TO THE EDITOR: Rouses Point Montgomery Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. 1 would like to thank everyone who sponsored our very successful Fourth of July Celebration for 2012.
Please support local businesses; without them our celebration wouldn’t be possible. They are very important to all of us.
Event sponsors: Village of Rouses Point, Pfizer, American Legion Montgomery Post 912, Chazy Hardware, North Country Golf Club, Casella Waste Services, Bechard’s Farm Equipment, Dr. Richard L. Foreman, DMD, Sons of the American Legion Post 912, LaBarge Agency, R. Deso and Son, Riley Ford, USA Bound, Trahan Construction, Grace Realty/A1 Property Management, Melissa McManus, Sandy’s Deli, James C. Smith and Son, CDC Real Estate, Gerri Trombley Construction, John & Mary Zurlo, Maskell’s Hair Hut, Pat’s Small World Daycare, The Border Press, West’s Liquors & Wine, Lakeside Coffee, Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society, Rouses Point Knights of Columbus, American Legion Auxiliary 912, Graymount Materials, Giroux’s Poultry Farm.
Kids Day sponsors: The Last Resort, Rouses Point Firemen’s Auxiliary, Stewart’s Shops, Trophies & Awards.
Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show sponsors: Duck’s Auto Parts, Papa John’s, Parker’s Chevrolet, Pizza Palace, Texas Roadhouse, Friendly’s, Pizza Plus, Pizza Hut, Maplefields, Guiseppe’s, Applebee’s, Bill McBride Dealership, Airborne Raceway, Angelo’s, Best Friends, Butcher Block, Community Investment Services Justin Hooper, Cumberland 12, Dame’s Discount Liquor, Dickie’s Barbeque, Gino’s, Guma’s, J.P. Signs, John and Mary Zurlo, L&M Discount Wine and Liquor, Mainely Lobster & Seafood, Nephew’s Discount Wine and Liquor, Ninety-Nine, Orchard Side, Pizza Palace, Riley Ford, Sandi’s Kountry Kitchen, Sandy’s Deli, Stone House Vineyards, Texas Roadhouse, UNO Chicago Grill, Up North BBQ, Wine and Liquor Warehouse, Zachary’s.
5K Summer Sizzle Fun Run sponsors: Cornerstone Drug & Gift, Price Chopper, Pepsi Bottling Co., Pfizer.
And Fourth of July Committee members
TO THE EDITOR: I am thankful for my 22-plus years of state time that allows me to support my family.
However, I’d like you to publish how much the state has “saved” at the expense of all its employees and our families. (If we multiplied the number of retirees who have been taking a big hit from inflation from 1970 on and then added the massive financial drawdown fom the state employees, we would see the huge windfall for New York state.)
When I went through four years of no raises in the 1990s, I probably lost approximately $1,200 a year ($1,200 x four years.) That would mean I was losing about $5000.00 of gross pay every year by the end of that decade. In 10 years, that would equal $50,000 more the state was keeping from just one employee.
Now the state has proposed a contract of 3 percent and 4 percent raises for years 2009 and 2010; 0, 0, 0 for years 2011, 2012 and 2013; 2 percent for 2014; and 2 percent for 2015, plus increase the cost of our health insurance all the way back to October 2011 and nine D.R.L. days (withhold 9 days pay).
The public needs to realize that public employees are not here to suck from their wallets while they are unemployed or wondering about their own futures. We are not their enemies; we are their neighbors, part of the family of American citizens.
We are the public, and we suffer when it suffers.