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Letters To The Editor

July 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor: July 20, 2013

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Approximately 30 people associated with Pfizer arrived ready to work on that day and did not stop until every job was completed.

They raked lawns, trimmed gardens, cleaned, vacuumed, moved heavy furniture, made repairs and even helped with our teachers’ prep work. An amazing amount of work was done in a short amount of time.

As a non-profit organization, we often do not have the funds or the time to get to these projects. Our staff and supplies are limited, so volunteer days like these are essential.

A special thanks goes out to Jessy Badger for arranging the day and organizing the work crew. Her hard work kept the day running smoothly and efficiently. We were stunned to see so many people interested in helping us out and could not believe the amount that was accomplished.

Thanks also go out to Sally Jarvis for helping us get a donation of a much-needed vacuum cleaner through Pfizer in the following weeks.

Finally, thank you to Dave Champagne from Pfizer for helping to set up this day for us and to the United Way of the Adirondack Region for creating such a valuable opportunity for those interested in volunteering.

Our staff, Board of Directors, families and children truly appreciate the difference you made that day.

REBECCA FILION

Director

Champlain Children’s Learning Center

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Pursuing peace

TO THE EDITOR: One man whose job I don’t envy is Secretary of State John Kerry.

Five trips to the Middle East in as many months to bring the Palestinians and the Israelis to the negotiating table has borne no fruit so far. Such “shuttle diplomacy” started with Henry Kissinger.

The most dramatic moments for the region were the Camp David accords of 1979 that silenced the guns of the mightiest armies of the region, those of Egypt and Israel. Egypt got back the Sinai without firing a single shot, complete with infrastructure and the Abu Rudeis oil fields that Israel had developed.

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