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Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Stay safe and pray

To the editor:
It has been a long time since I have written a letter to the Editor to the Democrat because I have moved back to Florida.
I learned to journal during my quiet time with Jesus and recently God has given me Psalm 91 for comfort and Matthew 24 for wisdom and knowledge and Psalm 90:10 where Moses reveals that we will not live forever but that God has given us 70-80 years of age.
All of these Scriptures relate to what is going on with Covid-19/ Coronavirus. I encourage you to follow the health precautions and guidelines that have been set up and I lovingly urge everyone to open the bible and pray and seek God during this crisis.
This is just part of the process that has been prophesied before we see the rapture of the Christians, the Great Tribulation and the 2nd Coming of Jesus who will establish heaven on earth.
God bless America. Stay safe.

John “JP” Pasquale
Formerly of Livingston Manor

“…3 days and 3 nights…”

To the editor:
“The Son of Man will be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth…” are the recorded words of Jesus of Nazareth (Matt 12:40).
Jesus was crucified at the beginning of Passover time on Preparation Day before a HIGH Sabbath (John 19:31).
There are 2 HIGH Sabbaths appointed for that week. The first, Nison 15, is the feast Day of Unleavened Bread. The second, is Nison 21, finalizing the festival of Unleavened Bread.
Jewish law required “…bodies not remain on the cross on the Sabbath.” According to the gospel of John this burial had to be done before the HIGH Sabbath began (John 19:31) at sunset in Jerusalem (probably around 6 p.m.). The first HIGH Sabbath always begins at sundown following Nisan 14 (Leviticus 23:4-8). Our weekday name, Mon-Fri, etc. were foreign to these appointed holy days.
This background info for the Holy Week opens a timeframe of 3 days and 3 nights for Jesus's body to be buried in the garden tomb prior to the first day of the week, known as Easter Sunday. His comment, “Destroy this temple and in 3 days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19) further underscores His counting in real time.
May your readers have a Blessed Passover and a Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday.

Michelle Sackett Schroeder

Funding for arts and libraries vital

To the editor:
Like so many others, I have struggled to stay engaged, active, and structured during this Coronavirus health crisis. Fortunately, as the daily pace has slowed considerably, I have continued reading, listened to world class opera, and watched transfixed as Alvin Ailey dancers performed Revelations.
Thanks to countless numbers of museums which have digitized their collections; libraries which have allowed access to digital books, held tech sessions, provided numerous resources and activities for our students and their parents; and choral groups, orchestras, famous performers streaming their home videos and concerts I can stay tuned to the arts 24/7.
What a great time to remind our legislators both nationally and locally that funding for the arts and our libraries is more important now than ever. These organizations have helped us cope with the current situation and helped keep us whole as humans. Thanks to everyone for pitching in and thanks to our legislators for recognizing this effort through funding for the arts and libraries.

Lynn Skolnick


To the editor:
I'm all alone, this is a poem
Such sadness all about
When and how did this all happen
Just want to scream and shout
Sickness among say millions, death to many more
Never knowing when time arrives, a knock upon your door
Families piercing cries throughout the house
Children all being pulled aside
All that's left is their little mouse
Doctors trying so very hard, sweat dripping down their face
Trying to save each and every one, some wind up right in their place
Terror, heart aches, when will this all end
Get up each morn, say a prayer as time goes on
Heart aches are gone, smile it's all over my dear.

Catherine LoBosco

Waiting patiently

To the editor:
Peeking through the closets, pretty summer clothes
Colors matching so alike
Lovely stretching hopes, soon summer will be here
Time for fun and more
Go to the park but when it's dark you head home way way before
Barbecues out in the back awaits the family
Lots of things the summer brings
We're waiting patiently.

Catherine LoBosco

Go with the flow

To the editor:
I've written many years ago
So different now and then
Things were different and so low, so protected from the men
Respect among each other rubbed off on every child
Yes and no, please I'll go
Response to mom was mild
We're in a time so full of crime
All we do is worry
Check your list you must insist
Get there in a hurry
Be aware with every phone call
Be sure it's who you know
Call back and just be positive
It is your Uncle Joe
If at a party with your family
Feel comfy with a drink
Never an outsider, always stop and think
Go with the flow, be careful
Don't forget the past
Mom and dad gave you all they had, the Do's and Don'ts must last.

Catherine LoBosco

Thanks to the Democrat staff for all the help!

To the editor:
I would just like give a HUGE shout out to your staff during this mess.
Those of us who work in local government are doing things truly out of our norm and because we work hard at open and transparent government - we are publishing things on a moment's notice.
Your staff who is always outstanding - and has gone above and beyond to help me get what we need published done!
Thank you so much for helping make my job a little easier.

Joanne Nagoda
Town of Forestburgh

Take note

To the editor:
Now that listening to the scientists and experts enjoys wide bipartisan support, I would humbly submit that perhaps we might consider doing the same when it comes to other imminent global emergencies.

Jennifer Young

From the desk of Mayor Sommers...

From the desk of Mayor Sommers...
To the editor:
To all of the residents of the Village of Monticello:
During these trying times in society today, I realize that people are desperate and trying to find any way they can to monopolize and take advantage of the less fortunate and many of those that are now being mandated to stay home. It is my prayer that this comes to an end soon and that people in general can get back to life and healthy living, but in a much safer and secure way for themselves and society as a whole. In the meantime, it is imperative that we take proper measures to be safe in our homes and while we are out in the community.
Below is a message from the Department of Justice detailing information vital to our safety and welfare:
The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. In memo to US Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, “The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated.”
Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:
• Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
• Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Malicious website and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
• Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.
If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home through a number of platforms. Go to:
• Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 via email at
• Report it to the FBI at
• If it's a cyber scam, submit your claim through www.ic3. gov/default.aspx
Everyone please be safe out there!

