Prayer in schools
DEAR EDITOR: There is such a simple solution to all these school shootings: Put prayers back in schools.
The Supreme Court is favoring the 14 percent who don’t believe in God and don’t want the name God spoken in schools where their children go. If they don’t want their children to have to hear the name God, take them out of that school and move to a country where there is no praying and the name of God is not spoken.
This country was founded by men who believed in God. The constitution was written by them with the thought that God would help us along the way.
I received an email recently that was a letter to God. It went this way: “Dear God, why do you allow these shootings in our schools?” The answer was: “I am not allowed in schools,” signed God.
If this doesn’t made sense to reasonable people, I feel sorry for them.
TO THE EDITOR: The Westport Central School Wall of Distinction Committee would like to acknowledge and extend gratitude to the sponsors who helped to make our golf tournament this past October a success.
Thanks to the Westport Country Club, Why Knot Pizza, Camp Dudley, Everybody’s Market, The Bessboro Shop, Ernie’s Market, K&D Deli, Flower Designs by Tracey, The Deport Theatre, Weichert Realtors, Chazy & Westport Telephone Co., Bradamant Realty, Westport Board of Education, Westport Veterinary Hospital, Westport Education Association, John Gallagher, Egglefield Ford, Arsenal Inn, Wells Communication, Conroy, Boulerice, Telling & Trombley, P.C., Deer’s Head Restaurant, Bub’s Pizza & Deli, Boquet Liquor Store, Adirondack Auto, Cobble Hill Inn, Loreman’s Engraving, Elizabethtown Sunoco, Westport Sports Recognition Club and Adirondack Physical Therapy.
Also, a special thanks to the Westport Hotel for hosting our first Wall of Distinction Induction Ceremony.
JOHN W. GALLAGHER
Westport Central School
Wall of Distinction Committee
TO THE EDITOR: The Nov. 19 Letter to the Editor entitled “$6 million explained” from Town of Plattsburgh Deputy Supervisor Marty Mannix has so much “hot air” his statements have added to global warming and subsequent climate change.
For someone whose held a council seat more than 23 years and boldly states the town will “not kick the can down the road,” he should have added the word “again.” In 23 years, he must have done a lot of “kicking,” especially since he painted such a bleak portrait of our town’s infrastructure: “50 percent of town infrastructure is depreciated — $400M of $800M.” Reflects good Planning? Not.
Is it seriously malfunctioning? Or, is it an accounting term used to inflate needs and scare us into believing the town really needs all the surplus $6.5M? No; it’s a not-so-subtle “bullying” tactic. The actual value of the town infrastructure, per valid audit, is $71M. Conclusion: Just more “hot air.”
Cumberland Head Taxpayer Association Inc. is a team of active and retired business professionals who spent four months analyzing official budget data. Our conclusion: Freeze the budget.
For the record, we know there is more than enough cash in accounts to operate effectively without increasing 2013 taxes and even giving back the $3.8M sales tax to the county, which incidentally causes taxpayers to be taxed twice by the town’s taking it. To live in a zero-growth budget would take skill sets of a professional manager or anyone managing a household in today’s recession economy.
It’s time to demand transparency and accountability and end excessive spending. It’s your money, too.
Learn more at our website: www.CumberlandHeadta.org. Join with us.
JOHN V. ANDRUS
Cumberland Head Taxpayer Association