TO THE EDITOR: Recently, Congressman Bill Owens (D) introduced the Family Farm Relief Act, H.R.6373, in coordination with a bipartisan group of New York congressmen.The bill would improve the H-2A Visa program used by family farms in New York state by transferring oversight of the current H-2A farm worker program from the Department of Labor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Rep. Owens worked with Reps. Chris Gibson (R) and Tom Reed (R) in support of this bill. All three congressmen have seen first-hand the problems and the issues that growers across the state face when trying to secure reliable farm labor. New York agriculture is a major economic driver for our economy and is dependent on adequate labor. Many New York apple growers rely on the H-2A program as the only legal source of labor.On behalf of New York state apple growers, I want to thank Mr. Owens, Mr. Gibson and Mr. Reed for working across party lines for the good of New York agriculture.
JAMES S. ALLEN
New York Apple Association Inc.
Dignity in death
TO THE EDITOR: No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually.
There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s Hospice of the North Country.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that Hospice and palliative-care provide. It is also a time to say thanks. We appreciate our staff, volunteers, partner agencies and most of all our patients and their families who grant us the privilege of entering their lives at such a sacred time.