Teacher is appreciated

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to acknowledge Jean Seeber, a foreign language teacher at Plattsburgh Senior High School; she teaches French III, German I  and II, and also runs the school’s German-American Partnership Program.

She has not only taught me to appreciate language and culture, but works every day to help teach all of her students morals and pushes us to be great people. She has helped me through many difficult situations and is always there for anyone if needed.

I would like her to know that she is overall a fantastic person and is appreciated by many people in the community. I hope to find more teachers like Jean as I further my education.

BRIANNA BUSHEY

Plattsburgh

 

Chemistry made fun

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to acknowledge my 11th grade chemistry teacher at Northern Adirondack Junior/Senior High School, Mr. Ryan Blondo.

He helped me find my passion for science and chemistry. Mr. Blondo is probably one of the most supportive, funny and understanding teachers I have ever had. Although he can be sarcastic at times, that’s what makes him Mr. Blondo.

At the beginning of junior year I disliked chemistry, but thanks to Mr. Blondo and his ridiculous puns, I learned to love chemistry, and with his help I was able to pass my chemistry regents.

He also helped guide me in the direction of what I want to do after high school. I feel as though many teachers, not only at my school, but at many schools are extremely underappreciated and that is not fair. Without teachers, us students wouldn’t be able to accomplish as much as we do.

So thank you, Mr. Blondo, for being the weird, funny, smart guy you are. I appreciate it.

KELLY BRIGHT

Chateaugay

 

Teacher was great

TO THE EDITOR: I’d like to recognize an individual that has had an insurmountable impact on my education and success.

My 12th grade English teacher, Matthew Ryan, is an educator that has gone above and beyond in my school. Out of all of the teachers I’ve had in the past 12 years, Ryan has to be one of the most influential.

He is a teacher that shows a genuine care about his students and in an interest in their success. No matter the struggle, he is always ready to help students with their problems in or out of the classroom. I strongly believe that the world needs more teachers like Ryan. Students thrive when they are given the support and appreciation they need, and Ryan has and continues to encourage the growth of his students every year. I hope in the future to find teachers like Ryan that are so dedicated to what they do.

 T. FOX

Tupper Lake

 

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: 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

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