December 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 1, 2012

Arts in therapy

TO THE EDITOR: Kudos to Penny Klute and Behavioral Health Services North for recognizing how important using the arts can be as a therapeutic tool for reaching those with addiction and/or mental-health issues, as illustrated in your article in the Nov. 20 edition.

Too often, the arts are dismissed as frivolous time-fillers in the clinical setting; they certainly are not regarded as useful teaching tools. As your piece states, these consumers can express in the visual sense what might not be expressed in words, giving voice to their

innermost thoughts.

There are studies that support the positive outcomes of incorporating the arts into treatment plans, including therapeutic communities within prison settings. Thinking outside the box is the mark of a progressive, intuitive organization that offers more than the one-size-fits-all approach to treatment seen all too often in today’s clinical offerings.

It would be beneficial to all if more teaching institutions were to incorporate the arts as part of the core curriculum in the human services and clinical fields of study.




Responsible ownership

TO THE EDITOR: There are no excuses why your pet should be without food and water and left outside in unbearable weather.

Dogs should not be roaming the streets aimlessly, digging through garbage for something to eat. This is unacceptable and inhumane behavior.

In the last week, I have noticed, quite distressingly, the rise of stray dogs wandering the streets of Plattsburgh, emaciated and abandoned, rushing in and out traffic. Left unattended, they are at great risk of being hit by a vehicle — or dying from starvation and dehydration.

It is simple: If you do not want the responsibilities that come with owning a pet, then by all means do not have one.

Please be a responsible pet owner.



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