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February 13, 2013

Letters to Editor: Feb. 13, 2013

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TO THE EDITOR: I was in Michael’s store tonight, to return something I’d bought there.

Because I used the debit function on my bank card to buy it, the clerk said they’d have to refund the money to me in cash. They could not put it back on my card. OK, I get that. However, the clerk said they wanted my driver’s license number. No one should be required to give his/her driver’s license number to a store. That information is private and giving it to a store opens one up to identity theft.

As I was leaving, several women in line mentioned that Wal-Mart now has the same requirement. Oddly, it seemed that they didn’t think there was anything wrong with this.

Any stores that are requiring private information, like a driver’s license number or Social Security number (it being illegal to even request the latter) might want to very seriously re-think this practice.

I don’t plan on shopping in stores that require this, nor should you.

SHARON BANDHOLD

Morrisonville

 

Wellness event

TO THE EDITOR: The Parent & Community Education Subcommittee, part of the Plattsburgh Campus & Community Partnership, would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in our first-ever Plattsburgh Community Health & Wellness Fair on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Our goal of the evening was to bring parents, youth and community members alike to showcase all the wonderful centers, organizations, businesses, etc. that are available right here in our own city, whose focus is on keeping people physically, mentally and emotionally healthy and safe.

So a big thank you to the AIDS Council, Behavioral Health Services North (both Early Advantages and Employee Assistance Services), Champlain Valley Family Center, Child Health Insurance Connection, Clinton County Health Department, Clinton County Youth Bureau, Girl Scouts, Grow Buddies, LaLeche League, NAMI, National Eating Disorder Association, North Country Optical, Pine Harbour, Planned Parenthood, Plattsburgh City Police, Reality Check, Stop Domestic Violence, STOP DWI, Villari’s and Amy Rooney (Zumba Instructor) as well as the CVPH Blood Bank and Marrow Registry for their tabling and/or demonstrations.

In addition, we would like to acknowledge Champlain Valley Specialty Co., Frito Lay and Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. for their generous donations of grab apples, baked chips and water, respectively.

Finally, a thank you to the Plattsburgh City School District for supporting this initiative and hosting it at Plattsburgh High School for all to attend.

JESSICA MATHEWS

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