology teams in the country is at Fletcher Allen.
On our initial trip, I asked at the ferry booth if any programs were available for those who must travel due to medical necessity. The attendant said all he could offer was commuter discount coupons. They save 30 percent.
At Fletcher Allen, I asked if they knew of any program. One is available called Here to There, but there are income restrictions, and I was looking for a hand not a handout.
I wrote Lake Champlain Transportation, suggesting, perhaps, a half-fare program. I received a phone call from a nice lady, but she said no such program was available and sent me three half-fare coupons. I believe she was treating my concern as an individual issue.
Lake Champlain Transportation received state money for service during the Crown Point bridge construction and is receiving federal dollars for construction at Cumberland Head dock.
Thinking a letter from a politician might carry more weight than a single citizen, I wrote a joint letter to Rep. Bill Owens and Sen. Betty Little. Rep. Owens’s office did contact me, but Sen. Little’s office did not. A follow up e-mail also received no reply.
Congressmen Owens’s office contacted me later; their inquiry also was negative.
Perhaps Lake Champlain Transportaion, Fletcher Allen and CVPH could come up with some joint shared program for those of us who find ourselves in this situation.
At this writing, I have approximately 110 trips back and forth.
TO THE EDITOR: The fourth-annual Champlain Valley Winter Wine Festival on Jan. 26, hosted by the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, succeeded in raising more than $3,000 for the museum and the Kids’ Station children’s museum.
Thank you to the organizations and individuals who made this event so successful: Plattsburgh Comfort Inn & Suites, Legends Brew Pub and Wine Bar, Chauvin Agency, USA Bound, Eagle Country Radio 97.5, and Adirondack Radiation Therapy (our sponsors), Terry Meron, Emily Krumsiek, Kara Meron, Kevin Rock, the wonderful staff and Legends Brew Pub and the Plattsburgh Comfort Inn, Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery, Stonehouse Vineyard, Vesco Ridge Vineyard, Liquor and Wine Warehouse, McCadam and Cabot Cheese, Gonyo Farms, D & D Meats, Homestead Maple, Lakeshore Candy, Price Chopper, Nine Platt Hospitality Group, TD Bank, PenAir, Dee Jenkins, Bill Crosby, Elaine Cloutier, Green Mountain Coffee, North Bowl Lanes, Cumberland 12, Kneucraft Fine Jewelry, Koto Japanese Steakhouse, Kristine and John Mulvihill, Champlain Peterbilt, Eclipse Fitness, Champy’s FunZone, The Merry Wine Makers, Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry, Yarborough Square, Champlain Centre, Nicholas Dupell, the Press-Republican, Devin Chanowsky, Matt Stygles, Brigitte Lussier, Kim Tetrault, Roy and Sharon Maze and pianist Emily Carlin.
And a huge thank you to those who came to support the museum.
Director of fundraising and membership
Champlain Valley Transportation Museum
TO THE EDITOR: I have just written to the leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as my own senators and representative, suggesting that as a demonstration that the members of these bodies are willing to share in the cutting of items from the budget, they vote to cut their own salaries by 10 percent.
I urge the readers of this letter to follow my example and flood Washington with calls upon the Congress to give up part of their liberal salaries in the name of austerity.
I also urge that this be passed on via Facebook and other media to friends and relatives in all the states.
RICHARD F. SCHWARTZ