November 21, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 21, 2012


---- — Break the pledge

TO THE EDITOR: I have a suggestion. A few years, ago, some members of Congress signed a “pledge” with Grover Norquist that they would never raise taxes, and apparently now feel they can’t get out of it.

I say it’s time to break that pledge.

Compare it to marriage and divorce. Yes, these Congress people were either enamored or scared of Mr. Norquist, but that was then — think of thoughtless, impressionable, in-love people who get married and then two or three years (or months) later realize their mistake. We don’t condemn them to live with each other for the rest of their lives, in spite of the vows they took. We allow divorce, even though, yes, it’s breaking their “pledge.”

It’s perfectly all right for a politician to say, “I’ve given long hard thought to my earlier (rash?) commitment to an idea I felt pressured to accept, but I’ve grown. I now want to stand up for a more nuanced, thoughtful approach to the problems of taxes, revenue and expenses. Consequently, sorry, Grover, I can’t continue to honor that rather ridiculous pledge I signed. I’m divorcing you. I’m going to take a more mature, rational approach to the problems of this country.”

It — thinking — is possible to do.




Help getting GED

TO THE EDITOR: There is good news on the educational front in the North Country: CV-TEC Adult Literacy Department has been awarded a substantial grant.

These funds are used to assist adults in attaining a High School Equivalency Diploma by preparing them to pass the GED tests, provide instruction in basic skills education and short-term job-skills training.

We’ve all been told that we can’t expect the jobs of the past to return; we must be prepared for new opportunities. Why not get involved in retraining?

CV-TEC’s Adult Literacy and Training Programs offer courses to prepare adults for: the GED tests for a High School Equivalency Diploma; employment in health services, CNA and Home Health Aide; manufacturing skills training, Assembling Industry: Manufacturing & Education (A-I-M-E: 8.0) and Welding; certificates of employment skills, National Work Readiness Credential and Customer Service; Introductory and Intermediate Computer Skills; and college preparation through College Connections.

Other courses are being developed and reviewed to meet future needs, all in collaboration with our community partners: Clinton Community College, Literacy Volunteers, Plattsburgh Library System, the OneWorkSource and partnerships throughout the local business community.

Not having a high-school diploma is a serious roadblock to any kind of job advancement. Getting a GED opens doors.

In 2014, a new exam will be required, and new standards will have to be met. Old scores for completion of parts of the current exam will no longer be accepted. A fee to take the exam may be required after 2013.

Why not get it done as soon as possible? CV-TEC’s adult literacy staff of dedicated teachers is ready to help.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the opportunities offered by CV-TEC’s Adult Literacy programs, call: 561-0430, Ext. 3088.




Accident reports

TO THE EDITOR: I recently went to my local grocery store and on returning to my car found a man standing there saying, “You hit my car, cops are on the way, and if you leave you will be charged with leaving the scene of a crime.”

“What crime,” says I. “I did not hit you or anyone else.”

I was flabbergasted. He points to longitudinal marks on his car caused when and by whom? Not by me. A cop arrives, assesses the situation and also notes a lesion on our right front of car and also says there is paint transfer on your car. I do not see any.

I put my husband on my cell phone who explains that our “lesion” was done a year ago by him hitting the side of the garage entryway. He did the same thing two to three years ago, and we had it repaired — this time did not. Our garage bears the evidence.

I plead my 40 years accident-free, and I wonder if my age and being female says more, in his opinion? We visited our auto body shop, and they even have photographs of lesion and the car guy said: “You did a repeat on the garage I see” and said this is obviously old wound and said “I see no evidence of paint transfer.”

My point is that the cop’s report is crucial — what he says counts — nothing I say does — everything the other person says is taken as true? The other sad fact is one does not know what is in the police report until two weeks have passed. And by then insurance company has already settled.

My plea is to the police to be sure your report is accurate.

I have no rights?




Pool temperature

TO THE EDITOR: The temperature of the pool at the Wellness Center at PARC is too cold for people with arthritis and joint replacements and muscle problems.

The communications from members and doctors have been brushed off. Power Wellness is the company contracted by the hospital to run the center.

In a letter to members dated Dec. 20, 2011, they stated their goals were (1) to fulfill CVPH’s mission for the center and (2) to enhance services to meet the needs of members, patients and community residents and improve their fitness, health and wellness.

In this, they have failed in not having a temperature of 84 to 86 degrees minimum to meet the health needs of over-50 members.

I suspect the low temperature is so Power Wellness can show a profit and that their manager is a victim of his bosses.


West Chazy


Candlelight vigil

TO THE EDITOR: It is our hope that you will come to our Christmas Box Angel Candlelight Vigil at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Riverview Cemetery, Chazy, where we will remember all children that have died too young — “our little angels” who are forever in our hearts.

You may, if you wish, bring a white flower to lay at the base of the angel statue in remembrance of your loved one.

Please join us afterwards for hot cocoa and cookies. Any questions, please call Pam Moser 846-8304 or Diane Trombly 846-7818.




Scouting for Food

TO THE EDITOR: The Scouts and parents of Plattsburgh Pack 39 and Troop 39 would like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s Scouting for Food Drive.

With your help, we collected more than 1,400 pounds of food, 50 paper products and even 10 pounds of pet food. In addition, your bottle and can donations raised more than $175 for our Camping Scholarship Fund.

But, most of all, you have helped us show the Scouts that many people are willing to give good will and do good deeds, and for that, we thank you very much.