Fund drive success

TO THE EDITOR: Members of VFW Post 1466 and our auxiliary held a street fund drive here in Plattsburgh.

The respect and courtesy we received from the general public, both local and visiting motorists, was felt by us all. To all of those people that drove past us, and donated what you could, it is sincerely appreciated. I must not forget that young lady that was jogging, and took the time and her own funds, to make sure these old guys stayed hydrated in that heat, before going back on her run.

The funds we received today will go quite a ways toward helping the local veterans served by our post on the Spellman Road. Again, to the public for supporting us, thank you.

At the same time, we must also thank the people in the city government that allowed us to have this drive, and also, the City of Plattsburgh Public Works Department for helping us by loaning us safety cones. Teamwork all the way around.

On the part of the city, for having the ability to work with the public on such a drive, their employees for putting us on the right path, their other employees for helping us get the required safety equipment, and lastly, the dedication and volunteerism of our members to stand out there in the hot sun to accomplish this mission.

DOYLE FROST

VFW Post 1466 Quartermaster

Plattsburgh

 

TO THE EDITOR: It is time to stop harping on the blunders Donald Trump has committed since his election. The cabinet he selected at the start was composed of a group of brilliant members who all quit, were arrested or fired in a year.

Let us not forget the mistakes of the Democrats while in office. Global warming would not be a world menace till 2025 or 2026, but is already here. Earlier blunders were using socialist-based Social Security for Americans and also affordable health insurance. They also pushed for retirement pensions for union members and all workers.

If you think Americans are entitled to these benefits give your vote some thought in 2020.

ELTON JODOIN

Plattsburgh

 

Board is lauded

TO THE EDITOR: The North Country Healthy Heart Network is thrilled to learn that the Malone Village Board has passed a resolution approving Complete Streets recommendations for Main Street.

Our friend, Boyce Sherwin, has called the Complete Streets recommendations “the most important restoration effort for the village’s Main Street in my lifetime,” and we agree.

Earlier this year, Mark Fenton declared that Malone “is ready to try something new” as it relates to its downtown. Fenton, a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, came here in May to meet with businesses, nonprofits, residents, and local leaders to explore ideas and projects aimed at increasing pedestrian safety, boosting the health and wellness of the community, and stimulating the downtown economy. Fenton’s visit was sponsored in part by the Heart Network’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program.

The resolution adopted by the Village Board hits on many of those themes and include the following suggestions:

A “road diet” between Creighton Road and Brainardsville that features one travel lane in each direction and a center two-way left turn lane, as well as a bike lane in each direction and, wherever possible, additional diagonal parking.

Prioritizing roundabouts for intersection improvements.

A gateway monument at the east and west entrances to the village.

Creating and protecting bike lanes when possible/feasible.

Optimizing bump outs to enhance pedestrian visibility and safety.

Making Main Street crossings as straight and short as possible.

Improving road performance measures by adopting the “Guidebook for Developing Bicycle and Pedestrian Performance Measures.”

Initiating recommended demonstration project trials for enhancements such as pedestrian islands, bump outs, bike lanes, parklets, and more.

Prohibiting left turns unless specifically indicated.

We thank the Malone Chamber of Commerce, the Malone Revitalization Foundation, Malone Middle School, and many other local partners for helping us get this far. We look forward to what comes next.

ANDREA GOFF

Program Coordinator, Creating Healthy School and Communities

North Country Healthy Heart Network

 

Skip the hike

TO THE EDITOR: A large rate increase for NYSEG is a joke.

Last winter they never read any of the meters in the Champlain area, which resulted in huge bills come May for customers. Until they can service the public properly, they should be denied any rate increase.

BILL LOUGHAN

Champlain

 

Firefighters are honored

TO THE EDITOR: Westville Historical Organization held their annual open house July 20 and honored the Westville Volunteer Fire Department's 65 years of service.

While thanking all fire personnel for their faithful service to save life and home from fires and EMTs for lifesaving service, 11 firemen had service records from 25 to 60 years.

