December 24, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 24, 2012


---- — Airport noise

TO THE EDITOR: Regarding “Jets at airport” in the Dec. 11 Press-Republican, I must disagree with the author. All joint civilian/military airports do have to consider the “noise” factor when taking off, performing various maneuvers, landing, etc., with one serious exception: “in case of national emergency.”

The key word here is “joint,” as in used by both, not just military.

A big percentage of financial opportunity in a lot of large cities is because of airports. While agreeing with the “noise” being irritating, sometimes downright bothersome, it is something that can be overcome, especially when one considers the frequency of those flights.

One major consideration in having an Air Guard or Air Force Reserve operation here is the idea of having a manned control tower. The benefits to having one of those are major. That will allow major airlines to bring “scheduled airlines” here, as opposed to just occasional vacation charter airlines we now have, with many more destinations, as well as allowing the communities in this area to grow with other opportunities.

Not to mention the additional salaries being brought in by associated support personnel, both civilian and military. To top it off, the cost to this area will be less than just having the Federal Aviation Administration help us with funding for that tower.

I, personally, want my grandchildren to have every opportunity available to children in those cities without having to worry about the majority of problems in those cities.

If we want quiet, we can move five or 10 miles north, west or south and still be close enough to the city center to enjoy any of the services available, with little inconvenience.




Remember veterans

TO THE EDITOR: At the start of the American Revolution in 1776, candles would be lighted in the windows of all the homes of the loved ones fighting in the war.

The candles were a beacon shining in the villages and in then North America.

Times have changed, but wars have not. Families at home await the return of their military sons and daughters. America must not forget all of those in places of war and peace around the world.

Even though emails, texting and cell phones are available to some of them, we must never forget them. Their service and sacrifices must be remembered by all. To any past veteran of a foreign war, they truly know and remember their sacrifices.

As military families await the return of their loved ones home, so does all military veterans and hopefully all of America. May God bless all of them.




School safety

TO THE EDITOR: The tragedy in Newtown, Ct., has most people questioning whether measures put into place after 9/11 and shootings in Columbine, Virginia and other school campuses are adequate. They’re probably not.

You can lock the doors, require visitors to sign in when entering a school building, have special pass codes for staff, etc., but are our schools safe from a tragic event? I think not.

At Sandy Hook Elementary School, a crazed gunman blew out the entrance-way windows to gain eccess and commence his massacre of young students and staff.

Do we want our schools, those bastions of safety for our children, to become armed fortresses, patrolled by gun-carrying law-enforcement agents? No.

All the measures implemented by North Country school districts probably aren’t enough, as witnessed by the event in Connecticut. We need more tools to prevent a future tragedy.

Schools should install video equipment at every public entrance to our school buildings, monitored by someone whose sole job is to alert school administrators and staff when anyone prepares to enter a school building, be it a student, parent, staffer or vendor.

The system could be housed in a central location where someone could monitor the comings and goings of everyone. It would give staff prior notice that someone wants to enter a building. It could monitor the tardy student with a cello case coming to school, the angry parent who wants to meet with staff or someone unknown to the school.

Once in the building, no one would have unfettered access to classrooms and areas where children congregate.

The visitor would have to be buzzed into the building — doors locked when the school day begins — after the prior notification.

Unbudgeted expense? Well, what’s the price of a child’s life?




Tobacco marketing

TO THE EDITOR: You can’t walk in to a store this time of year and not be bombarded with bright colors, large signs and displays that impact your purchasing decisions.

Holiday shopping is a marketing frenzy for many corporations. Yet all year-round, tobacco companies spend over a half-million dollars a day in New York state to market their addictive product.

In 2012, the Surgeon General reported that tobacco marketing has a direct link to a teenager’s tobacco use. In-store tobacco displays send messages to teens and children that distort the social acceptability and popularity of tobacco use.

The average tobacco marketing display at a convenience store or pharmacy is 32 square feet. That’s equivalent to a 4-by-8-foot area rug full of cigarette packages and tobacco marketing right behind the cash register.

Tobacco Control Programs throughout New York state are working to educate the community about the policy options that help limit children’s exposure to tobacco marketing.

To learn more about supporting NYS Tobacco Control Programs, visit


Tobacco Control Program assistant

Adirondack Tobacco-Free Network


Plattsburgh Raising Joy

TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, Lisa and Nadine, for 26 years of vision and wisdom. This year’s Joy to the Children is proving to be one of the most successful ever.

The proceeds, which support children’s programming at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, provide for 300 programs reaching more than 30,000 local children (coming from as far away as Ticonderoga, Plattsburgh, Minerva and Malone — over a 60 mile radius in Clinton, Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties) throughout the year.

In these difficult economic times, it is truly a tribute to our community that we can muster this kind of support for our children. Over the past 26 years, Joy has raised more than $1.8 million.

Well-rounded children make the best future citizens, which is why we donate the cost of this event. Exposure to the arts in conjunction with all the other opportunities kids have in our area supports that objective.

Ultimately, children are the future of our community. Lisa and I wanted our children to have this opportunity, which resulted in her creating Joy to the Children 26 years ago. All of our five children have participated in these programs and have benefited greatly.

I wish to thank the many individuals and businesses that donated so freely their time, service, efforts and products. A special thanks to the benefit chairs; Sharon Wood and Erin Perkins and all those who helped them; and the extraordinary efforts of the staff and management of the Center for the Arts.

I would also like to thank the staff of the Mirror Lake Inn for their fine efforts and once again my wife, Lisa, and Nadine Duhaime for creating this idea 26 years ago.



Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

Lake Placid