October 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 1, 2012


---- — Candidate left out

TO THE EDITOR:  I am glad that WPTZ Channel 5 has taken the effort to organize and broadcast a congressional debate here in Plattsburgh at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

It is very disappointing, though, that only two of the three candidates on the ballot are being included, those from the two dominant political parties. 

The general election for this office garnered widespread attention in 2009 (especially) and 2010, even on national cable news channels, when a “third-party” candidate (Hoffman) got into the race, and he was rightfully included in congressional debates. 

Why would WPTZ decide not to invite Donald Hassig? Is it because he cannot afford to air lots of campaign commercials on our local NBC affiliate as Doheny and Owens do? Is it because Owens is the local guy and they feel pressure to li

mit his competition? Is it because Hassig is liberal, rather than a tea party candidate like Hoffman? Is it because Hassig doesn’t frequently wear a suit and tie? I don’t know. Organizers at Channel 5 would know.

Doheny may be right when he questioned the polling for this race done during the Democratic National Convention, as the Democrats were getting much more coverage nationally that week. Well, Hassig’s poll numbers may be down due to his receiving less regional coverage all year than both Owens and Doheny.

I am sure that as the “host candidate,” living here in Plattsburgh, Owens would not mind if all three voices were heard in this debate, as they have been the last two elections. 

Shouldn’t news media cover all candidates equally, allowing voters to decide who they prefer, rather than deciding for voters which ones they can learn about from the news?




Choosing a president

TO THE EDITOR: Regarding the recent letter captioned “Understand before vote,” I couldn’t agree more with the writer, an elderly man who had lost his wife to cancer.

You do need to know what is going on before you make your choice for president. Unfortunately, many, like the writer, have no clue.

The Affordable Health Care Act will not be fully implemented until 2013, after the election. Only a few non-controversial provisions are in effect. When the full weight of the law is on us, the results will be catastrophic, as well as unaffordable.

The excellent care the writer’s late wife received was indicative of the pre-Obama health system and will be largely eliminated. A review panel is established to ration care for the elderly, and much of the prolonged treatment she was provided with would be withheld due to her age and projected remaining years. This is spelled out in the act.

Another problem the writer has with his timeline is who controls Congress and what are the results. The Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House from 2006 to 2010, including the first two years of Obama’s presidency. In fact, they had super majorities so they could effectively stifle all debate. They still control two of the three branches of our government: the Senate and the Executive Branch.

So what did they do with this unprecedented power? They rammed through a health-care plan that 62 percent of America opposes, provisions of which are largely unknown, that will drastically change the excellent health care that the vast majority of Americans enjoy now.

Your choice is important. We’ve seen what a community organizer can do to us. We must get people in government with proven experience in solving problems. I hope we can change.


Rouses Point


Water too cold

TO THE EDITOR: I am a member of the PARC Wellness Center and have been for the past eight years.

It was therapy before, then after, surgery that brought me there. I used the pool for my therapy under the guidance of a therapist. After therapy ended, I continued with a membership and used only the pool.

Going to the pool every day was something I looked forward to because it gave me relief from pain. The water temperature was a nice tolerable temperature, and it felt good on my aching back and legs. 

New management has come in and has dropped the temperature of the pool to an intolerable level. The reason given is to make if more comfortable for the lappers, training for endurance competitions. What about the people who are there for their own therapy? It is a wellness center, right?

The group negatively affected by this change is a mix of ages, mostly elderly. I am in the middle of that mix. The water is freezing, and I am not usually one to complain about cold.

I’ve seen young people trying to do therapy, and they’re even cold. Patients with MS and severe arthritis are refusing to get in the water and feeling forced out.

Since PARC Wellness management is refusing to listen to the old cold crew, the older members are leaving, with no place to go. This was their gym, their outing, their way to stay fit.

Please, PARC management, let’s work together on this or another former member I’ll be.

Member ... for now.


West Chazy