Proclamations were presented by Assemblyman Billy Jones and Franklin County Legislators Paul Lauzon and Paul Maroun on behalf of Sen. Betty Little to James Premo for 60 years of dedicated service. Citations were also presented by Jones to the remaining 10 honored firemen. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who was unable to attend, also issued certificates of appreciation to the veteran firefighters.

Westville Town Supervisor Rod Lauzon thanked the department for its dedication to the town and surrounding communities. A light lunch was served to all in attendance.

A special thanks is extended to Jones, Maroun, Paul Lauzon and Rod Lauzon for taking time out of busy schedules to attend our event.

A big thank you to Sandy Premo for displaying at least 50 fire truck models from the hundreds in her collection, Anne Gaggin for helping set up displays, fire department historian Bonnie Pickering for albums and pictorial displays of the department; plus WHO members Les McGibbon, Rosanna Clark, Earl Jackson, Karen Behm, Vicki and Reevie Rockhill, Jean Goddard and Ronnie and Marilyn Anderson for help preparing for the open house and the day of the event. It’s a pleasure serving the WHO in my capacity, when so many come forward to make it work.

SUSAN McGIBBON TOBIAS

President, Westville Historical Organization 

Plattsburgh

 

Racism is denied

TO THE EDITOR: I am astounded at Elise Stefanik’s statement, “I don’t believe he’s a racist,” in her response to a question about President Trump’s attack on four congresswomen of color.

In her denialism, Representive Stefanik uses bland euphemisms (criticizing Trump’s “tone” and some of his statements as “unacceptable”) to describe what are Trump’s screechingly demagogic racist statements, advertisemens and tweets, as well his denigrating lie after lie about immigrants and migrants of color.

For a long list of Trump’s racist comments long before and up to January 2018 see, see David Leonhardt and Ian Prasa Philbrick, “Donald Trump’s Racism: The Definitive List Updated," Jan. 15, 2018, The New York Times. Many more, since January 2018, could be added to the list.

The conservative London Economist also has no trouble calling Trump’s statements racist.

Representative Stefanik has stated that “ideologies such as white supremacy are morally repugnant and have no place in our society.”

I applaud this. But how then can she brush off Trump’s multitude of statements and tweets as merely inappropriate and stand with what now appears to be his openly divisive, dangerous, violence-inciting white nationalist political strategy?

MONIQUE WESTON CLAGUE

Keene

 

Thanks to all

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to thank the following sponsors and staff for making Adirondack Coast Basketball Camp such a success. The camp is free. We had 181 boys and 178 girls during our two weeks.

The sponsors are: Adirondack for Kids, Agency Insurance, Casella, Coryer Staffing, Community Bank CSEA Local 884, Cumberland 12, Curtis Lumber, Dannemora Credit Union, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dutch Craumer Scholarship, Evan Bracy Law, Fesette Realty, Finney Sports, Fidelis Care, Fuller Excavating, Giroux Poultry, Glens Falls Bank, Gymrat Basketball: John Kmack, Huttig Nissan, Jeff Moskowitz, John Myers, Lake City Fire Equipment, Joe Cardany Law, Leary Restoration, Lee Appliance, Leo Ryan, Lisa Zaferakis, Luck Brothers, Martin, Harding & Mazzoti, Metropolitan Insurance: Joel Maggy, Monaghan Medical Group, Naked Turtle, Northern Cakes, NYSCOPBA, New York State Troopers Union, New York State Trooper's Investigator's Union, Pacific Rim Construction, Paul Marcus, PEF, Peru Credit Union, Peter and Greg Gerney, PHS Booster Club, Plattsburgh City Recreation, Mike Coty, Lyon Mountain Miners, Plattsburgh Fire Department, Plattsburgh Police Local 812, and Northern Insurance.

Also Ray Beebe, SeaComm, Schluter Systems, Studley Printing, Ukie's Grocery, Upstone Materials, Virido LLC, Warren Tire, Wilson's Appliances, #JennyStrong. The staff included: Travis Gorham, Shawn Gutzman, Jodi Murray, Nicole Bullock, Jasmine Piper, Elisa Megarr, Tenzin Pema, Anthony Hodge, Hunter Bruno, Joanne Collins, Kenna Guynup, Ryhlee Hollister, Bailey Pombrio, Bill Durgan, Chris Hartmann, Bryce DeAngelo, Tom Ryan, Randy Senecal, Roger Long, Matt Berry, John Konowitz, Brittany Cohen, Mike Busby, Cheryl Cole, Scott Cutaiar, Bret Wilmott, Donna Dixon, Jerrad Dumont, Charlie Mason, Elisa Megarr, Doug Beebe and Paul Spilman and Kevin Daugherty.

