---- — Helping people
TO THE EDITOR: My friends, I am writing to let you know about the people who help people, and they do a wonderful job doing it.
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Sen. Betty Little (I wish her a very happy birthday), Mark Tiffer will do a wonderful job as our mayor and Don, my boy, we will miss you.
Patty Waldron, county legislator District 6, she works hard helping people, and Maureen Bradish, Beekmantown clerk and tax collector, Department of Social Services, JCEO, Office of the Aging, our lawyers, our judges, all the city and state police, also our DA Andrew Wylie.
God bless all of you, and God bless America.
Created to fail
TO THE EDITOR: Commissioner King has come out to reassure us that the low test scores simply help us to know that we need to work harder and better so that our children are ready to compete, that the scores are a wakeup call and that in this year of transition it’s understandable that the scores are lower.
There are some things he did not say: The state created these tests and knew that most children would fail. What kind of system creates tests that guarantees that most children will come away feeling they are failures? This is child abuse, pure and simple, and blames the victims (children, teachers, administrators, families) for the failure.
There is no evidence, no research, nothing that shows that these tests are valid measures of who the children are or how the schools are performing. And there is no research that proves that this hyper-emphasis on testing is actually leading to our children being better educated.
We want our children to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, people who can get along with and who can work with others, who are flexible and able to deal with new situations. We want children who care about others, who can be good family members and neighbors, who can cooperate to make our lives better. We want our children to know basic skills so that they can live productive, satisfying lives.
Frantic test preparation is leading schools away from working towards these goals and away from having children love and value learning. Is this what we want for them?
When most of our children feel like failures because of these tests, it is not the children who are at fault. It is the fault of those who have placed them in that situation and keep them there.
TO THE EDITOR: Almost everyone knows that there is a real danger of losing our monarch butterflies.
One small thing that many of us can do is to help restore their habitat by planting and growing a patch of milkweed on our properties.
We, at the Vilas Home, are doing that, and with the help of ADK Action (.org), we will provide their informational brochure and seed packet to anyone who would like to help.
We encourage anyone with a sunny, non-windy location to join in this project.
We hope that schools, churches, campsites, businesses and individuals will contact us for this brochure and accompanying seeds.
We will also harvest and package more seed this fall as it ripens.
Please contact Thelma Douglas at 563-4960 ext. 314 or Bertha Pavone at ext. 105.
Help save the monarchs.
TO THE EDITOR: On July 4th, I lost my beautiful 15-year-old granddaughter unexpectedly along with my husband.
Needless to say, this is devastating to myself, daughter, son-in-law and grandson.
I would just like to thank his many friends and former customers for their frequent visits and calls. As his health declined, doing the things he loved, like fishing and hunting, were nearly impossible. However, his friends did manage to bring him trout fishing and partridge hunting. Others brought him for rides and out to lunch, while some cut our winter’s firewood.
The large turnout for his funeral service, huge amount of donations, cards, food and support will never be forgotten.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who was there for me and Pete through these tough years. It will never be forgotten.
SHELLEY, TOM AND PETER HARCOTT
Calgary, Alberta, Canada