September 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 14, 2013


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Rail Trail

TO THE EDITOR: The state of New York has recently agreed to review its management plan for the rail corridor connecting Old Forge to Lake Placid through the Adirondack Park.

This rail corridor has not been used for passenger or commercial freight service for several decades, and the tracks are in need of major rehabilitation.

Now that the management plan is being reviewed, the time has come to voice your support for the removal of the rails and the conversion to a multi-use recreational trail that could be used year-round by bicyclists, runners, walkers and snowmobilers.

This rail trail would complement the natural beauty of the region and allow many people to experience the Adirondacks in a new way.

It could be done at relatively little cost and would provide significant economic benefit to the region. The time has come to make this vision a reality.

A detailed proposal for the construction of the Adirondack Rail Trail has been released by the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and is available at

Written comments to the State Department of Transportation may be submitted by Sept. 25th and e-mailed to

Also, please contact Assemblywoman Duprey and Sen. Little and urge them to support the creation of the Adirondack Rail Trail.




open house

TO THE EDITOR: The Adirondack Humane Society Shelter is hosting an open house and animal reunion from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for people to tour the facility and for people who have adopted animals from the shelter to bring their former resident dogs to gather and celebrate their love of animals

Since the Humane Society Shelter opened, we have placed an estimated 5,200 animals into loving homes and have been responsible for the spaying/neutering of more than 3,500 animals.

The Humane Society serves the community in numerous ways: assisting people in adopting a new companion animal, helping injured animals, returning lost animals to their human families, promoting responsible pet ownership, providing financial assistance for spay and neuter of pets, to name a few.

Animal shelters such as this also provide a tangible example of humane ethics and compassion for all living creatures.

Thus, we invite members of the Plattsburgh community to attend our open house and animal reunion on Sept. 29. The public will have a chance to talk with the staff, partake in refreshments, see the loving cats and dogs up for adoption and enjoy the reunion of animals who formerly resided at the shelter.

So, please join us to celebrate or come visit us and discover ways that you can help some of our area’s neediest animals.

The shelter is located at 134 Idaho Ave., Plattsburgh, NY 12903.

For more information on the open house or shelter, call 561-7297 (561-PAWS). You can also view our animals at

We hope to see you there.


Adirondack Humane Society Board of Directors



TO THE EDITOR: As an avid paddler and lover of the natural resources of the Adirondack Park, I am excited to know that we have another opportunity to paddle quiet waters as offered in the St. Regis Canoe area, which is often overcrowded.

We have this opportunity to add some precious pristine waters to the Adirondack Park through a Wilderness classification of land recently purchased by New York state in the Adirondacks.

The Adirondack Park Agency plans to make a decision at its October or November meeting on the classification of this recently purchased land.

Tell the governor and the Adirondack Park Agency to choose Wilderness Option 1A to save this precious New York state resource.

Written comments submitted to the APA last month for its statewide public hearing supported a wilderness option 4 to 1 for a precious set of about a dozen lakes and ponds, called the Essex Chain Lakes, preserving the experience to enjoy a quiet, remote and wild paddling experience without the intrusion of motors.





TO THE EDITOR: Facts are what they are; they can be denied but not dismissed.

Obama is a self-professed illegal-drug user with documented ties to Chicago’s “low-down” homosexual community — not my preferred character initiatives, but liberals can make their own decisions on what constitutes accepted ethical behavior.

Inject Obama’s dubious Chicago cohorts Rezko, Ayers, Dohrn and Wright. The lens of time becomes clearer, exposing a substantial history of bad judgments. These are not made up illusions but the actions of a societal deviate.

Dispute these facts; disprove them? Good luck; you’ll find them undeniable. Facts have a funny way of exposing the truth.

A real leader’s resume isn’t clouded by prior indiscretions; a tainted past is no promotion for a exemplary future. Leadership cannot be nurtured by a history of shameful actions.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright; Obama’s pastor for more than 20 years professed “God damn America” in a controversial sermon. Obama’s past qualifies him for that mission; he’s doing his best to fulfill Wright’s proclamation.

Another month and nothing changes. Same dismal employment numbers caused by Obama’s failing economy. Record numbers receiving welfare and food stamps. Gas prices climbing but household incomes falling. No conclusions for his scandals, and Obamacare gets worse every day. The national debt increasing at a record pace with no hope in site unless you consider his term ending.

It’s shamefully hopeless; last, next and every month are the same. Just a perpetual lack of capable leadership. He wasn’t responsible in his past; why the future? Judge him by the facts and his past; he has no future.

What are his achievements? Undoubtedly just the first failed black president and over four years of nothing else.





TO THE EDITOR: In his letter, Richard Jervis addresses the same issue I have been raising for years: fluoride in regional water supplies.

Thanks for the update, Richard; your letter was very convincing. The fact that Israel has joined almost all of Europe and Japan in getting rid of fluoride is hopefully another nail in the coffin.

Most people probably think that if there were something wrong with fluoride, surely the EPA would not allow it. But ignorance and money greed are the problem. Years ago, the scientists union of the EPA actually voted to get rid of fluoride. But the fluoride hoax lives on because so many people believe government can do no wrong, and they can’t think for themselves.

Unlike 25 years ago, anyone can access Google and verify what I am saying. Fluoride is rated right between lead and arsenic for degree of toxicity.

Ironically enough, it causes degradation of teeth (dental fluorosis) and is implicated in cancer and hip fractures. About 17 percent of Prozac is fluoride, and the Nazis used it in the water supply to sedate prisoners. It is also used in rat poison.

But the monetary angle is that fluoride is a toxic byproduct that would be extremely expensive to decontaminate. It is a byproduct of the manufacture of phosphate fertilizers, aluminum and atom bombs. The latter, for years, gave it the official status of being a “protected” pollutant.

Big-money interests are laughing all the way to the bank because their government stooges have managed to make it seem like we all need the stuff.

Plattsburgh could add to its reputation as a forward-thinking community if they’d ditch this horrible substance. If they did so, they’d be joining many other communities throughout the state and the U.S. that already have.