TO THE EDITOR: In regard to the recent story about a 2-month-old girl who had been beaten by her father so severely that she needed surgery to relieve pressure on her brain and was in serious condition at Fletcher Allen.
I almost wept when I read it. I was very upset that this could happen to such a small human being. What did this tiny little girl do to him to make him so angry, and what was the mother doing while he was doing this?
I hope that he goes in front of Judge Main because he will be sorry that he ever did what he done. As for Child Protective Services being involved, I hope that they do a very thorough investigation.
My husband was hotlined eight times for child abuse to our handicapped son. He’d never leave marks, just pinch or slap, that was enough. But he was a large man, and I’m a small woman, at least height-wise, and I was scared to report it. CPS knew, but it always came back unfounded. I don’t care who knows it now; hubby died 11 years ago.
I have a 4-month-old great-nephew, and if anybody ever did that to him or his older brothers, I would track this person down and both his grandmothers would help me, i’m sure, and probably do bodily harm.
My prayers are with this infant, and I’m sure every goodhearted person who has read or heard about this tragic incident is also praying.
Angels are on her shoulder, and God is looking down on her. She has the best doctors in the hospital anybody could ask for. I know some of those doctors; they are wonderful and very caring.
ELAINE G. MANOR
TO THE EDITOR: Each holiday season, I find myself in complete awe and appreciation of how this magical time of the year brings out the characteristic of giving among North Country residents.
With your continued generosity, the staff of M&M Diner (AuSable Forks) and I were able to make certain that numerous Town of Jay and Town of Black Brook families experiencing financial difficulties during the holiday season were given a much brighter Christmas Day.
Much thanks and appreciation are extended to the private donors and local businesses for their monetary or gift donations.
Special thanks extended to the American Legion Post 504 and to the AuSable Forks Fire Department’s Women’s Auxiliary for their annual contributions.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Annual Bake & Bottle Sale I hosted in November.
I wish to extend a special thanks to the members of the AuSable Forks Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, faculty and especially the students, for their dedicated fundraising efforts to give back to their community during the holiday season. Thanks to Principal Javier Perez, Assistant Principal Phil Mero and faculty of AuSable Valley Central Middle-High School for their hard work with the collection of gifts.
To have the School District involved and playing a role in teaching students the importance of giving back made the this year’s Toy Drive even more of a success because it reminds our children to be grateful for what they have while helping those who may be less fortunate.
The Press-Republican, Columnist Deanna Santor (Lake Placid News), Jay Community News and the Valley News play a significant role with the promotion of the Annual Holiday Toy Drive. I extend sincere thanks and appreciation for covering this event each year.
Holiday Toy Drive coordinator
TO THE EDITOR: Mooers Elementary would like to thank the members of the Clinton Correctional Facility union NYSCOPBA for sponsoring the Santa Holiday Express Program.
Their donations made it possible for gifts to be purchased and given to many students in our community. Through the kindness and generosity of NYSCOPBA, many families were better able to enjoy the holidays. Programs such as this involve a great deal of coordination and commitment.
A special thank you to Steve Muller, who personally shopped for many gifts and also delivered them.