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To the editor:
Your article on the Wearry Brothers was not entirely
accurate. How do I know this? Herb Ropke came to my father James LaBarr, Sr. of
Beaver Brook when he delivered the mail that day and told my father something
was wrong over at the Wearry Brothers since they had not picked up their mail
from the mail box in several days. At that point, my father, my mother and I
went over to the Wearry’s house. My father went up to the house and went in and
discovered one of the bodies. We then called the information into the BCI
[Bureau of Criminal Investigation] and state police and later the other brother
was found in one of the hen houses. So although some of the information is incorrect,
much of it is not.
Now as to youngsters at the local Boy Scout Camps telling
ghost stories about the Wearrys, that is rather disrespectful to their memory.
I want to point out that although the brothers lived a rather odd life, they
were in no way dangerous to anyone, and if anything, could be very helpful when
asked. During WWII, the Air Raid Observation Post in Beaver Brook, which was
across from my Uncle Dan’s bar, had many volunteers from the surrounding area.
The Wearry brothers donated their time along with everyone else. Although they
were somewhat reclusive, they were not unfriendly. Many times boarders, who
stayed at my parents’ boarding house, would always ask to go with one of us
when we went to the Wearrys to buy eggs. The brothers both would sit down on
the front porch and talk with any of our houseguests. They were quite
interesting to talk to and they never missed an opportunity to talk with
people. And when someone died in the community, the brothers would always be
there to pay their last respects.
I just wanted to point out to your newspaper that although
the brothers are a part of Tusten history, they were not in any way the type of
people we could not respect. They would help others in time of need.
William A. LaBarr
Middle Village, NY
To the editor:
I would like to express a sincere thank you to those who
came out and voted for me during the recent election. Your confidence in my
abilities and qualifications is appreciated. I campaigned hard for the
opportunity to serve the best interests of the future of Lackawaxen Township.
My desire to bring my experience to the table was seen by many, including those
whose written endorsements were seen on the pages of some local newspapers.
Unfortunately, forces behind the scenes and beyond our control were in play.
The old adage that “politics make strange bedfellows” has never rung more true.
Please feel secure that your votes were not wasted, for this election has
created a much wiser politician out of a somewhat naive candidate.
To the editor:
There is a bill about to be decided on in Congress that will
encourage a future of war, pollution, and economic decline. It is a bill that
helps a few energy industries to get richer while making the country as a
whole, poorer. It is the Energy Bill. The final draft has been made behind
This administration has its head in the sand when it comes
to energy. Our government is concentrating on fossil fuels while most other
countries in the world are turning to more modern technologies, leaving us in
the dirt. One day, we will wake up and wonder why we are so behind, wondering
why we missed the boat on advanced energy technologies. Our government is doing
us a disservice by holding us back in the dark ages.
An intelligent energy policy is key to a healthy economy, a
clean environment, and peace. The current bill is not intelligent. It is based
on short-term greed. The extreme provisions in the bill are wrong for us and
Here is what you can do: call the capitol switchboard toll-free
at 800/839-5276. Ask for your Senator’s office. In Pennsylvania the Senators
are Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum. Simply ask them to support a filibuster of
the Energy Bill. This is an important way they can use their power to say “no”
to a bill that is not good for the country.
Lake Ariel, PA
To the editor:
The president would like us to believe that his Energy Bill
sets a sensible path for American policy for the future. Maybe if our future
looks like the Cold War.
The Energy Bill promotes oil and coal with fat tax breaks
and by relaxing the enforcement of clean energy standards. As if big business
in this country isn’t fleecing taxpayers enough.
We are already fighting a war over oil when we should be
thinking about the future and focusing our resources on new, clean technology.
Please telephone (800/839-5276) our senators today to
filibuster this regressive and destructive bill.
Brian L. Shera
To the editor:
Sullivan County’s election results were promising; they just
didn’t go far enough. An incumbent often described as a bully and another whose
honesty and excessive self-interest came into question became lame ducks. Greg
Goldstein held on, somehow, perhaps because his opponent ill advisedly enlisted
the help of Raymond Pomeroy.
For reasons that defy rational thinking, Leni Binder is
still with us. If she is offered responsibilities beyond knitting in her
office, the new majority will have demonstrated fatally flawed memory. Cautious
Kathy LaBuda won because her opponent tied his hands behind his back. Let us
hope that being part of a majority will encourage her to keep personal
vendettas to herself and give her the security to let her basic decency
prevail. Jodi Goodman shows promise in having heretically acknowledged the very
serious opposition, among residents, to casino gambling. Rodney Gaebel, surely
a quiet architect of garbage importation and other atrocious ideas, survived
for reasons unclear to me and Jonathan Rouis, who prevailed, and of whom I know
little, is said to be a smart and good guy.
What the legislature must now do to clear the decks for
effective government is see to it that Robert Kunis is further separated from
meaningful public influence and that Ira Cohen is ushered into private
In that connection, in my survey, noted above, no two people
chose the same word in reference to Ira Cohen. Which might lead one to think
that he may be seen as a well rounded or perhaps interesting person. Wrong! The
words chosen (often with a knowing smile) were synonymous.
To the editor:
The Justin Online Military Oral History Collection is
seeking the stories for online publication to this history resource of military
veterans, war industry workers and those with stories of the home fronts during
WWI, World War II, the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and all other
eras wartime or peacetime as well as Civilian Conservation Corps members and
If you would like to participate, please send your stories
to James F. Justin, CCC Museum, P.O. Box 5, Woodbury NJ 08096 or email to JFJmuseum@aol.com
To the editor:
Delphine Tufts Garrett wanted to donate her home to the care
of the aging, and when her grandfather passed away, she opened Murray Tufts
Garrett Manor to do just that.
