Stop teen suicides

TO THE EDITOR: A recent mailer from our Assemblyman begins: “Our kids’ education is going to help them for the rest of their lives.”

While this is certainly true, it begs the question of: how long is the rest of their lives? How many will take their own lives?

In Suzanne Moore’s April 29 article in the Press-Republican, she notes that in Franklin County the rate was 17.4 suicides per 100,000, more than double the state rate.

And the state’s suicide rate has increased over 20 percent so far this century, with rural rates significantly higher than urban.

Suzanne examined a number of tax-funded initiatives designed to reduce teen suicides and a JAMA study that suggests supportive adults can have a major impact.

Coincidentally, our legislature is considering a bill that would have the state sanction some suicides by directing physicians to write a script for a lethal dose of drugs for those judged to be within six months of death.

It would also have physicians lie on the death certificate and criminalize those doctors unwilling to euthanize the sick.

Kids are smart. They will see through the doublespeak that medical aid in dying is anything other than state-sponsored suicide. If we want our children to live their lives to the fullest and not fall victim to the belief that they are better off dead, then we should help every life to be fully lived. If the behavior of adults can prevent teen suicide, then it can also encourage it.

If you agree, I urge you to speak up now, before this becomes. Tell Assemblyman Jones that we should help every life be fully lived, not helping some to be cut short by suicide.

WAYNE MILLER

Malone

Bikes were feted

TO THE EDITOR: On May 18, several local organizations came together to provide the first Bike Block Party, a day of fun, educational activities focused on bicycle safety.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to these partners for helping us to make this event a success: Kim Cummins- Lead Bicycling Instructor, Clinton County’s Health Department and Youth Bureau, Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market, Adirondack Health Institute, Plattsburgh City Police Department, Maui North Ski, Bike and Board, the Green Team from Plattsburgh High School, and the City of Plattsburgh.

A special thank you to staff from the Clinton County District Attorney’s office for sizing and handing out helmets to children that were purchased and provided by Martin, Harding & Mazzotti Law Firm.

Support for this event was from Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts Program – a force for good that pools gifts from generous donors who love the Adirondacks and care about our communities. Their grant provided funding for bike safety lights, reflective vests and reflective arm bands for all participants. This event drew 283 registered participants as well as many walk-ins from all around Clinton County.

Save the date for next year’s event to be held in May.

MELANIE DEFAYETTE

Parks and Recreation Director

Town of Plattsburgh

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