The Cortland State Men's Baskeball coach  said, "Tom Lacey and all the staff who worked the camp the last two weeks deserve kudos. No where in America do you see the expertise and caring and genuine love for the sport of basketball and help today's youth have fun. And no one is making any money. Truly a model that needs to be duplicated in all communities. Thanks to Tom and all the staff."

THOMAS LACEY

Adirondack Coast Basketball Camp Coordinator

Plattsburgh

 

Respect the law

TO THE EDITOR: Glad to read that New York State Police will be cracking down on speeders.

I would suggest however they start by policing their own members. I have been driving for 58 years and have driven in 42 of our wonderful states and I have never, I repeat never, observed state police or a state trooper doing the speed limit.

In fact, most times they are going faster than the speeders on the highway. There may be justification for their speed if they are responding to an emergency situation with lights and sirens going, but under normal conditions it should not be condoned.

Do as I say, not as I do may sometimes work with your children but not with the general public. People are more likely to obey the law if they respect the law, and the individuals charged with enforcing it.

 BOB PHILLIPS

Plattsburgh

 

Keeps on writing

TO THE EDITOR: I write to Elise Stefanik each time that we as a nation experience tragic events with the hope that she might join with her fellow Congresspersons to change the sad narrative that is unfolding throughout this country.

I'm hopeful that the horrific acts in Gilroy Calif., El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio might prompt her to address the two cancers eating away at American society: gun violence and racial/social intolerance. The two are sadly linked and divisiveness is even fostered by the current administration.

One of her senatorial colleagues indicated that there are many good ideas out there to address the problems, but regretfully there is no political expediency to act on effecting a change under the guise that we might infringe on the First and Second Amendment rights.

The Founding Fathers certainly did not envision the unrest and damage to our American union that is resulting from the misguided interpretation of these rights.

Please, please, do not dust off the "thoughts and prayers" rhetoric that has become a meaningless response from Elise Stefanik's office, and use the crisis to effect Congressional change and protections for all Americans whether in schools, community events or shopping.

GEORGE TREJOS

Hannawa Falls

 

Rights for all

TO THE EDITOR: This week, two more mass killings occurred in the United States resulting in another 30 deaths. That makes 54 mass killings this year where more than four people were killed or injured. And that totals 281 deaths and 1,032 injuries.

This does not include other recent mass killings like Las Vegas with 480 killed or injured; Orlando, 102; Virginia Tech, 49; and Sandy Hook, 29. And most of these mass killings involved assault type semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines, or bump stocks.

These assaults are not perpetrated by foreign terrorists or illegal immigrants, but generally by white American men.

I grew up as a gun owner and I still own my second gun, a 22-caliber rifle. I appreciate and support that the Second Amendment protects the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. However, the Constitution is not just the Second Amendment.

It consists of Eight Articles and 27 Amendments whose purpose, is to “promote the General Welfare” of its citizens, generally defined as health, morality, and safety.

The collective implementation of our Constitution no longer provides for the health, morality, and safety of all citizens. It’s time for a reasonable interpretation of gun rights.

No citizen needs an assault-style rifle equipped with a high-capacity magazine designed from the outset to inflict injury or death. All citizens should be subject to effective background checks with no loopholes in order to purchase weapons and ammunition.

I find it hypocritical that the best we can do as Christians is to “pray for the victims and their families” and call the perpetrators cowards.

Why should we fear going to a mall, a nightclub, a school, or a church? It’s time to express our moral outrage and demand change so all citizens, not just gun owners, are protected under our Constitution.

WILLIAM STEELE

Colonel, Retired

Plattsburgh

 

Care was good

TO THE EDITOR: I was recently discharged from Meadowbrook Health Care after nearly a year in residence there.

