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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.

Opposition to an Orange County casino

Our fellow citizens in Orange County will sue the state if any casino is passed in Orange County. We do not want a casino here. Sullivan County has been doomed for years and are dying for a casino there for decades. Put Empire Resorts there. We do not want any casino in Orange County!

Peyton Barber
Tuxedo Park, NY

Unaccompanied immigrant children

Since October, over 50,000 unaccompanied children have been picked up on our Southern border, most of them attempting to escape rampant gang violence in three Central American countries.  Read more

What’s in a name?

Am I the only one who thinks the acronym NORSU sounds more like the missile defense system for Greenland than a community organization? One would think this talented group could come up with something a little more catchy.

Charles Petersheim
Eldred, NY

Narrowsburg School bidders confirm lawsuit filed against school district

Dear friends, supporters and neighbors,

We thank you all for your continued encouragement and support for our plan for the Narrowsburg School building. We share with you the information that a lawsuit has been filed in the matter of the sale of the Narrowsburg School building and the nearby 14-plus acres.

We believe the issue at hand is the following: a town that has engaged in a lawful and thoughtful process to plan for its future has the right to have such processes and plans respected and upheld under the law.  Read more

Why stock the Lackawaxen River?

My family and I have been trout fishing the Lackawaxen River for three generations. The problem I and many other fishermen have is the opening of the tubes [that carry water from Lake Wallenpaupack to the hydro-powered generating facility at Kimbles]. In the last two years, PP&L has been operating the turbines all week long and many weekends. When they are open, fishing in the Lackawaxen is not only impossible but dangerous. They close the turbines for a few weekends in the springtime for trout fishing. However, starting in July, they operate all weekend whether or not there is heavy rain.  Read more

Now you see it... now you don’t

The 14 acres of vacant land that has the playing field fronting Kirk Road and Bridge Street in Narrowsburg, which belongs to the Sullivan West School District (SWSD), was not listed on the Sullivan MLS, nor was it advertised to the general public that it was, in fact, for sale, as was the school building on two acres.  Read more

Narrowsburg School bidders correct the record

We thank you all for your continued encouragement and support for our plan for the Narrowsburg School and the nearby ball field lot.

We would like to correct recent press misstatements.  Read more

An open letter to Pike County Commissioners

The Black Bear Film Festival, a 501©3 not-for-profit cultural organization, urges the Pike County Commissioners to rethink their proposed plan for expansion of the court facilities. The certain degradation of Milford’s National Historic District that will result from the demolition of either three or four buildings in that district, as well as the very serious risk of damage to the viability of Milford’s central business district, property values and future investment in the borough is more than enough for responsible citizens to step back and reconsider the plan.  Read more

Taxpayer questions price of school sale

For over 15 years, financial mismanagement in the Sullivan West School District has been the talk of New York State for numerous reasons: Sullivan West squandered $40 million building the Lake Huntington High School, which the New York State comptroller said was not needed. Additional millions were wasted on lawsuits and repairs to the high school due to its poorly supervised, shoddy construction.  Read more

An open letter to the Sullivan West School Board

I attended the [school board] meeting on July 10 and have to say that you are all a very rude bunch. The people of Narrowsburg were there to express their concerns about the underhanded way you sold the school. The newly elected president of the board of education, Mary Scheutzow, was obnoxiously rude and disgraceful when a resident of Narrowsburg, Tony Staffieri, was expressing his concerns. Ms. Scheutzow would better serve the public working for Bulova Watch with the faces she was making. Do I need to remind the board that you are adults, not children, as she was acting?  Read more

‘The Impresario’ a la Catskills

This wonderful rendition [of Mozart’s “The Impresario”] surprised and delighted me on a recent Sunday afternoon at the Gloria Krause recital hall in Narrowsburg. Again, the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) troupe pulled through with an afternoon of pleasing sounds and impressive singing. The skillful singing and acting entailed singers poking fun of themselves posing as opera divas, filled with the bravura and the pomposity that leads us through their farcical and well sung auditions, yet oh so familiar to any singer who has been there. Steven Nanni sings a reverse pants role in drag.  Read more

