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i Who's raising our children? Amid its flood of dismal findings on young adolescents — who are killing themselves, killing others, getting pregnant and doing drugs, all near a record clip — a new Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development report reveals that smoking by eighth graders rose 30 percent between 1991 and 1994. But how can that be? During this same period, the last states were rais- ing the smoking age to 18. This paradox says much about the feebleness of law to stop youthful pathologies when the family fails. To observe that the middle-school years are tumultuous for kids is like observing that Medusa is having a bad hair day: It has always been thus. Between ages 11 and 13, most children go through great biological and social changes on the road to puberty. But while a \tweenie\ of yesteryear might have suffered from nothing more serious than the unre- quited love of Clark Gable, Carnegie's \Great Transitions\ report makes plain that middle-schoolers today face many outright dangers. Many children are imperiled because of family decomposition — a highfalutin term to describe adult ir- responsibility. In his book \Fatherless America,\ David Blankenhorn writes, \Tonight about 40 percent of American children will go to sleep in homes in which their fathers do not live.\ In 1960, 17.5 percent of children lived apart from their biological fathers; by 1990, the percentage had doubled. It has been said that in a culture as aggressively decadent as ours, a child needs four parents. A rising number of children have only one. Thus, simple mathematics tells us that many children gravely lack paren- tal supervision. Who's raising them? Peers, Calvin Klein and MTV. The Carnegie report notes that eighth- graders spend more than 20 hours a week after school watching the tube (versus seven on homework and out- side reading). There's not a middle- school role model on TV that's normal. No wonder a bumper sticker advises: \Shoot your television.\ We would add just one word: twice. While there's no magic formula for steering a middle-schooler through the difficult years, parents can rely on common-sense guidelines: Push in- volvement in sports or other edifying activities. Filter out as much cultural drek as possible. Urge association with decent peers. Set a good personal ex- ample. Don't count too much on lawmakers. They can't even make eighth-graders put the Luckies down. Albany Armchair Caffeine: the legal drug of choice MorcVroUtte Ottaway News Service Confession: I've started doing drugs at work to in- crease my productivity, I'm not proud of it, but it's a fact. After 42 years of clean living I've joined the mainstream of Ameri- can workers who rely oil artificial stimulants to get cranked and stay cranked in order to push out pro- duct and make it through the day. Before anyone calls the cops, you should know it's caffeine I'm talking about, not cocaine, heroin or angel dust. So far, my personal on-the-job drug intake is limited to coffee. After watching my brother-in-law die of lung cancer, I doubt I'll ever smoke. In an era where managers cut costs by milking more production from fewer and fewer workers, the workers need an edge, any edge. Coffee may be mine. After years of casual observation I'm convinced that caffeine and nicotine — two powerful but legal drugs — are the chemical foundation that props up the American economy. Deprive workers of coffee and cigarettes and the whole economic house of cards will topple and crash. And I'm even more convinced that my coffee- swilling, chain-smoking colleagues enjoy a signifi- cant performance advantage over me and other non-users. Don't buy it? Listen to a pro. \Both of those drugs, caffeine and nicotine, in- crease performance,\ says Dr. Stanley Glick, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Albany Medical College. \Nicotine has been shown to improve learning and memory and caffeine increases attention.\ There, smokers and coffee drinkers are more alert -and focused. And they absorb more informa- tion. Glick doesn't stop there. He says that users of caffeine and nicotine \may have a big advantage\ in workplace productivity compared to their non- using colleagues. A few weeks ago I was a non-using colleague. For years I moved to ftature's rhythms. In my days B.M.C.E. (Before My Coffee Era) I woke gradually and became more alert and productive as the hours ticked away. Most days I'd start hitting . on all cylinders by late morning before beginning a gradual taper about mid-afternoon. In B.M.C.E. days I even felt a sort of mild pity for friends and colleagues who limped through the day on the twin crutches on nicotine and caffeine. Now I realize they were never limping. They blow into work pin-eyed and torqued up on three cups of Java and twice as many cigarettes. They tear through the day devouring assign- ments and asking for more. They need only occasional breaks to stoke up and keep going. They blow me away. So I joined them, the users. My own experiment in on-the-job drug use began about a month ago. Now every morning I shuffle off the elevator, hang a right and drift over to the gourmet coffee stand. I plunk my coins on the counter and soon I'm mixing cream and sugar into a cup of \Breakfast Blend — For the perfect first cup. A blend of two very full-bodied aromatic coffees.