I can say nothing negative about my care there. All staff were caring and cooperative, day after day. In addition to direct care staff, Activities and Culinary departments made the days pass nicely.

A special word of thanks goes to Shelly Rascoe, assistant Director of Nursing. I was able to make informed decisions regarding my care thanks to information and recommendations provided by Shelly. Her input was invaluable.

JOE SWINYER

Vilas Home

Plattsburgh

 

Buck stops here

TO THE EDITOR: There were two terrorist attacks this past weekend, killing at least 30 people. The youngest victim was two years old. These separate attacks were carried out by "home grown" white nationalists, racists who hate people of color.

Our government leaders and Fox News would have you believe that these acts were the work of disgruntled mental cases. I heard this weekend one of Trump's "swamp dweller" spokespeople blamed the shootings on people who have played too many violent video games.

I do not think that the framers of the U.S. Constitution meant the Second Amendment "right to bear arms" was suggesting that anyone could (or should) have access to the AK-47 killing weapons readily available in this country. What hunter needs this kind of firepower to bring down a deer or bear? Who needs this much firepower?

We need stronger, common sense legislation that limits access to assault weapons and semi-automatic guns. These real "weapons of mass destruction" should not be available to individuals just because they have the money to purchase them either legally or illegally.

These attacks were the 249th and 250th mass murder incidents in this country so far this year. What would incite someone to drive 10 hours to kill Mexicans?

Since the mass murder of the elementary children and their teachers in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, our leaders respond with their vows to keep the victims and their families in "our thoughts and prayers," all the while doing nothing to stop the spread of violence in our country.

Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed Grim Reaper from Kentucky and the leader of the Republican Senate, refuses to present legislation to the senate to limit access of guns to mental unstable persons and those who pose a threat to the safety of all of us. The House has already passed this legislation, but McConnell dead ends any and all legislation that would approach any common sense law.

Trump has cancelled and unfunded any policies that attempt to shut down websites that promote and spread hate and encourage white nationalist rhetoric.

As President Truman said, "the buck stops here," at Trump's desk. He needs to stop paying lip service to the American people and prevent the slaughter of more innocents. Enough is Enough.

BARBARA PRIMEAU

Plattsburgh

 

Many thanks given

TO THE EDITOR: The Kiwanis Plattsburgh Breakfast Club Foundation is proud to report our 13th year of Dozerfest was once again a successful event thanks to our attendees and supporters:

UpStone Materials, Apple Country Cabinets LLC, Leon Blair General Contractor, Schluter Systems LP, Polsinello Fuel, Warren Tire Service Center, D.A. Collins (Kubricky), Huntley Trucking, Charlebois Inc., Durocher Auto Sales, Fuller Excavating, Northline Utilities, Roswell Beeman Trucking, Airborne Speedway, Dibble Equipment, Inc, Branon Construction, Maine Drilling and Blasting, Haley Lumber, Roberts Sports Center, Dig Safe NY, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, Applebees, Champlain National Bank. Clinton County D.A.R.E. Program, Stafford & Owens, Piller, Murnane, Trombley, Attorneys, Giroux’s Poultry Farm, Bucks Discount Center, Haun Welding, Hynes Electrical Supply Co, R.J. Logan, Luck Brothers, Fidelis, WPTZ TV, Reale Construction, Dragoon's Farm Equipment, F.W. Webb Company, and Sun Community News.

Please join us again next year, Saturday, June 6, 2020.

TOM NEALE, EMILY MOOSMANN, BONNE FENWICK, LORI HEBERT, KIMBERLY DAVIS

Kiwanis Plattsburgh Breakfast Club Foundation

 

Mr. Ben praised

TO THE EDITOR: There is something amazing happening in the basement of the Plattsburgh City Public Library. There is life. Like walking in Oz, it is now full of color, fun, music, sounds, and lots of excited children.

With the leadership of librarian Mr. Ben Carmen, children line up to talk books and get their library cards. The children’s section of the library is a bustling epicenter of child freedom and development.

