Press-Republican

March 13, 2013

Speakout: March 13, 2013


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---- — Cornelia

The businesses along Cornelia Street should be required to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice. They are currently unusable. As a car-less resident who likes to walk, I have been forced to step into and walk along that busy street.

Cats

We should do something about the feral cats in Plattsburgh. I live next to a woman that feeds them, and I have to say it is very unsanitary and gross. There is feces and urine everywhere.

Guns

There is no such thing as gun control. Ask the Russians, Jews in Germany, Cambodians and many African nations over the past 75 years. Let’s not let history repeat itself.

Lane

Why do people think it’s OK to park in the fire lane and go do their shopping? The store doesn’t even care; they said the lot wasn’t their business. I bet it will be if there’s a fire and people get hurt.

Shoveling

Another winter where after every storm only a minority of homeowners shovel by the required 24 hours. Lawmakers wasted time making laws that aren’t enforced.

Tattoos

An elderly man told me my tattoos were not what his generation found acceptable. He told me this as I was holding the door open for him at the bank. He didn’t say thank you, either.

Tests

There is an elephant in the room that is sucking the life out of our children and public education: standardized testing. Ask questions at your child’s school. You will be amazed at how many tests your child is taking.

Cost

I used to be a critic of the Fire Department because we were told they were the cause of high city taxes. If the Police Department budget has grown 45 percent, why weren’t taxpayers told that? 

Hugs

Do people realize how important affection is? For our kids, for our families, for our spouses? Love each other. Hug your son, your daughter, your mom, your dad.

Bingo

About kids at bingo, they don’t need to breath in second-hand smoke; simply sit in the non-smoking section with your kids or leave them at home.

Scoreboard

The Plattsburgh State baseball scoreboard did not work all last year. If it were hockey, it would be fixed in an hour. It used to be the best field in the league.

Ice

When you clear your sidewalks of snow, don’t forget the de-icer. An icy sidewalk can equal a bad fall and injury. You could be sued.