\ Within minutes I begin to feel it at the back of my skull, the dzzzt-dzzzt neon snap of chemically goosed neurons crackling into action. Soon the caffeine is snaking though my blood stream and I feel the need to call people, interview sources, talk to editors, buttonhole policy makers. Right now I've got my hands wrapped around a go-cup of \Kenyan AA — A snappy coffee with a distinctive winey flavor and a lingering aftertaste.\ Snappy doesn't begin to describe this little brew. My fingertips are tingling and my toes are tap- ping thanks to Kenyan AA's liquid thunderclap. Although it's too early in my personal caffeine experiment for any conclusive results, I do feel with each passing day that I'm closer to being on a level playing field with my colleagues. I'm more energetic. I'm outlining a novel. I'm talking to shadowy sources in dark parking garages. I'm bopping to the beat. Now if only I could get some sleep. Violate* cove** itat* government for Ottaway N*we Swvic*. Reader* may sand Hiatr commuitt to Ottaway N«wi Swvic*. Prese Room, The) Capitol. Albany, New York. 12224. Your voices in government -In Waihington- FUp. John McHugh 24th Congressional District Room 416 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-4611 (518) 563-1406 Rap. Gerald Solomon 22nd Congressional District 2265 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5614 (518) 477-2703 San. Alfonia D'Amoto 520 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6542 San. Danial P. Moynlhon Room SR-464 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: (202) 224-4451 In Albany San. Ronald Stafford 45th Senatorial District Room 502, Capitol Albany, N.Y. 12247 Phone:(518)455-2811 (518) 561-2430 Aiiamblyman Chris Ortleff 110th Assembly District - Room 450 Legislative Office Building Albany, N.Y. 12248 Phone: (518) 455-5943 (518) 562-1986 (518) 483-9930 AtMmblyman Jama* P. King 109th Assembly District Room 722 Legislative Office Building Albany, N.Y. 12248 Phone: (518) 455-5565 (518) 792-4546 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Hospice affair successful To the Editor: The 11th Annual Hospice Dinner again raised thousands of dollars in support of Hospice of the North Country. St. Mary's Gym in Champlain was full to capacity on Sept. 17. Four-hundred people were served dinner within 30 minutes due to the efforts of all those who so generously volunteered their time. We are thankful to Church Women United of the North Tier for their work in planning, organizing and conducting the event and to the many young people who did such an out- standing job of serving beverages and desserts. The success of this event was due to their hard work and the generosity of the many merchants of the Northern Tier who made contributions toward food and/or donated food, sup- plies and raffle items. It was truly a community effort. Hospice care is managed by an interdisciplinary team that in- cludes physicians, nurses, phar- macists, counselors, clergy, social workers and trained volunteers. The generosity of all those in- volved in the Hospice Dinner helps to assure that our compas- sionate care is available to the terminally ill in our community and their families. Heleno Madison Executive director Hospice of the North Country Plattsburgh 'Jeopardy!' replaced To the Editor. WPTZ should be ashamed for downgrading their evening programs and forcing people to switch to other chan- nels at 7 p.m., since Channel 5 dropped \Jeopardy!\ at that time. WPTZ underestimated the in- telligence of its viewers when it replaced \Jeopardy!\ by yet another stupid sit-com. \Jeopar- dy!\ followed by \Wheel of For- tune\ has been a family-oriented series that so many enjoyed for years. With dinner behind us we could match wits with high school and college students and senior citizens, and other lucky contestants. In response to the gentleman from Malone, I checked with Falcon TV in Plattsburgh. We are unable to get CJOH, Ottawa, which still features \Jeopardy!\ at 7 p.m. If all the people unhappy with WPTZ would appeal to the spon- sors of \Jeopardy!\, maybe we would get some results, as ap- peals to WPTZ fall on deaf ears. Elixobeth Heint Plattsburgh The Press-Republican wel- comes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed (except e-mail) and include the address and telephone number of the author. Letters must not contain more than 300 words. They should be typewritten. Those letters not meeting the criteria will not be published and will be returned. The Press-Repub- lican reserves the right not to publish letters it judges to be inappropriate. By mail: Letters to the Editor Press-Republican P.O. Box 459 Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901 By e-mail: PRepub@aol.com By fax: 561-3362 Wrong solution To the Editor: I must agree that the lack of adequate parking space is a problem campus-wide. But I take strong exception to the solution of converting the tennis courts behind Hawkins Hall to 49 parking spaces. Those courts are an institution