February 26, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 26, 2013


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TO THE EDITOR: As we mark the 93rd birthday of the League of Women Voters, we congratulate and celebrate One Billion Rising, its work to curb violence against women and the devoted and dedicated women who have joined this effort, founded 15 years ago by Eve Ensler, to stop violence against women and girls.

Ninety-three years ago, Feb. 14, 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to advocate for women’s suffrage.

Six months after the founding of the league, Catt, league members and women across the country saw their dream realized with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

But today, 93 years after the league was founded to help democratize the right to vote, the voting rights of many Americans are at dire risk. Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case questioning the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The thought that the Supreme Court might overturn the VRA should send a chill down every American’s spine.

The league believes we should be expanding, not curtailing, voting rights as we continue to work to make elections free, fair and accessible to all eligible citizens.

Membership in our local league, one of nearly 800 groups in all 50 states, is open to men and women of all ages. We respect all points of view and never support or oppose candidates or political parties.

Our next event, a presentation on Campaign Finance Reform for New York State, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Plattsburgh Town Hall. This event is open to the public without charge.

For more information, view our website, www.plattsburgh.nylwvnet, or call me at 561-7199.



Plattsburgh Area League of Women Voters



TO THE EDITOR: I would like to make a few comments on the letter from Aaron Raml.

I would like to point out that the only nation north of the U.S. border is Canada, which has a population of 35 million. Canada is officially a bilingual country.

If Mr. Raml is referring to Quebec, he should be reminded that Quebec is still a province of Canada.

Quebec is truly a culturally enriching place to visit. The multiculturalism of Montreal makes it unique in North America.

As language issues are concerned, I believe that this letter should be reversed and written to the Gouvernement du Quebec. Quebec is a unilingual province, with French as the only official language. The use of English on signs and in business communication is against the law in Quebec.

The United States is a nation of 331 million south of the Canadian border. It would be courteous to visitors from the United States to have both road and store signs in English.

A more accommodating attitude from the Quebec government to American visitors would be greatly appreciated.