Learning has so much to do with the environment. If children feel welcomed, secure and loved they will flourish. What astounds me is Mr. Ben’s endless positive energy. He makes each child feel valued, important and that they matter. This happens every day without fail.

I feel so privileged to have such a wonderful place to bring my children. Yesterday a play company came and performed, on Saturdays local bands such as The Dirty Diaper perform, therapy dogs come weekly and the Summer Space Reading Program has been literally out of this world.

Personally, I cannot thank Mr. Ben enough. As a teacher myself he has helped me with numerous projects. My young girls love books and adore Mr. Ben. He encourages their strange interests and works with them to find just the book they are looking for searching together on interlibrary loan. They absolutely love it.

Mr. Ben Carmen of the Plattsburgh City Public Library needs to be commended for his hard work and dedication to the literacy and development of our local children. He creates a warm environment where diversity is embraced. He offers free amazing programming and has transformed the library into a vibrant learning center. He is a true community leader.

Thank you, Mr. Ben and the Plattsburgh City Library for all you do. I do not know what I would do without you.

KATE DERMODY

Plattsburgh

 

Stefanik is great

TO THE EDITOR: Our region with its tough winters creates additional wear and tear on our infrastructure. There are many problems to address and not nearly enough money to fix them all.

However, Congresswoman Stefanik and her recent announcement of $2.5 million in grant funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission will begin the process of fixing some of our most pressing needs.

The largest projects will be all over Clinton County and will include expanding and repairing roads with bike lanes, a stormwater system, and a sewer and water main system. Rouses Point and Wilmington will get additional funding to create separate wastewater treatment facilities. Furthermore, in Elizabethtown, the funding will go to making the existing trails more accessible and revitalizing its downtown.

These are all huge projects for our area and will spur future development and create jobs in the future. Thank you, Elise Stefanik, for your great job representing us in Washington.

SCOTT SARTWELL

Peru

 

Start eating plants

TO THE EDITOR: "Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply" was the lead story in recent leading newspapers. It was prompted by the release of a summary report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), staffed by more than 100 experts from 52 countries.

The report details how climate change is threatening our world's food and water supplies, turning arable land to desert, degrading soil, and raising the frequency of devastating weather conditions. It concludes that avoiding wholesale starvation and mass migrations requires fundamental changes in current animal agriculture and land management practices, which account for 23 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

The conclusions of the IPCC report match closely those by Oxford Univrsity in 2017 and by Chatham House in 2015. A 2010 United Nations report blames animal agriculture for 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 70 percent of freshwater use, and 38 percent of land use. All reports recommend a massive shift to plant-based eating.

In an environmentally sustainable world, meat and dairy products in our diet must be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as fossil fuels are replaced by wind, solar, and other pollution-free energy sources. Our next visit to the supermarket provides a superb starting point.

PRAKE POUNDSTONE

Plattsburgh

 

Stefanik needs challenging

TO THE EDITOR: In 2015 Representative Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a cowardly bill that became law and turned the Treaty Clause of the Constitution (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2) on its head.

Recently Congress passed a two-year budget bill, that President Trump unfortunately signed into law, which will fund the federal government through 2021. This new law suspends the debt ceiling and all spending caps, so the federal deficit will now exceed $1 trillion for the next two years.

Stefanik voted to approve this nauseating piece-of-garbage legislation, H.R. 3877, which makes the American taxpayer just that much more of a slave to a debt that cannot be repaid within one, and probably not within two generations, thus stealing from our children and grandchildren because they will get stuck with the bill.

This debt will eventually have to be repaid and the longer it takes to bring it under control and pay it down the more likely the end result will be kinds of extreme suffering starting with economic collapse and privation. Witness the fates of the Weimar Republic of Germany and the formerly affluent nation of Venezuela.

As evidenced by her voting record, Stefanik is neither a fiscal conservative nor a constitutional conservative. Freedom Works, a conservative watchdog group, has given Stefanik a failing grade.

Obviously, Stefanik is unwilling and unable to effect the changes that are needed to bring the fiscal spending addict that Congress has become under control. Her vote for INARA was bad. Her support for the budget bill was worse.

It's time for someone to challenge Stefanik in a primary. If that challenger is a fiscal/constitutional conservative, then that's who I will support.

