Press-Republican

August 26, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 26, 2013


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---- — Bobcat Tournament

TO THE EDITOR: On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Bobcat Open Golf Tournament was held at Harmony Golf Course.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions: Plattsburgh Distributing, Bluff Point Golf, Riley Ford, Coach Joey Reome, G&G Tire, High Peaks Dental, Lyon Mountain Youth Commission, Northern Adirondack Teachers Association, Peabody’s, Roberts and Gardner Seamless Gutters, Fourth Ward, Naked Turtle, Express Lane and Coach Don Moulton.

A special thanks to Bruce and Sean, as well as all the wait staff and kitchen staff at Harmony, for their hospitality and friendly, professional service.

Thanks to all who participated in the tournament for making it a success. We hope to make it a bigger and better event next year.

Please accept our personal thanks as well as the thanks of all the Bobcats for your sponsorship and interest in our program. We certainly could not have done it without you.

JON REBIDEAU

NATE BILOW

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Society not served

TO THE EDITOR: Society was not served well when Judge Richard Meyer handed down the maximum sentence allowed under a plea agreement reached in the David Lang case.

For anyone not familiar with the tragic consequences of a drunken afternoon on a family farm in June 2012: David Lang shot and killed his brother, Russell, on the farm they shared in Crown Point. This horrific incident was David’s first run-in with the law.

Family and friends have always contended this was an alcohol-fueled tragic accident. They know both the love and destructive enabling that existed between their brothers.

Sentencing began with the theatrics of a district attorney on the verge of her third electoral bid. Her lust for winning overshadowed any compassion or decency toward the surviving family.

She construed a soliloquy of how events transpired, but D.A. Sprague’s timeline of events was riddled with suppositions that never came out at trial (there was none) or acknowledged in any plea deal.

With David’s family and friends sitting behind him, the D.A. mocked letters sent to the court pleading for leniency, including one letter with references to other alcohol-fueled family tragedies that had received leniency.

I find her comments appalling and insensitive to this respected and private family. Meyer obviously agreed with the DA in sentencing David to the maximum 15 years in state prison with five years probation. Dave will be 91 years old by then.

The surviving family’s wishes for leniency were ignored.

In her mission statement it reads: “The DA and her staff realize that all victims deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.” That is not what I witnessed in the courtroom.

LAURA BURCHELL

Flushing