November 7, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 7, 2013


---- — Distracted


TO THE EDITOR: As I understand it, texting while driving is dangerous because the driver is looking at a cell phone and not the road. Its referred to now as “distracted driving.” I agree that distracted driving is dangerous, having dodged cars wandering into my lane.

A recent P-R article states that NYS Troopers have specially built “higher platform” SUVs that allow the trooper to look down into cars as the trooper passes the cars to see if drivers are texting.

To pass most cars on the Northway or local roads, the trooper would have to be speeding more than the other drivers. Hardly a safe practice.

To look into the other car, the trooper would have to take his eyes off of the road ahead: by definition, “distracted driving.” Hardly a safe practice.

Who will protect us from our protectors?





TO THE EDITOR: North Country School wishes to thank the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for providing the space, technological support and publicity help to bring the documentary film, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyselxia,” to the public on Oct. 9.

The film features accounts of the dyslexia experience from students in various grades, their parents and experts in the field.

We appreciated the opportunity to show this film to the community.

If you would like more information about the film or want to talk with the NCS learning specialist who spoke at the event, please contact Lauren McGovern at 523-9329, Ext. 6509.


Lake Placid  



TO THE EDITOR: Autumn in the North Country is my favorite time of year.

My front screen door pushes open with a creak to welcome in the smell of cold in the air. This is the kind of weather I crave, the kind that makes me want to dip a warm, sugared doughnut in a cup of cider topped with cinnamon.

I want to sink my teeth into a caramel apple from the local orchard until its juices run down my chin; don’t tell my dentist.

I wave to my neighbor, tediously hanging orange and black Halloween garland over her entry trellis. The green leaves on the maple tree near the street gate have begun their journey to the brightest shades of red and orange.

In my car, the air conditioning is flipped back to the heat, and the windows are shut tight.

I head off to work, all the time wondering if I managed to get ahead of the school bus.

Lake Champlain’s water surges with energy from a strong north wind. Each wave crashes onto the shore with a fury only a few kite surfers brave, perhaps getting in one last hurrah before the thick ice puts all the fun to bed for the winter.

Thanksgiving will be here before I know it. If I’m lucky, I won’t burn the turkey into a lump of coal that Santa can use for my Christmas stocking.





TO THE EDITOR: Oddbama (there is something not right about him) may win in the short run, but the “affordable” health-care act is a dead, stinking albatross hanging around the neck of the Democrat party that will drag them to the bottom.

Try as they might to blame the Republicans, not one of them voted for the great rotten bird.

All previous huge programs, like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, were passed on a nonpartisan basis, and massive social programs have only been passed by a single party in places like Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

Eventually and to the detriment of the Democrats, Americans will wake to the realization that they don’t want to live in a one-party, fascist crap hole where “death panels” scare them more than death itself.





TO THE EDITOR: I would like to take a moment and congratulate the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country on 25 years of success.

My family and I moved to the area 16 months ago, and CCCCNC has been the rock to my survival away from family and friends. This organization has been a place for both my daughter and I to make friends, seek advice, classes, generous donations and guidance to the recent opening to my home day care.

No one ever seeks anything in return, and everyone always seems so enthusiastic and helpful anytime we are there.

I cannot express enough appreciation to everyone that I have encountered at CCCCNC. You all are what makes CCCCNC a fun and loving place to gather.

Congratulations again, and may God bless all of you and CCCCNC on your next 25 years.





TO THE EDITOR:  My sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who helped and attended the spaghetti dinner for Mountain Top Senior Housing’s fundraising for 2013.

This dinner would not have been possible without the diligent efforts of Francis Kowalowski, Claire Kowalowski and Jim Kowalowski.

Heartfelt thanks to Frank Bretthauer, Rebecca Waldron, Lashway’s in Dannemora, Jeanne LaMare, Bill Chase, Bernadette Kowalowski, Lana Facteau, Mark and Sherry Siskavich, Mark Siskavich Jr., our board members (Cathy Moulton, Shirley Durnin, Joan Fetzko, Kathleen Scott, Gail Wilson and Sybil Woodward) and manager (Mary McCaffrey).

We deeply appreciate the generous donations from our friends and neighbors. Without all of you, our volunteers and supporters, these fundraisers would not be possible. Forgive me if I’ve forgotten anyone. Thanks so much.


Board of Directors president

Mountain Top Senior Housing

Lyon Mountain



TO THE EDITOR: Each year, the Clinton County Youth Bureau hosts numerous Fun Runs for county youths.

Over the past few years, we have seen our numbers skyrocket and our “Regular Families” list double.

The fun environment for all children, from ages 1 to 14, allows anyone who wants to get out and have a good time do just that, while being cheered on as strongly whether they finish first or last.

These runs would not be possible to hold if not for the tremendous support of Coaches Jack and Gayle Wilson. Their dedication to opening youth up to the joy of running is unmatched in our area.

They volunteer their time faithfully to these children and to the Clinton County Youth Bureau Recreation Program with as much enthusiasm as they had when they began their coaching careers many years ago.

The Youth Bureau would like to thank Jack and Gayle for all they have done for the Fun Run Program and we look forward to continuing to work with you for many years to come.


Recreation Director

Clinton County Youth Bureau