Name to defame
TO THE EDITOR: You’ve heard of them redskins, Old Bud,
That’re grown in the Idaho mud.
Well, it don’t pass PC
With them folks at D.C.,
So now they’re just colorless spuds.
LEON S. HARDING
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Moving acts of love
TO THE EDITOR: Thank you SO MUCH to the hundreds of friends and neighbors who came to PHS’s vigil in honor and remembrance of Taoufik Maknani and Michael Lawson, two beautifully alive students who left us too soon. These two kids lost their fathers seven years ago and grew up like brothers since. Both mothers; Taoufik’s brother, Ab; and some uncles and aunts attended the ceremony; what an astonishing example of strength and devotion to their children, brother and nephews. In spite of the unbearable pain they hold in their hearts, they probably felt immensely comforted from the love and appreciation that was shown by these children’s friends and classmates. Some of these friends, although choking and crying, were able to talk at the ceremony and tell everybody how much Taoufik and Michaell meant to them. All listened compassionately and then extended to the speakers many quiet hugs and many, many tears.
An incredibly generous amount of money was collected just tonight. After all donations are collected, the families will receive a very important financial help from their community to defray funeral expenses.
A very special thank you also to the students and faculty from Saranac Central, who sent a beautiful poster full of moving expressions of affection and support for their Plattsburgh friends. Thank you also to all the kids and families who came from many other schools in the North Country to participate in the ceremony. What a beautiful community the North Country is! Let’s not take it for granted.
A final and very important thank you as well to the school administrators, teachers, counselors and custodial staff who worked tirelessly to support the mourning and to put together this vigil, a beautiful act of love and respect for Taoufik and Michael. Rest In Peace. Fly high.