letters to the editor
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; longer letters may not be printed, or may be edited down to the appropriate length. Deadline is 1 p.m. on Monday.
I have written this letter about being in favor of legalized crossbow hunting in New York to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, state Sen. Bonacic and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. I believe the legislation for crossbow use by all hunters was derailed because of the unconstitutional Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act. I would like to see crossbow use legal for every hunter preferably in rifle and muzzleloader season rather than archery season, however I am not against it being legal for all seasons as the bow is. Read more
I am writing to your readers regarding Lyme disease. Discovered in 1975, it has become prevalent in the northeast. In New York, Columbia and Greene counties have the highest rate per capita in the country. I am a transplant from Long Island where a lot of people I know have contracted Lyme disease and have been completely misdiagnosed by their doctors with a host of illnesses from psychiatric disorders to rheumatoid arthritis, with dozens of illnesses in between. (There are over 300 illnesses that mimic Lyme disease.) Read more
The enthusiasm over the opening of a new slaughterhouse in our area comes at a time when many are questioning the wisdom of consuming animals. To quote The River Reporter (October 17-25), “... no matter how much the community supported the idea of a slaughterhouse, almost no one wanted it to be built in their backyard.” Read more
I am writing to voice my opposition to the 170-foot wind generator construction project proposition (SBL 58.2-4-23 on Eve Eden Road off Yeagerville Road, Town of Denning, Ulster County). I am a neighbor whose opinion was neither sought nor considered. The owner failed to inform me or publicize any aspect of these proceedings. Read more
The Town of Denning Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is reviewing a proposal for the installation of a 170-foot wind turbine. Few residents were aware of the September 30th workshop (only four residents attended). At the public hearing on October 30, there were over 20 members in attendance, the majority of whom objected to the project on the grounds that adequate independent research has not been done into the possible impacts of the turbine. Unfortunately, the ZBA has scheduled a vote on the project despite the glaring lack of information. Read more
As an activist involved with No Saugerties Casino— one of the organizations working to defeat Ballot proposition One (the casino referendum)—I’ve learned two things from this experience. The first is that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will think it is true. Despite the facts, people chose to accept Albany’s word that it would be an economic development engine. Read more
The recently released report by the worldwide Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. In short, it threatens our planet, our only home.” Read more
We are residents of Rose Valley Road near the village of Monticello. Although we work in New York City and come up throughout the year, it has been our plan to retire to our beautiful Monticello home. We vote in the county, pay taxes here and support county institutions. We look forward to weekends and vacations for peace and tranquility. Our 1850s farmhouse is on a large plot of land, and we love hiking in our forest. All this has changed with the arrival of the Monticello Motor Club. Read more
In 2006, I almost died after eating spinach contaminated with E. coli. I spent nearly a month in and out of multiple emergency rooms and urgent care facilities. When I was able to return home, I had lost nearly 20 percent of my total body weight, and my recovery lasted five additional months of continuous treatment. Read more
In his 20 years as a Lehman township supervisor, Department of Environmental Protection records two violations of illegal burning: in October 2008 and a revisit in April, 2009 for failing to desist burning. Menditto is quoted saying, it was in an effort to save resident tax dollars, insisting all was clean burn material, though DEP documented, ‘all waste material.’ Nonetheless, the Township exercised its own jurisdiction by reporting a local resident for illegal burning when the smoke filled the Township office. Read more
With Election Day drawing near I would like to remind everyone to get out and vote for Paul Menditto for Magisterial District Judge. I have known Paul for many years, and I have always known him to be a kind, helpful and generous man. He is always working to help out and better our community. Always volunteering for various community functions, as well as encouraging others to follow suit. He is a family man with values and principles. Integrity is a sign of a true leader, just one more reason to vote for Paul Menditto in the upcoming election.
Paul Menditto has been in our township for multiple years and has supported our community and neighboring communities relentlessly. He has always been a helping hand when someone called for assistance, whether large or small. Paul has shown true resolve and unwavering character. Paul Menditto is a man of integrity and will be a judge for the people, who will be fair, honest and thorough to all concerned.
Please join me in supporting Paul Menditto for magistrate.
Cathleen M LaBosco
"That rare end product of what happens when Americans of all parties and places come together in common purpose to consider something more than the politics of the moment."—President Barack Obama
In this political climate an ideal such as this is a rarity, even nonexistent. However, this is exactly what I bore witness to with my own eyes on October 20 at the Paul Menditto Barbeque Fundraiser. Republicans, Democrats and Independents came together to support Menditto for Magisterial District Judge. Read more
I have served with Paul Menditto as a Township Supervisor for the past 10 years and for several years before that on the Township Planning Commission. During this time, Paul has served with integrity and diligence always striving to do what is best for the people of Lehman Township. Read more
I have known Paul Menditto for over 20 years. During that time, I have found him to be a forthright and honest person who knows how to treat people with dignity and respect. He makes decisions after carefully examining all the facts and strives to make fair judgments. Read more
One organization named “property tax relief, job creation, and more education funding” as reasons for passing Proposition 1. The case for four New York casinos, though, goes much deeper.