Affectionately known for many years as the Methodist home,
Murray Tufts Garrett Manor, now Wayne Delaware Manor, has always cared for the
aged. Through its doors have passed neighbors, friends and relatives from
Narrowsburg, Jeffersonville, Beach Lake and Honesdale. People too frail to continue
caring for themselves have found refuge and good medical care.
The staff always tried to be self-reliant when it came to
attaining money for residents’ needs, such as entertainment, parties, holiday
get-togethers and dining out. We continue to have an annual flea market, sell
Irish soda bread, homemade Easter bread, and we hold an annual Christmas Craft
However, we now need to turn to the same community. This
home has helped for so many years and now needs to ask for your help. We are in
desperate need of a van for transporting our residents to doctor visits,
hospital testing and occasional outings. Our little maroon caravan has bit the
dust and lost her 12-year old transmission. We have done research and found a
dealer in Michigan who will sell us a brand new center aisle van for $25,500,
delivery included, but we can’t raise that amount with a cookie sale.
If you have an idea or could financially help us in any way,
please call. Any donations would be tax deductible.
For more information call Wayne Delaware Manor at
Sandy Kline and Jan Stawski
Beach Lake, PA
To the editor:
This year, the Ukrainians world over commemorates the 70th
anniversary of the famine-genocide engineered by Joseph Stalin and his regime
from 1932-1933. To establish Soviet rule of collectivization, he deliberately
and forcefully starved seven to 10 million Ukrainian peasants and farmers by
confiscating the entire grain crop and foods produce from the population. He
carefully planed this famine to bring Ukraine to its knees. It was tragic
moment in history of Ukraine.
When millions starved from famine, accredited New York Times
correspondent Walter Duranty, stationed in Moscow, reported that the Stalin’s
forceful collectivization plan was proceeding smoothly. He praised the regime
of Stalin and the Soviets. He expressed his “respect for the Soviet leaders,
especially Stalin”, when he called him “a really great statesman.”
This tragedy was well known to Ukrainians, but it is still
not widely recognized. In 1988, the U.S. Commission on the Ukrainian Famine
concluded that the victims “starved to death in a man-made famine” and that
“Joseph Stalin and those around him committed genocide against Ukrainians in
The Canadian government recognized the famine-genocide of
1932-1933 and called for the fourth Saturday in November to be designated as a
day of remembrance for those who perished during the time of the famine.
On October 20, 2003, the U.S. House of Representatives,
adopted Resolution #356, by a vote of 352-0, regarding the man-made
famine-genocide in Ukraine. Part of that resolution resolves “the millions of
the victims of the man-made famine that occurred in Ukraine from 1932-1933
should be solemnly remembered and honored in the 70th year marking the height
of the famine. This man-made famine was designed and implemented by the Soviet
regime as a deliberate act of terror and mass murder against the Ukrainian
All Ukrainian communities across United States and Canada
will be marking this solemn anniversary throughout the month of November. On
November 15 at 2:00 p.m., the Ukrainian community will gather in St.
Volodymyr’s Church to pray and pay respect to victims of the 1932-1933
Famine-Genocide. Rev. Mark Hirniak will conduct this solemn sermon.
Through remembrance, we can stop such acts of brutal cruelty
and violence against humankind. The world has to be aware of what happened in
the Ukraine in those years so that it never happens again.
Glen Spey, NY
To the editor:
Sullivan West residents are suffering from a financial
hangover as they suddenly realize that the consolidated school district is
overbuilt and under-funded. According to information supplied to me under the
Freedom Of Information Law, Sullivan West enrollment topped out in 1999 at
1,755 students. Without gambling casinos or any other exogenous shock, Sullivan
West school enrollment will drop to 1,337 students in 2011, which is a
precipitous decline of 418 students or twenty-three percent from the peak
levels reached just four years ago.
Jeffersonville-Youngsville has a capacity of 1,103 students.
As of October, 664 students are attending school at Jeffersonville-Youngsville.
The Delaware Valley campus has a capacity of 681 students.
Currently, Delaware Valley has 218 students.
The Narrowsburg school building has a capacity of 401
students. Incredibly, only 122 students are now attending classes in
The new Lake Huntington high school has a capacity of 1,061
students. Only 565 students are now enrolled in classes at the new high school.
These figures are very conservative.
All four Sullivan West schools could host at least 3,246
students in comparison to the 1,614 students attending classes as of October.
This means that Sullivan West is presently functioning at 50
percent of capacity, which is an absolute disaster. Without casinos, Sullivan
West will have only 1,337 students by 2011 and will then be functioning at 41
percent of capacity.
The incompetent planning that resulted in the Sullivan West
merger is best reflected in the fact that five million dollars has been poured
into the aging Narrowsburg school building which only houses 122 students and
is operating at 30 percent of capacity.
Contrast the stark reality of these figures with the January
29, 2001 Facilities Needs Assessment Summary signed by Sullivan West School
Superintendent Michael Johndrow which referenced being “severely overcrowded”
in the three former districts as a reason to build the cavernous and expensive
new high school.
The truth is that local taxpayers have been royally hosed.
You can expect huge tax increases over the next few years as a result of the
poor planning and profligate spending of the Sullivan West administration on
grandiose projects built to enhance speculative pipe dreams, such as a
nonexistent gambling boom, which can’t be financially justified at the present
What a mess.
Noel van Swol
Long Eddy, NY