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Saturday, November 16, 2019


Swampy politics

To the editor:
District 2 in Sullivan County just came through a tumultuous and rancorous primary & general election. As a Republican, I'm disgusted with the entire process. Whoever allowed a self-described PROUD Democrat to run on the Republican line should be ashamed of him/herself and removed from his/her position.
Voting is about electing the best person to represent oneself in the halls of government. How is it even remotely fair or logical to have the same person running on both major lines? How can any person, Republican or Democrat, have a comfort level that the candidate, Nadia Rajsz, is representing us? Personally, I think she is just representing herself, otherwise she would have done the honorable thing and chosen one line.
Nadia describes herself as a PROUD Democrat, flaunting pictures of herself with all the leading Democratic officeholders. That's fine, as a Democrat I'd assume that would endear her to her Democratic voters. If she is so PROUD to identify as a Democrat, why would the Republican party permit her to run on the Republican line?
Additionally, when has a Republican candidate ever accepted the endorsement of the NYS Working Families Party, an extreme-left leaning, progressive, MARXIST political party whose goals for our locality, state, and country are in direct opposition to the Republican plank. Who in the Republican Committee leadership thought this was a good idea and would be helpful in promoting conservative values? More importantly, what did this person(s) gain in return for approving this?
Ms. Rajsz doesn't represent me, nor my values and never has, not as County Legislator nor as Lumberland Supervisor. I voted for the only candidate that would and has represented me and the values I hold dear, Kathy LaBuda. I thought national politics was swampy, they've got nothing on Sullivan County.

Janice Torretta
Glen Spey

Job Well Done

To the editor:
I applaud Senator Jennifer Metzger and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for their tireless efforts to get the relief bill signed by Governor Cuomo for the Roscoe Central School.
Superintendent of Schools John Evans worked diligently over the last year to ensure that the bill was presented to the Governor and Gunther and Metzger secured the support needed for the Governor to do the right thing and relieve Roscoe School of this million dollar burden that was a result of a paper work mix-up.
Without this relief Roscoe School's very existence was in serious jeopardy. This is an example of how government should work.

Ramsay Adams
Livingston Manor

Design and harmony

To the editor:
I just read Jewish Culture column by Moshe Unger. I enjoyed his explanation of the design and harmony of the world. He said, “as we are in the season of Fall, the landscape gives us ample thoughts to contemplate.” It is just nature, so in my mind, who thinks about it?
But...he put it in simple terms: “at this point in the year, the trees don't need leaves anymore because they are not producing fruit, so they fall and become fertilizer for the seeds the trees dropped during summer.” Every type of fruit and plant has its distinct design to attract pollinators”.
He went on to summarize the Lord's plan, and I found it very well thought out by you, Moshe.

Fran Kurpil

For God's Sake Repeal & replace NY's New Reckless Bail Reform Law

To the editor:
The New York State Legislature should immediately repeal and replace the new bail law taking effect January 1, 2020. Under this reckless new law dangerous criminal suspects will be released without bail from prison following arraignment. This includes suspects charged with Burglary, Criminal Negligent homicide, criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, assault, vehicular manslaughter, promoting sexual performance by a child and arson, to name a few.
Proponents of the new law hail it as a historic milestone ending discriminatory practices that unfairly lock up in jail criminal suspects for minor offenses. However, as a defense attorney in our region, let me say nothing could be further from the truth. Turning your back on public safety and handing criminal suspects a free ticket to freedom is not the answer. Undermining our local criminal judges exercise of discretion and consideration of risk of flight in setting bail does not make the criminal justice system fairer or just. It weakens it instead and places us all in danger.
If the objective is preventing excessive bail or an unfair pre-trial incarceration there are other more effective reforms. For example, statutory bail and pre-trial incarceration guidelines that take into account recent criminal record, risk of flight and public safety into account or a 24- hour excessive bail appeal determination. Also, invest more resources into drug diversion courts, community-based partnership with local churches that have proven effective in helping first time-low income defendants avoid incarceration and turn their lives around. But for God's sake stop a law that may allow criminal suspects escape from justice. Repeal and replace before it's too late.

