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Letters to the Editor

EDITOR'S NOTE: The River Reporter welcomes letters on all subjects from its readers. They must be signed and include the correspondent's phone number. The correspondent's name and town will appear at the bottom of each letter; titles and affiliations will not, unless the correspondent is writing on behalf of a group.

Letters are printed at the discretion of the editor. It is requested they be limited to 300 words; correspondents may be asked to cut longer letters. Deadline is 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

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An alternative proposal for the library

To the editor:

Has anyone heard from our very lifelike Pike County Commissioners regarding the library problem? It is, after all, a county library, and they have the power, acting on behalf of the people of Pike County, to provide almost instantaneously a perfect building for the library—namely the Old Milford School, which is centrally located, with parking, across from the post office and with a pizza parlor (and liquor license) downstairs.

They might, for example, make the current owner a great offer, make sure he comes away with a nice chunk of money, and throw in the proposed site for the new building. Everyone would be happy. Problem solved. But first they have to be found to be actually among the living.

Tony Splendora
Milford, PA

More than one side to Gillibrand

To the editor:

Your story about Gillibrand’s appointment in the January 29 issue is interesting. However, since you included the opinion of her detractors on immigration, you should have also cited those who support her, thereby giving your story balance. Among them might be ((

And you may be confused about the SAVE Act. Most Congressional Democrats did not oppose it, as you suggest. In fact, it was a Democratic bill.

Joe Guzzardi
Bradfordwoods, PA

Environmentalism not to blame

To the editor:

John Moul of Wurtsboro has expressed concern about the possible closing of the Chase and Duggan schools because of the current economic crisis. He appears to be blaming the economic woes of Mamakating on local environmental activists and special interest groups, a la the late Charles Penna.

Members of these groups care about the town, and if not for their efforts the town would be in worse shape than it is now. Our officials elected and appointed from 2004 to 2007 have been passive in their responsibilities. Monies have not been collected when due and projects have gone through the process with minimal inquiry. Who made it known that a $90,000-plus payment from Yukiguni Maitake was four years overdue? Who questioned expenditures by our highway department? Special interest members?

The town is typical of a national problem: the government is informed something is not right and does not correct it, as in the case of Bernie Madoff. The comptroller’s fall 2008 audit report highlighted the failure of Mamakating town departments in their fiscal responsibility to the residents. That is where the fault lies.

The special interest groups are concerned about bringing employment to the town, not empty promises and exaggerated benefits by development. We want what you want, not exploitation.

Richard W. Morris
Wurtsboro, NY

Gamelands swap threatens the environment

To the editor:

I am very concerned about the enormous project that is proposed to be built at the intersection of I-84 and Route 739, on what is now State Gamelands 180 along the Shohola Creek in Pennsylvania. The individual who wishes to build there would purchase the 600-acre Pike County Industrial Park and swap it to the game commission for an undisclosed amount of land to build a truck terminal with one or more structures covering about 75 acres.

In addition to the buildings, there would be a significant amount of paved land, resulting in runoff issues of petroleum products and other chemicals associated with a large volume of truck traffic. Worse yet, the treated sewage from the installation would be discharged into the Shohola Creek upstream from Shohola Farms and Shohola Falls recreation areas. The Shohola Creek is a high-quality stream that is stocked with trout, and is also home to one of the most diverse and flourishing biota in Pike County. But that could be all over very soon.

Grace Hatton

Hawley, PA