October 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2, 2013


---- — Respect for Calnon

TO THE EDITOR: Our vote this election for mayor has never been more important to ensure our city doesn’t veer off course.

After serving our city as councilor for seven years and six years as mayor pro-tem, Jim Calnon has earned our respect and support for that position.

I have known Jim for many years, both professionally and socially, and have witnessed the high standards he set for himself as councilor and citizen alike.

A man of conviction and good old common sense, Jim is adamant about transparency in government. He has a great deal of energy, with no on-off switch.

He is concise, tightly organized and systematically developed. Always non-judgmental, he settles on a direction after balanced consideration and is always effective and a persuasive advocate.

You will find Jim to always be a courteous and caring team member as well as a responsible, mature colleague and administrator. He always invests the extra time, effort and devotion it takes to be successful and will always hold himself to the highest standards of professional accomplishment.

When elected, people will notice that Jim will bring passion to the job. He will speak with conviction and act with authority. 

Vote for Jim for mayor, and you’ll soon see that he will deliver more than any promise.




Parents’ responsibility

TO THE EDITOR: An article in the Press-Republican caught my eye.

It has been noticed that students are falling asleep in class. It is felt learning cannot be done properly because of this. Is parenting ending as soon as the ink is dry on the birth certificate?

We lived over a mile from school, had to walk no matter what the weather. We were up, dressed, had breakfast and arrived ready to learn. We walked home for lunch and did the same every day, with school finishing about 3:30 p.m.

We were in bed by 7 p.m. We did not stay up to watch the TV or to work on the computer. We used our brains, had multiplication tables 0-12 memorized by fourth grade. We had spelling bees until eighth grade. We had Regents exams to be eligible for high school. We are the Greatest Generation.

Our parents were responsible for us until we graduated from high school. We were taught responsibility for ourselves as we grew. The bedroom had a bed, where we went to sleep every night to be ready for the next day. It was the Depression, and everybody worked, but one parent was always there when we arrived home from school.

It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure students are ready for school, not the school’s to change times to allow more time on the TV or computer.

Parenting does not end as soon as the ink is dry on the birth certificate. It continues for each child until adulthood, hoping we do not see so many listed as criminals to be placed in prisons for the rest of their lives.

We need responsible parents.




Legion event

TO THE EDITOR: The American Legion family of Post 20 wishes to thank all of the legion members, members of the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion auxiliary who worked so hard to make our Labor Day event a success.

Thanks to the Compass Rose Band for their donation of music and time. It was great. Last, but not least, a special thank you to all who came out to support us.


Vice Commander

Sons of the American Legion


Families served

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to congratulate the Child Care Council of the North Country on their 25th anniversary of serving families in our area.

They have helped so many families through play groups, support groups, parent education and child-referral services.

On a personal note, they have been a big part of our family for more than 10 years. They have helped our family through the foster/adoptive parenting process.

They offered screenings that set our son on a path into much-needed early intervention services. The social skills that he teamed through the organized play groups were not only beneficial but also very critical in ensuring his growth in relating to his peers.

Congratulations to the entire staff at the agency.




School snacks

TO THE EDITOR: For the first time in more than 30 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated the nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools.

 Many children spend more time in school than any other place besides home. While at school, they consume up to half of their daily calories. On average, 40 percent of students buy and eat one or more snacks at school.

Many area schools have been working voluntarily over the past several years to increase healthy snack-food choices for their students.

With the new USDA regulations taking effect for the 2014-15 school year, many schools will begin offering students snack choices this year that meet the guidelines of the new standards and lead to better health.

These standards include portion size control and calorie, sodium and fat limitations to help increase the nutrient density and decrease the “empty calories” that some snacks provide.

Studies have shown that children and teens gained less weight over three years if they lived in states with strong policies on school snacks than if they lived in a state without such standards.

The USDA recognized that although thousands of schools across the country have already voluntarily implemented nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages, now is the time for all students to have access to the healthier options.

With 1 in 3 children overweight or obese, it’s important to make sure that all school foods are nutritious. Providing a year until the standards take effect allows schools to help students transition their snack choices to healthier options over time.

Updating national guidelines for snack and a la carte foods in schools means that healthy choices are the easy choice for students.


Senior public health educator

Healthy Schools NY

Clinton County Health Department


Assuring safety

To THE EDITOR: Our troops keep our country safe.

Our mayor, Don, keeps our city safe, and so will our next mayor, Mark Tiffer.

I hope that they pass a law where there is no smoking anywhere. That would help our city and state boys keep us all safe, as well as our district attorney, Sen. Betty Little, JCEO, Department of Social Services, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, our county treasurer, Kimberly Davis, Patty Waldron, county legislators, District 6.

All these people keep us safe in a lot of ways, and they are doing a wonderful job at this.

God bless all of you, and God bless America.