Not all drug programs are created equal

The letter from Tom Prendergast regarding how the Sullivan West School District plans to sell the Narrowsburg Central School building highlights a symptom too often seen in decisions by local governing bodies, and that is, a clumsy lack of transparency. That’s assuming there is nothing to hide.  Read more

Failed bid for 14-acre school parcel raises questions and ire

The Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG), established in 2001, wishes to express its extreme disappointment in the recent actions of the Sullivan West School Board. With the exceptions of Angela Daley and Joan Glase, the school board agreed to accept an offer to purchase the shuttered Narrowsburg School along with the 14-plus acres of non-contiguous property.  Read more

Why the Buto offer is not higher

I feel compelled to bring a major flaw in the thinking of the Sullivan West School Board (SWSB) to your attention and hopefully to the attention of your readers.  Read more

Citizen calls for investigation of Sullivan West’s bid acceptance

I am deeply disturbed by the Sullivan West School board’s decision to sell our building to the firm from Florida that intends to turn that revered building into a alcohol/drug rehab center rather than to the local family with the intent to make it a community and business center that would have benefitted the entire town.  Read more

Statement from Brendan and Kathy Weiden, losing bidders for the Narrowsburg School

It is now widely known that we were outbid in the competition for the Narrowsburg School Building. Our bid was $742,000 vs our competitors’ bid of $751,000; a difference of a mere 1.2%. Although the Sullivan West School District Administration and board consistently referred, throughout the bidding process, to their “fiduciary duty” as appointed and elected decision makers, it saddens us to learn that they apparently believe such a duty allows them to be deaf to the interests of the residents of Narrowsburg, and the Town of Tusten, for the price of $9,000.  Read more

Closing the door

It is public. In the […] days since we announced that we were ending Green Door Magazine, there has been an outpouring of emotions and support. And also a lot of questions. This statement is an effort to bring some clarity and closure to us all.

We’ve done the magazine as a labor of love these past three years, and never knew just how beloved we were by the community. Sustaining the magazine sometimes happened in a vacuum and we weren’t always privy to its impact.  Read more

An ‘unsavory’ lesson in raising gamebirds for hunting

I was struck by a glaring contradiction in your recent piece, “Raising wild gamebirds” (in TRR’s June 5 through 11 issue), specifically with respect to the sub-headline, “A lesson in caretaking.” The article describes the participation of young people in a program aimed at restoring the wild pheasant population in New York, partly to provide stock for hunters, whereby they nurture chicks hatched at a game farm until they are mature enough to be released into the wild.  Read more

A plan for the Narrowsburg School

We are Brendan and Kathy Weiden. We are proud to be the fourth generation of a family rooted in the Town of Tusten. We embrace our responsibility as a steward of our piece of the Upper Delaware Valley.  Read more

Fighting Lyme disease

Too often does Lyme disease goes undiagnosed and untreated. With the warm weather of spring and summer, comes the risk of contact with ticks. Deer ticks can spread Lyme disease, and unfortunately our area has a high population of deer, thus creating a high concentration of deer ticks. Congressman Chris Gibson is currently sponsoring legislation in Congress that will help us with the burdens of Lyme disease.  Read more

Some can rebuild, others cannot

I was saddened to hear the news of the fire at Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith’s farm. He was understandably emotional, but luckily, there was no loss of human life. Quick media coverage allowed us to be informed and learn that his barn had burned down and that he had lost some cattle and a dog. I hope it brings him some comfort to know that many who heard of his misfortune wish him the best.  Read more

Talking climate change and sustainability

EPA safeguards against carbon pollution from existing power plants are essential for the war against pollution and the quest for sustainable green-energy solutions. Big oil and gas are spending money hand over fist to mislead us into thinking that we cannot solve the climate crises. I urge you to discuss alternatives to gas and oil as much as possible and with as many as possible. There seems to be a general understanding about this in our younger generations, but even so there are many local venues to share the good work.  Read more

Writer calls Pond Eddy Bridge plan ‘ill-advised’

Your recent coverage of the New York-Pennsylvania Joint Bridge Commission’s (JBC) proposal to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge (May 22-28) provides an interesting contrast between the continuing fantasy of highway and bridge engineers and the hard reality that their project will not only result in the loss of a National Historic Landmark, but will also have drastic environmental consequences for the Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic River.  Read more

