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Friday, November 27, 2020


America is Back

To the editor:
President-elect Biden introduced his National Security Team to us today. America is back everybody. Diplomacy is back. I cannot tell you the relief I felt hearing them and seeing them.
Once again; we can hear the voices of people speaking words that we used to know. Voices calm and speaking intelligently. These people carry the experiences of years in the work that they are being called on to do again. They talked about family ties and the values that we all used to hear and watch in action by our Leaders; the values of working hard, telling the truth and serving others.
They talked about re-connecting with the rest of the world, getting our cred ibility back and climate, an issue that we here in Sullivan County haven't had to tackle like many in the rest of our country.
They talked about giving the future President Biden the information he needs to know, not necessarily what he wants to hear. They will be interested in us and how we can proceed in the pandemic life that we are living. They will be acting to save lives, save OUR lives.
I am not going to rehash where we've been, because from now on I will be focusing on where we are going. I feel a renewed HOPE, and I will be praying that we all stop the ridiculous bickering and once again focus on being the best each of us can be, and being a country once again, that we can feel proud to be part of.

Pamela Zaitchick
Glen Wild

Editorial was ‘right on'

To the editor:
Your recent editorial regarding the election result fiasco in New York was “right on.”
It now appears that not only is New York problematic but currently there are also thirteen congressional contests in which the results haven't been finalized.
There was no surprise that this election would have a significant turnout with a significant number of mail-in and absentee ballots, so why the problems?
In our area, I have a problem with the results of the Martucci-Metzger contest as we are now told that the results won't be finalized till the end of this month! (Despite having Martucci declaring victory.)
The system is broken and flawed and needs immediate attention and repair for the benefit of all.

Ralph John Savarese

I disagree

To the editor:
I have a very different view of the Anne Foland's “A Light at the end of the tunnel” opinion column that ran on November 10. I do not recall any great accomplishment of Joe Biden during his long period of time in government service.
I do know that during Donald Trump's presidency, taxes went down, middle class wages went up, the economy soared, 400,000 manufacturing jobs created, our southern border was secured, our foreign wars diminished and the peace process became greatly improved.
When Anne Foland refers to the presidential race, she uses such words as “loud and unruly”, “marching in protest” and “shouting loudly”. These were the tactics of the liberal left! I also recall violence, burning and looting in many democratic cities in our country.
Anne Foland may have her heart in the right place but, I completely disagree with her political point of view.

Gerald McMurrer

Election reflections

To the editor:
The other day I was astounded to overhear someone say that it seemed like Pennsylvania Democrats were simply producing more and more ballots to counter Trump's early lead in the state. But this so-called “blue shift” wasn't suspicious. It had been widely predicted and for obvious reasons.
Not wanting to risk exposure to Covid by voting on Election Day, some 1.8 million Democrats requested absentee ballots. Only 700,000 Republicans made the same request. These heavily Democratic absentee ballots weren't included in the early count because the Republican-controlled state legislature refused to let poll workers process them until Election Day.
In many counties, overworked staff didn't even start to count absentee ballots until after the polls closed, sometimes not until the following day. When these valid absentee ballots were eventually included in the count, it became clear that Biden carried the state by over 50,000 votes.
Trump has long made it clear that he wouldn't accept election results unless he was declared the winner. He's claimed election fraud but hasn't supplied any evidence. In all fifty states election officials, both Democratic and Republican alike, have said the election was fair.
The Department of Homeland Security called it “the most secure ever.” And consider this: all across the country Republicans had a very good night. They picked up seats in state legislatures and even flipped seats in the House. As the Republican Attorney General of Arizona noted, “People voted for Republicans down ballot, but they didn't vote for President Trump... that's the reality.”
One fact that should chill every patriotic American is that the Trump camp reached out to Republican state legislators to see if they could be induced to certify slates of Trump even though the president lost the popular vote.
There's actually language in the Constitution that would permit this, but the day politicians start canceling elections is the day we become a failed state.

