December 5, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 5, 2012


---- — Support shelter

TO THE EDITOR: “Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” — George Eliot

Yes, animals are important. As goes the fate of animals, so goes the fate of man. Every creature that becomes extinct alters the balance of nature.

Adirondack Humane Society, founded in 1981 (then the LCPA), changed its name to its present one in 1997. It is a no-kill, non-profit, volunteer organization, opening a shelter in 1998. Since then, we have adopted out 4,207 animals and spayed or neutered 4,801 cats and dogs.

Mostly, the society works against overwhelming odds. Recently, we had 202 cats and 15 dogs in our small shelter, but every animal was fed, warmed, watered, groomed and loved. Why this overload? One example is 19 sick cats were dumped on us last year together. Medical bills were huge, even though the vets generously gave us discounts. Multiply this example many times.

Animal medical care last year cost $52,154. This puts us “in the red.” The costs of running a shelter for 202 cats are huge. Can you imagine how much litter? It’s a blessing they don’t use toilet tissue.

The Humane Society receives no funding from any government or national organization; 100 percent comes from you, the people of the North Country. Thank you for keeping us going so far and thank you in advance for still keeping us going.

Would you please dig deeply into your piggybanks to help us out of this financial hole?

“Love animals. God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, do not harass them, do not deprive them of their happiness, do not work against God’s intention.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky




Deceptive ideas

TO THE EDITOR: Since the election, I’ve seen where people on both sides of the political divide are quoting the “47 percent who pay no tax” as their reason for voting as they did.

Who pays no income tax? They are the unemployed, disabled, lower- and middle-class workers with exemptions, Social Security recipients, those on welfare and military personnel receiving combat pay. Most of these citizens do pay payroll and/or many other taxes.

The far right rushed to define most of these Americans as freeloaders who will always vote Democratic, and their plan to reduce or eliminate the legally acquired benefits of these Americans practically guaranteed votes against the party making such threats.

We don’t need to look far to determine where grossly deceptive ideas originate. Television news is almost entirely in the hands of a few corporations and wealthy individuals, and their major aim is ratings, which equates to profit. Sensationalism and controversy are what make ratings, and their job is to find it. When they can’t find it, they create it.

Along the same lines, many organizations produced polls that predicted a Romney win. Some bias in polling is unavoidable, but when there is political motivation, biased polling is made to order. The final sample size for many polls is only 1,000 people. Are you eager to agree with the opinions of that “majority” when it measures .002 percent of the population?

The era of a pro-GOP white-male majority is gone. Worshipful courting of the corporate rich is not what Congress was elected to do. Those who continue to play that game won’t find many sympathetic voters when their terms are up. Then they can collect retirement, work the loopholes they helped create and join the 47 percent they presume to despise.




Drowns recognized

TO THE EDITOR: Great article about Charles and Eva Drown in Wednesday’s Press-Republican.

Ellenburg’s best-looking man marries Ellenburg’s best-looking girl, and they become Ellenburg’s best-looking couple to this day.





Pipers grateful

TO THE EDITOR: Our band would like to extend a thank-you to the following organizations during this season of giving.

First, to the Salvation Army of Plattsburgh, who first opened their doors to us and never asked for anything in return. During their annual Christmas Kettle Drive, we play at the Champlain Centre mall on two occasions to return their kindness and to help in any capacity we can.

Second, we would like to thank Gander Mountain, who open their conference room to us giving the band a place to tune and get ready.

We would also like to thank Champlain Centre for allowing us to perform in the Food Court. Our next performance will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

Please come out and support the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Drive and hopefully enjoy some Highland piping and drumming.


Pipe major

Police Pipes and Drums of Plattsburgh


Ring recovered

TO THE EDITOR: This is a thank-you to the person who found my wedding band in Price Chopper.

When I noticed my ring missing, my wife and I looked everywhere in our home and called the church where we attended that day.

My wife and I went to prayer, asking God to help us. Something told me to check Price Chopper, and sure enough, there it was.

This ring is very special, as it was given to me by my daughter and was used as my wedding band when I married my second wife.

My wife and I are very close to God, and he is always there for us. Thank you.




Contrived crisis

TO THE EDITOR: Attention Congressman Owens: “Fiscal cliff” is a contrived crisis to force a rollback of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

This is essentially policy-making by hostage-taking. Take no action.

If no action is taken between now and Jan. 1, the middle class will suffer as the payroll tax cut expires, and many will pay a little more in income taxes. The wealthy will suffer a great deal more as they tumble over the fiscal cliff. They’ll see taxes on their income rise, as well as taxes on capital gains and dividends and taxes on their estates.

The hedge-fund and private-equity industry, which, thanks to the carried-interest loophole, pays low long-term capital-gain rates on its income, could face a doubling of tax rates.

Past practice has shown the Republicans will not negotiate any tax adjustments on the rich. The reality is we can not legislate a fair tax structure but can accomplish some degree of equality by taking the “Fiscal Cliff.”

The predicted recession would only be temporary and would reverse as soon as deals are struck in the new Congress. All of us paying more taxes, combined with prudent spending cuts, may be the best thing for our country at this time.

In a hope for solidarity, from a member of the Working Families Party, Plattsburgh.