NAC 25th reunion

TO THE EDITOR: Attention all class of 1985 classmates: The "25 Year" class reunion for the Northern Adirondack Central School (NACS) will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Naked Turtle in Plattsburgh, NY.

Please pass this information along to any and all classmates you are in contact with. The band is Glass Onion. Those wishing to order dinner, must do so by 7 p.m.

We have contacted many people through e-mail and Facebook. For questions and to RSVP, please contact either: Debbie Gero-Juneau at 563-3686 or Karen Seguin-Prevo at 778-4065. Hope to see everyone there!

Debbie (Gero) Juneau

Plattsburgh

Saranac in the future

TO THE EDITOR: As a member of the town's Project Advisory Committee, I would like to invite town residents to a workshop that will be held at town hall on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

What would you like Saranac to look like 20 years from now? What do you think are our important community assets? Are there concerns you have about our town that you think should be addressed as we regard a vision for our future? What are some opportunities for community enhancement that we should not miss? These and other such questions will be asked to those attending the workshop. I hope you can spare an hour or two on that Wednesday night because any planning that does not take into account all the voices comes up short.

In order to add vitality to the town's revitalization efforts, please join us. Your energy and vigor will be missed if you're not there.

Joe Gerardi

Cadyville

Meadowbrook credited

TO THE EDITOR: Words cannot fully express my appreciation for the wonderful care I received at the Meadowbrook Healthcare Center in Plattsburgh recently.

From the doctors, the very specialized staff members to the ladies who cleaned up our messes. To the RNs, the LPNs, those very understanding aides who filled our need for an early morning cup of coffee, to everyone who made us feel so special with their caring and loving gestures which made us heal so quickly, thank you, thank you! Gratefully yours,

Marge Miller

North Bangor

Air shows, industries

TO THE EDITOR: When is Plattsburgh ever going to have another air show? Burlington seems to find ways to have such an event every other year. When the USAF was on this base, there was, fairly often, a pretty well done event. But, since 1998, there has been no airshow on this side of the lake.

I realize it costs a lot of money, and may inconvenience some people's ears, eyes, or general feeling of dislike of anything aviation, but, isn't the main reason for having one to attract business to this airport? Perhaps we need to reevaluate just how this place is being marketed. No one seems to have a positive strategy for marketing KPBG. It appears as if it's a hit-or-miss proposition. We cannot afford that luxury today. Too many young people are leaving the area, too many others are losing jobs, others are having to take on "service industry" jobs at barely minimum wage. That is no cure for what ails this area.

What ever happened to that company that was going to refurbish major aircraft? Mr. Douglas knows, the one from Canada that was going to come to Plattsburgh, refurbish the main hangar, and create all sorts of jobs.

I understand the major airlines are cutting costs, at great expense to the traveling public, so their bottom line seems more impressive to their stockholders. We need something here that will actually attract the major airlines, even as just a maintenance hub.

If we can get them here, even for just a visit, and they find out how inexpensive this area is to live and work, and fees for their aircraft landings and taking off are kept low, and we can address other aspects that scare them off, such as no operational control tower, perhaps they might start to look more favorably on us. Another idea is being out of the main airways, but not so far out it creates more fuel expense than the savings generated by locating here.

Doyle Frost

Plattsburgh

Reform vote applauded

TO THE EDITOR: I want to applaud Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand for their vote on the financial reform bill. For years, big bankers and CEOs lived off of the backs of working families without giving anything back to their communities. By passing this bill, we have made it clear to Wall Street that Americans won't tolerate the reckless behavior that plunged us into a recession and put millions of people out of work.

The reforms that Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand supported will protect our jobs, ensure that banks and corporations are held accountable for their actions, and put our country back on track towards an economy that really works for everyone, not just greedy corporations. The reforms will protect homeowners from predatory lenders, prohibit bank bailouts for bank shareholders and executives, and ensure that banks avoid dangerous financial risks.

You can bet that I won't forget this day when I go to the polls in November. It was the day that Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand showed us all that they truly are committed to changing this country for the better instead of falling back on policies that failed us in the past.

Betty Lennon

Plattsburgh

Saranac reunion

TO THE EDITOR: The Saranac Central Class of 1988 will be meeting at the Naked Turtle on Aug. 14 for dinner and drinks around 5 p.m. We are hoping members can make it to organize the 25-year reunion.

For more information contact Lisa Moore at lmoore@cmbk.com or find us on Facebook.

Lisa Moore

Belleville

Nursing rejoinder

TO THE EDITOR: Now that we are thoroughly informed about why an associate educated registered nurse should further their schooling, I would like to state what I have learned in a few short months on R5 as an RN.

Sick patients do not look at the letters after your name, in fact it means very little to them. The patient, who has undoubtedly spent more than a week (sometimes months) in a hospital bed, away from the comforts of home, perhaps the most pain they have ever been in — do not ask about your education to make them feel better. They do ask for you to hold their hand, walk with them, talk with them, sit in silence while they cry or maybe help their loved ones deal with the reality of their illness. I never took a class that could have taught me how to do this, nor was there a class that could have prepared me for how I was to deal with my first dying patient. The fact of the matter is this: It does not take a master's degree to be competent in the field of caring. It does take a rather ordinary person with a lot of heart.

Jessica Liberty

Ellenburg Depot

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