Press-Republican

December 4, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 4, 2012


Press-Republican

---- — Police budget

TO THE EDITOR: Plattsburgh Police Department budget is way out of control.

People talk about the library, Municipal Lighting Department and Fire Department; those don’t hold a candle to the Police Department, whose budget has increased from $2,523,316 in 1998 to $4,671,803 in 2011, an increase of $2,148,487.

Water and Sewer and Public Works budgets have increased from $4,009,633 to $4,493,706, up $484,073 since 1998.

The library has increased from $421,086 to $796,323, up $484,073.

The Fire Department budget has gone from $2,446,269 to $2,543,741, up $97,445, the lowest increase of all the budgets.

All of these budget figures are from 1998 to 2011, from the state of New York. The public-safety fees — revenue from tickets and fines — went from $221,609 in 1998 to $76,872, down $144,737.

Under health fees, which is ambulance calls, revenue went from $235,649 to $966,703, up $731,054.

The only budget that is out of control is the Police Department. In the Plattsburgh area, we have the County Sheriff Department, New York State Police, SUNY Campus Police and Park Police; we do not need a $5 million Police Department. Cut the police budget by one half, and get it in line with the other departments.

This open-checkbook policy puts undue stress on other city departments. Department heads have to make due with less so police can have more; it’s not right.

The mayor and counsel have done a good job with the city budget, except for the Police Department. Either someone owes a favor, or it’s an oversight, you decide. Get the police department budget under control or we will find someone who will.

ALFRED DUBUQUE

Plattsburgh

 

Celebrating religion

TO THE EDITOR: Dear Santa, my name is “Billy” and I am age 7. My teacher wanted me to write a letter as a class project, to tell you what I want for Christmas, which I thought was weird because progressive liberals made sure my school couldn’t have a Christmas tree, replaced Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays, no reindeer or Christmas lights.

I can’t say the Pledge of Allegiance because it mentions God. I have to pray to myself before I eat, while others light candles on the menorah and pray six times a day to Allah. And we took a class trip to a museum, where I saw a Jesus statue made out of dog poop, but I wasn’t offended because the teacher called it art. My friend Juan doesn’t speak English, so I help him translate, while I learn his in order to graduate, but he doesn’t have to learn mine.

I was hoping for hamburgers for lunch Friday, but was told it might offend Catholics, so we had fish. I was hoping for hot dogs Tuesday, but it was Ramadan. So I asked if I could celebrate my religion on Wednesdays and was told it might offend others. When I say their choices offend me and my beliefs, I’m a bully just for asking to celebrate mine.

So here is my wish for Christmas, Santa. Remind all the others who want to discriminate against me just to advance their causes to not forget how they got the right to do so, under mine. Oh, and can you tell Obama, people would stop calling you a Muslim if the news showed you going to church, like the 43 other presidents before you.

God bless you, Santa, unless you are a liberal, then HappyKwanHanRamFestivus.

PETER J. MOORE

West Chazy

 

Prevent abortions

TO THE EDITOR: This is in response to the letter by Constance Mandeville, who stated she’s appalled that a group of SUNY Plattsburgh students are forming a pro-life group.

She then goes on to say she believes in free speech yet she’s appalled that these students are speaking freely about pro-life.

Ms. Mandeville, you have every right to speak your mind that you are against pro-life believers, but you are wrong to assume we do not care about anyone other than unborn babies who are aborted. How do you know what we think and feel?

In this day and age, with all the contraceptives available, there should be no need for women to be aborting 365,000 babies a year. This is unacceptable and shows a complete disregard for human life.

I think I can speak for many pro-lifers that, in cases of rape, incest or the mother’s life being in danger, an abortion can be performed, but even that is stretching it. Women who wantonly have unprotected sex have no respect for themselves. The number of innocent babies who are murdered every year would be much lower if it were not for women like these.

Don’t want an unwanted pregnancy? Then either use contraceptives or abstain. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.

JOAN CHARRON

Champlain