Press-Republican

January 16, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 16, 2013

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water

TO THE EDITOR: Recent commentary and articles regarding the potential dissolution of the Village of Champlain have noted how the village has managed to maintain good water rates.

Interested parties should review the village’s Annual Water Quality Reports, available on its website, for information on the rates. It will be noted that “outside village” users, including NCCS School, are charged almost double the rate village users are charged.

Although user information is not provided, one could surmise that the 580 service connections within the village use substantially less water than either the NCCS School or Champlain border facilities.

How is the village able to maintain their rates? One would imagine village users are satisfied with their rates, but who is subsidizing whom?

Additionally, the AWQR reports that the village produced about 53 million gallons of water, delivering 31 million to customers; leaving 22 million gallons “unaccounted for.”

An accepted standard for “unaccounted-for water” in a municipal system is generally about 15 percent and can be assumed lost to flushing hydrants, fire protection and leakage.

The village reported it cannot account for 41 percent of the water it produced in 2011. Just for fun, do the math to see how much money 22 million gallons of water is worth at the rates the village is charging. Good rates and sustainable operations? Something to think about.

LIZ TEDFORD

Saranac

Shoe-box

donations

TO THE EDITOR: Packing hope and joy into 6,919 gift-filled shoe boxes, Clinton, Franklin, Essex and St. Lawrence county residents gave children around the world a reason to smile this Christmas season and beyond.

Children in more than 100 countries received shoe boxes. Some of the first shoe-box gifts were given out by Franklin Graham in Haiti this week to children who have lost so much.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in packing shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child this year: all of the wonderful individuals, families, churches and organizations, including the Senior Citizen Council, several Girl Scout troops and the Boy Scouts in Champlain who held a bottle drive for Operation Christmas Child.

Thank you to the Yankee Dollar store in Plattsburgh for allowing an Operation Christmas Child donation box.

Thank you to the Press-Republican, Adirondack Penny Saver and Senior Sentinel for promoting Operation Christmas Child, as well as WPTZ for promoting the Operation Christmas Child Collection Week.

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers at the local relay centers in Plattsburgh, Westport and Saranac Lake.

In these difficult economic times, it is wonderful to see how our community responds to help children who are dealing with war, poverty, disease and famine around the world so they can experience joy this Christmas and in the year to come.

To find out more information or how you can be involved in Operation Christmas Child please go www. Samaritanspurse.org.

RITA ALFORD

Northern New York coordinator

Operation Christmas Child

Samaritans Purse

Hospice

support

TO THE EDITOR: On behalf of Hospice of the North Country, I would like to thank all those who so graciously participated in our 2012 Light Up A Life campaign.

The Clinton County Board of Realtors held an auction in October 2012 to benefit Hospice and the Light Up A Life campaign. The event raised $11,609.55. We thank them for their continued support and efforts.

Thank you to Bob Garrow and Linda McClarigan and family for offering your thoughts and words to the 2012 Light Up A Life mailing piece this year. The narrative written about your loved ones truly symbolizes the Hospice philosophy. We were honored to have you both participate in this campaign.

We would like to thank Champlain Centre for allowing us to set up our display at the mall for the entire month of December. Thank you to Karen & Dan Hickey, Keith and Julie Rowe, Gary Nutt and Wendell’s Furniture for donating items for the prize raffle.

We extend a very heartfelt thank you to the volunteers who staffed the table at the mall. We had volunteers from several local businesses and organizations, including NBT Bank, Sam’s Club, PSUC Galilean Society, Girl Scouts, Century 21, Tahy Realty, PSUC Women’s Hockey, Kavanaugh Realty, Duley & Associates Real Estate, Clinton County Youth Court and Hospice of the North Country volunteers and staff.

Thank you to all who donated financially to the campaign. Monies received from fundraisers and events ensure that we are able to continue to provide quality and compassionate end-of-life care to our community.

In 2012, Hospice provided care to 354 patients and their loved ones in Clinton and Franklin counties. We could not have done so without the overwhelming generosity and support of our North Country community.

AMANDA M. BOW

Director of development

Hospice of the North Country

Second

Amendment

TO THE EDITOR: Too much discussion about the Second Amendment seems to be highly emotional, devoid of knowledge or restraint and therefore contributes little of value.

I do not believe it is necessary or wise to repeal or amend the Second Amendment.

All the “sacred” rights in the First Amendment, the “inalienable rights” with which the Declaration of Independence claims we are endowed by our “creator,” are subject in our society to certain limits by law and common sense.

Religion, speech, the press, the right to congregate all have been limited, by law, from creating dangers to public health and safety.

We have disagreements about the proper extent of those limits, but most are accepted as reasonable and common sense.

Using that as a precedent, we should and can do the same with the Second Amendment without “infringing” on the “right to bear arms.”

Extremists, the paranoid among us, and an organization that profits financially from weapon sales have risen in fury at all attempts to regulate sales and use of guns of all kinds, including semi-automatic weapons.

I think the public is ready to ignore their irrational outbursts.

Responsible gun owners are concerned there will be a similarly, overemotional group who would go beyond reason and create laws that would remove their “inalienable rights.” They see this as a possible slippery slope path to dictatorship.

Their position must be respected. But it seems clear that, at this time, the American public is ready to act to put a stop to the fast spreading epidemic of gun killings.

We must ignore the rantings of both the farthest right and left and provide law, effective enforcement and sufficient financing to place reasonable legal restrictions on weapons.

In the process, we will save the Second Amendment and protect our whole panoply of constitutional rights.

HAROLD BROHINSKY

Plattsburgh