CHARLES HEIMERDINGER

Hadley

 

Served with pride

TO THE EDITOR: one of the proudest things I have ever done was serve with the security forces in Vietnam.

I was young and full of patriotism and love of my country. Now I am not so young, but inside nothing has changed I am still the same man, the same sergeant.

I fought for your freedom. I would do it again without hesitation if I had to. I am proud that my two sons have followed in my footsteps and served in Iraq. I  hoped they would never have to, but they bravely carried the torch. Every time a person says "thank you for your service" I swell with pride.

It is a far cry from some of the things I was called when I came back. I was honored to have been married to two very beautiful women during my lifetime; one divorced me, the other died this past December with multiple health issues. I was honored and proud to have been their spouse.

Fast forward to August 2019. I and a much younger lady feeldeeply about each other and when people look at us, well, I don't think I like what I see. It's much like how people use to look at interracial couples; has anything I fought for changed? I hope it has, but has it really?

Now my grandsons are contemplating serving this great county of ours . I pray their service will not be in vain.

The bottom line is, we fought for freedom. So don't you dare look at me like I'm strange. We are happy and that is all that counts. Period, end of conversation.

JOE GITTENS

Plattsburgh

 

Sand needs work

TO THE EDITOR: I was quite taken by the article about the City Beach and the "rough state" that it is in.

I witnessed a similar situation at Ausable Point Beach back in 2016. The access road off of Route 9 was in terrible shape, with beaten up asphalt and potholes. The empty parking lot was in the same situation, with weeds growing through the pavement.

Indeed, the water was cool and clear, but the sand had not been manicured, what with driftwood and some hard sand that had not seen a rake for some time. It appeared that that facility is severely underfunded. Hopefully, things have changed since our last visit. This sounds like a similar situation at your City Beach.

Moreover, I was intrigued that were so few visitors. And then I started thinking. The daytrips of Canadians to Plattsburgh and environs is sadly a thing of the past. There a number of reasons for this.

Crossing the international border may often turn into an unpleasant experience. Often innocent Canadians are detained and sent to secondary interrogating which may last an hour or two.

Yes, Canadians are being treated as foreigners, something which begun after 9-11 and has further been exasperated by the current Republican administration.

Facilities on the Canadian side have sharpened up over the years, and the small cities, towns and villages are neater and better kept. There are other reasons too, but Plattsburgh needs to spruce up in many ways, otherwise Canadians will go elsewhere and apparently they already have.

A clear example of that is Plattsburgh Beach, a beautiful beach that desperately needs funding and updating. Canadians would return if there was a far more pleasant experience.

NORM STOTLAND

Ottawa, Ontario

 

Stand and salute

TO THE EDITOR: I used to think I was a regular person, but I was born white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist and responsible for slavery.

I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes me a fascist because I plan and support myself.

I went to high school, worked through college, got a degree and have held a job. I am not here because I earned it, but because I was advantaged.

I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class and ally of big business. I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel. I believe in the Second Amendment, which makes me a member of the vast NRA gun lobby.

I am older than 65, but not retired, making me a useless old man who doesn't understand Facebook. I think and I reason, so I doubt what main stream media tells me, which must make me a reactionary. I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, making me a xenophobe.

I value my safety and that of my family, and I appreciate the police and the legal system, making me a right-wing, cop-loving extremist.

I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist. I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort, not freedom of outcome or subsidies, which must make me a borderline sociopath.

I believe in the defense and protection of America for and by all citizens, now making me a militant. I am proud of our flag, what it stands for, and the many who died to let it fly, so I stand and salute during our National Anthem, taking me back where I started, I must be a racist.

Please help me come to terms with the new me, because I'm just not sure who I am anymore.

I thank my friends for sticking with me through these abrupt, newfound changes to my thinking! I just can't imagine or understand what's happened to me so quickly. Funny, it all took place over the last seven or eight years.

If all this nonsense wasn't enough to deal with, now I don't even know which restroom to use, and I gotta go frequently.

MEL FRECHETTE, Commander, USN (Ret.)

