Baffled by justice

TO THE EDITOR: It really baffles me how little justice those who are court-ordered to be paid back monies stolen from them receive.

A judge continually gives chance after chance to a fraud because of his last name, but if it was me on the other end who pulled the stunts he has, I'd be in jail. There is zero justice in the system, and very few attorneys who know what to do when it comes down to it.

When you can't get answers out of anyone because they want you to get an attorney, but when you go to get one, they haven't an inclination on how to even submit the paperwork necessary to move forward.

Why is it that I've spent all this money to receive nothing in return, when I'm the one who was stolen from? Any good attorneys out there who know their law, feel free to reach out to me.

I could care less if I continue to lose more money, but what's right is right; pay your debt and stop stealing from innocent people who have done everything right by your lease.

You've been deemed guilty and I will continue to do what I have to in order to get justice. I promise.



Great River Run

TO THE EDITOR: The towns of Plattsburgh and Saranac co-hosted the first ever River Run Mini Triathlon on Aug. 10.

The event tested 39 participants with a 6.8 mile paddle down the Saranac River from Saranac to Cadyville, followed by a one mile run to the Cadyville Park where they jumped on their bikes for an 8.6 mile ride along the valley ridge on Hardscrabble Road, back to the start at Picketts Corners Park in Saranac for the finish. The Mini Tri went smoothly and was a huge success, all due to the partners and sponsors that helped out.

Thank you to our partners, Cadyville and Saranac Volunteer Fire fepartments, along with their Water Rescue Teams, for traffic control and water safety presence. Also to Morrisonville EMS for standing by in case of an emergency. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department had a presence on the roadways too.

Thank you goes out to all our supportive sponsors, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Pearl Physical Therapy, Kinetic Running, Viking Ski N’ Cycle and Sam’s Club.

The crew of volunteers was the glue that held it together with members of Saranac Key Club and the TOP Fitness for Life group, as well as Pam and Art Wallenstein and Lyman Defayette helping with registration, handing out water, giving direction and encouragement on the route and setting up roadsigns.

Special thank you to our volunteer timers, Matt and Jim Medeiros. Save the date for next year, tentatively Aug. 15, and join the fun.

MELANIE DEFAYETTE, Town of Plattsburgh

ERIN PANGBORN, Town of Plattsburgh

JACK CARTER, Town of Saranac

Power is key

TO THE EDITOR: I’m glad that the Press-Republican comes out against sexual misconduct (Aug. 22). However, in doing so, you perpetuate a myth that allows this behavior to continue.

You refer to the “mating instinct” and sexual desire, stating that “one of the main problems over the millennia has been that the desire has been distributed unequally. Too many males have been given or have developed a lopsided and, in fact, downright humiliating dose.”

Men who commit sexual crimes are not in love with sex. They are in love with power. They get their kicks from dominating women. Sex is their tool, humiliation is their goal.

Your assumptions normalize sexual crimes as stemming from genetic factors that some men are subject to, when in fact they are conscious acts. As a result, your call to men to be allies rings hollow.



Running for office

TO THE EDITOR: I am proud and privileged to officially announce my candidacy for Plattsburgh’s Ward 1 representative on the City Council.

My goal is to build a better Plattsburgh, one that thrives economically and still maintains the unique small town feel of our north country neighborhoods

There are many social and economic issues that will present challenges for the council in near term and in the future. One of the most important challenges is to deliver fiscally responsible budgets which reflect what people value and taxpayers can support.

People must have confidence that they are getting their money’s worth for their tax dollars. I believe that can best be accomplished by involving, listening to and communicating with the many voices and ideas of Plattsburgh’s employees and citizens in the development and accomplishment of city priorities, programs and budgets.

I will bring to the council knowledge and expertise gleaned from growing up in Plattsburgh, working with and for its citizens, leading and managing county and state agencies and developing innovative public policy on a national level with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

I have a real understanding of the complexities of government including its capabilities and limitations. I learned that what matters in the final analysis is - what you can get done that makes a real difference in people’s lives. I am committed to working closely with people, building consensus, and aligning budget allocations less on money spent and more on the results achieved with it.

