October 3, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 3, 2012


---- — Water temperature

TO THE EDITOR: This is a thank-you to Mr. Wibecan for his column on the pool temperature “tempest” at the PARC Wellness Center.

I’m really glad he brought the changes to public view.

When CVPH first notified Wellness Center members that management was changing, I went to the website of the new management company. I noted then that the majority of the facilities it managed were college fitness centers. And I knew that the focus would be changing at the Wellness Center.

As a member of the over-60 age group, I view the cavalier treatment of the older Wellness Center members vis a vis the pool temperature as simply another example of shallow managerial thinking. The age group I’m in is the one with disposable income. And there are a lot of us.

Not only do we have the money to spend, we tend to be loyal to a business that treats us well. To change the focus of services to attract a much younger demographic ignores a basic business principle: Market to your biggest audience.

Yes, it’s hip to be young. Those are the bodies you want in your advertising, not those of us Boomers. But whose checks do you want to be receiving month after month, year after year? We may be slow, but we’re sure. And we have lots of friends, and not just the Facebook variety.

Maybe we could teach the management company something here.




Land access

TO THE EDITOR: It’s wonderful that the governor was able to visit Boreas Ponds. However, his comment that it will be open to the public is misleading.

If this “Jewel of the Adirondacks” is classified as Wilderness, there will be no “public” access.

This is assuming that the DEC and APA don’t come up with new interpretations of the State Land Master Plan regulations.

All roads leading to the property will be abandoned and allowed to go back to nature. While they are in the process of becoming nothing but an overgrown path, you will only be able to hike on them. They will be closed to all mechanical devices.

Also, they should but probably won’t allow the dam to deteriorate. I assume the dam is a “manmade structure,” which is technically unacceptable in Wilderness. Although DEC does not enforce this regulation when it come to hikers, etc.

And, the lodge that the governor and his staff stay at will have to be destroyed as it is another manmade structure on State Land.

So it will be open to the public if you define public as those who are physically fit and able to hike 6 miles from the old National Lead mine at Tahawas or 4.6 miles from the closest point on the Blue Ridge Road through very rugged, mountainous terrain. And there won’t be any canoes or fishing equipment waiting. If you want it, you’ll have to carry it in and, hopefully, carry it out.

So remember when the environmental lobby or the government talk about what a wonderful addition this purchase will be, it will have value to only a very small percentage of the population and will effectively be removing another 22,000 acres from the working forest.


Long Lake


Time for change

TO THE EDITOR: Why would the president attempt to diminish and insult those responsible for our economy?“You didn’t build that,” he argued. “Someone else made that happen.”Three and a half years have dragged on, and we are still floundering economically. The debt clock has hit $16 trillion, unemployment has stayed above 8 percent for 43 consecutive months, and 23 million people are unemployed.Someone please knock the golf clubs out of his hands. Is Barack Obama someone we want to entrust our economy with for another four years? No. He hasn’t earned it.Our founding fathers were correct in believing that individuals had control of their own destiny. If they could dream it, they could make it happen. Only in America.The entrepreneurial spirit helped thrust a nation into the forefront of mankind’s history. Never before or since has any nation come close to the meteoric rise we experienced. It is the grandest experiment known to man. No longer did a populace have to depend on the state for its living or sustenance.

However, this president is more worried about social justice, which means he wants the “makers” to give to the “takers.” That is absolutely the wrong concept, and when you study it closely, it’s something totally unsustainable. But in the last four decades the advocates for socialism and liberalism have broke through like a bunch of zits that have finally popped. Surely, it will be a messy outcome.“Hope & Change” didn’t work. I’m confident we have learned our lesson and will vote for mature leadership this time around. The best advice I heard during the conventions came from a great American who explained in simple terms, “When somebody does not do the job, we’ve gotta let him go.”

Thank you, Mr. Eastwood.




Owens changes

TO THE EDITOR: Recent advertisements in which Congressman Bill Owens claims to have single-handedly created more than 2,000 jobs require clarification.

