June 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: June 12, 2013


---- — Accountability crucial

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to thank the Northern Adirondack Central School community for electing me to the board.

I am 59 years old, a graduate of Lyon Mountain High, SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, teacher’s certification and a master’s degree in physical education from Syracuse University, where I was a graduate/teaching assistant in athletics and physical education.

I retired from NACS after 27 years of service and 29 years of public-school experience, plus two years parochial-school experience.

My wife, Suzanne, and I have lived in the district and raised our daughter, Rian (a Moriah kindergarten teacher) here.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the board. The greatest challenge facing school districts is to provide quality education matching the ever-increasing state-mandated demands without increasing taxpayer contributions to perilous levels.

I believe that accountability — beginning with administration in concert with School Board, faculty/staff and ultimately the student body and school community — is vital to our success.

I believe taxpayers will support ideas that have been clearly and transparently explained to them.

We have a wealth of experience and resources in our district that remain untapped, largely because many people in key positions do not live here and have not taken the time or made the effort to familiarize themselves with them.

My only goal — or “agenda,” if you will — is to make Northern Adirondack a school we can be proud of and a comfortable place to call home.

One again, I appreciate the opportunity to serve and will do my very best to justify your faith in me.


Ellenburg Depot


Sustainable employment

TO THE EDITOR: The term “sustainable” has been teamed up with growth, development, environment and energy.

I live inside the “Blue Line.” Our unemployment rate during good times is typically 7 to 8 percent, which on a national scale brings out cries for economic stimulus.

My concerns go deeper than just my local area, extending to the state and nation.

Something lacking from the discussion is “sustainable employment,” which I would define this as the ability of a community to produce enough new jobs to cover the number of young adults who graduate from their high school minus workers retiring from the local workforce.

Example: a town may average 50 adults a year graduating and 30 retiring, so it would need to produce 20 new jobs a year. With this, we are not truly “sustainable.”

Another disturbing trend is the notion of “smart growth,” which funnels development into our urban centers at the demise of rural areas. The governor’s latest proposal, setting up of tax breaks to companies that locate in a college community, demonstrates some of the worst aspects of smart growth; this would accelerate the outflow of jobs from our small communities.

I would like to see a statewide study that shows the job creation/loss for each community, a “sustainable employment index” established, with each community getting an index number based on their job creation/loss, and recommendations on what regulations could be change to produce positive index numbers. 

The Adirondack Park Act specifically calls for vibrant growth. It is time the state government rewrites the act to reflect this mandate and include “sustainable employment” in the mix.

We also must remember the Adirondacks are in a U.N. Biosphere Reserve, charging us with the obligation to create a stable economy within environmental protection.