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Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Give a Hand

To the editor:
As I walked down the street my eyes gazed to the side
A garbage can, asleep a man with tears he couldn't hide
Only one, must be a ton, who haven't got a home
How does this occur dear Sir?
Were you always all alone?
You complain it's gonna rain can't wear those brand new shoes
If this was that man's problem it wouldn't hit the news
Let's give a hand all understand and we've got to form a crew
Clean up that street meant for your feet
Don't stop until you're thru
Can you imagine if it were your brother or if it were mine
No matter or whether we'd all get together and always look for a sign.

Catherine LoBosco

Be Responsible- Super Bowl 2020

To the editor:
This Sunday, Americans will turn their focus to one thing and one thing only: football. That's right - the most anticipated exhibition of the year is right around the corner, and fans everywhere are pulling out their jerseys, preparing gameday snacks, and stocking up on their favorite beverages for the Big Game.
If your gameday plans involve cracking open a Bud Light or Bud Light Seltzer, Enjoy Responsibly and plan ahead for safe rides. Whether you designate a driver, call a rideshare service, or take public transportation, the important thing is that you - and those in your community - make it home from the festivities safely.
For more than 35 years, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have invested more than $1 billion in responsible drinking marketing efforts. As a local beer distributor, Dana Distributors, Inc is working alongside Anheuser-Busch to ensure that safety is the number one priority for Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Counties before and after the Big Game.
So this Sunday, don't drop the ball. Binge drinking and drunk driving are 100 percent preventable, and together we can ensure everyone ends the day with a win.
Because when it comes to responsible drinking, we're all on the same team.

Tom Kennedy

We are better than this

To the editor:
Do any Trump fans still follow his Twitter? It reveals his unhealthy TV addiction and compulsory unintelligent reaction. His feed consists of attacks on critics, praise of those who defend him, and occasional policy pronouncements.
Here is a gem from 1-24:
“Our case against lyin', cheatin', liddle' Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin' Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!”
This is one of thousands.
Do you defend this? Does this strike you as presidential or rationally adult? You endorse this virulent stupidity, yet I'm the radical?
Trump is the GOP's savior, a shameless distraction from their dangerous regressive agenda, going full throttle under cover of chaos.
The late Elijah Cummings said, “People, we are better than this”. I hope he's right.

Jennifer Young

Alfred never worries

To the editor:
In response to Steve White's ‘My Turn' column from Friday, January 17th, Steve White says Part 1 report is ‘What things MIGHT look like', meaning ‘not necessarily will' as he sends out ‘gloom & doom' that we've been hearing for decades, yet they need to study 10 more years.
The one ‘big problem' factor not mentioned for 2010-today, Andy Cuomo!
Daily News shows since Andy took office upstate job growth is 2.7%, quarter of national average, 88% of added upstate jobs are low-paying and upstate is a failure of Cuomo's economic development initiatives.
The NY Post; NY is losing residents at an alarming rate under Cuomo. Businesses too!
Lifezette: Cher slams Democrat Ocasio Cortez for losing the 25,000 NY Amazon jobs.
The Daily News & The Post say National Economy is improving; there are more jobs in cheaper places to live. Why stay in NY with a spendthrift governor/legislature who takes care of NYC and his special interests? Steve, haven't you noticed taxes & costs increase every year?
They're projecting (guessing) & waiting the next 10 years out, why not correct now the damage done of the last 10 years?
2nd Problem; democratic state legislature that's destroying NY with bad ideas = Job loss's & exodus, no-bail bill making NY less safe AND catering to illegals with driving licenses & free college/ sanctuary/ healthcare and more. In 2017 illegals cost the states $116 Billion.
Mini Briefs, really? Old news - Shrinking middle class = last president destroyed the middle class, owning a home is always a challenge, schools have been closing since the 70's to lower pupil rates, the climate change hoax, lowest fertility rate = infanticide & anytime abortion doesn't help. Most items listed aren't new.
What's wrong with kids living home? Sad are the days after they move out.
Part II: Solutions: Vote them out! Schools: cut administration & costs!

