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February 2012

JOAN B. RITTERSHAUSEN

Joan B. Rittershausen (nee Henderson of Washington Township, NJ, formerly of Boyds Mills, PA, died on February 13, 2012. She was 73.

She was the beloved wife of Arthur; devoted mother of Theodore A. Henderson and Robert W. Henderson and wife Donna; adoring grandmother of Bobby and Ryan; and sister of Albert Jr. (“Sonny”) and wife Theresa.

Funeral services were held on February 18 at the Egizi Funeral Home, Washington Twp., NJ. Interment was private.

“A Life Well Lived/ Is Worth Remembering.”

Condolences at www.egizifuneral.com.

Gas news at a glance

Anti-fracking bicycle trip planned  Read more

FREDERICK J. VASSMER

Frederick J. Vassmer died on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 92.

Fred was born on May 26, 1919 in Kauneonga Lake, NY to the late John H. Vassmer and Marie Mueller Vassmer.  Read more

Activities of daily living

My uncle’s home health aide is there to assist him with “ADL”—activities of daily living. It was a term I was blithely ignorant of before my aunt had a stroke earlier this month. He is in his mid-80s with multiple health problems. She is younger and not the one we were worried about. But the toll of caring for an older spouse—or a younger one who is infirm—is dear. She lost 60 pounds in a year and a half, and she never was a candidate for one of those reality shows about obesity.  Read more

The myth of “humane slaughter”

Regarding your front page article of February 9, “The Humane Slaughterhouse:” who the heck anointed Temple Grandin with the angelic ability to experience what an animal feels? Cutting an animal’s throat and hanging them upside down to bleed to death, whether their backs are straight or hung on a rail, will never be “humane.” All animals, including the human species, are sentient beings that feel pain, fear, terror and the whole spectrum of existing emotions.  Read more

Institutionally condoned insanity

Re: “The humane slaughterhouse,” February 9: Is humane slaughter the highest benchmark to which humans should aspire in our definition of what it means to behave humanely? Barring dire circumstances of survival, slaughter is murder, plain and simple. Let’s not pretend that it can ever be made right.  Read more

Religious freedom

I think that most Americans would agree with the following basic principles: Government, at any level, should not be able to coerce citizens to do things that conflict with their religious and moral beliefs; and citizens should also not be forced to support with their tax dollars government activities that contradict those beliefs.  Read more

The calm before the storm

As domestic natural gas prices trend downward to new lows, and companies like Chesapeake Appalachia announce cutbacks in production, an increasingly common refrain with regard to natural gas drilling in our area is “what’s the hurry?” There’s obviously such a national glut of natural gas at existing production and consumption levels that it will be some time before new wells are needed—or indeed, become economic, with current gas prices well below the costs of production.  Read more

Golden glow

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For a couple of area teams and individual athletes, this past week proved that there is indeed gold at the end of the rainbow. At the Sullivan County Indoor Track Championships held at Sullivan County Community College on February 13, Tri-Valley won both the girls and boys crowns. The Lady Bears outpointed Sullivan West 137-66 to defend their title from a year ago. The T-V boys bested second-place Liberty 103-76 to unseat defending champion Ellenville.  Read more

Philatelic Society meeting

March 4, 2012

Trading session, giveaways & doors prizes at Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 1pm. 845/794-2586.