TO THE EDITOR: I am looking for anyone who may have known Maride and Jennie Bouchard of Wilmington, Essex County.
They lived in Wilmington in the 1920s. Jennie may have passed away between 1925 and 1930. Maride remarried Ella Pelkey of Jay between 1925 and 1930. Maride lived on River Street in Keeseville when he passed away May 1958.
I’m also looking for anyone who knows about Herman Talmage McCormick of Upper Jay. Herman lived in Upper Jay in 1930s. He married a young lady by the name of Erma Finley on Christmas Eve 1932.
If anyone has any information on Jennie and Maride Bouchard, Herman Talmage McCormick or Erma Finley McCormick or if you are an ancestor of or know of them, please contact Lollita Pierce at 1419 Hardscrabble Road, Cadyville, New York, 12918, or call 420-5414. Thank you.
TO THE EDITOR: When I reached the age of 7, the nuns made me aware of the fact that I’d reached the age of reason and that, henceforth, God would hold me responsible for my actions.
Not long thereafter, our class assignment was to read Aesop’s fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”
While the grasshopper frolicked all summer long, the ant prepared a home, stocked with food, for the winter. Over time, I came to realize that the fable was an allegory promoting self-reliance and industriousness.
How times change. Today, young malleable minds are indoctrinated with the concept that the grasshopper has a right to a portion of the ant’s production. Some would criticize the ant’s lack of compassion or indifference to the grasshopper’s wintry plight.
The same biblical author who told us that love (charity) was the greatest theological virtue also wrote “not to let anyone have any food if he refused to do any work.” Compassion for the unfortunate? Yes. Enabling laziness and irresponsibility? No.
I always found it amazing that with a tithe of 10 percent, earlier Christian leaders were able to operate schools, hospitals and a social-welfare system.
Our big-hearted politicians require 40 to 50 percent.
For you grasshopper types who think you never pay taxes, consumers ultimately pay all taxes on every purchased product. Production costs, including taxes, are accrued to the cost of goods sold.
KENNETH G. BARCOMB