February 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 20, 2013


---- — CEO salaries

TO THE EDITOR: Great reporting on the salaries of local CEOs of our hospitals.

If one believes that they need more then $100,000 plus benefits, plus bonuses to live well in the North Country, then it is probably because they have locked themselves into a house, property, lifestyle that can only be sustained with this amount of money. It’s hard to leave this style once in it.

Rationalizations, justifications, comparisons relieve one of the burden of conscience. It is however, corruption. It is a lifestyle enjoyed at the expense of the poor. Since the corruption is so far reaching, it seems impossible to stop. Thus the quality of medical care will continue to go down as the salaries and perks of those at the top go up.

We see this in our schools, too, and in every human institution and large company. At its root is greed and lust for power and status. I would probably be the same if I were a CEO. I thank God I am not.

I appeal to our poets, playwrights, novelists and songwriters to show us this corruption in detail and point a way out.




Threads of Faith

TO THE EDITOR: My husband, Ron, and I run Threads of Faith.

Our mission statement is to provide free clothing and household essentials to anyone in need.

We would like to thank Pastor John Gillette Jr. of the Mooers Wesleyan Church for letting us set up a table at the Food Shelf on Tuesdays.

Due to Ron’s medical conditions, we can no longer set up there. It is too hard for him to carry the totes back and forth. We are looking for a permanent room that we could use to distribute the donations in the Mooers or Mooers Forks area. Anyone wishing to donate a room, it would truly be appreciated.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated items to us; this would not have been possible without these donations.

The Plattsburgh Housing Authority has donated a room at McGaulley Avenue, and we are open every second and fourth Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Thank you, Jen and Mark.

We also receive regular donations from Rescued Treasures; thank you, Joe and Linda, for your continued support.

We will also be adding donations from Dress Code and would like to thank them. Anyone wishing to donate gently used items or clothing can drop them off at the McGaulley Avenue room when we are opened.

Thank you, and God bless everyone who has had a hand in helping us.

Also to my sister, Cheryl — without her help we would not have been able to do what we have in the last five months.


Threads of Faith


Champlain Climate balance

TO THE EDITOR: The damage to the delicate mechanisms that keep climate in balance has been done on the corporate and the government and the individual level.

The healing, likewise, must involve all three levels.

Yes, the Keystone XL pipeline must be stopped, as must any further fracking, exploitation of tar sands oil or mountaintop removal coal mining.

Yes, “all of the above” is a failed energy policy. Clean, meaning renewable, energy must be emphasized in a massive effort akin to the Manhattan Project of World War II or the leap into space of the Kennedy era. “Clean coal” is an oxymoron.

Yes, federal subsidies to fossil fuel companies must end.

Yes, the climate-change deniers have too much control. Etc., etc.

Beyond and underlying these things are very deep issues of values tarnished, priorities misplaced, truth twisted, democracy trampled and bigness run amok.

The obvious environmental problems cannot be solved without addressing these as well. The energy and the will to do so must come from the grassroots, massively. If it were going to come from above, it would already have done so, and we wouldn’t be facing climate change.

Our national mantra has been “more.” It must shift to “enough” immediately, if not sooner.