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Saturday, December 7, 2019


On your way

To the editor:
Santa you're soon coming
Behind Thanksgiving Day
A little far don't have a car
But will be on your way
Dress up nice and freely
Bag upon your back
Notebook with all your kiddies
You'll soon begin to track
The X-Mas trees are waiting
Fill up down below
Can I ask you something Santa
Which way will you go
Wow - on your way you make our day
I'll gobble up my turkey
Super fine you're not in line
All excited feeling perky

Catherine LoBosco

The bad old days

To the editor:
This is an open letter to Denise Connolly, who recently wrote in these pages that she intends to vote for Trump again because she loves “the OLD America that he is trying to bring us back to.” She continues, “I hate the America the Democrats, ‘liberals' and leftists are turning this country into.”
Which makes me curious. Just what is it about the old America that you long for? Is it a solidly majority-white population? Polluted air and water? People who have to live a lie every single day of their lives because they love people of the same gender or feel imprisoned in a body of the wrong sex?
Perhaps it is weaker protections for workers, consumers and the environment that you yearn for. Or maybe you mean socially sanctioned sexism and discrimination against those who aren't white or Christian. Or is it legalized segregation and women dying from unsafe abortions that you miss?
Like it or not, societies change over time. The tide of history sweeps away the culture and mores of one's gauzily recalled youth, and there is no returning to them. Thank God.

Rebekah Creshkoff

What I'm thankful for

To the editor:
I recently had to have extensive back surgery and we had to go into NYC. I knew from day one though that if they decided I also needed post op physical and occupational therapy, Grover Hermann, my local hometown hospital, was where I wanted to go.
I didn't realize the magnitude of that decision until after being there 2 weeks, getting all of the services that I needed, and on the morning I was to be discharged, I spiked a fever. It wasn't all that high at first, 100.9, but that was enough for the nurses on staff that morning, Lee Ann, Tom and Tina, to go into what I like to call “Nurse Ninja Mode”. They worked like a fine oiled machine, drawing blood, making calls to NYC, getting me ready for anything that was to come.
I had to go back to NYC by ambulance because of the possible complications but thanks to them we flew through it all and everything is healing fine.
I chose them at first because I know they are exceptional, from the ladies in food service, to the friendly fella who draws blood, to the incredible OT and PT staff and, of course, the nursing staff and management team, all of them, outstanding.
They literally saved my life.

Forever grateful,
Mrs. Faith Metzinger

Mrs. Faith Metzinger

A chat about charrette

To the editor:
Taking light issue with Samantha Montagna's use of the word “charrette” (and that my iPad repeatedly self-corrects to Charlotte) to describe a recent meeting at the Wurtsboro Town Hall.
Although a charrette is defined (again, on the ubiquitous iPad) as “a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions,” the word, of French derivation, is not commonly used in English language journalism. Readers usually prefer clear, easily understood reporting.
The Wurtsboro Town Hall meeting may well have been a charrette and, as we know, here in Sullivan County we have charrettes coming out the wazoo. But we might be more inclined to simply call them meetings.

Jim Kayton
Fremont Center

NY Health Act No Pipe Dream (A.5248/S.3577)

To the editor:
The current jumble of healthcare plans has left millions of people without adequate or affordable healthcare. Single payer plans like the New York Health Act offer comprehensive healthcare coverage, including hearing aids, dental, vision, prescriptions and more to all, regardless of age, income, existing medical conditions, employment or immigration status. There are no premiums, co-pays, deductibles, out-of-pocket or out of network expenses, and you choose your own medical providers. Program cost is based on a graduated income scale. People with $25,000 a year or less pay nothing at all. This is how the Affordable Care Act was supposed to work before the for-profit insurance industry wrecked it.
The NY Health Act is not an unaffordable pipedream. Financial analysis by UMASS/Amherst Economics Dept. Chairman Gerald Friedman found that 98% of New Yorkers will pay much less for a lot better healthcare under NY Health. Even with the greatly expanded coverage, there is a net savings for New York of $45 billion a year.
The NY Health plan is a silver bullet cure for what ails our current healthcare system. With funding cutbacks and spiraling healthcare costs, when people can't afford the healthcare they need, we cannot allow this vital legislation, that will benefit so many, to be blocked by a special interest few. There is no room for profiteering in healthcare. We must pass the NY Health Act now. It will save lives, it will save money, and it's the right thing to do.

Star D. Hesse, SLAC

Which party are you?

To the editor:
As I look at the election results for Sullivan County and other counties as well, something caught my eye. How can this go on at all especially in the latest climate? People running endorsed by the Republican and Democratic parties at the same time? This practice is not logical nor is it fair to the people of those parties you represent.
All the parties have different ideals, positions and opinions on running the government. Democrats and Republicans are on different sides of the political spectrum for the most part and that's before the extremes. How do you represent the people when you are on both sides on every issue?
How can you be able to honor each side of the aisle? It's impossible to argue for ‘the people'; does this person change their seat depending on what party they believe in at the time or do they start smoking from the ears? Do we watch as this person beats themselves up over issues, ideals and loyalty?
It doesn't matter what political office position you have, you can't be of both opposing parties endorsements or control.
When things don't go right each party blames the other so does the person stand and argue with themselves?
Imagine a person running for POTUS being endorsed by both parties?
This practice should stop.

Don Dittmer
Lake Huntington

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