First, increased tax revenues, from income as well as corporate profits, would cover much more than education support or lowered property assessments.
Second, even one casino-hotel would greatly help Sullivan County tourism. Old resort areas need new reasons for people to come back. Gambling, government-allowed or not, has loomed large in Catskills history, and today’s players want it clean and legal. Read more
Since moving into the Lumberland area in 2004, I’ve seen the town go through its fair share of economic turmoil. Thankfully, the town has seen vast improvements to many of its programs over the past several years—improvements that I attribute to the leadership of Lumberland Supervisor Nadia Rajsz. I usually vote for candidates that are socially liberal but fiscally conservative, so it should not come as a surprise that I’m supporting Ms. Rajsz. Read more
Last week, the Monticello Rotary Club and Thunder 102 Radio sponsored a Candidates Night in the Town of Thompson. There are four men vying for two seats on the town board. Questions were posed by the media, and the only reasoned and thoughtful responses came from Richard Sush, who is seeking re-election as a councilman. He was clearly the only person who knew the issues, who had a strategy for bringing business into the town, who had any experience in municipal government, and who has a track record of listening to the residents and responding to their needs. Read more
There was a time in the Town of Delaware when the town officials would listen to the concerns of their constituents and at least try to make decisions that took into account those concerns. In fact, that is their responsibility as outlined in New York State’s Town Law Manual, “when a town board member votes on a proposal before a town board, he or she is representing, through that vote, the views of all the residents of the town” Granted, those responsibilities have grown much more complex these days, but isn’t that all the more reason to listen to what their constituents have to say? Read more
The Delaware Town Board is about to purchase 4.4 acres of property along Route 17B for a new town barn for the highway dept. The cost of this parcel will be $100,000, or $22,700 per acre, which to me seems inordinately high in the current real estate market. A little research into recent vacant land sales in town has shown that non-riverfront property for the past five years has sold for an average of only $6,000 per acre. The town board apparently didn’t even have an independent appraisal done before agreeing to such a high price! Read more
On Election Day it is time to decide who you want to represent you on your town’s issues. As a full-time and fourth generation resident of the Town of Callicoon, I definitely want the candidates representing me and my family who know what it was like to grow up in one of the most beautiful towns in the county. Read more
We recently received a campaign flyer in the mail from Ned Lang and his running mate Richard Pierce The flyer states that the town bookkeeper position pays $42,310 in salary. According to the 2014 preliminary town budget, which is available for anyone to view, the salary for the bookkeeper is $1,750 less than is stated in the campaign flyer, because office equipment and the contractual expenses were incorrectly added in to come up with total salary. The flyer also states that the state retirement contribution for the bookkeeper will be $12,000 in 2014. Read more
In a front-page story in last Friday’s Sullivan County Democrat, Town of Callicoon Supervisor Tom Bose claimed that both he and the comprehensive plan recently adopted by the town board are neutral on the issue of fracking. This is simply not true. Mr. Bose isn’t neutral and neither is the plan. Read more
I would like to remind everyone to please vote on November 5. I will [be voting] for the team endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties: Tom Bose, Charlie Schadt, Scott Gaebel, Kris Scullion and Ed McKenna, The Town of Callicoon Team that has been here for you 24/7. Read more
Richard Sush comes through for the Town of Thompson on a regular basis. As a Thompson Town Board member he has exhibited intelligence and creativity in decision making and preserved the texture of our community. When a high-density development was being sought, Richard produced the bill that reduced the density ceiling for new developments and preserved our way of life. To ensure that his honesty and tenacity will continue to benefit our community, vote for Richard Sush for Town of Thompson Town Board.