Reviewers contribute to the arts

In response to Bill Duncan’s temper-filled response to the review his play received in the paper last week, I am compelled to ask him to search for restraint and professional behavior. If we are to develop as an artistic community, we must embrace both the work of artists and critics. Instead of complaining because Mr. Fox didn’t like your play as much as other audience members did, enjoy the dialogue, think about it and be open to criticism—even if it stings. Yes, everyone has an opinion, and thank God our newspaper embraces those differences of viewpoint.  Read more

Playwrights as storytellers, not preachers

I want to give my own view, in contrast to that of Jonathan Fox, of “Holy, Holy, Holy” by Bill Duncan. I saw the play May 3rd with a few of my ex-priests friends. I kidded with Bill after the play that it “had answered all my questions.” Of course it didn’t, but it did raise the right questions to be reflected upon by the audience. I praise Bill’s “decision” when he wrote the play to just tell a story and let the audience come to its own conclusions.  Read more

Why I recommend shopping locally

I had the great fortune of experiencing the direct benefit of shopping local and supporting our area’s small, family-owned businesses. I was having some difficulties with my car and returned to Narrowsburg Motor Sales (NMS), where I bought it four years ago. NMS has done all of the routine maintenance, so they know the car well. Little time was lost as the issues were diagnosed, parts ordered and repairs completed.  Read more

Producing energy close to home

Clarity burst forth when I happened upon the large and patriotic funeral procession of a young, dead soldier in Accord last week—a soldier who sacrificed his life in Afghanistan for reasons that always have to do with oil and gas politics.  Read more

Growing renewable energy

Gov. Cuomo’s draft 2014 New York Energy Plan sets some bold goals for addressing climate disruption, but offers no concrete action steps.  Read more

A playwright’s ‘humble opinion’

Playwrights are cautioned to avoid commenting on bad newspaper reviews since the rule is not to challenge people who order their ink in 55-gallon drums. But there are exceptions and this is one of them. I refer to Jonathan Fox’s review of my play “HolyHolyHoly,” recently presented at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg, NY.  Read more

In support of gun ownership

I found the letter to the editor in the April 17-23 issue interesting, and I agree that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. No fallen, sinful person should have a gun. However that includes the police and the military. They, too, are sinful and in a fallen state. It says in Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3 (speaking of the days when the Messiah, Jesus Christ comes back), “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” This means the sinful violence related to war and murder will be stopped only when Jesus comes back.  Read more

Petersheim: ‘Bravo for Ned Lang’

It’s easy to forget that Ned Lang’s successful entry into politics began because the current town board singled him out for a zoning infraction, attempted to fine him $90,000 for a sign, and tried to charge him with felonies for infractions far less than other examples all over town. He fought back, the town residents respected it and have now elected him twice to the town board. Bravo, Ned Lang—that’s exactly what America is about.  Read more

Food hub talk

There seems to be general agreement that the time has come for the creation of a Sullivan County food hub. There are unresolved logistical questions, but the question of where to situate it has become political. Legislators Kathy LaBuda, Jonathan Rouis, Ira Steingart and chair Scott Samuelson want to move ahead with the IDA proposed location in Glenwild, with the purchase of property owned by Butch Resnick. Legislators Cindy Gieger, Alan Sorensen, Cora Edwards, Kitty Vetter and Gene Benson have reservations about both the location and whether the cost of the property is justified.  Read more

Sullivan marks Public Health Week

The Sullivan County Health Services Advisory board supports Legislator Cindy Geiger’s resolution to dedicate April 7 through 13 as National Public Health week in Sullivan County.  Read more

An opinion offered about Shalom Lamm

In keeping with his reputation for saying incredible things, Shalom Lamm has done it again. On the heels of being publicly exposed in court for taking part in what the Sullivan County Board of Elections called a voter registration “sham,” and what Judge Schick tactfully characterized as an attempt to “stuff the ballot box,” Lamm had the gall to release a long-winded, post-election tract offering an olive branch to the people of Bloomingburg.  Read more

