May 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 30, 2013


---- — Unhappy about ticket

TO THE EDITOR: I used to think of New York as a progressive state, that is, until I recently received a speed-trap ticket in Mooers.

My New Hampshire plate was an invitation for the trooper to nab me as I was exiting town. Kind of cowardly, I think, sitting on the edge of a zone targeting unsuspecting travelers.

Because I had never seen one, I had to call the court clerk to guide me through the process maze. She cleared up the options: plead guilty or not. I also questioned what the price was, since this is not listed. I was then told there was a mandatory $85 surcharge and the price range of my violation. Again I questioned what were the defining prices, only to be promptly told that it was the judge’s discretion, an elected official with no law experience.

So, as requested, I mailed in my plea with a request for the minimum due to financial hardship and not having any prior record in New York state. I’ve driven for more than 30 years with only two tickets. I drive a rusty 9-year-old car. Not exactly the picture of wealth.

I received Judge Jeffrey Menard’s judgment in the mail with very little interest in minimum. Can anyone see what’s wrong with this process? I wanted to point the finger at being an out-of-stater, but it is bigger than that.

Well, sadly, the reason for my travel through Mooers was at the request of my 13-year-old wanting to see the Rouses Point Bridge, and she blamed herself.

It is also unfortunate for the businesses of Mooers whose revenue will decline due to a lack of travelers because word is out.


Strafford, NH


Saluting veterans

TO THE EDITOR: The North Country Honor Flight would like to salute all our veterans and all those in our area who have stepped up and taken the time to honor those who have defended our nation.

All who served deserve recognition; they gave their best to America.

Recently, in Washington, D.C., with 18 of the Honor Flight World War II veterans, I learned something new. Many of the same words are often used to praise our veterans: honor, respect, duty, dignity, heroism, valor.

On May 18, the Saranac High School Freedom Club arrived at the National World War II Memorial to greet our veterans and spent the entire afternoon with them, making it one of the greatest days of their lives for both groups.

I observed these two generations so far apart in years and so close together in their feelings and learned a new word that needs to be applied to all of our veterans: love.

Honor, respect, admiration are what we all should aspire to for every veteran in our country. They are all heroes. But showing them some love, that would really seal the deal.

Abraham Lincoln had great respect for those who served on both sides in the Civil War, and what he said then rings true even more today: “A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”

Thank you for honoring our veterans and for supporting Honor Flight.


Executive director

North Country Honor Flight


AVCS reunion

TO THE EDITOR: I am attempting to reach all members of the Class of 2003 from AuSable Valley.

Some of us have been working together to organize a 10-year reunion at the Naked Turtle on Aug. 10. A group page has been created on Facebook for anyone in the Class of 2003 with updates and information.

For those who do not have or use Facebook, please contact me by email at so that we can include everyone and make sure all members of the class are invited.

Thank you.




Literacy fundraiser

TO THE EDITOR: Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties hosted a Craft Beer Tasting event on May 18 at the picturesque Heaven Hills Farm in Lake Placid.

This event was successful, and all who attended enjoyed the evening immensely. This fun evening raised more than $1,300, and all proceeds will be used to support Literacy Volunteers’ Adult Literacy Programs in Essex and Franklin counties.

Not only did the event include beverages, but it also consisted of trivia questions, raffle items and beautiful music played by Colleen Blanchard. Furthermore, it allowed the audience to hear a wide variety of student writing pieces read aloud by Literacy Volunteers board members.

We would like to thank Heidi Roland and Heaven Hill Farm for allowing Literacy Volunteers to use its facility. We’d also like to thank the following breweries for participating in this event: Adirondack Brewery & Pub, Blue Line Brewery, Davidson Brothers, Great ADK, Plattsburgh Brewing Company.

This event would not have been so successful without Mark Jessie, who organized brewers and brew. Larkin’s of Tupper Lake provided hors d’oeuvres while Hannaford and Price Chopper donated snacks.

A special thanks goes to Sam Huntington, Susan Tehon and Sandra Woods for volunteering.

A big thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated items for our raffle: Adirondack Café in Keene, Dancing Bears, Country Florist & Gifts in Ticonderoga, Henry Decker of Rhubarb Enterprises Bob Harsh, Rita Jessie, Keene Valley Ausable Inn in Keene Valley, Seth Lang Photography, Lake Placid Horse Show, Carol Leary, Kathy Merritt, Kathy Miner, Marie Orlando, Suzanne Orlando, Saratoga Performing Art Center, Cheryl Schiller, Darlene Spinner, The Market in Lake Placid and the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Thank you for making this event successful.


Literacy Volunteers director

Port Henry


Wild horses

TO THE EDITOR: Rep. Bill Owens, I hope you do better on the wild-horse issue than the GOP-Keystone-approval-slime bill you just voted for, to my dismay and disgust.

Treatment of wild horses by the Bureau of Land Management is even more horrible and corrupt. Numbers tell everything: fewer than 30,000 wild horses “free roaming” (as the 1972 bill requires) in the West, down from 2 million in the last century.

There are polluting mines, oil and gas wells with pipelines and damaging roads, housing developments due to developers being “given” public lands, etc. All but the horses use massive amounts of water, and water is a scarce resource.

How are a few thousand horses too many? Thousands are not millions.

Obviously, the BLM lies about wild-horse overpopulation to please the big-money people with influence in Congress. Disgusting, illegal, and we’ll fight this until politicians who support this are all out of a job.

The BLM’s use of helicopter roundups that terrorize, kill and maim many of these horses is just symptomatic of the horrors so many thoughtless, profit-driven government actions produce.

Can you imagine watching those poor mares, during foaling season, being chased by helicopters with foals hanging out of their rear ends while running for their lives?

As your constituent, I am writing to ask that you sign on to a letter being circulated by Rep. Raul Grijalva calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to act to reform the BLM’s costly and unsustainable wild-horse program, which has over 50,000 wild horses in pens, maintained like unfortunate feed-lot cattle, costing the taxpayers millions yearly.


West Chazy