Bruce Ferguson
Callicoon Center

We need your help

To the editor:
Fremont Center will be losing its Post Office in Dec. 2021. This is because whoever is the postmaster has to use the owner's personal bathroom. The owner can't take a chance of getting sick because she is taking care of her older sister.
You don't know where the postmaster has travelled in the last few days.
So now that we know what is going on we need to find another site for the Post Office. Anyone having any thought on a building that could be used please get in touch with us.

Tony Wayne
Fremont Center

Library card is the key

To the editor:
Mention has been made of the generosity shown by the late Jerry Yavarkovsky and his wife Judy in providing free math tutoring to students of all ages in the area for years.
But they also contributed something else of great value to each beyond their encouragement in mastering math. Each potential student was required to show their library card.
The Yavarkovskys traveled the world, and wherever they went they visited libraries. Their thirst for knowledge has been contagious to those fortunate enough to know them, and I'm certain that Judy will continue to encourage and inspire those around her.

Beth Peck

“We the People” Have Been Hustled

To the editor:
We the people had an election last week…and more than 174-million Americans showed up to have their electoral choice cast and counted. Even as the last handful of states count the remaining few votes, the diligence of these patriots - protecting our most sacred right as Americans - remains consistent and unwavering.
Though I am a Democrat, this is not a partisan treatise. I write as an American who treasures my right to vote - win or lose - for the candidate of MY choice. Not the candidate that is forced on me by the politically powerful of ANY party, including my own.
We may not agree on much but 174-million+ Americans do agree on the importance of our right to vote.
Sadly, that choice is not so apparent here in Sullivan County.
In the last few months, I have been attacked by fellow Democrats for not supporting a candidate of my party because I do not consider her ethically worthy of the job she was seeking.
But my objection is not limited to the fitness of one candidate for one office but to the lack of real choice the political bosses of every party in Sullivan County forced on unwary voters of every (or no) party affiliation.
There are candidates who make sotto voce deals with other political parties to be able to run unopposed. But make no mistake, there is always a quid pro quo.
Something of value must be given. And the thing of value being given away is our ability to choose. These political bosses - again, of every party - gave away something that doesn't belong to them, in a self-serving quest for control over the rest of us.
Here in Sullivan County, a Democratic candidate for District Attorney, an officer of the court and the person who will decide the quality of justice in our County, ran nearly unopposed for that position. If the political bosses of all parties had their way, she would have run completely unopposed.
Unfortunately for them, someone had the audacity to challenge those bosses and run in the Republican Party primary against her. Rank and file Republicans did not choose her. Suddenly voters had a real choice of two candidates, vying for one position.
Rebuffed by their own party voters, the bosses did what bosses do. They ignored the Republican voters' primary choice and actively campaigned for and publicly supported the Democratic Party candidate over the legally selected Republican candidate.
But there was another non-race going on here that was, in my opinion, the quid pro quo in this backroom deal. A Republican County Court Judge candidate was cross-endorsed by the same cabal of political party bosses. They claim their support of a Democrat for D.A. and a Republican for County Court Judge was pure coincidence.
No sale!
The claim of coincidence doesn't pass the smell test or the laugh test.
In a stunning display of disingenuousness, the judicial candidate, after winning a race against no one, posted on Facebook thanking the voters of Sullivan County for electing her. The fact remains that she would have won this election if the only vote she got was her own. One stinking vote - no choice for the electorate - All because of a disgraceful deal that perverts and corrupts our electoral system at its very core
It's not about party. It's about our right as Americans to actually choose who we vote for.

The author is the former Secretary of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee. After being appointed to the position once and elected twice, he resigned from the committee citing disagreements with leadership.

