Press-Republican

November 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12, 2013


Press-Republican

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TO THE EDITOR: A few weeks ago, parents received our kids’ grades from last year’s state exams. The results were surprisingly low.

Are you scratching your head wondering how come your child did so poorly on these exams?

Last year, a new Core Curriculum was imposed on our schools. It is required by the federal government’s Race to the Top program.

It provides 6 percent of our public school funds. Since many schools are struggling with funding, many chose to join it. Nobody anticipated how much pain, demands and costs would come in exchange for the very little money received.

Today, numerous schools all over New York and the U.S. are returning the money; they are protecting their children’s privacy and well-being, and their teachers’ morale.

This new curriculum is bringing enormous stress to kids through excessive testing, discouraging teachers who are forced to teach “to the test” and allowing big corporations to take over public schools under the pretense of bad performance.

A group of concerned North Country parents has organized an informational forum on these issues from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at SUNY Plattsburgh (Yokum 200). Assemblywoman Janet Duprey will preside at the forum.

If you are worried about the situation in public education or don’t know much about what is going on, please plan on attending the forum.

The way our kids feel about school and their interest toward learning and becoming well-educated citizens gets shaped throughout their K-12 experience.

We, parents and guardians, are the main advocates for our kids. We need to address this issue and help our kids by allowing teachers to educate and not to train to succeed at multiple-answer tests.

Feel free to contact me at garciam@live.com for more information.

MARGARITA GARCIA-NOTARIO, PhD.

Plattsburgh

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Owens judgment

TO THE EDITOR: Congressman Bill Owens voted in favor of Obamacare, thus a contributing source for legislated turmoil.

Owens also voted against H. R. 6079, the Repeal Obamacare Act, solidifying his original decision. The following is a statement from his website: “Our goals have always been to expand coverage, improve health care outcomes and reduce costs for patients and providers.”

Presently, this doesn’t appear to be achievable, and, if not, he should be held accountable via his next election cycle. Constituents should not be represented by those causing national chaos and dictating improbable goals.

Owens either did not read the law, as previously stated, or could not comprehend its perils, as now witnessed. Either scenario is unacceptable.

In December 2011, Owens and wife participated in a $23,132 trip to Taiwan. Lobbyists for the Taiwan government organized and funded the trip, but Congress ethics rules prohibit members from participating in most trips arranged by lobbyists.

The Ethics Committee approved Owens’s trip before he left, but his congressional fillings listed only the Culture University as sponsor and did not mention the lobbyist. In a interview with North Country Public Radio, Owens acknowledged that “the first impetus for the specific trip” came from the lobbyist.

The lobbying agency later donated $6,000 to the Owens campaign fund. Owens denied any impropriety but paid back the trip money.

It begs the question, does his Obamacare vote or Taiwan trip culpability project a image of good judgment, a required expertise for positive congressional representation?

Obamacare required members of Congress to participate in insurance exchanges, but Obama gave them exemptions. Thus, unlike the regular folks, they are not included in the original legislation requirements. Did Owens speak out against this exemption or willingly accept the perk?

TOM IRWIN

Peru

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Placid 5K run

TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, thank you, thank you.

As many of you know, Saturday, Oct. 5, we held our first-ever American Red Cross Run for the Red 5K in Lake Placid.

All I can say is wow! The overwhelming number of runners and walkers who participated in this inaugural event not only demonstrated to me the undeniable support for the Red Cross but the commitment to our North Country community.

The success of this important fundraising event is shared by many, and I would like to take a moment to thank you all. From our neighbors and registrants to the sponsors and businesses who donated their time and services, I’m in awe of your generosity.

To Chief Bill Moore and Lake Placid Police Department, Lake Placid Fire Department, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, State Police Troop B K-9 Unit, Lake Placid Central School District, ORDA, Town of North Elba, Hannaford of Lake Placid, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Bear Essentials and Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, you all represent the true essence of a community partnership with your support of the American Red Cross.

Lastly, I want to thank the American Red Cross North Country Chapter Board of Directors, volunteers, interns and staff. Your involvement and support not only made this event possible but it helped to make this an event that residents of Lake Placid and the surrounding towns will not want to miss in 2014.

LYNN GILBERT

Chapter executive

American Red Cross

Morrisonville

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Scholarship fundraiser

TO THE EDITOR: Oct. 11 dawned a warm autumn day for the 72 golfers who took to the tees for the fourth-annual Leo Bourgeois Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for Mr. B’s scholarship fund at Peru Central School.

Because of the generosity of sponsors, donors and golfers, $4,000 was raised for the Leo Bourgeois Memorial Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, $6,600 in scholarships have been awarded to six PCS college-bound students.

Thanks to tournament Gold Sponsors, Chris and Tim Bourgeois, Forrence Orchards, Peru Federal Credit Union and Susan Sweeney Smith, Class of ’81; Silver Sponsors, Abbott, Frenyea & Russell, CPAs, Jane Coryell Acuna, Class of ’66, William & Barbara Ashley, Class of ’70, Mary Lou Baker, Class of ’60, Bill’s Body Shop, Hyde Fuel Company, J Hogan Refrigeration & Mechanical, Langley Insurance Agency, Pasquale’s Restaurant, Cathy Phillips, Class of ‘73, Brian & Cindy Lipka Shinault, Class of ‘68, Yarborough Square and John Zerrahn, Class of ’73; and Bronze Sponsors Boule/Spear Family Dentistry, Everett Orchards, Frosty Springs Bottling Co., Hamilton Funeral Home, Peru Pharmacy and Gary and Karen Bourgeois Wheelock.

Thanks also to the businesses and individuals who provided prizes and gifts: Adirondack Golf & Country Club, Adirondack Health, Golf Pro Ian S. Breen, Craig Wood Golf & Country Club, CVPH Medical Center, Harmony Golf Club, Golf Pro Willie King at Plattsburgh Golf, Lake Placid Resort & Golf Club, Sen. Elizabeth Little, Golf Pro J. Peter Martin, Northern Orchards, Pasquale’s Restaurant, Rulfs Orchards, Saranac Inn Golf Club, TD Bank and Whiteface Inn Resort & Golf Club.

Thank you also to the 72 golfers who participated in the tournament.

Its success is directly linked to these businesses and individuals; their support and enthusiasm ensures that Mr. B’s legacy will continue at Peru Central School. Thank you.

CHERYL BREEN RANDALL

Tournament coordinator