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May 15, 2014

Letters to the Editor: May 15, 2015

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I, too, am disheartened the old North Country campus cannot be saved. But this is likely our last chance for the state to absorb 90 percent of the cost with Malone receiving 100 percent of the benefit.

I have, unfortunately, had the experience in my career of standing over a deceased young man’s body in a vacant building. I do not want to experience this again, but I especially don’t want it to be a situation that is so preventable.

County Treasurer Bryon Varin provides further support, saying the county spends $11 million a year on incarceration, defense and prosecution but $38,000 on Youth Bureau programs.

For our children and community, vote “yes” between noon and 8 p.m. May 20 at Franklin Academy High School gym.

DEREK CHAMPAGNE

Franklin County district attorney

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Public employees

TO THE EDITOR: In the interest of transparency, I would like to respond to Kenneth Baker’s Letter to the Editor.

He quite viciously attacked the Plattsburgh City School Board and the Plattsburgh Teachers Association, and I find that situation to be both ironic and hypocritical.

Both Mr. Baker and his running mate were public employees (like teachers), and both were represented during their working years by powerful unions, which defended their rights to a fair wage, benefits and a defined contribution pension plan (like teachers).

Upon their retirements, they received a pension and health-care benefits (again, like teachers).

I, along with every other resident of New York state has paid for those benefits through our state taxes and will continue to do so as long as we live in this state.

Would I like to deprive them of their retirement benefits or change them? No. As a school taxpayer, would I deprive or change any other union member’s earned benefits? No. I’m not a hypocrite.

Vote for Fred Wachmeister and Tracy Rotz.

MARCIA WAGNER

Plattsburgh

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