Richard E. Altman
Swan Lake

Stop distorting the facts

To the editor:
I want to thank Mr. Dittmer for his opinion letter in the Democrat for the opportunity to expand on my satire that appeared on October 23.
His point appears to be that we should discount the alarming negative statements about Trump (which he doesn't dispute) from Trump's own chosen appointees, most of whom, as high ranking Generals, served our country very honorably in important roles and were all praised by Trump at their appointments.
What or who has Trump ever served other than his own self-interests? As if he cares about his supporters. They are only used to blindly follow his destructive narcissism, waive Trump signs and chant “Mexico Will Pay.”
On the virus, remember Trump first praised Chairman Xi for his control of the virus, and then put in an inefficient ban, while consistently lying about the seriousness of the virus.
His mismanagement (no masks, discounting science and pondering the use of disinfectants inside the body) has contributed to over 240,000 American deaths and he's shamelessly abandoned any effort to lead us through this crisis.
Mr. Dittmer would seem to rather focus on Maxine Waters. Really, what's the relevance? Why not bring up Trump being impeached for his well documented extortion of the Ukrainian President, which by the way, cost a lot less taxpayer funds than all the failed Republican investigations of Benghazi.
If Mr. Dittmer wants to support a man of such demonstrated dishonesty, incompetence and low moral character then that's his right. But fortunately for our country almost 51 percent of us (an historic high) chose to fire him, even as he whines that he was robbed. Biden also earned 306 Electoral Votes, which if you remember, Trump bragged was a “landslide” total. Or perhaps Mr. Dittmer will support Trump's current attempts to discredit our Democratic voting standards by doing what Trump does best: Distort the Facts and throw out a slew of baseless Conspiracy Theories, all to desperately prevent him from being labeled what he loves to label others: A Loser.
Please let the healing begin.

Bill Lucas

Check your reflection

To the editor:
To Anne Foland's recent column - I ask ‘What light - Which tunnel?'
The Final results have yet to be announced; right they're not certified by any Official, only by the media. ‘Moderator Chris Wallace asked Biden if he would wait until the election results were independently certified before he declared victory. He said “yes.” But that's not what Biden has done.'
Her choice was easy, a Gentleman, who served his country well. Actually Joe received 5 deferments from Vietnam War. Has a plan book full of solutions to correct or alleviate many of the problems of our country. He's been in Congress and knows the rules, ins and outs and played the game for 47 years; he may be a source of these problems don't you think? He earned the name ‘Creepy Joe' from women, has voiced and demonstrated that he's a racist, wrote the Crime Bill that's a disaster against Latino's and Blacks! He's not for Israel either.
He had his chance to run instead of Hillary but was busy grieving his son or was it that Obama told him not too because Hillary was a better choice (better than VP in office?) or that he feared the Clinton smear machine and what they would do? I don't remember which one he said.
People are worried about SCOTUS and Roe v. Wade but did you know that Joe doesn't like Roe v. Wade either? You all missed that one. Biden is going to ‘loosen the immigration rules' again, say goodbye borders!
Liberal Feminist Dr. Naomi Wolf wouldn't have voted for him if she knew he was for ‘Lockdowns', did you know that? Maybe the light you see is a reflection from the light behind you!
Shame, these columnists aren't checked for accuracy!

Don Dittmer
Lake Huntington

Imposing ideology?

To the editor:
I appreciate Chairman Doherty's recent letter, where he straightens us out on how well informed he is with matters of law affecting our Adult Care Center at Sunset Lake. I'll leave that haggling to lawyers and touch on important other misinformation and why.
It matters whether changing county healthcare policy is being driven by Mr. Doherty's ideological agenda or concerns he states in his letter.
If his interest is imposing his ideology on the rest of us in the midst of the pandemic, he and likeminded legislators ought to own it and just say so.
Otherwise, he ought to straighten us out on why county resolutions supported by him and adopted this summer prohibit addressing his stated concerns without the county relinquishing administration of important healthcare programs.
Mr. Doherty doesn't get to hide behind having it both ways; prohibiting solutions that address his concerns doesn't square, period - it's also dangerous.
The county recording of our October 8 Health and Family Services Committee meeting makes clear Chairwoman Rasjz's request to pursue such solutions, acknowledging the need now to amend the resolutions.
And since July, through public hearing testimony, letters and emails, many hundreds of county residents have formally voiced their objection to the direction Mr. Doherty is taking healthcare in our county - to my knowledge, aside for him and likeminded legislators, not one county resident has registered support for it.

Dave Colavito
Rock Hill

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