January 23, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan.23, 2013


---- — Dixon’s the best

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing this letter to express my sincere gratitude for the contribution made by Coach Dixon, who improved and enhanced my life.

I had choices to attend Saddleback Community College in California and Hudson Valley Community College, and I refused both because the only reason I wanted to go to Clinton was just to be coached by her. She has taught me so much more than I would have ever imagined.

It’s not very common to find a competitive sports team where character is valued more than talent. Not only have I learned dedication, humility and sportsmanship from my years on the team, I’ve also learned to see the big picture in everything I pursue and to look at life with a positive attitude.

I feel that I have developed in sportsmanship and self-esteem under her coaching and guidance. She devoted so much time to us, teaching us not only the mechanics of basketball, soccer and softball but values that I am sure we will need throughout life.

Letting her go as an administrator and full-time coach would be a major loss for CCC. She put that school on the map, recruiting many strong athletes who represented the name of the Cougars, which brought our rivals to fear. Not only did she coach the team to nationals and win, she advised us when we needed help in school.

As a alumni athlete, I will be embarrassed and disgusted to say I have attended if Donna Dixon does not remain as full-time coach. She has given us so much time of her personal life and family time for the college and student-athletes just for her to get ripped of her position as administrator and the best coach this county and state has ever seen.




Complicated issues

TO THE EDITOR: As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, it is hard for me to imagine why anyone would purposely cause the terrible tragedy that happened in Connecticut.

It is also hard to understand why some politicians, instead of trying to figure out the problems of today’s society, are using such tragedies to put more government control on citizens of this country (re: more gun laws).

New York state and Connecticut have some of the strictest gun laws of the nation, yet no one seems able to keep guns out of the hands of people who really shouldn’t have them. We don’t seem to be able to enforce the laws already on the books; still we pass more laws.

It seem that even in a controlled society such as our prison systems, weapons and contraband seem to find their way to inmates.

I am not trying to sound like an extremist or paranoid, but history tells us that sometimes you can’t overlook that there might be those among us that think this isn’t the government of, by and for the people. It happened in countries such as Turkey, 1915, 1917; the Soviet Union, 1929, 1953; Nazi Germany and occupied Europe, 1933, 1945; China, 1949; Guatamala, 1971, 1979; and Cambodia, 1975, 1979, and did collectively cause the genocide of approximately 56 million people after controlling their guns.


Rouses Point


Town taxes

TO THE EDITOR: Today I received my Town of Plattsburgh tax bill with two brand new tax items added, apparently to pay for the changes to the road-lighting system.

Earlier, we were informed that this move would save the town money.

A few weeks ago, a rather convincing Letter to Editor stated how and why this was not true. One would assume that someone from the town government would have issued a statement convincingly demonstrating that the facts given in the letter were inaccurate.

If that occurred, I missed it. If it didn’t, then someone from the town should do so, assuming their position is defensible.