Mayor Sommers
Village of Monticello

Sis or Bro

To the editor:
If it's a daughter or a son
doesn't matter either one
Love inside is just the same
Treat them with equality
Answer questions A to Z
Especially from where they came
A daughter's parents give much care
Sermons times non-stop
Brother also does hear and follows his dad who is a Cop
Raising children today is a job
Can't compare to years ago
Then they would do what mom told them to
always a yes, not a no.
Sis or Bro and more as they grow
Be a leader, protect your dear home
Lots of love you must give
For as long as you live
Never leave kiddies alone.

Catherine LoBosco

Census count equals money and services

To the editor:
Every ten years the census plays a major role in determining the legislative representation, money, and services Sullivan County is eligible to receive from federal and state government. This includes funding for road and bridge repairs, school and safety net programs, support for firefighting and policing, community renewal and disaster recovery assistance.
Unfortunately, Sullivan County has a history of chronic under counting that has it ranked as second to last in census participation for all NY. If this undercounting continues in the 2020 census, Sullivan County stands to lose even more monetary aid and legislative representation over the next ten years.
We can reverse this death spiral trend. In March letters were mailed to all residents to reply to the census online. In early April, letters containing the census form will be mailed to all residences that did not respond online. Other “non-response” follow up measures, including mobile assistance outreach vehicles and telephoning, will start in mid-April, with door to door canvassing of non-responding residences from mid-May through July 31, after which compiling of the census count should start.
The census establishes our strength and clout in Washington. The form takes 10 minutes or less to fill out and is available in many languages. If we exert a maximum effort to ensure everyone participates, the 2020 count of Sullivan County's population will accurately reflect the legislative representation (federal, state and county), monetary aid and services we deserve. Working together we can get this job done.

Star D. Hesse

“Just Kidding”

To the editor:
Today, in a sweeping about-face, President Trump apologized for mishandling the coronavirus in the critical early months. He acknowledged that he got it wrong on February 26 when he said that the number of coronavirus cases in the US was going down and would soon be “close to zero”. There were only 60 cases in the country when he said that, but the number was rapidly rising. As of March 24 there were over 43,000 cases, and that number is doubling every two days. Trump also admitted he was wrong to blame the media for making coronavirus “look bad” and for denying that he had any responsibility for the shortage of testing kits, a shortage which continues to hamper efforts to combat the disease.
Finally the president stunned reporters when he uncharacteristically set aside his concern for the stock market and expressed compassion for the millions of Americans whose lives have been upended by the pandemic.
Just kidding. None of this ever happened. Never will.

Bruce Ferguson
Callicoon Center

Speak truth, not hysteria

To the editor:
I was watching TV this past Sunday morning wanting to stay up to date on the national and state coronavirus pandemic. All of our focus right now should be on pulling together and battling this serious and widespread contagion. The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing all of our lives, our incomes, our way of life and our health and safety.
That's why I was very surprised to see a very negative attack ad by Republican candidate Michael Martucci against State Senator Jen Metzger, NYS Senate District 42. Not only did I find it inappropriate in this difficult time, I found it focused on scare tactics rather than a serious presentation of an important issue--the bail reform law that went into effect in January, 2020.
Is Candidate Martucci saying he supports a bail system that is unjust in that it penalizes the poor and advantages people of means? Does he support that people able to pay bail and guilty of the very same misdemeanor, nonviolent offence get to go free while a poor person doesn't? That's what Martucci's attack ad means in practical terms.
Senator Metzger has been working with her colleagues on some reasonable changes to the law which we should commend her for. More importantly at this moment of global pandemic, she has been doing the hard, important work all of our state and local leaders have been doing. She's been getting information out about COVID-19, working to highlight the good happening, and herself delivering food and volunteering at the food pantry! It seems that during a health crisis, we should be focused on supporting each other and not playing scare tactics and petty politics.
To me discussing these issues in a non-hysterical, calm way is what's appropriate in this difficult time. I would ask Candidate Martucci to revise his approach. This should be a time of truth, not misrepresentation. It's a time when we should be able to believe both our current representatives and those who vie to replace them.
Speak truth, not hysteria.

Jeffrey C. Allison

Thank you to our emergency medical services

To the editor:
In a recent Letter to the Editor, Bill Godfrey thanked all those who will be working with the public during the pandemic. Well, he thanked almost everybody.
I read through the list several times looking for “emergency medical services” but I could not find the reference. The closest was “medical transport”. I will assume that Mr. Godfrey had the best intentions and this is not the first time we have been forgotten.
Even Governor Cuomo failed to include us in his list of essential services. The Paramedics and EMTs of your local paid and volunteer ambulance services are not simply “medical transport” if that was where we were to be included. We are the first people to contact sick and injured patients. We stabilize and treat them and only after that, do we transport them to the hospital.
On the way to the hospital we continue evaluate and treat the patient. This has always been a stressful job since many times a patient's life is in our hands. Responding to calls now is even more intense as we must deal with Covid-19 “up close and personal”.
We ask all patients to bear with us as we follow the protocols outlined by the Centers for Disease and the New York State Department of Health. These protocols are designed to protect both responders and patients. Once again, thanks to all those who must continue to work during the pandemic including those in Emergency Medical Services.

Ralph Bressler

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