April 26, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 26, 2013

Labor issues

TO THE EDITOR: Recently Congressman Bill Owens met with six members of the Northeast Labor Council at his Plattsburgh office.

Many important topics were discussed that affect constituents. We asked his support for women in the military with regards to sexual harassment and promotions.  We urged him to oppose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Immigration and border-security legislation reform and  “the Dream Act” path to citizenship are concerns, as seasonal employees are an integral part of North Country agriculture.

We thanked him for his support of domestic-violence legislation and advocating for continuing the U.S. Postal Service Saturday delivery.

 The congressman was very gracious and invited our group to meet with him periodically to continue an ongoing dialogue regarding labor, education, health and retiree issues.


Vice President

CSEA Local 916 Retirees


Letter response

TO THE EDITOR: My recent letter to this forum on medical travel expense was mainly intended to illicit a response from Lake Champlain Transportation. They did not reply, but others did.

I received a call from a very nice lady at CVPH informing me of a travel fund through them. I also heard from North Country Cancer Fund with a form for reimbursement. Congressman Bill Owens also read my letter and asked his office to look into it. They also informed me of the fund through CVPH.

As I stated in my original letter, I was looking for a hand, not a handout, not only for myself but for others who find themselves in a similar situation.

On March 14, I received a card in the mail. There was no return address, and it was unsigned, just wishing us well. Enclosed were commuter tickets for my wife and I to a total of $192.05. Again, the kindness and generosity of the North Country has come through.

Hopefully, we will not need to use all of them. The remainder I will pass on to others who find themselves in this challenging situation. Again, thank you to a stranger or perhaps a friend.



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