Plattsburgh

 

People were honest

TO THE EDITOR: On Saturday evening we went shopping at Market 32 in Plattsburgh. I was carrying my iPad and broke my cardinal rule of never letting it leave my grasp by putting it in the shopping cart.

Sure enough, we put the cart into the collection area in the parking lot with my iPad in it. When we got home and I realized my mistake, we rushed back to Market 32 to search the carts with no luck.

As we were looking, the store manager called to say that he had my iPad because the man who brings in the carts, Jesse Baker, had found it and turned it in. I have a label inside the iPad cover with my name and phone number.

I am writing to offer my sincere thank you to Jesse Baker for being such an honest man. I spoke to him afterwards and he explained how good it makes him feel to do something nice like that. I hope the management at Market 32 recognizes Jesse for being such an asset to their store.

MARK TATRO

Peru

 

Chazy Lake great

TO THE EDITOR: One morning last week, we woke to discover our boat was gone. It had been a calm night, and we knew it was on the boat hoist at 8 p.m. the previous night.

We called neighbors, family, and friends on the lake to ask them if they could see it. No luck.

Then the Chazy Lake community went into action. Mark Denicore put out an email with a description of our boat and our phone number to everyone on the email lists of the two lake organizations, CLWI ( Chazy Lake Watershed Initiative) and CLEC (Chazy Lake Environmental Committee). He also put the information on Facebook.

Keith Trombly and Ken Emery went out in Keith's boat to start a search around the lake, law enforcement showed up in case it was stolen, people came by with their boats to help, and others called to see what they could do to help.

Our next door neighbor, Rich Brown, smartly started looking across the lake with his binoculars. We couldn't believe on such a calm night the boat would be on the other side of the lake.

Rich sighted it on the opposite shore south of us, and shortly after, Debbie Goslin called to say she could see the boat. Keith and Ken crossed the lake and towed the boat back. The troopers left once we found the boat, and an email was sent out and a note put on Facebook, letting everyone know it was found.

We could not believe the support given to us. Thank you to everyone who came over, called, and emailed us. What a great place to live.

ROD and CHRIS BIGELOW

Chazy Lake

 

Help the college

TO THE EDITOR: This is with respect to the article in the Aug. 12 Press-Republican about Clinton County funding the Clinton Community College.

It concerns a funding shortfall that some legislators appear to be balking at rectifying. Please have readers consider that they should urge the legislature to fund this local community college without question.

This is core to obtaining qualified graduates for all the local buildups in this area that we read about. Yes, all the gee-whiz the politicians and newspapers tells us about. Some of us have or will take this route and can have very fruitful lives.

The county has plenty of money; just look at all the tax money put into the "International Airport."

The county has or can reroute the money. Do not Facebook, write or call: it does no good. Show up at the County Legislature meeting and speak your mind.

An educated, trained workforce via this two year college program is vital. Perhaps the local high schools need to be more proactive in this viable career path as well as have the Chamber Of Commerce push for part-time employment to bolster full time attendance to increase New York state funding.

GEOFFREY BAKER

Plattsburgh

 

Group can help

TO THE EDITOR: We work with domestic violence survivors and their families in the North Country.

In our neck of the woods about one out of three families are affected by domestic violence. In our estimation, it is the number one social disruption in our region. It bears noting that the opioid epidemic exasperated the violence.

Through the governor’s leadership we see a change: women now protected by new laws are more willing to come forward.

The ability to remain anonymous in a community through new legislation that protects voting (absentee ballot) and hidden mailing addresses (Albany P.O. box and forwarded) along with the ability to contact any law enforcement agency (thereby removing the local politics for the reporting process) are huge protections for a domestic violence survivor.

Over the last year, we have seen a reduced level of need in our area over the past year due to the aggressive attack on the opioid epidemic which has decimated our region.

The governor’s initiatives in children's nutrition through the schools, SNAP, and Backpack (food) programs are addressing the lack of nutrition in the household.

The overall emphasis in preschool and after school programs are providing mom with an opportunity to seek employment, a key element of gaining economic independence and escaping the cycle of violence.

JOAN CUNNINGHAM

President, Sisters at a Crossroad

Elizabethtown

 

 

 

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