Press-Republican

April 15, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 15, 2013


Press-Republican

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TO THE EDITOR: Cheers to the City of Plattsburgh Fire Department for their quick response time with the fire in our apartment building on March 17.

Thanks to their quick response, most of our stuff was untouched by the fire. We would like to thank the City Police as well, for notifying us about the fire and for their helpfulness. Also, we would like to thank the person who made the 911 call about the fire.

While it was an unfortunate event, without the responses and help of the Fire Department, the City Police and the person who called 911, it could of been much worse.

MINDY LaFOUNTAIN

NORM McCRAY

Plattsburgh

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Salute to nurses

TO THE EDITOR: National Nurses week is May 6 to 12. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the nurses that work with Hospice of the North Country for the excellent care that they provide for our patients.

Hospice care goes far beyond medical care and includes many other services that address social, spiritual and practical needs. However, the medical component is also an important part of what we do, and our skilled-nursing staff, which consists of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, play a key role in delivering that medical component to those we serve.

These nurses act as the eyes and ears for the doctors, as most of our patients no longer leave their homes for medical appointments, tests or treatments. By having a specialized nursing staff to report changes and needs to the physicians, adjustments to each patient’s individualized plan of care can be made and implemented while allowing those we serve to remain in the comfort of their own homes. This adds significant levels of quality of life, dignity and comfort to otherwise terrible situations that are faced at the end of life.

I would also like to recognize the many nurses that we work with on a daily basis in partner agencies and organizations. Hospitals, nursing homes, physician’s offices, home-care agencies and adult homes all have vital services that are provided by nurses, and all play a key role in helping to make hospice services a success in our community.

To say that I appreciate the nurses that work with the patients we serve would be an understatement. Your dedication, compassion and skill in helping to meet the needs of those we serve is priceless.

KENT W. BROOKS

CEO

Hospice of the North Country

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After-school programs

TO THE EDITOR: The 113th Congress has an opportunity to not be known as a do-nothing Congress.

Congress will continue work on the FY 2013 federal spending bill and address the automatic spending cuts postponed until March as part of the fiscal-cliff deal.

There will likely be deep cuts to a host of federal programs, but an area congressman should think twice about slashing is education and afterschool programs. Investing now in the education of our children, especially in science, technology, engineering and math, will ensure our future leaders have the skills and knowledge to succeed.

Afterschool and summer learning programs, in particular, are a smart investment. Children who participate in these programs have better school attendance, higher grades and loftier aspirations about graduation and college attendance.

They often find the social and emotional supports they need, and they’re less likely to use drugs or get into trouble with police.

Children in afterschool programs are at lower risk of obesity. Young people also develop social and leadership skills in afterschool programs, as they interact with peers in cooperative roles and mentoring relationships.

Yet more than 15 million children in the United States have no safe, supervised activities after the school day ends. While parents pay over 75 percent of the cost of afterschool programs, federal support for these programs is critical to keeping children safe, inspiring them to learn and providing a lifeline for working families who otherwise are faced with leaving children unattended in the afternoon.

Elected officials in Washington should work to maintain afterschool and summer learning funding for the school, faith-based and community-based organizations that provide these cost-effective programs so essential to our children and families.

JENNIFER FABER

Wadhams

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Workers memorial

TO THE EDITOR: On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for a safe workplace.

This year, we will come together to call for good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy. We will seek stronger safeguards to prevent injuries and save lives. We will stand for the right of all workers to raise job safety concerns without fear of retaliation and for the freedom to form unions and speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.

Please join us and make your voices heard.

BETTY LENNON

President

Northeast Central Labor Council AFL-CIO

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Successful carnival

TO THE EDITOR: On March 23, the Mooers Elementary Parent Teacher Partnership held its annual Spring Carnival.

The members of the Mooers Elementary PTP would like to recognize and thank the following businesses and individuals for their support, contributions and time: Ace Hardware (Champlain), Alan & Darlene Miller, Beeline Convenience Store, Begor’s Supply, Belcam Inc., Bowl Mart Lanes, Cha-rp Rental Center (Rouses Point), Conroy’s Organics, Crystal Caboose, D & D Meats, Dragoon’s Farm Equipment, Duck’s Auto Parts (West Chazy), Dunkin Donuts (Champlain), JP Signs, L & M Convenience Store, Liz Vilardo, M & S Off Road Supply, Nicci Molinski (Stampin’ Up!), Nikki Sass (Upstate Distribution), North Country Golf Club, Paradise City Salon, Parker Chevrolet, Sandi’s Kountry Kitchen, the Wooden Goose, Sarah Miller (Sam’s Treats), Shannon Johnston (Thirty-One), Susan & Rudy Miller, the faculty and staff of Mooers Elementary, the parent volunteers who donated their time and contributed supplies, as well as all of the families who came out to have fun and support our Spring Carnival.

Thank you all so much; we wouldn’t be able to host such a fun event for the children without your help.

MEGAN SIMPSON

Mooers Elementary PTP