Press-Republican

February 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 2, 2013

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off-base

TO THE EDITOR: This letter is a rebuttal to Mr. Chartock’s opinion piece in the Press-Republican on Jan. 21.

I’d like to know what Mr. Chartock received from the Governor’s Office in return for conveying their propaganda. That may sound a little harsh, but it’s only because I found his article to be demeaning to the public, especially those who don’t agree with what is going on.

I’d like to inform Mr. Chartock that things like three-day grace periods are guaranteed to the public so we know what our elected officials are doing. The government is supposed to be the voice of the people.

Whether or not the governor was nervous that his ambitious new regulations would pass is no excuse for closed-door, middle-of-the-night sessions with no other opinions but his and his supporters. Thank goodness there was some opposition in the room because the list of everything Coumo wanted was, quite frankly, criminal.

These new laws are completely off base. I don’t have enough room to go on about all of them, so I’ll just say: Criminals don’t follow the law. All the legislation and politics in the world will not take guns out of the hands of people who really want to use them in a harmful way. These new policies punish responsible gun owners and no one else.

How about looking at violent video games or movies? How about the media make educated reports and take the time to get facts straight? How about getting to know the people your children play with and ask if there are any firearms in the house? You don’t need to read it on the Internet or in a local paper.

Some of us need and value our privacy.

JASON HOLLAND

Dannemora

Tobacco

marketing

TO THE EDITOR: You can’t walk in to a store around the holidays and not be bombarded with bright colors, large signs and displays that impact your purchasing decisions. Holiday shopping is a marketing frenzy for many corporations.

Yet, all year round, tobacco companies spend over a half-million dollars a day in New York state to market their addictive product.

In 2012, the surgeon general reported that tobacco marketing has a direct link to a teenager’s tobacco use. In-store tobacco displays send messages to teens and children that distort the social acceptability and popularity of tobacco use.

The average tobacco marketing display at a convenience store or pharmacy is 32 square feet. That’s equivalent to a 4-by-8-foot area rug full of cigarette packages and tobacco marketing right behind the cash register.

Tobacco-control programs throughout New York state are working to educate the community about the policy options that help limit children’s exposure to tobacco marketing.

To learn more about supporting tobacco-control programs, visit www.tobaccofreenys.org.

NANETTE POSTLETHWAIT

Tobacco Control Program assistant

Adirondack Tobacco Free Network

Family

grateful

TO THE EDITOR: The family of Bernie “Smock” Podres would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all who helped in the many ways for Bernie’s final day.

The family would like to thank the Rev. John Varno and the Rev. Al Hauser, the Moriah Ambulance Squad, Harland Funeral Home and staff, everyone who took the time to visit, phone, send flowers, food, cards and all who were there to offer comfort and support.

Thanks to our grandchildren for their participation at Mass, our neighbors, the Moriah Shock Honor Guard and the Mineville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5802 Firing Squad and members.

A special thank you to Tootie and Brenda for all their support and help before and after the services and reception.

A very special thank you to the Mineville VFW Post 5802 for the hosting of the reception for their fallen commander and to the friends who helped serve and clean up.

We thank you, and we will never forget.

JOANNE PODRES

And sons and daughters-in-law

Mineville