June 19, 2013

Letters to the Editor: June 19, 2013


---- — Clarity provision

TO THE EDITOR: Some information about the New York State Women’s Equality Act and the legal history behind it has been missing from discussion.

When abortion was illegal, it came under the penal code. When it was legalized — putting all those back-alley coat-hanger operators out of business — it was neglectfully left under the penal code instead of rationally being moved to the body of law governing health practices.

Law cannot prevent abortion; it can only put desperate women’s lives at risk by making it unsafe.

All 10 sections of the bill correct or clarify things that make the lives of single parents (dads, too), victims of abuse and working women generally incredibly harder re: job security and housing, besides removing the infamous glass ceiling that denies women promotions and equal pay for equal work.

The only thing the 10th point changes is that the health, as well as the life, of the mother may be considered in making medical decisions about pregnancies that develop dangerous complications past the mid-point.

An example is a case where a woman went into renal failure due to a complication of her second pregnancy. Dialysis wasn’t working. When the mother’s kidneys aren’t working, the unborn baby is floating in toxicity, will certainly be badly affected and may not live, in any case. To insist on continuing this pregnancy could have left the mother unable to care for her living child. All the members of the State Assembly know about this case.

The law is clear that danger to the life of the mother is a valid exemption past mid-pregnancy, but questions of the health of the mother were murky. The controversial provision simply provides clarity for physicians.

Where is compassionate conservatism?




Mannix Memorial

TO THE EDITOR: If you want to play in a fun golf tournament and support a great cause, the Mike Mannix Memorial is for you.

The tournament is Sunday, June 30, at Adirondack Golf Course. All proceeds from the tournament go to the Hannah’s Hope Fund.

The format is a four-person, 18-hole scramble with unique golf “shenanigans” on the odd holes.

Mike Mannix was well known in the area for his Irish humor and positive “never had a bad day” attitude.

Nine-year-old Hannah Sames is his grandniece, and she was diagnosed at age 4 with GAN, a very rare, incurable genetic disease that affects all the nerves in a child’s body.

By playing in the golf tournament, you can support Hannah’s Hope and have a really fun day on the golf course.

For further information about the tournament, call Katie Gluck, Hannah’s grandmother, at 572-3914 or email her at

Tournament sponsorships are available for those who can’t play in the tournament. All donations will be happily accepted.

Hannah and her family greatly appreciate your help and support.




Literacy event

TO THE EDITOR: As Suzanne Moore’s and Chris Fasolino’s article in the Press-Republican predicted, “voices from far away and close to home” did indeed fill the Strand on the evening of June 6.

It was the All Write! adult literacy event, brought to us live on stage by Symphony Space, producers of the well-known Public Radio program “Selected Shorts.”

On behalf of all of us at Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County, I want to thank the Strand and Director Janine Scherline for hosting the event and welcoming us as the first event in the theater’s 2013 “hard-hat pre-season.”

Our thanks also go out to the professional actors, Charlotte Colavin (“Law & Order” and “The West Wing”), Dawn Akemi Saito (“Blood Cherries”) and Kevin Craig West (“For Love of the Game”), who traveled from New York City to give dramatic voice to our adult students’ stories and poems from the stage of the Strand.

Our thanks also go out to Robin Caudell and Dr. Jean Ann Hunt for the writing workshops they each facilitated for our students in April and May of this year.

And many thanks to our media sponsor, North Country Public Radio, and to our partners in the project: Maria Burke, director of Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin, and Nathalie Thill, director of Adirondack Center for Writing.

But our most special thanks go to our volunteer tutors and the wonderful adult students they work closely with throughout the year — whether born here in Clinton County and working to improve their reading and writing skills or born elsewhere (Algeria, Bhutan, Bosnia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Peru, etc.) and working hard to learn our language and become part of our communities and citizens of our country.


Executive director

Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County


Donah benefit

TO THE EDITOR: The second-annual benefit for CV-TEC Allied Health and Adirondack Humane Society in memory of Samantha Donah raised $1,878.

We are so thankful to Geoffrey’s Pub, Tunes of Time DJ Service and more than 60 area businesses that donated and for their continued love and support.

Thank you from the Donah family.




Carpenter wise

TO THE EDITOR: It is not very often that I respond to a recent development involving Tim Carpenter, who has to be one of the finest councilors the City of Plattsburgh has seen to date.

With his wisdom, he has successfully aided the City of Plattsburgh, most likely saving many tax dollars for the taxpayers.

His ability to work with all the council in a bipartisan fashion is admirable; this concept has also aided us with the Clinton County Legislature.

We can only hope his party reconsiders and he is given the nod to run for the party, or certainly if he chose to run as

an independent, the city would be much better off, as Mr. Carpenter appears to be a very fiscally responsible person and councilor.

Having known his family and being able to work for his father, Herbert O. Carpenter, we can only wonder how much better off the North Country would of been if Herbert O. Carpenter had chosen the political road. He truly was and is a great communicator of his time, and Washington, D.C., could use that.

I hope that Tim Carpenter does decide to run for the mayor of Plattsburgh. With Donald Kasprzak retiring, we lose another fine, exceptional, fiscally responsible person, who has brought the City of Plattsburgh back to a respectable financial standing.

Thank you for allowing me to express this opinion on this matter.


Plattsburgh Police Department/retired