in and of themselves. They con- tinue to serve neighbors and community members, students and staff alike, as they have for many years past, being the origi- nal courts on the campus. My parents taught me to play there, I taught my children, and am now looking forward to sharing that same special place with our next generation. As the sun rises, the sound of tennis balls pinging can be heard every morning, and people are always on the courts squeezing the last strokes in as the sun sets. The courts are in good shape, even though they are oc- casionally abused by roller bladers, and they are most cer- tainly used by more than 49 peo- ple daily for eight months of the year. Please consider this alter- native plan, Extend the Draper Street lot to the corner of Corne- lia Street, forming an L behind the utility works, thereby con- necting the Cornelia Street lot. There appears to be plenty of grassy undeveloped land. The traffic flow would be improved and there may even be parking for 52 cars. I would welcome the additional parking spaces, just to relieve the congestion along neighboring streets. Change and progress are necessary, but not at the cost of losing one of our few remaining treasures. As is so often the case, young people have a way of simplifying complex thoughts. After learning why I was writing, my son quipped, \Should we chain ourselves to the fence, Mom?\ Allison Smith Condo Plattsburgh Tamer supported To the Editor: I would like to express my views on Marguerite Tamer, who is running for coun- cilperson for the Town of Platt- sburgh. Marguerite is a very honest, down-to-earth person who is not Press-Republican 170 Margaret SI., Plaiuburgh, N.Y. 12901 (USPS 443-240) TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1995 The Republican 1811, The Pren 1894, The Pica-Republican 1942 Brenda I. Tallman Publisher Junes D. Dynko, Editor Robert I. Gndy, Managing Editor Loii M. Qermonf, Newi Editor Bruce Rowland, Business Editor John Downs, Design Editot Robert 0. OotU, Sports Editor David Pacuk, Photo Editor Dunlin Fanelli, Sunday Editor Daniel B. Swift, General Manager Seaa T. McNamara, Marketing— Salsa Manager Lyman O Boiio, Classified Advertising Manager George Rock. Retail Advertising Manager Chris Christian, Circulation Managar Catharine A. Duquette, Conttrollar Virgil L. 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LJ MOTTOO SHOULPI ^ MUCH SCRAPBSOMSm TFOWIS. PNAOFFHIS JUST MY 00'VBAR- 0U>FA~ ANYONE eu&uv- IN6IN1W5 HOUSB.SIR? 6U0UPNTFIT MB. ITAKB A SMALL. V5S.51R. THANK SATISF/&P? I YOURGO- OPBFAWN. afraid of hard work. She has a proven record of hard work and dedication to the community with her past and present jobs and has also proven her dedication to the community in her former position as councilperson for the Town of Plattsburgh. I worked for Marguerite Tamer for 6 Y2 years and she was a wonderful boss. She was very hard-working and dedicated to her job and never hesitated in putting in extra time in the evenings and on weekends. Her ability to see both sides of an issue and discern the facts to make an appropriate decision is very admirable. Although Marguerite left to pursue her current position as principal and dedicate her life to the education and well-being of the children of the community, her influence and impact will always remain with me.. She is a role model in which many have been able to look up to. I believe that as a councilper- son for the Town of Plattsburgh, Marguerite will work hard to evaluate the issues and pursue those that are fair and beneficial to all concerned. Vote wisely on Nov. 7. Kim Marie Devins Peru Donah for coroner To the Editor: The Clinton County Fireman's Association endorses David F. Donah for Clinton County coroner. Mr. Donah has a background '\1 in law enforcement which will 1 enhance his position as county coroner. There is a misconception by many people that the coroner has to be a licensed physician, which is not a true fact. Many coroners across the state do not hold a physician's license. Autopsies are normally done in a hospital setting, as is true in Clinton County, and a physician other than the coroner has per- formed these autopsies. The Clinton County Fireman's Association, therefore, has unanimously endorsed Mr. Donah for your consideration in the 1995 election. This is the first time that the association has endorsed a can- didate for elected office. Leon H. Clodgo President, Clinton County Fireman's Association Plattsburgh Missing 'Jeopardy!' To the Editor: I'm writing con- cerning the move of the \Jeopar- dy!\ show from 7 to 5 p.m. It's simply not a good time for this show, and prevents many people from watching it. I seem to forget about the change of time, and so, miss it. A response to someone's letter concerning this time change stated that it was moved to put it with a similar program. At 7 p.m. it preceded a similar program. At 5 p.m. it plays opposite the Simpsons, certainly hot a game show. The replacement 7 p.m. program is at best insipid. Please return \Jeopardy!\ to its old time slot. Phyllis L. Wells Plattsburgh TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, U.! 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