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June 2012

A sad day in the Town of Delaware

Anyone present at the last Town of Delaware Town Board meeting watched another spectacle by Councilman Roeder defending his pro-gas drilling position. And not only did we watch him act like a dictator, sitting like a sumo wrestler waiting to attack, but to my horror and amazement the other town board members just let him act out. And attack he did. Without regard to those of us who oppose gas drilling, the board (thanks for abstaining, Cindy Herbert) passed Mr. Roeder’s resolution that welcomes the drillers.  Read more

Who decides?

In the June 14-20 issue of The River Reporter, Tom Shepstone questioned whether the Park Foundation’s 501(c)(3) status disallowed it from having a say in the fracking debate. I can’t speak to that legal point.  Read more

A sense of decency

Fifty-five years after McCarthyism died, Shohola’s era of McCarthyism may be ending. In 2009, Eric Hamill lodged his first unfounded but headline-grabbing allegation against former township officials Don and Nelia Wall. In 2010, a special solicitor appointed by the Shohola Board of Supervisors found Hamill’s accusations to be groundless. Undeterred, Hamill took his allegations to DA Ray Tonkin, who convened an investigating grand jury.  Read more

A sigh of relief in Shohola

“It is our profound hope that the people of Shohola will take note of what has happened in our town and ensure that our public servants are always working in our best interest, not theirs” – Nelia and Don Wall.

Weren’t the Walls public servants who blatantly ignored the best interests of the people of Shohola? Nelia is no longer a supervisor, and the township can finally get down to handling their business without interruption.  Read more

Those vehicles could be crucial

As President of the New York State Troopers PBA, which represents more than 6,000 active and retired members, I read with interest the June 12 article, “Homeland security vehicles on hold.”

The economic conditions over the past couple of years have caused significant belt-tightening in all areas of public employment, including public safety at the state and county levels. This environment necessitates cooperation between departments, which in turn improves both public and officer safety. Deputies rely on troopers and local police departments for backup and vice versa.  Read more

NPS land the lesser of two evils

I write in support of my friends and neighbors in Pike County whose lives and lands will be disrupted by the planned Tennessee Gas “loop.” In this instance, reverting to the original plan to use the National Park Service right of way is the lesser of two evils from an environmental impact standpoint. That plan is the best course for Pike County.

Now is the time for strong, bipartisan leadership on this issue. It is hard for many of us to believe it would take an Act of Congress to return the pipeline to its originally planned right of way, but that may now be the case.  Read more

Better education would be a good investment

I went recently to visit family upstate. They go to school and live on the campus of the William George Agency, a private facility to which public agencies sometimes send at-risk children. I was upset with the things I found out.

They have baseball, football and basketball courts, and yet they do not even have a team to play against schools. Even if the schools had to transport their students to the game, would sports not be good for these children?  Read more

Cheers to the Bethel board

At the 1969 “Woodstock” music festival in Bethel, the band Canned Heat played its classic song “Goin’ up to the country.” It has been described as the “unofficial anthem” of that historic festival. One of the lines from that classic song is, “I’m going where the water tastes like wine.”

Well, I raise my glass high, and here’s a toast to the Bethel Town Board. Forty-three years later, in the spirit of Woodstock, they had the guts and the wherewithal to tell the greed machine, “Sorry, no frackin’ in our garden” by implementing a ban. Cheers.

Andrew B. Weil
Summitville, NY

Thanks for help finding cat

Just a quick note to thank our neighbors for their concern and assistance in helping us locate my wife’s lost cat. Your efforts clearly helped us to reunite Wendy and (a hungry, seven-pound lighter) Chloe.

I am particularly grateful to the folks at the Damascus Post Office for calling our attention to the potential for using Every Door direct mail as a way to reach all our neighbors within our zip cope. This product clearly added to our success in this venture.

Mike Uretsky
Damascus, PA

Fireworks at 14

There is nothing a 14-year-old boy likes better than an explosion, and nothing more entertaining than a night of fireworks. At least so it is with my son, Sam, whose teenage solution to all problems is the wise-ass comment: “Let’s blow it up.” He says this just to irk me, I know, but it does convey a glimpse into the workings of his teenage brain, even if it sounds a bit clichéd.  Read more