The government shutdown upset me greatly. In fact, I started looking at Zombie Apocalypse websites (just kidding) and the media is disgraceful in hyping it all and bringing division amongst our citizens. However it all comes down to this: Do we really have a President who is bipartisan? The answer is obviously no. The Republicans are not liberal Democrats, therefore they do not see the world as the Democrats do. The job of the President is to work with all the Senators and House members to get things done. However what concerns me more is all the U.S. Read more
Couldn’t resist commenting on last week’s reporting of LaRouche volunteers showing up in Liberty with posters reading “Impeach Obama: no war in Syria; reinstate Glass-Steagall.” And, for good measure, of course equating him with Hitler. Umm... (a) We aren’t at war with Syria, Obama has steadfastly resisted embarking on another misadventure; (b) Senator Warren (D-MA) sponsored a bill co-signed by John McCain to reinstate certain Glass-Steagall protections, which the president indicated he’d sign. Sooo....”impeach” him for doing precisely what they want, that makes sense. Read more
It is a fallacy, and a hoax promoted by the gambling industry and government, that casinos and other forms of gambling, are economic “engines.” Unlike diverse retail businesses, manufacturing facilities, research and development firms, casinos produce no tangible product which enriches the community at large. They are profitable chiefly for the owners, and more so when they keep as many people onsite by reducing and discouraging competition from the surrounding community. Read more
The government shut down upset me greatly. In fact, I started looking at Zombie Apocalypse websites (just kidding) and the media is disgraceful in hyping it all and bringing division amongst our citizens. However it all comes down to this: Do we really have a President who is bipartisan? The answer is obviously no. The Republicans are not liberal Democrats, therefore they do not see the world as the Democrats do. The job of the President is to work with all the Senators and House members to get things done. Read more
There was a meet-the-candidates night for the Town of Thompson last Wednesday evening at the Rock Hill Firehouse. It was there that I decided not to vote for the person I had previously thought would make the best town supervisor. Originally my vote was going to be cast for Mr. Rieber. However, after I heard him speak to some people with whose opinion he differed, I changed my mind. His tone became confrontational and autocratic when responding to questions and issues with which he was not in agreement. Read more
In early October, Town of Lumberland Supervisor Nadia Rajsz planted one of her political signs in my yard, probably without knowing who owned the land, since I had just recently purchased it. Since it’s my property and I don’t support her candidacy, I took it down, which is fully within my rights. Read more
Two years ago, during the election of 2011, there was a five-person race for Tusten Council’s two seats, and I was one of the candidates.
The River Reporter thought it would be a good idea to have a print/online debate by posing five questions for each of the candidates so that the voters could make an informed decision before going to the polls in November.
It is now 2013 and we now have a four person race in Tusten for two council seats.
I think the electorate would like to know what each candidate’s position is for leading our town. Read more
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes is often lauded as a savvy businessman. But in 2006, he was a member of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency board that voted unanimously to give a tax break to the Millennium Pipeline that cost the county more than $900,000 a year for 15 years. The justification was that the project wouldn’t have gone through without the tax breaks, and that something is better than nothing. But how savvy do you have to be to know that the gas line wouldn’t have gone anywhere else? Read more
As a long-time residents of the Town of Callicoon, my husband Dennis and I know our local government affects everything we treasure about where we live. And because we care so much about our town, we strongly support Nancy Lee for town supervisor, Ken Hilton and Van Morrow for town board, and our great neighbor and friend, Kris Scullion for highway supervisor. Read more
At a time when many of us feel like we have very little control with our government in Washington, it is important that we vote in our local elections. At this level of government, we can have control and can select excellent people for office. In this view, may I suggest that you consider Chuck Hoffman for Town Justice? Chuck, a long time resident, is a wonderful neighbor. During the several floods on the river, Chuck was there for his neighbors. I have on occasion done business with Chuck, and he is a kind and honest person. Read more
Finally, something hopeful. In a season filled with international and national strife, with what amounts to a grievous political vendetta taking place in Washington, DC, plus the continued local threat of fracking, we at last have something to work for and, hopefully, to cheer about; Joan Glase and Dr. Paul Salzberg are running for Cochecton Town Council. What a refreshing and positive opportunity for all Cochecton voters to vote for the future of our town and against the cronyism and cynicism that has dominated in recent years. Read more
It has been resolved by the Delaware Town Board that dogs are not permitted in the town park anymore—anytime or anyway (not even on a leash). This ban was precipitated by a dog fight at a farmers market a couple of weeks ago. The dog tussle was most unfortunate and potentially dangerous to anyone around. Thank goodness no one (except one of the dogs) was injured. Everyone at the meeting seemed to agree that dogs should not be permitted at any function or gathering in the Callicoon Creek Park. That seems quite appropriate and prudent. Read more
People have the right to know about arrests and crimes in their communities. But TRR goes too far.
By naming and showing the pictures of those arrested, TRR publicly shames those who are innocent until proven guilty. That can only fuel the stress and social ostracism of the accused at precisely the moment when level-headedness and support are needed most by all involved: the victims, the accused, their families and friends, their communities, law enforcement and the courts. Read more
I first met Van Morrow more than 10 years ago, shortly after I purchased my home in Jeffersonville. At the time, Van was a co-owner of the Towne Crier, a small local newspaper. I was impressed then, as I am now, with his enthusiasm for the region of Sullivan County. Read more
As a resident of Cochecton who wishes to retain our town’s pristine beauty and way of life, not to mention our property values and our sanity, I wholeheartedly support Joan Glase and Dr. Paul Salzburg for town council. It is time for a change. The politics of non-action on the heinous and toxic practice of fracking are not acceptable to the majority of the people of this town. Read more
I am voting “no” to the proposition that would allow additional casinos to be established in New York State and I hope to convince you to vote “no” as well. Read more