We live in a great city. I want to bring my experience and leadership to the City of Plattsburgh. Let’s work together to make it an even better place to live, work and enjoy.



Stop the racing

TO THE EDITOR: This year, 58 horses have already died on New York state race tracks. Ten have died at Saratoga Race Course since April.

Horseracing is cruelty and violence disguised as sport and entertainment. It is predicated on the exploitation of sentient beings as gambling instruments. Horses are moneymakers in a morally bankrupt industry that disposes of them when their returns diminish. The idea that running is natural for these horses is a fallacy blithely repeated to reassure people of their right to participate in this exploitation, and to assuage their guilt about the subsequent deaths, injuries, and miserable, unnatural existence these animals must endure.

Racehorses are bred as investments and begin “training” at 18 months and racing at 2 years old, even though they do not reach musculoskeletal maturity until around age 6. There is nothing natural about horses being kept isolated in stalls for up to 23 hours a day, deprived of social interaction.

There is nothing noble in forcing horses, through violent whipping while perched on their back, to run at perilous speeds around a track, often in extreme temperatures, and in dangerous proximity to one another. They suffer horrific fractures, head-on collisions, pulmonary hemorrhages and myriad other dreadful injuries that lead to the same outcome – their untimely deaths at the hands of humans. Tens of thousands are ultimately “retired” to slaughterhouses in Canada or Mexico.

The time has come to shut down this abhorrent travesty. Join a group like Horseracing Wrongs to educate, agitate, and advocate. Do not stand idly by while others bet on lives that are being sacrificed for entertainment.

Do realize that the pain, suffering and killing of these horses make for a terrible backdrop to afternoon picnics in fancy clothes? You can like horses. You can like horseracing. You can’t like both.



Doesn't get people

TO THE EDITOR: Remember a decade ago when Professor (Colin) Read enlightened us with his theoretical analysis predicting tens of millions of dollars of economic impact that bass fishing tournaments would have on the local economy and on job creation.

Few actually believed his lofty numbers, some of us snickered, the rest of us shrugged. After all, it was just a cute little study done for the chamber of commerce to support tournaments and Read was just a harmless teacher.

Well bass tournaments are nice. And it’s good to fill a few hotel rooms. But what the professor missed is the human factor. Professional bass fishermen spend most of the year on the road and live on very frugal budgets. Good for the local economy? Sure. But creating hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars impact? Hardly.

Opposition to the DRI is at a fever pitch. Yet, Read’s recent opinion piece lacks any sign of empathy, choosing instead to lecture us with his spiffy computer model which assumes new tenants will have salaries of $70,000 to $100,000. Garbage in, garbage out.

Read’s failures can be traced to one thing; he just doesn’t get people. He’s incapable of calculating the value of a park to a community or the risk of a child climbing across a frozen river to get to school. Read fancies himself an economics guru and has lots of figures to prove it. There’s an old saying: figures lie and liars figure.

We never saw the enormous impact nor hundreds of jobs predicted in Read’s fancy fishing tournament analysis and neither will downtown realize the boon he’s predicting now. Back then he was just an ivory tower professor, so his theories were easily ignored, but now he’s mayor and poised to do real harm.



Person was found

TO THE EDITOR: You never think that your family will be in a situation that requires several agencies to work together to solve, but that’s just what happened last week to my family.

A family member wandered off into the woods without supervision and became lost. After a 911 call, Ray Brook State Police Torry Hoffman and DEC Forest Ranger Dan Fox organized a search and along with many others from the DEC, including Lt. Chris Kostoss, State Police, K-9 dogs and handlers, the bloodhound and handler from Ogdensburg, helicopter and rescue teams and many friends searched for 15-plus hours until she was found and safe.

Words cannot express our gratitude for the support, compassion, long hours and hard work that these men and women put in. Many thanks go to those that searched throughout the night and continued the following day and for all the help and support from friends who worked alongside the search teams and on the sidelines.

There are many people who were there that I have not mentioned, but we want you to know that your long hours, hard work and compassion is not un-noticed. We are so lucky to live in an area that has all the people and resources available in a time of need.

Our everlasting gratitude from the Ring, Atwood, and Cushman families.


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