Don Dittmer
Lake Huntington


To the editor:
I want to thank Frank LaBuda for his Counterpoint article. Very well stated and many voters, like me, agree with him.
Welcome to the Republican Party, Mr. LaBuda. I registered as a Republican two years ago. I hadn't been registered with any party, however, there was no way I could vote for Democratic any more. That party has become nothing like the one I used to vote for years ago. They are putting criminals and illegals in our country first. That is their new voting base.
I want America and working/retired, law abiding American citizens like me put FIRST.

Denise Connolly

Metzger, Skoufis- Right Track for Bail/Jail Reforms

To the editor:
A hysterical salvo of false scare tactics threatens to revoke recently passed and long overdue bail/jail reforms.
Kudos to State Senators Jen Metzger and James Skoufis for supporting ways that address bail reform corrections without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
The well-to-do have long had access to a different standard of justice. It is arrogant and erroneous to suggest that only poor defendants pose a risk to public safety. Restraints on violent offenders must apply to all, regardless of their income.
The reforms Senators Metzger and Skoufis advocate ensure public safety, while continuing the work of leveling the judicial playing field.
A list of criteria justifying a “dangerous defendant” designation might make that determination less arbitrary, while providing protection for defendants appearing before judges with a more prosecutorial mindset. Reforming our two-tiered justice system, that grossly discriminate against poor defendants, is long overdue.
Current efforts are a good start but much more needs to be done. Thank you, Senators Metzger and Skoufis for leading that effort in a way that will benefit all.

Star D. Hesse

What to say?

To the editor:
A few issues ago, a Democrat reader dared other readers to find and report five lies Donald Trump has uttered.
An alert and industrious reader replied (1-10-20) with five (5) researched and documented verifiable, provable, irrefutable, undeniable, substantive, oft-reported lies by the president.
The intrepid first reader shot back (1-14): these are not lies; they are exaggerations.
What does one make of such a response? Where does one go? What to say? Here's a possibility: You cannot make this stuff up.

Bill Duncan

Thank You Senator Metzger

To the editor:
State Senator Jen Metzger is working hard for Sullivan County; let me count the ways!
She urged the state Public Service Commission to reject NYSEG's (New York State Electric and Gas Corp) request to increase your electric bill by 23%. This would add $10.20 per month to your bill on average. NYSEG wants to do this to increase their profits by 9.5%! She also took the company to task for poor ‘preventive maintenance' which resulted in many power outages. She opposed the company's closure of its walk-in office in Liberty, saying it presents difficulties for the poor and elderly. There will be a public hearing on the proposed rate hike on March 2nd.
In Sullivan County some 2,789 residents don't have high-speed internet. Jen is aiming to fix that with Bill #S5696 which moves to construct broadband and fiber optics in rural areas. She affirms that “Our children's education and every kind of business depends upon (high-speed internet), whether it's a farm or a small bed and breakfast.”
Senator Metzger did an amazing service for the people in the Roscoe School District of Liberty. Due to a late tax filing they owed the state $1.4 million. Bill #S2611 removed the debt and was signed by the Senate, Assembly and the Governor. Breathe a sigh of relief and thank Senator Metzger!

Doris Chorny


To the editor:
Kudos to the newly elected members of the Sullivan County Legislature now being chaired by local businessman Rob Doherty, and to the Executive Committee, who rescinded the proposed land deal in Rock Hill last Thursday which would have been the site of a new visitors center. The resolution will now be voted on by the full board.
The former legislators agreed to buy the land valued at $80,000 for a staggering $400,000! During the last election, the voters spoke loud and clear to all the candidates and the deal was rescinded by a vote of 7 to-1 this past week when the new legislators met for the first time after the elections-so an election promise was finally kept.
Plans are now underway to accommodate the needs of the Visitors Association. I would rather the Visitors Association do more to promote and bring much needed resources to our local businesses and organizations in our small river towns rather than build a $4.5 million dollar center.

Paula Campbell

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