October 2, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2, 2012


---- — Terminal expansion

TO THE EDITOR: Our airport is proper size for long-term needs.

We have had different airlines, and each attempt is with lucrative EAS subsidies.

In a few years, the new FAA Reform Act takes effect. This requires at least 10 departures every day and location within 175 miles of a hub airport. Boston is 182 miles away, 10 daily departures makes EAS renewal unlikely, and it’s not efficient to go South, West or North.

Airlines are having hard times, with several in bankruptcy or shutting down and major airlines are not renewing contracts. The result is Plattsburgh will not be able to justify the $50 million terminal expansion and the operating costs.

We have Allegiant carrying mostly Canadian passengers, but if the exchange rate changes or rules become restrictive or the president’s budget gets its $100-per-departure tax and tripling the security tax, they and Allegiant could vaporize.

The airline industry is volatile and dependent on many variables. Responsible legislators expand airports when they are making money, with growth guaranteed. Usually, the airline pays for the costs of expansion.

An editorial on June 19 stated the terminal made $1 million the first year, with operation costs of $4.4 million, and $1.4 million had to come out of general funds. Now we are adding on $50 million in new debt, plus long-term operating costs, hoping it will lead to attracting more flights.

If we raise parking fees more to cover the deficit, passengers will go elsewhere with better choices.

We taxpayers are the “landlord” of the public airport, the elected legislators our employed “managers.” In light of the facts, it would behoove us to make sure we have a competent, sound airport business model before strapping us with this long-term debt.




Judicial candidates

TO THE EDITOR: As a practicing lawyer for over 30 years, I know how important it is to have a judge who treats everyone fairly and equally.

On Election Day, the North Country will be voting for four justices of the New York State Supreme Court. Elections are by judicial district, not by county. Our Judicial District covers 11 counties from Schenectady to the Canadian border.

The State Supreme Court is the trial court for most civil (non-criminal) lawsuits. Civil-rights cases, foreclosures, employees’ rights and injury cases are litigated in the Supreme Court.

I support four highly qualified candidates in this election for Supreme Court justice.The first is attorney John Silvestri of Essex County, who has been a lawyer for 30 years. He was a prosecutor and has been town attorney. He practices many areas of civil law. He has the experience, intelligence and temperment to be a fair and impartial Supreme Court judge. His website is:

I also support City Judge Jeffrey Wait of Saratoga Springs, (, Family Court Judge Christine Clark of Schenectady ( and Family Court Judge Mark Powers of Schenectady ( for Supreme Court justice. These three judges will probably be assigned to the southern part of the 4th Judicial District when they win.

John Silvestri, Jeffrey Wait, Christine Clark and Mark Powers are very well-respected in the legal community. They have good legal minds. They are the type of fair, competent and hard-working people we need as judges to provide equal justice to all.

I am voting for them because they are the most qualified people for the job, regardless of political party.




Treatment thwarted

TO THE EDITOR: I am a cancer survivor for the last 18 months.

The warm water and movement in the pool was my last hope to help with the pain. I would work my muscles and bones in the weight room, per instructions from my therapist (at the Wellness Center), and then use the pool to continue to build muscle. After losing 30 pounds, I could barely walk from the chemo. What was I to do?

Prior to the cancer, I was an avid swimmer to help with painful arthritis and help me stay fit. I would go to the Wellness Center after work. I felt my best in doing so.

Cancer came along and gave me a run for my life and strength. I had excellent support at home. My husband made me smile every day regardless and encouraged me to get better so I could get back to the pool.

Eventually, I did make the return to the warm pool water. I worked out a little at a time, and it helped. With the increasing pain from the treatments I had and medicine I needed to be on, the trip to the pool was making the recovery a bit more tolerable.

Now it would be cut short. The people at the top who run the Wellness Center know full well what the warm water does for the population with any kind of pain — and we were the largest population there.

Would they consider making it possible for odd and/or even days to be warmer for those that really need the pool and exercise to relieve the pain? No longer a member.




Caring for vets

TO THE EDITOR: You and I now know that things really have changed since we have gotten older; the streets of Plattsburgh are not as busy as they were 55 to 60 years ago.

The people do not smile or say good morning like they did in those days. The chestnut trees don’t grow there anymore. The flowers are not spotted, either.

Yes, they do try very hard to keep the streets and sidewalks clean, so I guess you could say it’s not the workforce. So what is it? It’s the people in general who seem to not care, do not go the extra step to clean and keep clean their towns or communities.

No crosses for being blessed for what we do have, no flags that say thank you veterans all the way back to the Battle of Lake Champlain. You keep putting people in office who have a heart but just for them. You put people in office who are friends or working with or for Mr. Obama. You back the union leaders more than you back the women who serve you, like Janet Duprey or Betty Little. You seem to help or pay attention to those who deny our military, like Matt Doheny or Doug Hoffman.

I too have seen the insults from this president toward Christianity and I am not happy at all. I want my tax money to go to real teachers who instruct our children.

This election is without a doubt the most important election we will have in our time. Vote the right way: Janet Duprey, Matt Doheny and others in the Republican conservative party who will take care of your veterans.




Catholic schools

TO THE EDITOR: Where is loyalty to Catholic schools?

Satisfaction leaving school each day is something one cannot explain. Sharing God’s love with children and helping them make right decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives is a satisfaction deep within the soul.

However, when it comes to the faculty and staff, many employees have been treated in a very unchristian manner. Furthermore, their Catholic school salaries do not speak of social justice.Mrs. Laframboise gave 37 years to Catholic education. The diocese did not acknowledge it; how sad. Where is the appreciation for teachers’ sacrifices and loyal service? Sister Cordata treated unchristian-like so she returned to St Mary’s. Her deep faith and love of the children was a guiding force for everyone.

With Catholic schools closing, you would think that other Catholic schools would employthe out-of-work staff, but they employed outsiders. Where is the support? Bishop LaValley could have overridden Father Delbel’s decision.

We left St. Mary’s saying, “See you in September.” Days later, the school was closed. Why anger and confusion over this closing? We had met the guidelines proposed to us to remain open. I saw the money and registrations. The powers to be said no, but they will have to answer to their maker.

Many tears fall over St. Mary’s sudden closing. We ask God to help us understand. Apparently, the diocese does not realize the far-reaching fallout this is causing. A heartless and cruel decision.

In this day, with so many adults questioning their Catholic faith, Catholic education is a beacon of light to our youth. They are the future of the Catholic church.

I remain puzzled and saddened like many people.




Build bridge

TO THE EDITOR: Can someone tell me why there is a monopoly on the transportation across Lake Champlain?

The ferry has every one in this region in a grip. Everyone claims it is not feasible to build a bridge across there. Bologna! A bridge would create jobs, make revenue and benefit the taxpayers who support everything anyway.

There are more than 10,000 commuters a day across the lake. Does anyone really need to do the math to see how beneficial a bridge would be to all? We could pay off a bond for this bridge in less than 10 years.

Everyone is already paying for ferry fees, so why not pay for a bridge that would eventually be payed off? After that, there would be no more fees. In the meantime, we would create jobs to build the bridge, jobs to collect the tolls and jobs to tabulate all of this.

Please, people, see that this is practical thinking. Give it a chance.