Praise for five legislators’ diligence

Sullivan County Legislators Alan Sorensen, Cora Edwards, Cindy Gieger, Kitty Vetter and Gene Benson were honoring their election promises to ensure the best deals and services for taxpayers when they tabled an IDA request for $110,000 until costing and other information on the food hub project was made available for review. Instead of providing the information, people with interests in keeping the status quo on this deal unleashed a storm of criticism, dismissing costing concerns as being invalid and politically motivated, needlessly jeopardizing both the project and the county’s economic recovery.  Read more

Progress needed on climate change

Thank you for your important and powerful editorial piece “Mired in Fossil Fuel” dated March 26. Fossil fuels are damaging to us all and at all phases: during extraction, transportation, processing and finally, in burning. The dangers of fracking waste, toxic oil spills from trains and pipelines in our neighborhoods and spills in our oceans destroying our food are only just the beginning. We also face the overwhelming buildup of greenhouse gases that are causing extreme weather events, ocean acidification and sea level rise.  Read more

Clean energy cuts carbon pollution in New York

As public concern about extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy ramps up, New York is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. The statements that Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made at an all-night event on the floor of the Senate this week served as a clear sign that they understand the need for climate action.  Read more

Is gun violence an epidemic?

About a year ago I was listening to an emergency medical services podcast from Albany Medical Center, as I normally have done in the past. I was shocked to find out that the speaker was a lawyer rather than a resident MD as the teacher, and this lawyer arrogantly brought forth the case that guns kill and gun violence is an epidemic.  Read more

Heroin: It’s here

Heroin use has been rising since 2007, growing from 373,000 yearly users nationwide to 669,000 in 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Read more

USDA steps up for small farmers

On March 10, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan program that will benefit the growing number of smaller farmers seeking to access opportunities in local and regional food system growth.  Read more

A college student supports a casino for Sullivan County

Orange County has recently added a plot twist to the fate of the once famed Borsht Belt. With only days until the applications for upstate casinos are due to the state-appointed commission, two more developers in Orange County want to steal Sullivan’s County’s one shot at a revival.  Read more

Seeking a renewable energy future

With Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc on our communities, New York’s families are already paying the price for global warming.  Read more

A fiscal reality

To convey the message of the need for sound fiscal decisions on the county level, I have advocated that all bond requests with resulting debt service payments include a summary and cover memo detailing the impacts on the county budget and tax levy. This will result in a more thorough review of the county’s ability to pay and resulting burden on the taxpayer.  Read more

Heeding ‘area closed’ signs in winter

I read the ‘Ice Advice’ article in the February 13th River Reporter. I was especially glad to see the picture displaying the sign at Skinners Falls, “Area Closed.” This is helpful information for the safety of visitors and residents.  Read more

A call for crossbow hunting in New York

I have sent a version of this letter about being in favor of legalized crossbow hunting in New York State to Gunther, Bonacic, Sweeney, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Cuomo. I believe last year the legislation for crossbow use by all hunters was derailed because of the unconstitutional SAFE Act.  Read more

Do you believe in angels?

[This unusual letter to the editor comes from Margeline Hoheusle of Narrowsburg, NY.]

Do you believe in angels? I do.

There is one in Lava, Narrowsburg, NY. She has many friends, some enemies. My angel has made it easier for me to adjust to the everyday hardships I have had to endure, because of my condition. She keeps me smiling most of my waking hours. When I am on a roll, she is soft and caring, bringing me back to reality, reminding me of all the love I have right here.

I don’t thank her often enough, for as you know, “angels need no praise.”  Read more

Tax credits for wind energy still needed

The latest market report that the American Wind Energy Association has released shows a sharp contrast between the small amount of wind power that was built in 2013 (1,084 megawatts) and the record-breaking amount of wind power that is under construction this year (12,000+ megawatts).  Read more

National columnist focuses on region’s Congressional race

Every voter in the 19th Congressional District should read George Will’s recent analysis of that Congressional campaign (www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-a-race-to-watch-in-the-hud...).  Read more

A call to reject ‘fast track’ and a new international trade agreement

President Obama is pressing for passage of a new trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP). Leaked sections of the secret deal demonstrate it is light on environmental preservation and heavy on corporate protection.  Read more

Isn’t there a legal defense fund for that?

I can’t see why Town of Highland Supervisor Andy Boyar is bemoaning the cost of defending a gas drilling lawsuit.  Read more