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May 21, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 21, 2013

Derby party

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who came out for our recent Kentucky Derby Open Barn Party.

On May 4, we opened up our beautifully renovated, 107-year-old horse barn to present the hard work of our impressive maintenance staff and allow the public to interact with Miner Morgans.

We set up a flat-screen television in the classroom area of the barn for derby viewing. Our cafeteria staff provided delicious southern-themed food and beverages. HD Valhalla, “Hallie,” gave an impromptu demonstration in the riding arena with Katie Ballard, Miner Institute director of research and one of Hallie’s biggest fans.

Special thanks go out to the local businesses that helped make the Kentucky Derby event so special: Duprey’s Feed, North Country Floral & Gifts, Blair & Webber Photography, Adirondack Tack and Alltech.

The continued support and encouragement of Dr. Joseph and Joan Burke also made the event possible.

It truly was a lot of fun, and we are thrilled that so many people are interested in Miner Institute and all we do here.

We hope to see you again when we host an institute-wide Open House on Aug. 10.

RACHEL DUTIL

Miner Institute

Chazy

 

Senate cowardice

TO THE EDITOR: Cowardice in the U.S. Senate was evident at the end of April 2013.

Four Democrats voted with 42 others to block common sense that would have made it harder for criminals or mentally deranged individuals to get hold of deadly firearms. Why? Because they fear the NRA, which gave $2.5 million to support pro-gun politicians in the 2012 election, who chose appeasement over honoring the legacy of thousands of victims of gun violence and their families.

Broader background checks posed absolutely no threat to the Second Amendment; the NRA falsely told gun lovers that this bill, put forward by the Senate initially, was tantamount to national gun registry and a prelude to confiscation.

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