Press-Republican

In My Opinion

February 1, 2012

In My Opinion: Putting vision into action

My family has been residents here since 1956. We have seen many changes, many exciting new beginnings and a few disappointments along the way.

There will be more changes, more beginnings and, inevitably, some more disappointments in our future.

What has propelled us in the past was, in large part, due to the government investment and involvement in buildings and jobs. From Air Force bases, to prisons, state universities and government grants, government has been involved in one way or another for much of the past growth in our region.

Private enterprise was also involved but these, to a large extent, were service industries in the form of hotels, restaurants and retail developed to satiate our demand and that of our friends from the North.

We have witnessed new manufacturing, and we certainly remain grateful for the investments of Nova Bus, Bombardier and Fujitsu and the countless support companies that assist them in producing world-class products here in our back yard. Their successes are something we should be very proud of. Various government programs also facilitated these successes.

We should also be very proud of the educational facilities we have that are capable of educating our children that allow us to ease the transitions necessary as technology marches forward at a torrid pace.

We cannot forget CVPH Medical Center as a major, highly regarded regional hospital capable of supporting this region with advanced technology in health care and specialties ideally suited for our area.

What has not occurred has been growth in the work force that will support the aging population that exists here and in many other communities across the nation. We are fortunate that we have the resources listed above to help us create the future environment for families to live and thrive.

Here lies the problem. Our various businesses and organizations need to attract employees with families to grow and prosper. In the past, we have looked for government to provide the funds needed to support growth by investment in public infrastructure but not the social infrastructure that binds the community together.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
In My Opinion
  • In My Opinion Follow Vt. lead on prescription drugs

    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin recently called attention to a national crisis when he dedicated his entire State of the State message to address what he called Vermont's "full-blown heroin crisis," writes John Coppola of New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers Inc.

    March 12, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Rail companies must take action

    I write to commend emergency response officials in Essex County for taking a proactive approach to the increasing number of freight trains carrying crude oil through our communities on the Canadian Pacific line, as described in the Feb, 23 article, "Essex County developing disaster-response plans as rail traffic grows," writes Rep. Bill Owens.

    March 4, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Communal energy conservation urged

    Recently, several articles appeared in the Press-Republican about the City of Plattsburgh's electric rates and energy policies, writes SUNY Plattsburgh assistant professor Curt Gervich.

    March 3, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Support gave boost to broadcasting

    As many of you know, this is my 40th and final year of broadcasting Plattsburgh State Cardinal Hockey, writes WIRY broadcaster Ducky Drake.

    February 20, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Prison closures will increase danger

    In January, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision released its annual report on the state of New York's prisons, writes NYSCOPBA President Donn Rowe.

    February 18, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Everyone must commit to end smoking

    Smoking-related illnesses will cause 5.6 million children alive today to die prematurely unless smoking rates drop, the latest Surgeon General's Report says, write no-smoking advocates Glenn Pareira and Kendra Gertsch.

    February 12, 2014

  • In My Opinion: The right approach to youth sports

    Another youth basketball season is upon us, writes Town of Ellenburg Youth Director Chris Brooks. Local counties do a great job of organizing these leagues for our children to be able to participate and learn skills at a young age.

    January 8, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Fair evacuation plan needs review

    A year has come and gone with another great professional job done by our Clinton County Fair management, putting on its best yet entertainment.

    January 7, 2014

  • In My Opinion: New care models for aging population

    Our communities are experiencing a growing percentage of older residents, who are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to health-care decisions, according to the administrators of local nursing homes.

    December 24, 2013

  • In My Opinion: Respect diversity of gender November is Transgender Awareness Month across the United States -- a time to celebrate the diversity of gender that many Americans, and especially many New Yorkers, share.

    November 25, 2013