Kevin Gomez, Esq.

Farrell Campaign Ad

To the editor:
I want to thank Jim Farrell. Until last week, I was undecided about which candidate I preferred in the race for County Judge. That is until I received in the mail what I considered to be a disgraceful and offensive ad from Mr. Farrell's campaign and that you featured on your front page in the November 1 edition.
I found the rhetoric used in that flyer and the clear ad-hominem attack on Judge Dolan to be symptomatic of the unfortunate, charged, and divisive rhetoric that seems all too common in political life today. Such rhetoric does much to separate us from one another as citizens and instead creates an “us and them” mentality that is corrosive to civic discourse, toxic to our community, and as you pointed out, possibly illegal.
Given the stark challenges we face today as a community and as a nation, I think Mr. Farrell should be more careful with his words and he, like all other political figures, should instead be working harder to bring us all together rather than to push us further and further apart. Enough is enough.
Whether or not she succeeded on November 5th, Judge Dolan got my vote, and that ad made my choice an easy one to make.

Charley Trowbridge

Google is the new Visitors' Center

To the editor:
It's almost 2020. No one stops at a “visitors' center” except to use a restroom, walk their dog and that's only if it's very convenient. No one needs to get brochures to learn what's offered in a region any longer as the vast majority of people that have the disposable income to actually be called a “visitor” use Google on their phone in their pocket for everything when traveling.
We're spending a fortune for the lot and construction, taking this off the tax-roll, staff it, heat, insure, maintain, plow, spend endless money. How about just budget a minor percentage of this insane $5 million waste on search engine optimization and Google ad-words to snare visitors as that's how people get information, come into this century.
It's not 1980. If you're actually going through with this monumental waste of a boondoggle, make sure to leave room for the Blockbuster, a parking lot Foto-Mat, Toys-R-Us kiosk and maybe livery stable parking.

Mike Taylor

Riveting Sports Stories

To the editor:
I was riveted to my chair as I read Richard Ross' breathless account of the Tri-Valley football victory and glad I picked up the Tuesday paper and happened onto it.
A great read for sure, with strong biblical references, historical context, great and varied adjectives, and an unfolding tale of local glory. Good job Democrat. Good job indeed.

Chuck Petersheim

Liberty Elem Harvest Festival

To the editor:
I wanted to take a moment to recognize and express my gratitude to the Liberty Elementary School's teachers and staff. For the first time the school held a Harvest Festival on Halloween to be more inclusive of all the children in the school instead of a costume parade.
I learned as this change was announced earlier this school year that it was a bit controversial for some people in the community. I attended the festival with my 3rd grader and I was so impressed with the organization and amount of activities they had for them to enjoy with their classmates and friends, and the level of support and involvement of the teachers and staff.
They moved the event inside due to weather concerns, and I'm sure that was a little bit of a challenge for the school. All of the planning and work was worth it, and I want the school and community to know it was appreciated. The kids had a blast! It was so fun to hear the shrieks and giggles of excitement and joy as the students enjoyed the age-old parachute toss, danced, and played a variety of games and physical challenges.
I believe the education of a child should not only include the tools needed to read, write, and solve math problems. It should also include the opportunities to develop skills to interact well with others, build a sense of community, and have a bit of fun with peers to aid them in their growth into socially conscious adults.
The simple skills we expect from adults of waiting in line, helping others, and encouraging friends start when a child is taught these social courtesies from a young age. In addition to the well rounded curriculum at the school, the Harvest Festival provided this opportunity to work on social skills and have fun, and I am sure the students will have fond memories of the event.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to provide something extra for the students to enjoy at school, and for inviting the parents to join them.

Laura Liddle
Liberty Parent

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