Press-Republican

April 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 6, 2013

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debt

TO THE EDITOR: Our national debt is a crime.

Somebody ought to do time.

Some folks think it’s Lefties,

Have made it so hefty,

And are making the bloody thing climb.

LEON S. HARDING

Chazy

Insulting,

disrespectful

TO THE EDITOR: The article in the April 2013 issue of Jill magazine, “What In The World Are They Thinking?” by Heidi J. Moore, MD, was insulting and disrespectful in so many ways and on so many levels I do not know where to begin.

She manages to insult teenagers, parents, addicts, the welfare system and counselors. She states that “teenagers think like adults.”

Numerous brain studies suggest full brain development and functioning may not occur until the early twenties. The psycho-social developmental process is identity formation, yes, but also separation and individuation.

Abstract thinking does not suddenly appear.

Another suggestion is that “they have a social conscience.” True, but powerful component of this developmental process is modeling.

Parents using descriptions like “crack-snorting addict on a monthly disability check distributed for chronic nosebleeds” does not contribute to raising one’s consciousness. Communication is a complex process. Modeling effective, respectful communication is important.

There are many teenagers being raised by addicts. Many of these people are addicted to medications prescribed by their physicians. Most of these people are not on public assistance. Addiction, Dr. Moore, is an illness. Public assistance is primarily for the safety and welfare of children. Derision of an illness, whether medical or societal is not helpful and, one would hope, not the typical language of health-care professionals.

As a practicing psychotherapist for many years, I do not recall ever having a “Kumbayah session”. The therapists that I know are pretty serious about their work. The teenagers that I have seen in my office are pretty serious about discussing their problems.

Dr. Moore has managed to trivialize teenagers, parents and counseling. So I might ask: Dr. Moore, What In the World Are You Thinking?

MICHAEL J. DEL SIGNORE

Licensed clinical social worker

Plattsburgh

Effects

of war

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to express my heartiest congratulations to Mr. DeMarco, whose letter on the range of effects of the Iraqi War wrought by the tandem decisions of past President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

Let us not fail to also add Secretary of War Rumsfeld. Mr. DeMarco is right on the mark with his litany of pain and suffering created by this senseless and manufactured war, both there and here at home.

I would also add the consideration of the crippling costs that we suffered and still are trying to get out from under.

Unfortunately, most of our news is “pablumized” by the need and desire not to negatively impact the effect their news might have on their sponsors, who might not want to antagonize their customers by taking a stand that might affect their bottom line.

Pay-per-view news specials, however, do not operate under such a shaky consideration. That said, I strongly urge pay-per-view subscribers to look for, watch, stream or get on demand the outstanding news special called “The World According to Cheney.” I believe it was on HBO or possibly Showtime.

ARNOLD P. BURDEAU

Plattsburgh

Name

calling

TO THE EDITOR: The point of my letter is to thank Robert Armstrong for proving a point that we racist, hating conservatives have known all along: You can’t accept the facts, therefore you have no argument, so the only thing left is name calling.

The GOP thanks you. Thanks to draconian gun laws, progressive liberal “do as I say not as I do” and the soiling of the constitution, there’s more of us than there are of you.

Just to show how uniformed you are, the state is currently being run by Democrats. Had a 30-ounce soda lately?

PETER J. MOORE

West Chazy