It’s not true. I should know. I was the CEO at Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. for two years. We called on Bill when we had a truly interested prospect. He would answer their legal questions.

The real marketing was done by the PARC team, my outstanding staff, plus a host of outside experts. The idea that any one of us was responsible for the jobs that PARC created is ridiculous.

What bothers me about Owens’s unseemly bragging is that he is now doing the opposite of what he did back when we worked as a team. For example, it was Bill who argued that labor unions were not as militant or easily formed in the States as they were in Canada. Now he opposes a secret ballot in union elections and argues that unions are good for everybody. That scares the hell out of most Canadian companies.

He wants to raise taxes on business owners and double tax them when they operate an offshore company. When we were a team, he used to brag, along with the rest of us, that our tax code was friendly to business and better than what our Canadian friends were accustomed to back home.

He was always quick to point out that employer-paid health insurance was not a legal mandate; it was a choice driven by market forces rather than the government. Now he supports Obamacare.

There are many more examples, too numerous to discuss here.

Remember this: The ads are misleading.Do not confuse the congressman with the conservative, pro-business, legal expert that I used to know. That person disappeared when Bill Owens decided to run for Congress.


Rouses Point


Working together

TO THE EDITOR: To whom do we pledge allegiance?

“I pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist, not the United States of America, and to the executives for which he stands, one nation, under him, individual, with liberty and justice for some.”Since its inception in 1986, Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist and just 60,000 ATR members (.02 percent of all Americans) have leveraged 236 of the 242 Republican congressmen and 40 of the 46 Republican senators and three Democrats to sign a pledge that opposes any tax increase or reduction in tax credits without a dollar-for-dollar offset in expenditures.

It is impressive what millions of dollars in direct and indirect (PAC) donations can buy.

However, after our greatest financial meltdown since the great depression, is their pledge the best thing for America and the remaining 314,940,000 citizens? I am not suggesting that reducing taxes for everyone is not a good and lofty goal. I am only wondering if this wouldn’t be a better time to work together to solve our problems?

Our short history teaches us that with infrastructure, technology and education funding (remember the Depression), we can grow our way back to prosperity and a balanced budget. But it takes open minds and willing hearts to make it happen and a loftier goal than “getting rid of the other guy.”

Regardless of the outcome of the next election, we might consider a pledge that requires our representatives to work together. I believe that pledge goes something like:“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”


Chateaugay Lake and Sanibel, Fla.


Donut Dash

TO THE EDITOR: The first-annual Donut Dash 5k and Munchkin Half-Mile Fun Run was held in Plattsburgh on Sept. 1.

Our thanks go to more than 200 runners and to all those who supported the event and helped make it a success.

A big thank-you goes out to our main sponsor, Dunkin Donuts, who provided all the doughnuts for the race. Friendly’s restaurant gave all the munchkin runners a free meal, and High Peaks Dental gave them each a toothbrush.

We also appreciate the support of everyone who donated prizes: Ninety-Nine Restaurant, Road ID, Maui North, Dragoon’s Farm Equipment, Ace Hardware, Play It Again Sports, Price Chopper in Champlain, Nephew’s Discount Liquor & Wine, LouAnn MacDougal, Batters Up, Cattle Barn Pub & Grill, Riley Ford, Route 3 Auto Supply, Fleet Feet, Dicks Sporting Goods, Cumberland 12 and Delish by Irises.

We also thank the City of Plattsburgh, Gerry & Mary Duprey, Jack & Gayle Wilson, Giovanina Bucci, Pat Hendrick Photography, Graphix Ink and the Northern Lights Track Club for their support.

A special thanks to all of our volunteers who assisted with the registration, traffic control, the aid and doughnut stations and the raffle and 50/50 ticket sales. Without your help, our race wouldn’t have been so successful.

And finally, we would like to thank all the runners who came out and enjoyed the event. Your support and enthusiasm was truly appreciated. All the money you helped us raise will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research and to Girls on the Run.Thank you again for all your support. We had a great race, a successful fundraiser and a lot of fun. We hope to see you all next year.





Race organizers