December 22, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 22, 2012


---- — Trans-Pacific Partnership

TO THE EDITOR: Right now, U.S. negotiators are working behind closed doors in Auckland, New Zealand, on a massive agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would offshore millions of American jobs and flood us with unsafe imported food.

Partnership boosters are trying to sell it as a trade agreement that could expand U.S. exports, but recent leaks reveal that actually most of its 29 chapters have little to do with trade and rather would impose limits on government health, safety, labor and environmental standards while granting new rights and powers to large corporations.

Beyond offshoring more jobs, the Trans-Pacific Partnership would open the United States up to attack by foreign corporations demanding our hard-earned tax dollars simply because we pass a law protecting our environment or setting food-safety standards that hurt their bottom line.

Corporate interests have special access to the negotiations, while Congress and the public are locked out.




Holiday tradition

TO THE EDITOR: Recently, the Morrisonville Elementary School community gathered for one of the school’s greatest traditions: Holiday Reading Night.

It was a night filled with families coming together to celebrate a wondrous time of year.

Thanks to these teachers and staff for going above and beyond to make this year’s event extraordinary: Keith Parotte, for bringing holiday stories to the big screen; Heidi Glover for sound system and music; Tracie McCarthy, for her work with the “K” kids in Bear Stays Up; Tara Chase and Cathy Defayette, for their acting and reading roles; MaryJean Brennen, Amanda & Ryan LaTulip, Dina Casey, and Amber Liberty, for their roles in ‘Bear Stays Up;” Kathy Moore for reading “Queen of Christmas;” and school intern Maura Danehey, for helping with our book giveaway.

A very special thank you to teacher Jenny Damiani, who co-chaired the event, spent hours planning, worked with “K” kids and helped breathe life into “Bear Stays Up.”

Thank you to these clubs and community members: Saranac Builder’s Club for their caroling, Lena Menia and Saranac Key Club for being costumed helpers, Melanie Faville for graphic design, Kelly Frenyea for her unique photography and Danny Hartman for being Morrie.

A special thank you goes out to the Sweet Adeline’s, who graced us with their beautiful voices. Of course, the show could not have gone on without fifth-grade helpers, student joke-tellers, Santa and numerous FSO volunteers.

Thanks to these businesses for providing donations: Dunkin’ Donuts, Banker’s Orchard, McDonald’s, Target, Sam’s Club, Pactiv, Macadams and Bailey Motor Co.

Morrisonville’s Family School Organization is a strong one, and the school community is thankful that our children and families have traditions such as Holiday Reading Night to look forward to every year.